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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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I was in an angry mood today and nothing could shake it.  Today I learned the therapeutic power of painting still lifes.  I’ve painted some of the more abstract paintings when upset, but its done nothing for my mood.  Today I painted some of raspberries from the farmers market in their wooden container.   The concentration that I took to paint each node of the raspberries and get the coloring correct, allowed me to release my preoccupation of what was angering me.  Today’s picture is an oil painting on a 2″x2″ canvas.

 

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Success!  I blew it this past weekend and hibernated instead of going out to July 4th social events.  I was determined to make up for it by attending a networking social at a bar and grill in lincoln park.  I had a great time.  I mixed and mingled and received a lot of compliments on my style from a jewelry artist.  Today’s picture is an oil painting on a 2″x2″ canvas of the crowd of people at the event.

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I didn’t want to go back to work today after a restful three day holiday.  The best part of my day came at lunch time when I walked over to the farmers market for exercise, enjoyment of the weather, and to buy some farm fresh goodies.  I bought a few pints of gooseberries and raspberries at the farmers market and boy oh boy were they delicious.  Today’s picture is an oil painting on a 2″x2″ canvas of the gooseberries.

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Happy 4th of July everyone.  I thank God that I live in a country where I can freely express my thoughts and pursue my dreams regardless of my gender and race.  Today’s picture is of the American flag.

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It may come to your surprize to find to find out that I am a movie star.  I was a movie extra in the “Transformers 3: Dark side of the Moon” film.  Parts of the movie was filmed in my beloved Chicago.  I had the honor of being one of 300 people selected out of 6000 auditioners to participate in the film.  Today I went to see the movie and I was able to pick myself out of the crowd of extras.  Todays picture is an oil painting on a 2″x2″ canvas of the many extras in one of the movie’s destruction scenes that I participated in.

 

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Today was pretty uneventful.  I did go to an art studio open house in Wicker Park yesterday, and loved one of the artists’ paintings of sunflowers.  Here is my painting of a field of sunflowers in oil paint on a 2″x2″ canvas.  This painting fell short of the beautiful sunflowers in the other artist’s paintings.  Oh well I tried. Can’t blame a girl for trying.

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We’ve had crazy weather over the past 48 hours.  Yesterday we had hail storms and winds that uprooted my rhubarb plants.  Today, the sky looked like the end of the world was looming.  The sky was swirling like witches brew.  It looked like the sky in the movie “Ghostbusters”.   Today’s picture is of the crazy rapture sky that happened around noon today.  It is an oil painting on a 2″x2″ canvas.

 

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What an exercise! Painting everyday proved to be tougher than I thought.  Additionally, more exspensive than I thought.  Some changes will be made for July.  My paintings for July will most likely appear on very creative media in order to cut the cost of canvases.  Another lesson learned is:  Having a one bedroom apartment filled with 30 drying oil paintings is not good for a person with asthma.  I am not the biggest fan of acrylic paintings, however I will probably start painting in acrylic after I use up the oil paint.

Here are my favorite paintings from the month of June.  Which paintings were your favorites?

"He Walks with Me"

 

"Gone Churchin'!"

"To the Max!"

"Little Applesauce: The Boss"

"Pregnant with Possibilities"

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