This is little lady I started before I got on the Braeburn apple kick. I've painted dozens of pieces with playing cards featured in them but I recently saw a painting somewhere that had a torn paying card in in and I wanted to try to incorporate one in a piece and well to be perfectly honest, kiwis where 2/$1.00 at the store so I said what the hell!
Tuesday, February 25, 2014
Saturday, February 22, 2014
We go through apples fairly quickly in our house so I bought a nice sized bag of some smallish Braeburns. If a few went missing and ended up on the still life table I don't think any tears would be shed. The wonderful stripping pattern of these apples have always been wonderful to paint.
Thursday, February 20, 2014
I was rifling through my still life closet recently and came across my little repository of playing cards which happens to be an old tattered box. There was a time that almost every other piece I painted in pastel or oil had one of these little guys in it. So I thought I'd give a couple of them a bit of fresh air and light. As I've stated in past posts, the fun of these little paintings is sometimes in challenge of the setting up of them and getting them to stay a still life, rather than a "roll off the table and bruise the hell out an apple life."
Tuesday, February 11, 2014
Another of my little box pieces. . . this one featuring the man of molded plastic standing atop one of my favorite things to paint, alpha blocks. Each one of these little blocks has developed a personality of it's own over the past year or two of me painting them. The get dropped, knocked, taped, glued, etc... in service to the greater silliness that is my art. Every time I paint them I find something new about them that I like. I used to put them into pieces to compliment another object, but now I find that I search for objects to compliment them.
Sunday, February 9, 2014
I've always loved painting money not matter what the currency. I've painted American dollar bills and coins as well as some foreign currencies as well (some of the Asian countries' bills are works of art by themselves.) Coins are fun to work with because so much of it is what you leave out rather than what you put in. The idea is to give the viewer just enough to let them fill in the missing pieces.
Saturday, February 8, 2014
Sometimes finding still life subjects can be hard for me, and the usual answer that I come up with to get me out of whatever funk I'm in, is to paint something that's already in the studio. This little guy, in a former life, was a bottle of vanilla extract. When all of the vanilla'y' goodness was used up it was reborn as my turp holder. I buy the giant gallon size containers of it and needless to say they don't fit on my easel tray so this little guy is a nice in between holder for me when I need to loosen up some paint on the palette.