Aquarius-always a mystic

I really can’t help myself sometimes with all this mystical subject matter. I am very attracted to it. I find the constellations to be a delightful combination of science and mythology. At anytime of the year, you can count on these dazzling shapes to appear just as predicted. They mark time and organize the galaxy. With our stories, they are the only things  we’ve shared our humanity with.

“Aquarius” acrylic on panel, 10″ x 10″

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Diet Soda On the Rocks

Defining glass objects, by painting the bent and warped shapes, is one of the more enjoyable ways to paint for me. In an effort to keep motivated and log in hours in my studio, I have dedicated myself to making 90 paintings in 90 days. This still-life is number 6. In order to make that goal, I have been painting smaller paintings, mostly 6 x 6 inches, and no larger than 16 x 20 inches. While my recent larger works have been primarily abstract and experimental (very fun to do!), I find returning to traditional art making as enjoyable as it was when I first began painting. Who knows..maybe I will throw a few abstracts in those 90!

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Pumpkin and Candles

Pumpkin and Candles, 10″ x 8″, oil pastel on paper

On my wife’s suggestion, I decided I needed to paint a pumpkin!

I purchased some professional grade oil pastels at the store yesterday, and I thought I would give them a go today.Wow! I am in love. The creamy consistency and rich color are fantastic. I could add plenty of layers before creating mud or bloom. I think I might do a few more of these.

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This is painting 5 of 90 paintings in 90 days. (purchase info here)

90 Paintings in 90 Days. A variation of the Daily Painter.

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Guard Cat   6″ x 6″  oil on canvas  (purchase)
Today, I made the first painting of my 90 paintings in 90 days goal. It is a twist on the “Daily Painter.” Well, actually it is exactly like the Daily Painter work model, but with a deadline. After the ninety days, I can either continue another ninety days, pause or stop. From what I have read from several artists, this method works because it provides structure and helps ease the anxiety of starting a new painting(or in my case, often prevents me from starting at all at times.) Giving yourself one to two hours to three hours to paint, and then another hour to post on your blog, auction site and other social media creates a steady workflow .For many artists, myself included, this is a big deal. Relying on inspiration, dedication, and hopefully not too much self-medication, is not enough. A framework of activity must be set into play so there is some structure to work around.

Like the daily painter model, I am going to be working on paintings 6″ x 6″ and no larger than 11″ x 14″. I can work larger as well at the same time, but the paintings for the 90 days are going to be small. The idea is you work quicker and are able to produce more efficiently over time. Working small also greatly reduces the pressure for having to creating a masterpiece every time because the goal is shifted to creating a “good” painting everyday. Perfectionism can be wrestled with more triumphantly later when the artist faces the larger canvas or mural.

Here it is. 1 of 90. 89 more to go!

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