Monday, September 10, 2012

Apples and Dots

Apples and Dots oil on masonite 6" x 6" 
I am having a lot of fun with apples, they look deceptively easy but are the hardest to simplify in a few strokes, I can see why Cezanne painted them so earnestly. In Irving Stone's Lust for Life, a biography on Vincent Van Gogh, there's this funny little scene in Pere Tanguy's gallery where a customer is asking about a Cezanne painting of four apples and Pere's wife quotes 100 francs for the painting. The customer says he can only afford it for 25 francs so Pere's wife cuts out one of the apples and sells it to him. Quite a fantastic read if you're looking for a solid artist biography, a lot of it is supported by letters Van Gogh wrote to his brother Theo.

Saturday, September 8, 2012

Pillow Candy

Pillow Candy 6" x 6" oil on canvas
Buy it Now!
These are some complimentary chocolates from the Aria in Las Vegas, they are water-themed, just like the hotel was. There was this silver sculpture of a jet of water by Maya Lin right behind the reception desk. The painting has a Mondrian-esque quality to it, particularly in the way the yellow is subdued by the red, with the blue forward, in order to keep a sense of equilibrium. I really enjoyed showing the texture of the foil wrappers. Ideally, I think this is the style I want for my work, where it's realistic but has a painterly touch. I love seeing paintings that totally read as super realistic from far away, but when you come closer you can really see the paint from the surface, it's like two different worlds of the same painting.

Saturday, September 1, 2012

Bluebird of Happiness

Bluebird of Happiness 6" x 6" oil on canvas
Buy it now!

When I was up in Mt.Charleston, my mom bought me a spiral necklace with a Lapis lazuli jewel from a Navajo lady. She gave us a little brochure on different Navajo meanings; a spiral meaning new beginnings and a Lapis lazuli for creativity. When we were there I saw a bluebird in a tree that was just stunning, it looked like it had a little Mohawk, I wish I would've got a picture of it! Bluebirds are a great spirit to the Navajo people, they represent the rising sun. This is a Navajo song that is sung before sunrise:

 Bluebird said to me, 
"Get up, my grandchild. 
It is dawn," It said to me.