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Archive for July 10th, 2011


Wow, I cannot beleive that this is my 40th painting.  As someone that has previously only painted about 10 paintings prior to this project, I must say that this is one big fricking deal! 🙂  Since I went to church today, the picture for today has a religous theme.  I originally set out to make the human hand in the picture very realistic and full of detail, however either laziness or trouble interpreting the color and shading led me to produce a flat cartoonish painting.  I like the picture anyways.  The picture is an oil painting on an 18″x18″ canvas.

 

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Today I roasted outside at the Gold Coast Art Fair at Grant Park.  I was happy to roast in the sun in order to see all of the beautiful artwork on display.  I was really impressed with the artisan jewelry.  Simply gorgeous.  I saw a pair of pearl earring similar to the style that I bought yesterday for about $30 less.  Boo hoo.  Oh well you live and learn.  I saw one really clever painting of a the silhouette of a giant person bending over looking at a proportionately smaller person that was looking upward.  I thought  that it would be cool to recreate the painting by painting the giant with one hand behind their back hiding a giant mallet and the other hand reaching out offering something shiny to the tiny person.  I tried to paint that, but I couldn’t get the proportions of the giant correct, so I painted over it.  This painting only has the silhouette of the tiny person.  The picture is an oil painting on  2″x2″ canvas.

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Today I was a true American.  I spent a lot of money shopping, and that’s what Americans do best!  Macy’s had a crazy sale on jewelry so I decided to purchase some pearl earrings.  I have a little buyers remorse because they are cultured freshwater pearls and not cultured sea pearls.  My pearl necklace is a vintage 1950s cultured sea pearls that I purchased from an antique store.  Sea pearls are gorgeous and have character.  Cultured freshwater pearls are nice but they don’t have the luster and complexity of sea pearls.  I couldn’t believe that Macy’s didnt have any sea pearls.  Unbelievable.  I had to push aside my snobbery and buy the pearl and gold earrings because I needed earrings to match my necklace.  Later on in the day I decided to seal the deal and bought a multistrand pearl bracelet (cultured freshwater, because apparently no one sells sea pearls anymore).  Today’s picture is an oil painting of one of the earrings that I bought.  I’m proud of myself for capturing the luster of the pearl, although it would be more lustrous if it were a sea pearl.  🙂

 

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