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Happy Bastille Day!  I had a friend come into town from Florida.  I spent a lot of time trying to explain the Chicago Transit system to her so that she could scurry around town seeing the sights while I was at work.  I had to explain the color system used to identify the different subway train lines.  Today’s picture is an oil painting on a 2″x2″ canvas representing the different subway lines.

El Train

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I’m trying to learn other painting styles.  I know that I can paint still life paintings well.  I’m trying to see if I can paint with other techniques equally as well.  Today I wikipedia’d cubism.  It said that cubist paintings are created by painting a subject while looking at it from different directions using a muted color palette.  Today’s painting is my first attempt at cubism.  It is a cubist representation of my dog.

 

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Today  had a true case of the Mondays.  Today’s picture is lack-luster.  I’m tired and don’t feel creative or talented enough to produce a picture “out of my head”.  I also don’t feel like spending the time to paint a still life in detail.  So here you go.  Today’s picture is an oil painting on a 2″x2″ canvas.

 

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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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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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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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"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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