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March 23, 2017


461 El Guapo for Short


Guapo461 El Guapo for Short
6x6 inches :: original oil painting on gessobord
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This is my demo painting from a private oil painting session I taught in the studio. The subject is a friend of the person who was painting with me. A handsome Latino hunk. El Guapo for short.

 

March 22, 2017


460 Anja


Anja460 Anja
6x8 inches :: original oil painting on gessobord
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I referenced a photo by @narcissusholmes of @anjaphillips for this work. Practicing the task of bringing in color with a b&w reference and my efforts with the whole "there, not there" thing.


459 This Land


Beauty459 This Land
18x24 inches :: original acrylic painting on stretched canvas
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This is one of the demo paintings I started yesterday while teaching a private lesson. I finished it today. The photo I referenced is one that a person named Chris had shared with me when I was teaching her a private session. She had found it on Pinterest. It was one of those references we both admired and has been in my queue to paint for a while. So glad I did.

March 21, 2017


458 Stay.


Stay458 Stay.
18x24 inches :: original acrylic painting with pencil on stretched canvas
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This is one of the two demo paintings I made while teaching a private lesson in the studio today.

STAY (Jenny Doh)
Stay, she said.

Don't go.
Everybody goes.
Why don't you not go?
Stay.

March 12, 2017


457 Backseat Driver


Backseat negotiations457 Backseat Driver
6x6 inches :: oil on gessobord
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I referenced a black-and-white photo by @yoursbaby.la for this work. Always a challenge to add color when the reference is black-and-white.

March 09, 2017


456 I Volunteer as Tribute


Little prince456 I Volunteer as Tribute
18x24 inches :: original acrylic painting on stretched canvas
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This is the demo painting I made while teaching a private session today. I referenced a fantastic photo of Cate Blanchett as The Little Prince, which appeared in an issue of W magazine. The reference didn't have her with a bow and arrow but I decided to add those elements as today's painters and I decided to add different interpretations into the work. And the big round element in the background was a planet in the original reference which I decided to turn it into a target.

March 08, 2017


I Bow Deeply


SusanbSusan B. Anthony walked this earth from 1820 to 1906. With Elizabeth Cady Stanton and other allies, she dedicated her life to living as an activist for women's rights. This life culminated with an amendment to the Congress that they presented, to give women the right to vote. It was after her death in 1920 that the vote was passed and the US Constitution was amended for the 19th time, allowing women to vote.

ALLOWING. What a concept.

It reminds me of the point made by Catharine MacKinnon that when we women sing the song of inclusion, it is within the fugue of "we are the same." And that song, though important, is embedded within a structure that remains structurally oppressive and patriarchal and keeps our existence in correspondence to the male standard. The male body is the human body. The female body is the extra credit course found in ob/gyn.

Undoubtedly Susan B. Anthony had to field assorted insults and harassment that remain evergreen: "Why are you such an angry woman?" "Why don't you smile?" "Be happy." "Happy girls are the prettiest girls." "Why can't you just get over it?" "You asked for it, didn't you?" "Why can't you be grateful for what you have?"

On this International Women's Day, I bow deeply to all women past, present, and future who resist all facets of misogyny, even in the face of insults and terror from the universe as we fight for inclusion and protection within a flawed structure ... while imagining a someday when the standard of the structure is no longer male.

#internationalwomensday #adaywithoutwomen #resist #susanbanthony

March 07, 2017


455 Beautiful to Strangers


Portrait

455 Beautiful to Strangers
6x8 inches
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This is the demo painting i made while teaching a private oil painting session in the studio. Most people ask me for homework before they leave. My answer is usually this: Paint soon and often. Like tomorrow. Paint tomorrow. And the day after tomorrow. And the day after that.

March 03, 2017


454 Long May it Wave


Longmayitwave454 Long May it Wave
6x6 inches :: oil on gessobord
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I referenced a photo by @jodicobbphoto for @natgeo for this work. I just fell in love with the entire composition ... with the minimalist architecture, the beautiful shadows, and the American flag dancing in the air. Long may it wave.

March 02, 2017


453 Nintendo Game Boy


Nintendo2453 Nintendo Game Boy
6x6 inches :: oil on gessobord
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For my 50th birthday, my kids went on eBay and got me a vintage Nintendo Game Boy, which I referenced for this work. I used to have one way back when and I loved it so much. They got me two game cartridges too: Tetris and Ms. Pacman ... the only two games I really ever played ... quite passionately I might add. The device seemed so modern back then. Hahaha. When I play it today, it feels not so modern but still so fun.

 

 

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