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A year of painting and blogging!

Today I have been writing this blog for one year.  🙂  I started this to blog my paintings, suspecting that getting a little feedback on them would motivate me to keep me painting.  It worked!!  Moreover, I took Jim’s advice and decided to stick to a schedule of posting twice a week.  Though I did shift my original Tuesday/Friday schedule to Wednesday/Saturday, I still cannot believe I have actually posted twice a week — every week — for a full year.  Of course some posts have been… lackluster, but then I’ve also been surprised by which have been more popular.

So on this, the conclusion of year one, I want to sincerely thank all of you.  Thank you.  Thank you for visiting!  It’s not flattery — it’s straight truth when I tell you that it’s your comments and likes that keep the posts and paintings coming.  🙂

I want to especially thank Jenna, Marina, Dani, Joseph, and QueridaJ for all the artistic support and encouragement!  Thank you so much!  🙂

Here is a slideshow of the OMIGOD 61 paintings (mostly) I’ve completed this past year:

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Gallery and… fan art?

Two items for today’s post:  First, you may have noticed the new tab above — I built a gallery!  11 paintings and counting!  🙂

Second, a day or three after Christmas, I was surprised and touched to find out that my daughter liked the Fairy painting so much, that she based one of her own drawings on it!  I just cannot tell you how amazing that feels!  😀  There really aren’t any words…!

 

Fairy Fan Art

My daughter's drawing of the Fairy, #2 Pencil on 18" x 12" acid free paper, December 2011

 

Moon and star above, and a rather tall squirrel below.  She is 9 by the way.   Here is a close-up of the fairy:

 

Fairy Fan Art, detail

Detail of my daughter's drawing of the Fairy, #2 Pencil on 18" x 12" acid free paper, December 2011

 

So, that’s all I got.  But wow…  ya know?

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Painting update!

First, here is the Fairy painting in the frame:

Fairy, framed, a Christmas gift for my daughter, acrylic on 11" x 14" canvas

Fairy, framed, a Christmas gift for my daughter, acrylic on 11" x 14" canvas

I made the frame out of corner molding, and have had a lot of “fun” actually getting this thing into the frame.  Third attempt is in progress now, as I write.  While the glue dries on that, I’ll relate the annoying tale.  I made the frame just a little too big.  Something about cutting the pieces with the miter box, and getting them the length I measured, eludes me.  I can make the top and bottom, and the sides the same length without a problem, but it tends to come out too big once I get the painting in.  I had the same trouble with the frame I made for this painting.  Anyway, I liked the size because the opening was exactly the perfect size to not cover up any of the painting.  I paint seriously all the way out to the edges of the canvas, so I don’t really want to cover any of the painting up, even with the frame.  So I went ahead and painted the frame.  What I did not realize at that point was that this size left me with few options for securing the painting to the frame…  First I tried using brads to hold it in, but they’re just too short to hold in the wood of the frame, and hold onto the canvas stretchers.  They tend to just fall out, and one did Christmas morning.  And corner molding is thin, so I can’t nail them in very far without splitting the wood.  Which I did twice.  Glued that back together on Christmas Eve and tried using a combination of the brads and popsicle sticks glued together along the sides to hold the painting in position inside the frame.  This was all dry Christmas morning and I gave it to my daughter.  She loved it!  I had no reason to fear on that point.  🙂  As she unwrapped further gifts I picked it up and the painting fell out.  Luckily no one saw that.  So now the brads are out and I’m gluing short chunks of the corner molding inside the frame, using their angles to hold the painting in.  If that works, tomorrow I’ll hang the dang thing.  Sheesh.

So after briefly getting back to one of the paintings you all voted on, I started this instead!

...in progress, acrylic on 11" x 14" canvas

...in progress, acrylic on 11" x 14" canvas

This was inspired by two things :  First, the ice stalactites and nemertean worms under the antarctic ice from the “Creatures of the Deep” episode of David Attenborough’s Life.  (Very cool video there.)

I’ve also been reading more about Dada.  I talk about it so much on this blog, I figured I really should know more about it, and it’s inspired me before; with more exposure it likely will again.   Actually it just did: my second inspiration was Hans Arp’s “Automatic Drawing”, in the Dada collection of MoMA.  More ‘nemertean worms’ and other organic shapes there.  So yeah, this painting is kind of busy, but it started out that way

Another aspect of Dada was a rebellion against how calcified and rigid the definition of what was and was not art had become, at that time.  Even though impressionism had loosened things up a bit, it was not enough for the Dadas.  They blew the definition of art wide open, to pretty much everything we count as art today, with works like Marcel Duchamp’s Fountain.  This I think was done in the spirit of, “I’ll do whatever the hell I want and call it art, and declare that it’s not art at the same time just to mess with you, even as it sits in an art gallery.”  If somehow you have missed ever hearing about this (I know, it happens), yes, it’s a manufactured urinal turned on its side and signed “R. Mutt” by the artist.  So I was also painting the above in the spirit of, “I’ll paint whatever the hell I want to paint even if it does look like crap!”  Or more articulately, too much red at this point I think, and too ‘squeezed in’…

I also made a lot of progress with this one, but it’s so close to done now that I think I’ll just try to finish it up and post it Friday in lieu of an update now.

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Update to the update!  The third attempt at framing the fairy finally worked, and it’s hanging on the wall now.  🙂

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Painting: Fairy


It’s done!  And in time for Christmas too, whew!  This is the fairy painting I made as a Christmas gift for my daughter.  She glides just above the grass, a being of light, trailing magnetic fields of fairy magic behind.

Fairy, a Christmas gift for my daughter, acrylic on 11" x 14" canvas

Fairy, a Christmas gift for my daughter, acrylic on 11" x 14" canvas

I hope I captured some of the mystery such a creature would be, if witnessed in real life.  The painting itself is done as you see here,  but I’m still working on the frame…  The foreshortened arm was the hardest of course, and getting the glow right was difficult too.  The wings also were quite tedious at times.  But, these are the things that make non-representational art easier, in it’s way.  When not trying to represent anything recognizable, you don’t get caught up in trying to make things look the way they should, because when it doesn’t represent anything physical, there is much less to how it should look.  Maybe I just stated the obvious, but that’s what this painting really brought home to me, much more than Falling did.  Being compelled to fuss over the details is the price you pay for even approaching realism I guess.

Anyway, I hope she likes it! 🙂

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