Sunday, March 24, 2013
I'm addressing two personal shortcomings I pointed out in the last post -- tardy blogging and bad car painting. I've skipped ahead several paintings, and I'm giving you something fresh. I'm pretty pleased with the SUV parked on the left-hand edge. There's actually even more of it -- the entire rear wheels, but the photo of the painting wasn't well framed so I had to crop some.
I've said several times that I like houses, but I think probably what I really like is homes. Houses that are lived in, and wear personal touches of quirky, exuberant and fragile lives. Blue stairs, flags, potted plants and stuff. I love interiors too - the infinite different ways people nest. I thought about going on a house tour yesterday afternoon, but instead wound up visiting family members at their new home.
Friday, March 15, 2013
Like everyone else I know who actually looks at Facebook, I have a kind of love hate relationship with it. Facebook finds your old friends you thought you had lost forever. You can keep track of people and share people's lives without the risk or inconvenience of actually being with them. It's also a pretty big time drain, if you check even rarely to see what's been going on in hundreds of lives. But its hard not to check since you know it's there. I like the like button. I like to respond positively without having to explain why, or say something that doesn't add to the greater discourse. I find myself reflexively looking for a like button in a whole number of circumstances. Then I want my share of likes, my little bit of fame and positive attention, so I can't resist posting my paintings. But then I feel like I've stolen the blog's thunder, and it takes me longer to show and tell the paintings here.
My palm tree technique is coming along nicely, but always I struggle to express cars.
Tuesday, March 5, 2013
It has even occurred to me to apologize for the painting, since I think it is disappointing in a number of technical ways. I admit there is something I like about it anyway. Must be the mountains. There is a farmer's market here every Saturday, outside the museum, and pretty close to the LA Zoo. I expected it to be a bigger market, but it's still pretty nice. Delicious prepared food and lovely live music totally enhanced my painting experience.