Posts made in February, 2014

february 24, 2014

Posted by on Feb 24, 2014 in painting, penelope | 4 comments

penelopeNot a great picture of the painting, but hopefully it gives you an idea. I got the kids painted in, did away with the dog, and painted the distant city. Only a couple other elements to go.

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february 23, 2014

Posted by on Feb 23, 2014 in painting | 0 comments

hill 3I kind of like this little hill with its tower. It’s overlooking the sea and I think there are probably some folks who take turns living here to watch for ships or to light the beacon when there are storms.

I have other images from this painting on facebook if you want to check them out.

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february 10, 2014

Posted by on Feb 10, 2014 in painting | 0 comments


questThe city in the hourglass is coming along, but it’s coming along slowly. And so in an uncharacteristic move, I decided to block in the entire other painting just to feel good about the day. And it worked, because it’s no longer a blank canvas staring at me – it now has a ton of potential and little areas for me to work on and I’m excited about it.

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february 7, 2014

Posted by on Feb 7, 2014 in painting | 0 comments

city hourglass

Every so often I’ll have one of those days where work is un-accomplished. As in, I paint out more than I paint in and the net is negative. So it has been today. This  is a new piece (despite looking identical to my earlier Hourglass painting) that I’m working on for the Kansas City show. And up until today I had a little city painted in the upper portion, crumbling away and decaying. It was quite nice, too, despite being old and dilapidated. I also had the new city, vibrant and bright and full of life most of the way done in the lower portion (you can see hints of it through the bluish white).

But it wasn’t right. I’ve had a nagging feeling about it for the past week even as I’ve painstakingly painted it. This morning I figured out what was wrong: it was too big. It over-filled the space and was just too large, which made the piece not work.

And so I had to paint it out which always is hard because you see hours of work disappear in moments and it feels like waste. It triggers the “you can’t do it” mental tape recording. And it the citythrows off my painting schedule (this was supposed to be done by the end of this week).

So I did what I had to do and then sketched in another painting while waiting for the  Hourglass to dry. The new one (as you hopefully can see) will involve hills and the sea and a river and a city and a couple kids and a dog. With the sketch came distraction from the Hourglass (and thus a slight muting of the “you can’t do it”) and excitement for the possibility that new paintings always hold. Hurray for the new!


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