May 31, 2017

500 Rose to Independence

500 500 Rose to Independence
6x6 inches :: original oil painting on gessobord
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I referenced a photo by @korean_landscape for this work. And I'm pretty proud to say that a little less than two  years ago, I made a commitment to complete a painting every day, with some leeway made for sickness, travel, and special occasions.

And if art is the coming together of skills and imagination, I'd say that the discipline of this commitment has definitely helped increase the skills portion of the art equation. The imagination too, but without the skills, it's hard for me to go all out with what my imagination wants to tackle.

So what's next for me? My 501st painting of course! And a hope that I remain curious, humble, and disciplined with my practice. And always free and independent.

May 30, 2017

499 Allowances

Allowances499 Allowances
18x24 inches :: original acrylic painting on stretched canvas
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  • In 1920, the US Constitution was amended. This 19th amendment allowed all women to vote.
  • In 1870, the US Constitution was amended. This 15th amendment allowed African American men to vote.

Our system of governance, the structure of our house if you will, was originally created to be run without the participation of women or people of color. Blood, sweat, and tears had to be shed in order to receive those allowances.

Allowances. Permission. Patronizing.

To be given an allowance within a system that was founded with an intent to exclude me is what I point to when someone asks "What is structural oppression?"

Structural oppression doesn't not exist because  ... a nice white man sits here... and also over there, and over there as well. They can go on being nice ... they don't have to wake up any given day to deliberately oppress me while practicing their privilege ... the system's already designed to make that happen, regardless of their individual niceness.

498FM Nolite te bastardes carborundorum


498FM Nolite te bastardes carborundorum
6-inch diameter :: free motion stiched, watercolored, and embroidered work on cotton encased in embroidery hoop
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I referenced a portrait that I painted previously for this work by first free motion stitching with a sewing machine (without any pre-drawn marks), then adding watercolors, then adding hand embroidered stitches. Basting stitches keep excess fabric pulled to the back side of the work, which can be unbasted and the entire work released from the hoop if desired. "Nolite te bastardes carborundorum" is a Latin-derivative term from The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood, which loosely translates to "Don't let the bastards grind you down."


May 29, 2017

497 Observing Peonies

Peonies497 Observing Peonies
6x8 inches :: original oil painting on gessobord
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I referenced a photo of peonies by @aquietstyle for this work as I practice what I teach when I teach painting ... which is to observe more and paint less. It's a practice that applies very well to other aspects of my life.

May 27, 2017

My Art Retreat Weekend in Washington!

LisaI'll be teaching watercolors, gouache, and acrylics in  beautiful Enumclaw, Washington this July 13-16, in an overnight retreat setting!

Here's the description of what I'll be teaching.

And here's where you can sign up. Hope to see you there if you want to ... where we will enjoy being pampered by Lisa Kumcur and her team of lovelies who will make us feel so good while we are making art.

496 First Peonies

Peonies496 First Peonies
8x10 inches :; original oil painting on gessobord
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It's so exciting to see the first peonies of the season. I painted this work not by referencing the ones I recently bought but by referencing a lovely photo of them by Country Living. I decided to do two works today cause I'm not gonna be able to paint tomorrow. Getting back into the floral mindset as I'll be teaching flowers flowers flowers in the month of June.

By the way, I'm pretty excited that I'll be reaching my 500th painting mark pretty soon!

495 Korean Rose

Rose495 Korean Rose
6x6 inches :: original oil painting on gessobord
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I referenced a photo of a rose by @korean_landscape for this work.

May 25, 2017

494 Three Little Tulips

Tulips494 Three Little Tulips
10x8 inches :: original watercolor and gouache on ledger paper
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Watercolor is sheer. Gouache is opaque. They both work with water.
And yes, you can combine them in a singular work. Cause there ain't no law that says you can't do so.

#dailypainting #tulips #freenotbrave


May 24, 2017

493 In Those Days

In thos days493 In Those Days
8x8 inches :: original oil painting on gessobord
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This is the demo painting I made while teaching a private painting session today. After finishing the portrait, I brought it home and added the lines from one of Rod McKuen's works from Listen to the Warm. Here's more from the passage ... not the entire passage, but my favorite section:

I found a twenty-dollar bill when I was ten.
I bought a cardboard circus and a fountain pen

and a jackknife because I never had one before.
My mother thought I'd stolen the money.
I brought her perfume from the dime store.
                                She believed me then.

I was rich in those days,
For a week I had everything.

I wish I'd known you then.


May 23, 2017

#resistancelog (Merry Christmas edition)

OyChelsea Handler recently went bowling and hung out with three Trump supporters in an effort to better understand Trump supporters. After they bowled, she asked them to name one thing that had caused them to connect with Trump.

You wanna know what the first person said in response to that? He said, "It's when he [Trump] said he was going to bring Merry Christmas back to the white house ..."

So then I tried to recall whether Obama said "Merry Christmas" during his tenure. I Googled it. And you know what came up? Video after video after video of him saying "Merry Christmas." And Michelle saying "Merry Christmas." They also said "Happy Holidays."

But I guess when a Black president says "Merry Christmas" it's not heard by some.


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