September 18, 2016

Key Cozy Tutorial

KeycozyHeart key cozy tutorial. Crochet a heart as follows:

Ch3, join with sl st in first ch to form ring, ch3, (2dc, 3sc) in ring, ch1, dc in ring. Ch1, (3sc, 2dc) in ring, ch2, sl st in ring.

Place key on top of this heart.

Make another heart, place on top of key and stitch together.

September 17, 2016

356 Scribble Theory

Scribble theory356 Scribble Theory

16x20 inches :: acrylic painting on canvas panel

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There's a tree in the park I run in that I feel is sort of from a magical Haruki-Murakami-esque reality. It casts a "shadow" but upon close examination, it's not a shadow at all. It's like there's dirt that's wet all around it and then a piece of dirt that's completely dry, in the shape of a cast shadow. Same thing with the sidewalk. There's a slice of the sidewalk that looks like part of the cast shadow but it's not. It's just dry, where the other part of the sidewalk is not. Aside from that, everything else is normal. Hahaha. I took a photo of that magical tree and used it as a reference for this demo painting I made while teaching a private painting lesson today.

My perspective in getting a landscape painted is by scribbling the skeleton first, and then going into the scribbles and fine-tuning as needed. I call it my scribble theory.

September 16, 2016

355 Waiting

Onandon355 Waiting

6x6 inches :: oil painting on gessobord

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It's been a while since I've done a portrait. Felt good to do one today. I referenced a photo from @vogueindia for this work.

September 15, 2016

354 Hustle

Streets of ny354 Hustle

6x8 inches :: oil painting on gessobord

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I referenced a photo by @thesartorialist for this work. A study in the figure, the portrait, the hustle of the city.

September 14, 2016

353 Final Twist

Final twist353 Final Twist

6x8 inches :: original oil painting on gessobord

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Well, this is the last of the pastries from my recent trip to the Korean bakery. A twist donut with granulated sugar on top. I almost took it out of the box but then I decided to keep it in there, along with the pastry tissue that had gotten a little greasy ... for the challenge of painting it all.


353FM Pablo Neruda Pillow Doll

Doll1353 Pablo Neruda Pillow Doll

8 inches tall

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Onto cotton fabric, I free motion stitched parts of the portrait and then painted watercolors onto the cotton. I stitched a cotton backing and added a small amount of stuffing to make it into a flat, puffy pillow-y doll. I free motion stitched through all the layers, to make certain parts of the pillow doll have dimension.

September 13, 2016

352 Tea and Treats

Treats352 Tea and Treats

6x6 inches :: original oil painting on gessobord

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A second painting for today! Another dessert I got from the Korean bakery. Accompanied by hot tea. Mmmm. I tried with this work to apply a thicker application of paint. Can you tell?

351 Beauty of a Donut

Donut351 Beauty of a Donut

6x6 inches :: original oil painting on gessobord

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This morning, I was thinking about painting apples but instead, I ended up at the Korean bakery in Garden Grove, where they have so many beautiful donuts and desserts. I bought this beauty of a donut and brought it home to paint it.  So much fun.

September 12, 2016

350 Baked Bravado

Bravado350 Baked Bravado

6x8 inches :: oil on gessobord

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My father is a musical conductor. One time I talked with him about how when he conducts, he is quite controlled with his arm movements ... calm and assertive without bravado. He pointed out that that is his point of view in terms of quality music conducting ... that bravado with over-flailing arms or melodramatic facial expressions is no substitute for solid musical ability ... as those things can actually detract from the actual music. Conduct calmly and assertively with every beat. The music will tell all.

I found myself using this analogy yesterday while teaching my painting workshop ... reminding participants that no amount of bravado (e.g., flailing arms) can take place of good old fashioned observation, careful color mixing, thoughtful brush strokes, and diligent practice.

I referenced a beautiful photo by @twiggstudios for this work. I guess I've become interested in the cake as a subject as of late. Such a pretty subject indeed. It was a pleasure to paint this work.

September 11, 2016

349 Purple Peppers

IMG_4820349 Purple Peppers

9x12 inches :: oil on canvas

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This is the demo painting I made during my workshop today. One of the participants had brought in two purple peppers from Whole Foods and I used them for this kind of unusual composition.

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