Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Goodbye Winter

I went out in search of chocolate today. That was my plan. I wanted to paint something that could be Valentine-ish. Tomorrow is February and Valentines Day may be my favorite holiday. I did buy some chocolate, but I just couldn't say no to these flowers. This is the finale painting and I'm a little sad.  Painting every day is awesome, but I do have a few other things I need to do. I've made some new friends, interacted with people both online and off, and even sold a couple of paintings that I probably wouldn't have it I hadn't been posting so often.

Monday, January 30, 2017

Magic Elixor

This is the last day for Leslie Saeta's 30 in 30 challenge, but I have one more painting to go for my chance to win a Strada easel.  OK, I never win anything and I really don't think I'll win the easel, but, on the other hand, all of us who painted from life for  every day of this month have to have benefited.  I know I did. And it was fun too, most of the time.  I feel really grateful for my good friends that took the time to look everyday and give me a pat on the back.  I'm not sure why, but that really helped.  I'm so looking forward to doing some larger paintings that don't have a deadline.  And catching up on all the things I've shoved to the back burner.

Sunday, January 29, 2017

Cherry Danish

We went to Panera for lunch today and the cashier said, "Would you like a bakery item for 99 cents?" That was a no-brainer since I have the perfect excuse, at least for a few more days. It's so rewarding to finally dig in when I'm done!  A few seconds in the microwave and - heaven!

Saturday, January 28, 2017

Day Old Bagel

Kitchen Sink bagels are the best! It's possible I'll loss a few teeth with this one, but it's  a risk I'm willing to take for the little hits of garlic and the pieces of sea salt hiding in that mess ;-) I bought it yesterday, thinking I would paint it last night. (I painted a glass of beer instead.) Painting this was a good lesson in not getting hung up on details, i.e. poppy seeds.

Friday, January 27, 2017

Drinking Buddy

My dad used to travel to foreign countries for his job and he always tried to bring home some souvenirs. This little brass llama is from Peru, I think. I want to start fitting some of my mementos from his travels into paintings in the future.  By the way, I'm not a beer drinker, but I won't let this one go to waste. 

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Comfort Food

The grilled cheese sandwiches of my childhood were made on white bread with Velveta "cheese". Probably the bread was buttered with margarine.  And they were divine.  Nowadays one could use a whole grain bread and a sophisticated cheese.  Maybe add a slice of tomato? I made this one just for the purpose of painting, but it smelled so good, I almost ate it. It's cold and hard now, but I could mike it and bring it back to life.

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

A Small Crowd

I'm having so much fun with my little still lifes. The items in my compositions take on human characteristics and tell me stories. (Yes, I'm nuts :-) I really starting to look forward to working larger and painting something with figures in it soon.