Monday, July 1, 2013

One Hundred Paintings Part XVII

Greetings to my dear blog meanderers on this glorious rainy afternoon. I'm not being facetious. I actually love rain, though it is starting to interfere with my quest to end seasonal related depression. If I don't get some vitamin D up in my pores, I'm going to lose my cool (not like there's much of that to lose though). I sort of missed the boat on that blog post last week, so I thought I'd post four paintings today to express my shame and regret.

"Farewell Tour"

Well you don't know how long I've been waiting to type "Painting L". Just kidding, I've realized this roman numeral thing has gotten way out of hand, but I have to see it through. I'm a see-through-er -- to my everlasting regret. Most people probably don't even know that "50" in roman numerals is "L. Would you take a look at that. My blog is both stupid and informatory... the more you know. Anyway, I couldn't be more excited to say I'm finally (more than) half way through "The One Hundred Paintings Project" ( insert confetti ). I just had to paint a sad spectacled bear, because they are my favorite of all the bears, and it's been a long time coming. If someone wanted to get me one for my birthday next year, well wouldn't you know... I'd just love it right to death.


This has turned out to be one of my favorite paintings I've done so far. I didn't think to much of it as I was starting out, but it pulled together nicely, I think.


This one on the other hand, did not. I had a much different vision for this painting (the vision being... not bad). The under-drawing was good, but I messed up somewhere in the painting process. I find that happens every once in a while, whether it's because I'm rushed or just generally "not feeling it" I create a painting I want to trash. I couldn't do that though, because it's all part of the process after all.

"The Spark"

And then I got back in the game with this painting. I'm mostly pleased with the way it turned out, and I painted it pretty quick. Maybe the fastest painting I've done so far. This idea was kind of sparked by my experience as a young art student. I used to come into high school really early in the morning before classes started, to work on this watercolor painting of a deer skull that was set up in the back of the art room. It was so quiet I would just sort of feel alone with myself, this skull and the inspiration.

That about does it for now. I'm going to try and paint four paintings per week if I can swing it. It won't be easy but I'd like to have these paintings done by the end of summer -- God willing and the creek don't rise.