One of my very best buddies today suggested that perhaps I'm not loosening up because I'm painting daily. She has noticed that many of my paintings have wine bottles and wine glasses. Just for clarification Dyanne, there is no drinkable alcohol in this still life today. It's garlic, olive oil and vinegar (ops... red wine vinegar).
I'm starting to have a lot of fun with this, and I think I am loosening up. I find I no longer psychoanalyze each object before I choose to paint it. I just quickly reach for colors, color contrast, abstract shapes and textures. I hope this doesn't sound esoteric or artsy, because that's not me and that crap turns me off.
I didn't have a lot of time last night so this was quick and wet, but I'm pleased with the results. This is day 16 of 2015. I'm feeling a difference in my painting by doing these daily paintings. I'm making decisions quicker with more confidence. It's been a crazy year so far. If I hadn't made a commitment to myself to do these, I probably wouldn't have seen much of my studio so far this year.
I like to paint art objects. These are objects from an ink set I purchased in China. I set them on a glass on top of a piece of bright red construction paper. The way the light hit the glass dramatically skewed the intensity of the red to a milky pink.
When I'm by myself and don't have to cook, this is my favorite dinner. Painting the cheese and crackers was a challenge. The cheese got darker and darker as the painting progressed so it ended up making my 2 dogs very happy as a little dog snack. The wine made me happy.
This isn't really Blanton's Bourbon. It's just a painting of a Blanton's bottle with other bourbon in it. The Blanton's is long gone, but I've kept the bottle to remind me of the good friend who gave it to me years ago.
This is day three of painting in 2015. I wanted to paint something colorful today so I scouted through the liquor cabinet and found a very dusty bottle of Curacao. I've forgotten what it taste like, so I plan to look up a recipe before cocktail hour this evening.
All of the painters I admire paint in a loose expressive style. I haven't been able to achieve that result myself, so I'm starting the year with a series of small still-lifes. I'm going to continue this series until I'm able to develop a loose expressive style. I may not complete a painting each day, but I plan to paint each day.