Tuesday, December 13, 2011

White Abyss

White Abyss 7" x 5", acrylic on masonite
I've found that I am fond of patches of trees as well as vast fields. I plan to do a series in which I zero in on the forest, kind of like an abyss. There is a poem by Robert Frost called "Stopping by the Woods on a Snowy Evening," in which he calls the woods "dark, deep and lovely." I like paintings that have a quiet and pondering mood. My teachers often said that you can choose to either shout at the world or whisper to it. I might be in the latter category.
This painting called "The Lost Jockey" by Rene Magritte is my favorite in terms of snowy scenes. I like how the trees look like the structure of a leaf, veins and all. I think that paintings and poems have a lot in common.

Monday, December 12, 2011

A Delightful Carnation

A Delightful Carnation 2.5" x 2.5" oil on canvas
This is another tiny thing I made for the art sale. I think that the top of the bottle looks like those warp pipes from Mario. I like the outline and the general style. It often seems like tinier pieces take longer sometimes, especially when you're fussing over an ellipsis on the bottle. In one of my Romanticism classes I wrote a paper on miniatures. Along with the paper I had to recreate how they used to make miniatures and I chose to cut some copper plate into an oval. I think the other option was to do watercolor on ivory, but that's not really an accessible item in the 21st century. Anyway, I used oil paints (some that I mixed from powder like they used to) and painted a self-portrait. Very good project, I pretty much stipple anything that is tinier than this.

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Rose in Repose

Rose in Repose 3.5" x 2.5" oil on canvas
This painting is just a tiny thing, it looks really cute on one of those mini-easels they sell for $2 at art supply stores. I'm very excited because I finally signed up for dailypaintworks.com, it's an art auction site that feels a lot like an art community. I think I'll get a lot of motivation from their weekly challenges. Daily painting is a very good practice to get into; it makes it so painting becomes a natural and fluid practice. I had a teacher that used a personal example talking about daily practices, he said that he lived with a lot of trees in his backyard and there was always a mountain of leaves to clean up. He said that it is more productive to chip at it everyday rather than all at once, you can enjoy better that way. I always think back to my lessons in school and understand things a bit more readily.