Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Snail Mail Project

Okay girls, we are going to do the snail mail project!!!!
Participants are required to photograph before and after; when they receive it and when they finish their contribution. I think before and after is important incase anything gets altered in shipping. Some one should volunteer to begin the project, then everyone who wants to participate should comment after that...we will mail the "corpse" in that order. Please include your mailing address, once again, just to make it easy.
Whoever volunteers to start it should consider that 5 or 6 people need to contribute. Let's make this a little more "advanced" than the typical drawing exquisite corpse - all mediums are game - paint - oil or acrylic, clothe, ink, pen, felt, wire, metal, pipe cleaners; you name it! And let's make sure we send along what we did to it, incase we need to consider putting oil over acrylic or vise versa. Send the "corpse" along with in 2-5 days.
Any other ideas ladies?!?! Let's hear it, and get this started!!

I'm so excited....Let's do this!!! :)

Monday, December 28, 2009

aahhhh I am BACK BABY!!!!!!!

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

How About Them Apples?


I have never sold a painting in such a short amount of time of putting it on Etsy.
This little 4x4 guy sold for $25.

Monday, December 7, 2009

Morandi's Apples

In period of about 27 days, I have 24 paintings to show for the project. Somehow I have 27 photos, and cannot figure out which is the repeat. I am very impressed with the series of paintings I have created. They are on various surfaces, though the vast majority is stretched canvas. I have 3 on gessoed water color paper, and 3 on canvas board. I painted 4 different apples in various pairings. They are mostly rectangle, but there are a few square; most are cropped appropriately. The largest is about 9 x 7 - I really don't like painting this big. The majority is 4 x 6 and smaller. I have said this before, but I am convinced this is an intimacy thing for me.
For the most part, my process and approach to the paintings was almost identical. I would start by sketching the apples, usually at the base of each apple. Then I would fill in some color, usually the medium and dark red. Sometimes one of the apples would get some reflective light too. Then I would feel compelled to complete the background and the shadow. I would then go about completing all the subtle color shifts. I also noticed an increased awareness of color and form, and my translation of them on canvas. All but two paintings have cast shadows that touch. I like that they touch. I intentionally painted it that way, even if they didn't touch in my observation (which was usually the case). My favorite part about each one was the whitish reflection on the apples. I could go on and on about the process, but you really need to see the paintings in person to appreciate a lot of my observations. I miss crits.
I really enjoyed the time I spent painting everyday - time with my apples. It would be anywhere from 20 minutes to 3 hours, depending on how many I did in a day - no, I did not paint everyday. Close to it though. It was meditation time every time I painted. I don't consider myself to be a disciplined or organized person at all, but this project helped me find a rhythm. Being out of school has been the hardest thing I've done in the past four years. I really needed this to ump start my studio practice again, and I am thankful to Cait for coming to us with it.
All this being said, I am not done painting apples. I am not tired or bored with them. I am going to keep painting apples. :)

oil on water color paper

oil on canvas board - sold

oil on canvas board

This is a painting of the painting above.
oil on canvas board

oil on water color paper

oil on water color paper

Sunday, December 6, 2009

Jack and Sally

Here is my series.. I decided to use mostly ink and pen for my drawings, and most are about 8x10 or smaller.

Wednesday, December 2, 2009


Tuesday, December 1, 2009

hi everyone, wrong date, my crit is friday the ELEVENTH
(thanks jana :) )

Monday, November 23, 2009

Friday, November 20, 2009

I like that Jana seems the mom of this blog for some reason. sorry ive been distant from it, i'll try to be better. i have been painting vases though. i'll take some photos and post them.
and im not sure if it matters with yours jana about the dates and order... its pretty interesting to look at and not know which is which and to speculate which did come first. i have all the dates written on mine though.. they arent exactly paintings either. but ill get on top of it and post stuff.. eventually.

Group Project: Morandi Dailies - JB

I did sort of try to put these in order... I am not sure if that matters. Either way, that didn't work. I haven't been dating them either. Not sure if that matters either.