30 April 2010

Day 97: Geraniums on the Front Walk



Each morning when I come back from painting, I walk by this pot of geraniums. When the light is just right, I say to myself ,"I've got to paint that!" So I finally did.
The color of these flowers is so outrageous that they don't seem natural, so I did keep them toned down a little. I think they are balanced out anyway by the warm red of the pot with the green in between them.
This was just fun and a little different, a break from the last few days of larger scenes on the road with the shadows playing on the trees. I like the change, variety keeps painting alive and interesting for me.

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29 April 2010

Day 96: Hayes Road


Today I really wanted to try something like I painted yesterday, only a little more complicated. And this was it, more complicated I mean, but also quite beautiful in the fast changing morning light.

This road is about to be paved next week, which I'm kind of sad about. I like the sand road and the thickness of the trees along the road. I guess this is progress, and now I'll just have to go a little further looking for back roads. I know I've said this before, but I really like the idea of painting also being a mode of documentation. I don't imagine that there will be any more paintings of Hayes Road before it is paved, and so it will preserve a little bit of history of the area in a way.

It was harder to place the values today in this painting, as I was out fairly early and the sun was moving fast, changing the patterns of light and shadow constantly. Still, I'm happy with my painting and will continue on this path. Practice, practice, practice! Even if it doesn't make perfect, it definitely makes for more experience and learning about what it is I want to capture in paint.

Thanks for following in the last days of the project, this is really fun!

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Day 95: Morning on the Path


I'm really excited about today's painting, it's a kind of breakthrough for me because it's closer to what I've been trying to accomplish throughout the project. This morning when I found this spot and set up to paint, I told myself to slow down and take my time to really look at and decide about the composition. Then I worked slowly just putting in the darks and lights, back and forth, back and forth, relating each value to the other. I'm excited about the result, I feel that this is a successful painting, and now I'm even more excited about tomorrow's painting.
Doing this, painting each and every day,has making a good painting feel less like luck, but more about intention and clear focus. When I'm stressed or in a hurry maybe I don't take all the time that I need to make the painting the best that I can, instead I let it be "okay" or "good enough," which is obviously not what I'm going for here, but it does happen sometimes when I'm not completely focused.
Seeing what I can accomplish when I am concentrated and willing to stay as long as it takes to make the painting work makes me see how I'm cheating both of us out of the best painting experience when I don't give it my all and maybe stop before it's the best that I know it can be.

Thanks for listening, for reading along day after day. Without you here and all of your undying enthusiasm and support I don't know where I would be. I can see now that no one is successful alone, it really does take an army (or a village or a community), just all of you. So thank you, thank you!

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28 April 2010

Day 94: Cypress at Kraft Gardens


Today I went to check out Kraft Gardens per recommendation from a friend, and it was worth it. The park is on the water and is mostly made up of cypress trees and azaleas. I saw this tree and just had to paint it. How can you be in Florida and not paint a cypress tree?
This made me think of Lojacono, who is one of my favorite Italian painters and the way he painted trees. You know they are really rooted there in the ground but are somehow still light on top. I am still asking myself, "How does he do it," but I hope to have the answer one day. I imagine the answer is something like, " You just do"!
Anyway, I was excited to have the opportunity to paint this today, it really was beautiful.

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27 April 2010

Day 93: Down By the Creek


I loved making this painting today. These creeks with their tannin stained water and deep shade with the light coming through are Florida to me. Even though I loved painting this, I did do battle with the little voice in my head saying it was just way too complicated. I've always been aware of this little voice, but today I really heard it and just kept going. I just began by putting in the darkest darks and lightest lights and went from there. It was really cool to see it develop. I love these dark scenes, they're mysterious and yet full of air. Each day I can see that if I really do challenge myself (and that little voice in my head) that is where all the development is. All there is to do is keep going and that's good news.

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25 April 2010

Day 92: Rain Coming, Charlotte Skyline



I can't write much today, I'm stressed and in a hurry. I'm getting ready to head out of Charlotte, NC and take the train back to Orlando.
I only want to say that painting in North Carolina has been fantastic, an unexpected surprise. I found this view in an old empty lot in town looking towards the city, and it was too cool, especially with that dark sky and the buildings coming through.
Tomorrow is back to Florida, I'm hoping it will be sunny!
Thanks for following and talk to you tomorrow.

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Day 91: Laurel in the Clearing


In the middle of the suburbs I found this clearing of what used to be an old home site. I was immediately taken by this little haven and then I saw this laurel. It has to be the tallest laurel I've ever seen. I really wanted to paint this, not just because of the unusually tall shrub, but also because of the quiet beauty of this place. Laurel has to be one of the plants that most marks this part of the country, the Carolinas and Tennessee.

I felt lucky today to have the chance to paint this, as the rain set in shortly after I finished (I think you can see the raindrops on the painting..). I'll just be here one more day, and I'm also looking forward to one more painting here. It's amazing how every place has something to paint, every place is an opportunity.

Thank you for following, even in the last days of the project. You're commitment to following the project has created an unexpected commitment in me to paint, paint, paint and then paint some more. It's really amazing working this much, I didn't expect that painting every day would really teach me about discipline in a whole new way along with learning more about painting each time I go to the easel. This is amazing, and even if I'm tired some days I don't want to stop the momentum gained by painting each and every day.

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23 April 2010

Day 90: May Irises

I was out after the early morning rain, and boy do people in North Carolina love their azaleas! They're in bloom everywhere you turn. Everything is in full bloom really, so I couldn't resist but paint some flowers today.
I never have thought of myself as a "flower painter# (whatever that means..), but I did have to paint them several times while studying still life painting. As I said with the daisy painting earlier in the project, painting flowers (especially white ones) has got to be one of the best exercises for a painter.
This painting is unique if nothing else for it singular bizarreness in it's composition! I didn't plan this one out, I just sat my easel down and started painting, I was pretty excited by just how gorgeous these flowers are. The iris deserves more than a one shot painting, or at least more than one painting. I could seriously paint these flowers over and over again because of their grace. Think how many paintings I've said this about now, that I could do many more paintings of a single day painting, I've already got a lifetime's worth of material for longer and bigger projects.
I love the one day paintings, they are making me much more confident about just approaching painting in general. No more being too careful or indecisive, no leaving something I'm unsure of how to treat until next time. Just put it down and see what I think. Arrange and then rearrange, change and keep going. I think that this decisiveness gives me the permission to be bold and try new things constantly. Now that's exciting.

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Day 89: In the Suburbs



I realized today that I've never painted in the suburbs. They're full of interesting spots, this one more abandoned looking than the manicured lawns and shrubs that I think of when I think of the suburbs. It's fun painting and walking around in a place where everyone else is driving, it's (I am) unexpected and so a lot of people want to stop and talk. Today I got everything from the usual commentary of how I'm doing, including "looking good" to" what are you looking at?" and I even got one "What are we doing?". I also got a marriage proposal from the local lawn maintenance man and a little girl who stopped to ask me about painting because she wants to be a painter when she grows up.
It's incredible. I imagined the suburbs to be a dull place where everyone stays in their cars or homes and minds their own business, but instead more people have talked to me here than in the city. Either way I had a fun and funny day and I think I'll do it again tomorrow.
Thanks for following in the adventure of 100 paintings, it really is an adventure!

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22 April 2010

Day 88: Afternoon Showers



I've been waiting for this painting, a mostly sky painting. Today while walking I saw this sky and just kept walking, trying to get where I was going. Then I realized that where I was going (in such a hurry) was to paint my daily painting! It was drizzling on and off and these enormous dark clouds were passing overhead. So I set up in this little clearing after the rain mostly stopped and attempted to capture the ever moving sky.
After painting this I think that painting skies is like everything else, that how one learns to do it well is through lots and lots of repetitive practice. The sky is so different every day and changing constantly throughout the day, that it has to be one of the more challenging (and exciting) things to paint. I'm looking forward to getting in the practice.

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21 April 2010

Day 87: Redbud, Duke Gardens



That's right, Duke Gardens. I'm already on the road again and am in North Carolina today. Visiting with my old friend she thought that taking the dog to the gardens at Duke University was the perfect thing to do on this gorgeous sunny day. Everything is in bloom and the brightest green that you can imagine.
I was a little overwhelmed by the overabundance of foliage, but thought that this was my opportunity to jump in and get some practice. Why I chose this composition was for the way the Redbud tree was in shadow surrounded by all this bright light, it really struck me.
I enjoyed my day with my friend, her dog, painting and the gardens. I'm amazed by how I could just make it all work, it's pretty cool and definitely satisfying being able to do everything that I wanted today, and before starting this project I never would have thought to include painting on a visit to a friend, but why not?

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19 April 2010

Day 86: Pole in the River



I was really excited about painting this today. This composition seemed different, more of a small window about the pole and it's reflection, the light and dark windows through the trees. I realized that I've been choosing large scenes and trying to fit them on my tiny canvas, and not only is it tricky to do, but it's not always as successful as a painting.
Initially I was thinking that the pole would be even bigger, maybe taking up most of the canvas, but in looking at the surrounding trees, I decided to include them with the bit of the path as well.
Today I feel excited about painting again, and I'm glad for it. I was able to think a little differently today about what a painting could be. It doesn't always have to be a vast landscape, but can also be a little slice of the bigger picture and still be a painting in and of itself and interesting.

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The project is coming to a close (yikes!). If you've been thinking about buying a painting but have been waiting, you may want to think about buying now, they're almost all gone! To look over all of the paintings from the project, click here. Thank you for your interest in the project and for seeing the project through. I'm inspired and grateful for your enthusiasm and support.
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Day 85: Rainy Sunday in the Studio



Today I got outside too late and got rained on just about halfway through my painting. So going back in I just hung around in my "studio" thinking about what to paint. I really wasn't in the mood to set up a still life, so I walked around the outside edges of the house where I could stand protected from the rain and paint outside but not get wet. No interesting compositions there, so standing inside the studio door thinking, I thought why not just paint this? It's a pretty cool view really.
It took me the better part of the afternoon to finish this painting as I was going at a turtle's pace, daydreaming about reading a book. It took me telling myself out loud to concentrate a few times to stay on track. I guess it's clear by now that I won't feel like painting every single day of my life, but despite this, when I go ahead and do it anyway I get into it and forget about my laziness. I always learn and have something to bring to the next painting.
This painting was a challenge because of all of the complicated things going on out through the window, so I went ahead and simplified them. I also simplified the amount of stuff on the table, in reality there is a lot more piled on there! It helped me tackle the painting and not feel overwhelmed. Maybe on the next one I'll go ahead and try adding more stuff, or maybe less is more?

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18 April 2010

Day 84: Tree in the Cow Pasture



After yesterday's painting I decided to do this tree study, or a painting just all about a tree to get in more practice painting trees. I picked this one because of it's fantastic form, what an elegant creature!
My friend let me paint in his cow pasture today, and at a certain point I heard some heavy breathing and turned around to find the entire herd staring at me in contemplative silence. It was nice to have their company and I'm sure they had no idea what I was doing there if I wasn't there to feed them.
Painting this tree was tricky because it had lots of sky showing through the leaves and by the end I was really making tree-sky soup! This has always been one of the great mysteries of painting to me: painting the leaves where they meet the sky. There is all kinds of advice on techniques for doing this out there, but when I find myself there in the moment I seem to try a little of this and a little of that until it looks right. I think that painting trees cannot really be taught, especially by describing it in a book. Painting a tree seems to be like painting a human, each one so particular in it's character. And there are so many things to keep in mind: the gradations in the light to the shadow, the holes where the sky comes through, capturing its weight where it roots into the ground, yet the lightness of the leaves. Taking the time to study a tree really made me appreciate all of it's complex and beautiful subtlety and the magnificence that is a tree.

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17 April 2010

Day 83: At the End of Alton Road



I can't believe how beautiful of a day it was today. In hopes of finding just the most amazing thing to paint, I set out driving. I drove and drove and drove some more, but that "perfect" thing just didn't jump out at me. I had really high expectations you see. I didn't tell you this, but since it's the last few weeks of the project I decided that I really want to give it my all, go all out and challenge myself to make the best paintings that I can. Now don't laugh, but I haven't stated this for fear of jinxing the whole thing and making really terrible paintings instead. It's silly really I realized today and just superstitious. If I choose a good composition, take the time to work on it and honestly give it my all, then for me that's an accomplishment and how I want to conclude the project.
To get back to today's story: after driving I went home with no plan B. Just before turning into my street I saw this and knew that it was today's painting. It's amazing, just short of a miracle to me, how each day without fail provides me with something fantastic to paint. And boy am I grateful!
I have to admit that this is was one of the most challenging paintings for me because of all the green. Green seems to be the color that we most instinctively react to and know instantly when it's "off". Also, just the ins and outs of the trees, I think I could spend days going back and refining even this little painting attempting to clarify the trees.
With that said I'm glad I took on the challenge of painting this just because it was a beautiful moment to me. The world is full of these moments and I hope to keep refining my ability to capture them in paint.

Thank for for following the project, without you I don't know that I would be challenging myself in all these ways and really pushing myself to become the painter that I had hoped to be and am in the process of becoming.

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16 April 2010

Day 82: View From Overlook Park



I really wanted to call this painting Sailor Out at Sea or give it some such title, because it's exactly how I felt while painting this. The wind was blowing so hard and the waves were crashing up on the dock where I was standing that I somehow felt brave for standing out there painting. It was fun really, and sometimes the brushstrokes weren't landing exactly where I had intended them to as the easel went back and forth a little with the wind, it was an added excitement for the painting!
I just love the Florida landscape, I don't think that I will ever get used to it. For me it's almost tropical, but retains this wild primal feel to it with the big oaks and their spanish moss hanging down creating the heaviest shade. And that dark water where you can't see into it, and so you know there must be an alligator just lurking underneath the surface. You can tell that it's very dramatic and exciting for me.
I must admit that I am a little tired today, but once I got painting I was into it and forgot about being tired. I like traveling and painting completely different landscapes, it doesn't give me the chance to get too used to any certain look or palette. I realized today that this change is good to keep me thinking about how I am going to approach painting what's in front of me when it's not familiar. Hopefully this will make me a better painter, analyzing each situation as unique and it's own and not allowing me to develop some kind of formula for how you paint something. Florida is full of green and blue, that's for sure, but it's also wonderfully unpredictable.

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15 April 2010

Day 81: Evening View from San Niccolo'



I'm writing this to you fresh off the plane from Italy, a little tired but feeling good and excited to do some more Florida landscapes.
Knowing this would be the case, I painted today's painting yesterday evening on the Arno as the sun was setting. Racing against what was left of the light, I felt like an athlete who had been training and this was the race. I didn't have time to stop and think or analyze, but rather had to make snap decisions as the light was changing before my eyes. I was so present to the beauty that is Florence in the moment of painting this, and while sad to be leaving just as the weather is really turning good, I also just felt lucky to have had the chance to paint this.

I can't believe we're in the last few weeks of the 100 day journey, it's just racing by. Sharing this project and my journey with you has brought me changes and abundance that I never expected. Thank you for being a part of the experience and I can't wait to see what tomorrow's painting adventure will be.

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13 April 2010

Day 80: Cloudy Morning in the Park

Today is my last day in Florence, tomorrow I'll be flying back to Florida. This gave me a lot to think about as I was riding around on my bike this morning searching for my spot to paint. I was thinking that I somehow needed to paint something particularly Florentine, but then I thought that anything painted in Florence couldn't help but be Florentine. This empty park bench wasn't what I expected to find, but it did express my mood of nostalgia and sadness for my departure which is why I stopped to paint it.

While packing the other day I found a box full of old paintings, it was a real treat! They were pretty terrible and it made me stop and wonder about what it is that had me keep painting if they weren't really very good. Why did I keep going and not stop seeing that I wasn't a genius producing masterpieces from the get go? I'm so glad to have found these because even though I have a long way to go I can see how much I've improved just by keeping at it.


I often think about the so-called 10,000 hour priciple that says one has not mastered something until they have practiced it for that amount of time. How many hours have I put in so far and when is that 10,000 hour mark coming? And what will I do once I reach it?! I'm not actually worried about this, about arriving to a certain level of accomplishment, but it is exciting to think about. Rather than giving up since I wasn't born a painting genius, I can become a master of my craft if I just keep working, thinking, studying and being open to learning. Now there's a reason to keep going. Besides, there are so many things to paint, paintings just waiting to be made, who could stop now?!

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12 April 2010

Day 79: Morning Still Life in the Studio



Day 79: Morning Still Life in the Studio
This morning I set out to paint a still life. At a certain point I wiped the whole thing down, it was missing something and I wasn't really very inspired by it. I decided to clean my paints and to go outside and start all over. I rolled the still life table aside and started cleaning my brushes. When I looked up this is what I saw and I thought that it was the perfect thing to paint.
This is another one of those lessons to be learned over and over again, the one of stop trying so hard! There is a whole world of things out there to paint when I start looking, so sometimes attempting to arrange something, well, is just contrived.
I sometimes still have the daily worry of ,"What will I paint today?", but you would think by now that I would just relax and have a little faith, so far there's been no lack of cool, fun, interesting, beautiful and challenging things to paint.

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11 April 2010

Day 78: Copy After Cabianca: Cipressi al Poggio Imperiale


I thought that I would try something a little different today to mix it up. This is a copy of a painting done by an Italian impressionist named Cabianca.
I've copied paintings in the past with varying levels of success, but have always learned huge amounts from this simple act. I chose this painting for its strong light effect and thought that it was one of the less complicated compositions to fit onto a small canvas. In painting this I saw so many things, like how he (Cabianca) put dark darks next to bright lights to get a strong light effect. Even though this is a small and simple painting, it's incredibly subtle! Several times I tried mixing his colors but just couldn't figure it out, while other times I could guess easily what he was doing. It's really cool copying a painting, it's almost like having a glimpse into the brain of another painter.
This is an exercise that I will keep doing regularly, it's so helpful and gives endless insights into the nuts and bolts of painting.

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10 April 2010

Day 77: Morning in the Field


Today I'm in the countryside and got lucky because my friends are letting me use their computer after a huge lunch and a lovely walk in the woods, who could ask for anything more?!
This was painted in a field near the Arno river with the hazy purple morning sky. It's a beautiful day and I think it's going to start raining tomorrow, so I'm lucky dto have had the opportunity to be outside all day.
I'll keep it short. Stayed tuned, I don't know what's coming in the next days.

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09 April 2010

Day 76: Old Shed, Caldine


Today was truly the most gorgeous day! I got lucky and had painting company today of 2 painters visiting from Charleston. We caught the bus up here, had a picnic and then they went to work.
I wasn't really as diligent as they were though. I wanted to lay about in the sun and just really do nothing, when did I get so lazy?! The most beautiful painting day and all of a sudden I could care less about painting. All this Italian sun is making me lazy and decadant..
As you can see though I did paint today. I found this neat little shed in the middle of an entire hillside of olive trees. The other exciting thing is that we had a visit from a deer which I have never seen when painting up here. It seemed like a good sign. What it means I don't know, but something positive.
I'm getting spoiled with all of this beautiful weather. Hopefully it won't take the returning of the rain to snap me back into action..

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08 April 2010

Day 75: Nave a Rovezzano


I've actually painted here before. This is one of the places that I'm obsessed with and don't think I could ever get tired of paitning. It's a place way out of town along the Arno river. There's a bike path all the way and it is such a beautiful day that I just couldn't resist the bike ride out here.
There's something about how the blues and oranges come together in the sunlight here in Italy that I just get so addicted to, it's mostly why I love painting here. The effect of the sunlight here is so intense and beautiful, well I guess it's partly why I've stayed all this time painting here in Italy.
People were out walking their dogs and jogging this morning. The only person who stopped to talk was an old man with a violin who just couldn't understand why on earth I was doing such a small painting! He kept waiting for an answer, and the only answer was, well, it's the project!
Sometimes I agree with him, though. After riding all the way out there (which I would have done even without having gone painting..) I could feel like making a big painting was somehow more important or worthwhile for the time and effort. But in thinking about it, looking at many of the best paintings from the Italian Impressionists (I Macchiaioli in Italian) they're tiny and gorgeous, they loved this light effect and they really were awesome at naililng it! That's what I'm aiming for, I Macchiaioli gone 21st century..

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07 April 2010

Day 74: Morning in the Library



What had me make this painting were the strips of light on the floor, without that light it just would have seemed overwhelming painting all those shelves of books. The light on the floor is what made painting all those books worth it for me this time. I guess it's funny how such a little thing can capture my interest and enthusiasm enough to override my reservations about what I don't like or am not sure about being able to handle in a composition. This seemed like a beautiful moment, an opportunity not to be passed up. I guess that's all any painting is, a moment in time to be captured. It's pretty cool spending my days looking for things that I want to paint and then just setting up the easel and painting them. I really couldn't ask for anything more (except to keep getting better at painting of course)!
Thanks for following, you're really a trooper if you're still following at day 74! Some days I feel like a trooper, even though it's my project. By now I don't even ask myself whether or not I feel like painting, I just ask what am I going to paint. If nothing else came out of this project, just the fact that I now paint every day regarless of the weather, my mood, what other people want me to do, the errands I have to run and all the other various things that could take my attention away is beyond invaluable.
So thank you for being out there reading, commenting, cheering me on, or telling me when I'm off track. It's great to know that you're out there and making this whole thing happen!

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Day 73: Via delle Bombarde



Yesterday I was at a museum about the history of Florence and I saw a whole series of drawings and paintings done inside the narrow winding streets of the old center before it was partially destroyed and rearranged. I got really inspired and excited by these and since it was a clear sunny day I thought I would take my first shot at my own version.
It's crazy or silly that I've lived in Florence for 6 years now and have never dared to draw or paint one of these scenes from the narrow streets, they must be the most common paintings one sees from Florence apart from the Arno and the Ponte Vecchio. I guess I never dared because the drawing can be complicated and the light is moving so fast inside this narrow hall of streets.
It was quite fun and exciting making this painting, and the light really was moving fast, as if someone had put the sun in fast forward, it was tough! I changed the light and shadow a few times and then quit, trying to remember how it was and to finish up the painting from there.
I'm so impressed by how some of these 18th and 19th century painters did these scenes in these narrow alleys called streets in Florence, you would almost think that one had to be from Florence in order to get it right, to have the make up of this kind of street, so distinct in character, in order to pull off a painting like this with ease and grace, as if it were a lazy moment in the afternoon with everyone sleeping and time just standing still.
Really if you live in or visit Florence, you should paint its streets, they are so unique to Florence in their light yet dark heaviness, I don't know that there is any other place like it.
Making this painting today reminded me just how lucky I am to be able to live in Florence and that despite the throngs of tourists there are quiet beautiful moments to be found. I think I will do more of these paintings until I can learn how to paint them as if I always had.
Today, yet again, I learned to not stay away from the composition that I think is too hard for me, but rather to just dive in willingly and be ready to do it all over again.

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06 April 2010

Day 72: Afternoon at the Table



Something about the simplicity of this scene is what made me want to paint it. Originally there were tons of little objects, details, etc. in this composition, but as I painted I just eliminated them finding something more interesting about the lack of detail than the addition of it.
I seem to keep gravitating towards simplicity weather it be a single object or like here just the main idea of the composition rather than every detail. I want to keep exploring this, I think that there's something in this that keeps me fascinated: the presence of absence. For now this is a common thread running through my paintings. I guess it's no coincidence then that there are no figures in my paintings. I really haven't even considered painting people yet. Well, there are still a few paintings left, so who knows what will happen between now and the end of the project. I may even paint some figures, I really don't know what to expect!
Thanks for following and I look forward to sharing tomorrow's painting with you.

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04 April 2010

Day 71: Grand Mariner



Today I went to work again on an object as it's raining cats and dogs outside. I'm liking painting inside these last few days, if nothing else for the change of pace and solitude. Sometimes it can be distracting paintng outside when everyone wants to stop and chat, which I like, but sometimes it's nice to just concentrate on painting and have the comforts of home.
I won't keep you long today, just long enough to share with you my painting, which for me was an exercise in warm darks and all the subtleties of warm reds and browns. Dark paintings are fun and tricky (especially when it comes time to photograph them..) and I'm not sure that I've ever made just a dark painting before, I should really experiment more.
Thanks for following and hope you're enjoying your weekend (and having better weather than here in Florence!). Until tomorrow..

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03 April 2010

Day 70: Pepper, Fennel and Garlic in Oil


Sometimes I have a debate with myself about the importance of subject matter in painting. Can a single object painted well be more beautiful or somehow meaningful than a poorly painted landscape? Definitely. But what is it that I want to paint? Is there any meaning in painting single objects or does it really matter? Is the point just the exercise of painting, of gaining a deeper understanding of color, value, composition and different ways of putting it all together or should there be a feeling or something that I want to communicate each time? At some point am I going to need to chose a subject matter and stick to it?

These were the questions I was asking myself while painting this bottle today. I chose it for it’s simple yet complex nature. Although it’s just a single object it has a lot going on with the various colored objects, reflections and then light and shadow. I thought it was the perfect thing to paint today but it didn’t have any meaning to me personally, I just wanted to give myself a new and different challenge.

Painting this bottle reminded me of when I formally studied still life painting. At the time it was a bit like going to the dentist: I knew it was for the best, but it was a little painful in the tediousness of the whole thing. I could spend weeks painting a still life or a bottle like this filled with all kinds of nuances. The more I looked at this bottle today, the more I saw and the wetter the paint got. I saw then that I had to choose the important things to emphasize if this were to be just a one shot painting.

I have to say, the more I paint the more there seems to be to learn about painting. I don’t think it’s something one ever feels done with. I guess time will tell. In the meantime I guess the important thing is to be fully engaged and along for the ride!

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02 April 2010

Day 69: At Jory's


I almost can't believe that it's day 69 and that I'm actually this far along in the project, the days are just flying by. To tell the truth I don't think I've been challenging myself too much these last few days, but rather have been coasting. Don't get me wrong, I'm stil in the project and doing the project, but I haven't been looking for ways to challenge myself or improve my painting these last few days, I've just been doing what I already know how to do. Maybe it's time to get back in the game and out of my comfort zone!

Today's painting is an interior done at my friend's studio/home. You maybe get a sense from the paiting that there are 2-story windows covering one wall, it's fantastic. There are several of these studios in this block in Florence and entering each one is entering a different world particular to the person whose studio it is. If I keep working hard I'll get the chance to have my own studio on this block, designed just how I would like. Now that would be amazing! In the meantime being a visitor and getting the chance to paint these little glimpses is pretty cool too.

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01 April 2010

Day 68: La Primera, Pencil Box


Today I was house/cat sitting and there were just so many interesting objects in this house I couldn’t resist but paint something, so I chose this pencil box. It’s quite large, I imagine it was a cigar box. I’m not really sure what it was, but now it’s full of different colored pencils.

Today the weather was still moody and although I would have gladly painted outside, I wanted to explore my new temporary surroundings and enjoyed the change of painting inside today. Looking at all the different paintings from the project I realized today that I enjoy the change of scenery so to speak. I like painting inside and outside, interiors, still lifes, landscapes and being open to something different each day. I don't know if a painter is supposed to have one genre to focus on more or less, but for me it seems to work mixing things up a little, variety seems to be an element of painting that keeps me interested.

So, who knows what tomorrow will bring in terms of subject matter, but I'm looking forward to it. Thanks for following and talk to you tomorrow!

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