I am an artist based in LA (but from the good 'ol Midwest). This blog is a record of my life as a painter/artist. It is here to help me keep my place and motivation, ground me to learning and be a connection to other artists.
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I chose to paint the Hollywood Farmers Market for an agricultural show submission because I like the contrast of the fresh produce in the middle of the grubby city. The contrast has been emphasized in this piece by the parking meter in the background and in the last piece by the car and grungy sidewalk.
This is one of two submissions that I made today to an exhibition based on agriculture. I absolutely love the farmer's markets in California. I grew up in farm country in Indiana and we always had a huge-super-mega garden so I am very picky about produce but I've had some strawberries at the Hollywood Farmer's market that are THE BEST I've ever tasted. I'm drooling right now thinking about them.
Thomas Rowlandson had an ink and watercolor work exhibited (it was different than the one above, but same style). I'm always a fan of caricature and it is intriguing to see such comedic work going on in the 1700's. -Beware if you look this guy up, though, as some of his work is verging on pornographic.
Baronne de Domecy by Odilon Redon is such a unique portrait. The sitter is rendered in a realistic manner and in very bland tones while the background is free and verging on abstract. I think this work struck a chord with me because I have been struggling to push beyond following photographic reference to the detail and, instead, creating a piece that is overall visually harmonious.
I think this Redon quote (found on Wikipedia) is interesting -"I have often, as an exercise and as a sustenance, painted before an object down to the smallest accidents of its visual appearance; but the day left me sad and with an unsatiated thirst. The next day I let the other source run, that of imagination, through the recollection of the forms and I was then reassured and appeased."
Hope this post isn't boring; I know it is a bit more wordy than usual!
Several older women out for afternoon strolls stopped to talk to me while I was painting this in Santa Monica Park. One was also a painter and she spoke of a situation much like mine where finished pieces are piling up/leaning against walls. Another spoke of a painting that she purchased for $20 thirty years ago which, she says, she still absolutely enjoys seeing every single day. Still another pointed out a white poodle walking by and told me that I should incorporate "that fluffy rear end" into my next piece. Hilarious (and probably a good idea, too).
Everyone who comes up to speak with me loves art. It is very encouraging and great to get so many perspectives. Yet another reason why plein air painting will be something that I continue.
So I took my newly arrived french easel out for the first time...and discovered that plein air painting is the bomb. Of course it helps that I was in Santa Monica Park above the bluffs -in the sun and the ocean breeze- looking down on the beach.
Yes. Be jealous.
Also, I work much more quickly than anticipated and will need to get some canvases that are bit larger for next month. Anyways, here is the first result of my independent plein air adventures:
I can't believe my first month of a painting/day is almost halfway done already. It honestly hasn't been as grueling as I had imagined. Sticking with smaller canvas seems to help with that. Here's what happened on the 9th:
Many a house plant has died at my hands. I simply neglect them. Are succulents supposed to be easy to take care of? -Or perhaps paintings of plants will have to replace actual plants in my apartment so that the death toll can stop where it's at.
acrylic 8"x8" painting on 1.5" depth gallery wrapped canvas
This is Sept 3rd's painting. The subject is Lake George (in Northern Indiana) at dusk. My grandma has had a cottage there since before I was born. I learned to swim there and spent countless summer days in the water with my siblings and cousins. It is THE best place I've ever been in my life -my favorite place.
8.5"x5.5" (outside paper edge) watercolor, colored pencil and ink on cold press watercolor paper
Josh and I made plans to go to San Diego for Labor Day weekend. Neither of us have been so it should be a grand time -and will hopefully result in a few cool daily paintings. Does anyone else have exciting Labor Day plans?