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Today was pretty cool.  I ended the day with a Natalie Cole concert with new friends at the Taste of Chicago.  The concert was amazing.  What a great city Chicago is!  The Chicago alley ways are iconic to me.  So here is a painting of the alley on my street.  This is an oil painting on a 4″x4″ canvas.

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Today I felt like someone tied boulders around my waist and threw me in the lake.  It was such a struggle to concentrate on anything.  Anything that I attempted to do required special effort.  I did make attempts throughout the day to pep myself up, but I wasn’t successsful in completely climbing out of the rut. 

When walking my dog I noticed how dry and cracked the ground was.  However there were some weeds that didn’t give up an were poking out of the ground.  That’s how I felt today.  Despite how bad I felt, I was determined to push through.  So here is my painting of that determination.

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Oh boy.  I’ve got nothing to paint.  Perhaps I should eat more food with spoiled dairy products so that will have nightmares and visions of something interesting to paint.

Well I did encounter something that I thought would make a good painting today.  I returned from my lunch break to find people protesting on a block near my job.  They were packed tight like sardines and were protesting passionately.  I didn’t agree with the reason for their protest.  However I did agree with their right to protest.  This is America and we have a right to make our voices heard.  So today’s painting is of all the protesters holding up their picket signs.  I’m tired and it’s late therefore there is not color in this painting.  Second news flash I ran out of yellow paint, therefore my creativity was stiffled.

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Trying to paint everyday is getting exhausting.  I’m learning that its hard to pull these painting out of the sky.  I’m having more misses that hits when it comes to these pictures.  Oh well, I volunteered myself for this task.  So I’ve got to keep my word and paint on.

Here goes….I had a doctors appointment today.  Not an appointment for anything major, just an annual physical for work.  Oddly enough the only doctor available to give me a physical by my work deadline, was located 2 blocks away from my ex-boyfriend’s place.  I worried about running into him after my appointment, but I dismissed it.  I thought to myself, what are the odds of running into him.  Chicago is a big place….I’ll blend into the crowd on the streets…he’s probably at home…or he’s probably on the otherside of town…there’s no chance of running into him.  Just to be safe I didn’t walk in the direction of his place to catch the train.  I decided to walk in the opposite direction and take a bus home instead of the train.  Well guess what?  Guess who emerges out of the darkness walking towards me as I’m trying to sneak out of the neighborhood?  The ex!  I waved hello and speed walked away.  Its odd how you manifest whatever you focus on.  So to make a long story short….here is what today’s painting represents:  There is a red cross which represents me going to the doctor’s office today.  The red cross also represents staying healthy by avoiding unhealthy people.  The green, blue, and brown background represents injury (emotionally, etc…) that one can receive if they involve themselves with infectious people.  This is an oil painting on 4″x4″ canvas created with brushes.

 

 

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I suffered from food poisoning last night.  For some reason, I thought that it was a good idea to eat a gyro that sat on the kitchen table for 8 hours on a hot summer day.  In summation, I spent the night having crazy dreams, having stomach cramps, and vomitting.  One of my crazy dreams produced the painting below.  I drempt about neon Andy Warhol-type cows flashing in and out of a pasture.  My stomach is still hurting, I wonder if I will still have crazy dreams tonight.  On the bright side, I will have an interesting painting tomorrow if I do have residual nightmares tonight from yesterday’s food poisoning episode.  This is an oil painting created with brushes on a 4″x4″ canvas.

"When Tzatziki Sauce Goes Bad"

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Ugh….the indecision is growing.  When I think about one thing, is branches off to another thought, which branches off to another, and another…  These thoughts put me in a state of life reflection today.  I began to feel like I was carrying around a lot of potential energy.  I was carrying around potential energy that I wasn’t converting to kinetic energy.  I felt as though I was chock full of missed opportunities.  I felt bloated with “hoping for”, bloated with “what if”.  Overall I felt like I had a lot of talents, accomplishments, missions, etc… that I need to give birth too, but for whatever reason I’m not giving birth to them.  That’s how I came up with this painting.  This is an oil painting created with brushes on a 6″x6″ canvas.

"Pregnant with Possibilities"

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Today I have swirling non-stop thoughts in my head of indecision.  The thoughts were placed on a shelf left to get dusty for 8 months, but decision day is approaching.  What to do, what to do?  Here is a painting of the swirling thoughts.  It is an oil painting created with brushes on a 2″x2″ canvas.

 

"Indecision"

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Sorry folks I’m tired tonight, dead tired.  Why am I dead tired?  I’m dead tired because I had to get up early this morning and went to bed late last night.  Therefore, not much effort is being put into this painting.  This picture reflects my appathy towards painting when exhausted, yet my committment to bringing a painting to you all everyday.

 

"The Sleep Monster"

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Three things stick out in my mind today:  #1 The amount of energy that Pepsi max gave me at work, #2 The scary gray tornado sky this afternoon, and #3 the grafitti on the buildings a long the subway tracks.  This painting is my interpretation of the three.  The painting was created using brushes and oil paint on a 8″x12″ canvas.

 

"To the Max!"

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Today I had a dinner reservation at Vermillion restaurant.  Vermillion is an amazing restaurant, and I had the once in a lifetime opportunity to enjoy the chef’s tasting menu.  The tasting menu was comprised of items prepared on the Iron Chef competition television show.  It was an absolutely fabulous dining experience.  However, I was dining alone.  None of my friends were available to come along for dinner.  I pep-talked myself up before going to the restaurant.  I got dolled up received compliments from several people along the street downtown and at the restaurant.  However my self esteem dropped as I journeyed through the 5 course 2 hour tasting menu.  When dining alone there is nothing to do but stare at the table and stare at people while you are waiting for the servers to bring out your next course.  I received sad and confused looks of “what the hell is she doing sitting at that table by herself?”.  At the restaurant there was a painting of a woman’s profile.  The woman in the painting had a ultra-confident posture and look on her face.  Started out like that at the beginning of my meal, but my posture and esteem slumped by the end of the meal.  So here is the painting of the day.  Me and my transformation from the confident chic woman, to the slumped over lonely person by the end of the night.  The paint is in oil on a 8″x10″ canvas using brushes

 

 

 

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"Le Migrane"

Today it thunderstormed.  I get sinus/migraines whenever there are violent thunderstorms.  Lucky me!  I am a human barometer.  Whenever there is an atmospheric pressure change for a thunderstorm, my sinus cavities and surrounding nerves are squeezed, resulting in blurred vision, nausea, and severe pain.  I am in the practice of loading up on motrin and rubbing my face with peppermint oil (over my sinus cavities) whenever a storm is approaching ( I feel the pressure a day before the storm hits).  This eased the pain of the migraine, however I am always left with the nausea and blurred vision.  Enough of the explanation of my headaches and weather.  This is an oil painting of my headache today.  The red is the flame of my inflamed nerves  growing if I don’t take pain medicine in time.  The blue is the extinguishing effect of the ibuprofen dulling the headache.  The yellow is the partially extinguished migraine.

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"Gone Churchin'!"

This another blurred square patchwork painting.  I painted tiny square with oil paint on a 4″x2″ canvas.  I let it dry a little, and then blurred it with a dry round brush.  It’s Sunday and I still haven’t found a church that I really like on the northside of Chicago.  All of the square are the jillions of churches that I’ve visited.  I’m ready to become a member of bedside baptist, lol.

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My car is currently defunct!   I live in a major metropolitan city with great public transportation, so I don’t plan on getting it fixed anytime soon, especially with these high gas prices.  I live on the safe splendid north side of Chicago, however I have a meeting for one of my community service organizations on the south side of Chicago.  I decided to be brave and take the l-train to the south side.  I figure that it was time for me to put aside my fears and prejudices against hood-ish people.   I planned to catch the bus from my l-train stop to my meeting.  Well I was in for a surprise.  The buses run like every 5-10 minutes rain, sleet, or shine on the north side.  Not so for the south side.  I waited like 25 minutes and no bus, so I decided to walk the 1.5 miles to my meeting.  This was like the green mile.  Almost everyday 2 year olds to 15 year olds get shot by random gang violence on the south side.  I decided to pray and walk anyways as long as I was on a bus route street.  I figured that I would be in plain view on a bus route street.  I hoped that it would make me less likely to get raped, robbed, or murdered.  The south side is so sad, dirty, disgusting, and downtrodden.  There was a unbareable heaviness, a mist of dispair… a curse of some sort.  Anyways, this painting has a blurred background representing my fear of the corner hustlers and what lurked around the corner.  There is also a red jagged path super-imposed over the blurred background.  The red is the possible bloodshed if I walked into a drive-by the jaggedness is my lack of sense of direction trying to find the community center for my meeting.

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TGIF!!!!  I really dont have anything TGIF to paint about, so I will paint about something that is still on my mind from yesterday.  I went to the farmers market during lunch because I really wanted some fresh strawberries.  As I was coming back from the farmers market, there was a homeless man with poor posture with a sign saying that he didn’t want food, and that he only wanted money.  I gave him a strawberry.  Perhaps I should have given him more that one strawberry, but oh well that’s what I gave him.  This is an oil painting on a 4″x2″ canvas.  The background are blurred red, blue, grey, and black geometric shapes with a white sillouette of the homeless guy in 3 slumped poses  reaching out for a strawberry.

 

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I’m still on the stained glass look painting.  I made a lot of black spiraling swirls in this picture.  I started exercising and dieting again this week because I felt that my curves were spiraling out of control.  So this idea is reflected in this picture.  I was tempted to continue adding to this painting in order to make it stand out from the other earlier posts.  I thought about putting a layer of curves in white on top of the dried picture.  I think that it would look great, but I’m also afraid that it will screw up the painting, so I’m going to leave it alone.   Tell me what you think.

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I really enjoy painting with the color behind the black lines.  It’s like a stained glass window.  I did  another painting in this style today.  I really look forward to painting each day.  Its starting to interfere with my schedule, but its really relaxing so its worth it.  This is an oil painting on a 4″x2″ canvas.

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I’m still on the geometric shapes kick.  I love earthy colors so they ended up in this painting.  I was feeling extra earthy today.  The painting was created using oil paint with a flat brush on a 4″x4″ canvas.

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I can’t really say that I had any inspiration to paint today other than the continuing desire to paint geometric shapes.  So here is what I came up with.  The textured white paint on a pale pink background reminds me of a fluffy dessert topping.

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June 12: Painting #12


"Losing Focus"

I’m still painting.  Today I went to the Oldtown Art Fair today.  Wow there were a lot of great artists showing great work at the fair.  It reminded me that I am not an artists, but I am having a lot of fun and relaxing playing around with paint and canavs.  In this painting I played around with geometric shapes.  It also conveys my feeling of not having focus on some decisions that I’m contemplating.

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In high school and college, I took painting classes where you follow the teacher step by step or paint a still life of a bowl of fruit on your table.  I never received and guidance for painting style or technique.  Style, technique, and spontaneous painting creativity are skills that I’ve always envied.

I once dated an artist that painted creatively straight from his head.  All of his paintings were connected in a way.  He had a definite style, motivating message, or obsession driving his pieces.  So one day I asked him how he came up with his paintings out of nothingness, where he got his inspiration.  He told me that he paints how he feels at that moment.  Now I have a new way of seeing how artists paint, they paint their emotions or experiences.  So that is what I will do for the next 365 days.  I will paint a new painting each day.  I hope that you are excited to see what I come up with!

June 01, 2011

I took an art class in graduate school and took a few Bottle and Brushes classes in Chicago where I painted several acrylic paintings.  However, I haven’t painted at home since 2001.  Everywhere that I’ve moved, I’ve packed and moved along one blank canvas, my oil paints, watercolors, varnish, and brush cleaner.  On May 31st I was charged up and ready to paint.  However, there is something that I forgot to pack…, my brushes.  I have no idea as to where my brushes are.  I suppose they are somewhere in my parents house.  Who knows?  So I had to buy new brushes at Blicks Art store after work the next day.  Well on the 29th, I stared and stared at the lone canvas that I saved for 10 years waiting for inspiration.  I stood in front of the canvas and saw my silhouette and a light shadow behind.  It reminded me of the footprints poem.  I was inspired.  The painting is in oil created with brushes on a 18″ x 24″ canvas.

"He Walks with Me"

 

 

June 2nd, 2011

I have no idea what to paint today.  I’m looking around and nothing awe-inspiring happened, but I see my dog.  I love my nervous-nilly Shi-Tzu dog.  That’s it, Eureka!  Looking at his cute faces fills me with warmth and love.  He is my inspiration for happiness in this moment.  So I will paint a picture of him.    Large canvases are expensive so I made the executive decision to make my painting on 2″ x 2″ mini canvases.  The following painting was created with a plastic palette knife with oil paint.  Leave a comment and tell me what you think.

"Little Applesauce: The Boss"

 

 

June 3rd,
2011

I over indulged at the Maifest today, but I still have to  paint.  This picture is going to be  interesting I bet.  I don’t have the dexterity to paint anything with fine detail at the moment.  I feel fluid, so this picture will be fluid.  I feel like a fiery passionate rose, but a little sad and blue.   I will paint an interpretation of a rose in a deep blue background.  I think that communicates how I feel right
now.  The painting was created with a plastic palette knife with oil paint on a 2″x2″ mini canvas.

 

 

June 4th,
2011

I don’t feel inspired in any way to paint today.  My old paint on my  palette from yesterday looks awesome like some cool piece of abstract art that you would see at the art museum.  I will try to recreate it.  The painting is in oil created with a plastic palette knife on a 2″x2″ mini canvas.

 

 

Okay the painting doesn’t look like my cool palette.   It actually looks like an abstract rendering
of Optimus Prime.   Oh well I tried.  I’m looking forward to better pictures

June 5th,
2011

I keep having the recurring nightmare of losing a plane ticket, not being able to book a plane ticket, or missing a flight.  I looked up the dream and it means that I have anxiety over missing an opportunity.  I saw a road with bright colors on each side.  I feel like this is my anxiety over my upcoming job interview.  I don’t know if I should take  the new job or if I am actually qualified to do the job if I woo the interviewers and get the job.  I will paint these anxieties.  I will paint the road that leads to a place
unknown.  The painting is in oil using a plastic palette knife on a 2″x2″ mini canvas.

"Road to Anywhere"

June 6th,
2011

Another uninspired day, with no strong feelings to paint about.  I don’t know how to paint or
communicate feeling go with the flow.  Well I will resort to painting a still life.  I was at the Gold Coast art fair today and there was this great painter that was painting still lifes of common things in the house like pieces of fruit, tools, etc…   I will do that.  I bought some Mullein extract from whole foods today.  It is important to me because it is supposed to be great for asthma and my asthma was horrible today.  When I made tea with the extract, I started to feel better within 30 minutes.  I will paint a still life of the bottle of my magic asthma healing extract next to the mason jar that I clean my brushes with.  The painting was created with oil paint using brushes on a 2″x2″ mini canvas.

 

 

 

 

June 7th,
2011

I am suffering from extreme exhaustion and anxiety over this presentation and the marathon interviews at Syracuse University.   All I have is Syracuse U on the brain.  I will paint an orange.  It represents Syracuse University, my possible future.  The painting was created with oil paint and a plastic palette knife on a 2″x2″ mini canvas.

June 8th,
2011

So many questions. So many question.  That’s how I feel.  That’s what I will paint today.  Confusion with inscribed question marks on top.  The painting was created with a plastic palette knife with oil paint on a 2″x2″ mini canvas.

June 9th,
2011

I think that my interviews and presentation went horribly today.  I hope to calm myself down over
the interviews I’ve had today.  I will try to recreate the pallet knife technique picture of a marsh from my “How to Paint with a palette Knife” book.   The painting was created with a plastic palette knife with oil paint on a 2″x2″ mini canvas.

June 10th,
2011

I am exhausted after my travels.  Not too inspired to paint.  I don’t know how to communicate exhaustion through a painting.  I need to perk up.  I have a lot of left over red paint on my palette that hasn’t dried out completely.  Red is energizing.  I will start with a red background and see what happens after making some black lines.  Maybe I will fill in the enclosures of the black lines with other colors.  Here goes.

Well I stopped with the black lines.  I looked at the painting and it looks like a poblano pepper.   I don’t want to go any further and mess up the picture.  This is so cool.  I didn’t plan to paint a pepper
but it just came out.

June 11th,
2011

I saw a really cool picture at an art gallery in Andersonville with polka dots.  I tried to paint an apple tree with polka dots, but that didn’t workout.  So I guess that the picture just ended up as shades of white grey and black that form an apple tree.

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