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April 19, 2017


474 I'll Light the Fire


I'll light the fire474 I'll Light the Fire
6x8 inches :: original oil painting on gessobord
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A couple of days ago, I referenced a photo by @nonihana_ to do a value study with pencil and graphite. Then I added gouache to that value study. I used that study to reference for today's work, which is an oil painting, as I had these words to this song dancing in my head by Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young:

I'll light the fire
You put the flowers in the vase that you bought today ...

April 18, 2017


473 All Over My Heart


Marg11473 All Over My Heart
16x20 inches :: original acrylic painting with oil pastel on stretched canvas
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This is the demo painting I made while teaching a private painting lesson today. I referenced a photo of the beautiful face of @margherita_salvagno for the work.

April 17, 2017


472 In the Garden


Garden472 In the Garden
18x24 inches :: original acrylic painting with oil pastels on stretched canvas
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Yesterday I took several of my paintings outside in a quest to destroy them with spray paint. This is one of the canvases that I did that to and when I considered it today, it felt right to do something different. I referenced the work of Claire Harrigan and really pushed myself to try some new things, which includes all the underlayers of acrylics, the spray painting, pounced flowers, and touches of oil pastel.

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471 Puppy Love


Waldo471 Puppy Love
18x24 inches :: original acrylic painting on stretched canvas
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This is the other demo painting that I started when I recently teaching in Portland. Felt good to add finishing polish in the quiet of my own studio.

 

April 16, 2017


470 La Luz


Laluz470 La Luz
18x24 inches
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A couple of years ago I did several paintings of moths. For that reason, when I travel to teach, there are frequently requests for that subject to be demonstrated, which is exactly what happened when I was in Portland recently. I started this during my workshop in Portland and today I finished it.

"La Luz" is Spanish for "the light."

 


469 Doubt


Doubtfull469 Doubt
18x24 inches :: original acrylic painting on stretched canvas
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I started this work as a demo painting while I was teaching in Portland. I finished it today. As I was looking into the soul of this persona coming forth, I had this impulse to paint the word "doubt" onto her forehead and I let that impulse happen. It's such a disliked word. I love the word because it usually reflects critical thinking. And as Christian thinker and writer Frederick Buechner says so well:

"Whether your faith is that there is a God or that there is not a God, if you don't have any doubts, you are either kidding yourself or asleep ... If there's no room for doubt, there's no room for me."

There is a 2008 film titled DOUBT with Meryl Streep and Amy Adams and Philip Seymour Hoffman which tackles these topics so well. It's worth a watch if you have the time.

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April 15, 2017


468 In Transition


Transition1468 In Transition
8x10 inches :: watercolor and gouache on paper with pencil work and collage work with pink paper and staples all mounted onto wood panel with masking tape
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I referenced a photo from @her_name_is_deborah for this work. And this work is dedicated to humans everywhere who have the strength of character to live freely ... to love freely ... to evolve freely.

And like I've said before, yes, I mounted this work with masking tape. Maybe not the most permanent way ... but neither are we. #dailypainting #transgender #freenotbrave #lgbt #loveislove

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467 Own Way


Full467 Own Way
8x10 inches :: watercolor, gouache and pencil on watercolor paper, mounted onto 8x10 wood panel with masking tape
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I have referenced this same flower for an acrylic painting and also a graphite value study. I think that practice helped me when painting it this time with watercolor and gouache. The pencil work is a quote by Ai Weiwei: "But I think that everybody has to do things their own way."

Regarding how I mounted this work. So yeah, I used masking tape. I've always loved masking tape. And maybe it won't "last" for a hundred years ... or maybe it will. But what of it? It's never not now.

Angle

April 12, 2017


466 Soon and Often


Just look466 Soon and Often
6x6 inches :: original oil painting on gessobnord
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This is the demo painting I made while teaching a private still life oil painting session in my studio. How did I get the rose to stand erect like that? A flower frog! My favorite new thing for flower arranging. This was a very challenging composition and I'm really so proud of the three humans who were painting with me for sticking with it ... dealing with the complexity of the mug's handle, the nuances of the two glass objects, and of course the flowers and other elements. No one gave up and everyone left resolved to practice soon and often. Music to my ears.

April 11, 2017


465 Like a Natural Woman


Growth465 Like a Natural Woman
8x10 inches :: original oil painting on gessobord
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This is the demo painting I made while teaching a private lesson to a group of three wonderful people. Once the portrait was finished-ish, I decided to add the foliage sprouting her left eye, inspired by @paulabonet . I dig it.

It makes me feel ... it makes me feel like ... it makes me feel like a na-tu-ral wo-mannnnnn.

 

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