Archive for August 7th, 2011

I finished the dragon tattoo painting that I started yesterday.  I decided to make the dragons red and yellow, because that was the color of the dragon in the japanese art book.  It would have taken too much time to figure out how to paint the dragon in blue and green in the way that I saw the dragon tattoo in my dream.  By the way I did a google search to see if Adam Levine had a dragon tattoo, and the verdict is no.  He has a bunch of other tattoos covering his arm.  It would be funny if his next tattoo ends up being a dragon.  The picture is an oil painting on a 16″x20″ canvas.

Adam Levine

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I had the best intentions of getting a lot of errands done today, but somehow time got away from me.  Today painting is another striped painting with a little more color.  I actually intended to start and finish another picture for today.  Yesterday I had a crazy dream that Adam Levine (lead singer of the rock band Maroon 5) had a new huge green and blue tattoo of a two Chinese dragons swirling around each other in a circular yin-yang fashion.  When I woke up I thought, “wow that would make a great painting”.  Fast forward to this afternoon.  I went to the library to look at more art books.  I checked out a book on Japanese art.  Guess what I saw?  As I flipped through the book I came across a picture of a round stringed instrument with two birds swirling each other in the same yin-yang fashion as the dragon tattoo in my dream.  I flipped further through the book and saw a painting of a Chinese dragon in the water turning over a boat.  So I thought that it was meant to be for me to paint the dragon tattoo.  I started out painting the dragons but as 4 am drew near and my body started to ache from sleep deprivation, I knew that I couldn’t finish the picture in one setting.  So I decided to whip up the quick picture that you see below.  Hopefully I finish the dragon picture tomorrow.

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Today I woke up with a debilitating headache and stayed in bed most of the day.  Like a trouper I was able to make it out of the bed late afternoon.  Today’s painting is inspired by the modern art section of the art encyclopedia that I flipped through on Wednesday at the library.  There was a painting in the optical illusions section of thin black and white stripes that almost gave me a migrane from looking at it.  It almost reminded me of a bar code.  Today’s painting has blended stripes in different colors.  The stripes are spaced out far enough so that it won’t incite a migraine or an epileptic fit out of anyone.  The picture is an oil painting on 4″x4″ canvas paper.

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