Saturday, February 28, 2015

in the studio: weekly update #6

In the last week, I finished three paintings...just in time for the Flagler College Faculty Show, opening this Friday at the Crisp-Ellert Art Museum. I am hoping to start a new painting this evening, not entirely sure what it will be, my only guarantee is artificial light. Here are the finished pieces, proceeded by their starts (I will upload better photos next week, aka not iPhone photos, once I have them):

Saturday, February 21, 2015

in the studio: weekly update #5

Currently, my weekends and early week are the most productive. Last Saturday and Sunday, I was supposed to finish two paintings for the upcoming Flagler Faculty Show at the Crisp-Ellert Museum, opening in March. Instead, I started two paintings. This weekend, I am hoping to wrap-up loose ends, but I need direct I hope the clouds clear soon. In other news, I think I finished the coffee-pot/kitchen counter/sans-coffee-pot painting by allowing a kitchen towel to take the place of the coffee maker! See this weeks progress below:

A 10" x 10", oil on wood panel, started from our pile of folded laundry in the guest room:

Evening light on my bedroom's curtains, one of my favorite things:

A 10" x 8", oil on wood panel, featuring the pendant over my kitchen counter, at night. 

The Coffee-Pot/Kitchen Counter becomes the Sans-Coffee-Pot/Kitchen Towel, 10" x 8", oil:

Finally, a figure study that I completed in my figure painting class using a palette knife, and the tiny-small commission that has taken a couple of revisions (now ready to ship).

Saturday, February 14, 2015

weekly update #4

In the studio this week, my kitchen countertop painting went through some big shifts. Only after, repainting my coffee maker several times, did I decide to get rid of it all together. Below is the original start to the work(sometime in January) and where it stands currently.

I was also able to finish and deliver this sweet tiny-small commission in time for Valentine's Day, a slightly belated wedding anniversary gift. This is not the tiny-small commission that I referenced last week, that one still needs a little work...which I plan to tackle after posting this. 

Saturday, February 7, 2015

weekly update #3

I went out of town from Monday-Wednesday to a conference this week, so my actual painting/studio time was very limited. With my current work schedule, I have dedicated studio time on Monday and Wednesday afternoons and Saturday mornings. I try to squeeze in other times too, but those are the defined times!

This week I finished another tiny-small commission  (pending proof approval).
I started this small lightbulb study, 4.75" x 3.25", oil on MDF panel:

I also tried to make good use of my time traveling by sketching people at the airport, in planes, and lost in screens at hotel lounge.

 Bea, from memory while flying

Saturday, January 31, 2015

weekly update #2

Continuing my personal challenge to post one update a week with at least 5 process shots from my studio activities the week before. This week was less productive than some but I managed to squeeze in a little studio time. Here we go.

I worked on this commission piece, a tiny-small 2"x 3.25", oil on mdf panel.

 I think I finished this painting of my bedroom doorway, 10" x 8", oil on wood panel.

Here is the first pass and the final painting (all iPhone photos, my apologies)

I also started a new 10" x 10", oil on wood panel, landscape of the empty lot across the street from my house. The light is spectacular from 4-5:30 right now, obviously there is still lots of greenery in Florida this time of year. 

Hopefully, I will manage to squeeze in more time next week!

Saturday, January 24, 2015

weekly update #1

This spring I am teaching the Fine Art Senior Capstone, and as part of the class, students are required to post 5 process shots from that week's studio production. To try to set a good example, and to force myself to actually attempt to maintain this blog I am going to do the same. Below are the works that I spent time with this week in the studio.

First up, is a work-in-progress shot of an 10" x 8", oil on wood panel, featuring my messy studio and nice morning and early afternoon light.

Next, three little studies, each is 4.75" x 3.25", oil on mdf panel. The plant painting was completed on my stove while making dinner or following kitchen clean-up over a couple of days. The two work-out hoodie selfies were made pre and post Sunday night's episode of Girls. 

 Finally, I started (and I think finished) this 7" x 5", oil on wood panel. Another selfie, painted while standing in my bedroom, featuring light from my bathroom.

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Find Ourselves on Familiar Ground

If this painting looks a little textured, here's why....

Final work, Find Ourselves on Familiar Ground, 10" x 8", oil on canvas, 2014.

The first painting was started on February 23, 2014, and the "final" work was completed on September 16, 2014.

drain study no.1 and no.2

drain study no.3 and selfie no.1 (a very cropped shot, for modesty)

selfie no.2 (gardenia's in my hair, Joan Didon reference) and start of kitchen/leg painting

initial set up, featuring my fake slip, two tea towels tied around my waist. wishing I had a white cotton slip, making due with what's around the house....

next steps

realizing I don't like my foot placement, or the length of my "slip", kitchen-floor-dance-steps

now everything is more or less making sense, except that I am "falling backwards", my arm needs to move forward to be aligned with my left leg.

Where I finally landed, the craggy surface holds many lives.