Thursday, May 31, 2012

Painting a Day Project: #40

It's hard to know where or when or why inspiration will strike and this was a perfect example of just going with it. My dear friends Albert Nichols and Michael Lindsay, owners of ElizabethW, make this adorable (and useful) product that has some of the best and most clever packaging I've seen--lavender dryer sachets that emulate a fresh stack of fluff & fold. Inspired also by knowing I'll see them soon for a little visit, I wanted to do something quirky and memorable with, literally, just their name on it. Gouche on 5x7" canvas, "Fluff & Fold". xo

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Painting a Day Project: #39

I keep an ongoing file of images in a journal--vision board meets visual journal--and this little white settee from a Tricia Guild Gallery photo jumped out at me and said, Paint Me Please. Well, ok then. She's a wee one, just 4x6" on gallery wrapped canvas painted with  my new best friends, G O U A C H and E. 

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Painting a Day Project: #38

This one's for you Stacy Collins, turquoise jeans and all. Inside joke but happy that it found its way in a little painting, Daniel Smith watercolors on Amalfi paper, 6x9". And if you recognize the model? Check the cover of your JCrew catalogue last week. Ha! xoxo

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Painting a "Day" Project: #37

Painting a day project. Righhhhhht. That was a really great idea. Same type of idea as signing up for Bay to Breakers, cutting out carbs, reducing sugar and caffeine, reading more instead of watching TV...well, the race is next weekend and I have trained exactly once, I ate a a fabulous blueberry-lemon loaf type-thing for breakfast with two cups of strong coffee with cream and sugar and you, guessed it, the TV is on in the background as I mull over what to do about this painting a day project. Post or not post? Cop to the fact that this was and IS a great idea. Really. The spirit lives! So here I am, doing it anyway, and I will muddle along, like we do, in life and in art. I've been reading a collection of excellent books on writing, art making and such: Natalie Goldberg's Old Friend from Far Away, If You Want to Write by Brenda Ueland and Steal Like an Artist by Austin Kleon. All different angles but in the end, the message is always the same: To Thine Own Self Be True.

And so truly, I am being myself, posting this funny pink chair that has had so many iterations of pinkness, pattern, with message, without, trying to look like another artist, realizing that's impossible, embracing the inner critic, not posting because I didn't like it, and now remembering, isn't that the whole point of this exercise, just keep going. So with that, I am donning my running shoes to start training for next week's mini marathon. Hell, at that race everyone's looking at the naked people who shouldn't be naked gimpy limpy self will be the last thing anyone cares about. And that's the truth, Ruth. To Thine Own Self be True, acrylic on gallery wrapped canvas, 20" x 24".

To be continued. Probably. xo