Thursday, December 21, 2006
Wednesday, December 20, 2006
Tuesday, December 19, 2006
In this painting, I'm experimenting with circles that are hollow and some that are not. It's more of the rubber stamping with found circular objects, that I started a few weeks ago. The color palette was inspired by some withering pink roses that have touches of purple.
Monday, December 18, 2006
Sunday, December 17, 2006
I'm hoping to squeeze in some regular paintings of my daughter into this blog. She moves a lot, so I have to be fast. Here is my first go. I painted her last Christmas in Hawaii, and I manage a few sketches a month since birth.
Saturday, December 16, 2006
Friday, December 15, 2006
Tonight was another night painting with my daughter present, and in a lot of ways it really frees up my spirit and tempers my inner critic. This painting goes back to my graphic design background, both my love of typography and my need to be less of a Miss. Hospital Corners.
Thursday, December 14, 2006
Wednesday, December 13, 2006
This painting is number four in the feng shui series. I thank my daughter for the original idea to start these color studies. It's been a wonderful thing to get to sit and color with her and her crayons and then add a touch of my adult self with the acrylic paint. The prosperity corner of the home is the back left corner.
Tuesday, December 12, 2006
This is the third abstract painting in the feng shui series. This painting will hang in the Wisdom quadrant of our house (front left). Some feng shui experts say this is the most important room and peice of the puzzle, because without wisdom, you won't even notice if other parts of your life are improving.
Monday, December 11, 2006
I was doing some research on neo conceptualism today and looking at some of Cindy Sherman's work. Somehow, this lead me to finally put to use the old diaries and photos of myself, that I've been dragging around with me, some for over 15 years. My first peice in this series, I've named "ME?" I hardly recognize myself in the photo taken a month before my sixteeenth birthday. Big hair and a mint green polka dot dress (which I hated). The text is the the first four pages from my "top secret" diary started 8 days before my 16th birthday. The text begins on July 5, 1989: "Today, I have decided that I want to keep a diary of my thoughts. It usually helps me understand what I'm feeling and what I want. Lately, I've been trying to feel better about myself by reading instead of watching TV, not eating as much junk food, and if I'm not working I try to spend my time wisely." Well, I may not recognize the girl in the photo, or her handwriting, but the girl in the text hasn't changed much and could probably teach me a thing or two. I haven't completely worked out the layout, but for now, it's sort of a fake scrap book thing.
Sunday, December 10, 2006
On the weekends I usually get 2-3 hours of free painting time. I joined Austin's Plein AIr Group when we moved here in July and started painting outside the studio. It's as thrilling as surfing or rock climbing.
Saturday, December 9, 2006
Friday, December 8, 2006
The feng shui love quadrant of our house (the back right corner) needed some color help. So here it is, in crayola crayons and acrylic paint. I bought my daughter her first box of 32 crayons, I just love the smell of them and the color names. Brick red was my favorite as a kid, although it seemed a little bit browner than I remembered.
Wednesday, December 6, 2006
I had some trouble finding time to paint today. My daughter is still "off her game" and putting painting above her even for a short time seems silly. I tried painting the word "love" which was especially interesting because most of the time I was painting , I was thinking " I hate this painting". I finally made some peace with the painting, when I covered it stamped white circles.
Tuesday, December 5, 2006
As a graphic designer I produce art on a computer, easily aligning and sizing objects to mathematic perfection. I've noticed that my design work has begun to affect my painting and home life, so much so that I am physically uncomfortable with things that don't align. This painting sets out to begin to free me from that discomfort.
Monday, December 4, 2006
My daughter is sick with a fever, so making time to paint today was harder than the last three days. We watched "Miracle on 34th Street" to keep everyone calm and still, and it started me missing New York. Here is my favorite building there, The Chrysler Building.