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There were a lot of 911 specials on TV this week.  The TV specials brought back a lot of the feelings of sadness and sympathy that I felt on September 11th.  I decided to look up some photos of 911 on google, in order to pay tribute by trying paint 2 of the photos.   The third painting is totally random.  It was inspired by the movie “The Help” but it just looks like a panda or gorrilla holding a blob (Let’s face it, I was tired and didn’t feel like putting in the effort to do a good job on this one.  Oh well).

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Hello all!  Here are two more paintings.  Yesterday I was feeling drab.  I felt like an immoble blob stuck on the floor with darkness radiating towards me.  I decided to turn my frown upside down and envision myself with light and positivity radiating from me.  The thought worked so this is the painting that that was inspired by this positive thought.  The second picture is just me experimenting with Kandinsky-esque abstract painting.

 

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I’ve been feeling like garbage lately so I really haven’t been painting daily.  Today I felt good so I cranked out a few pictures to get back into the swing of things.  Here you go…

 

 

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Here are the paintings from the dates listed above.  I was sick for a few days, so I had to paint several paintings in one night to play catch-up.

This one is a watercolor inspired by a Kandinsky that I saw in an art book.  I think that I will try to repaint this one in oil.  The paintings below are two more watercolors that I painted because I was out of canvas to paint oil paintings on.

I later found a great deal on canvases at Michael’s Store.  I got a 7 pack of canvases for $19!  What a  deal.  The paintings below were either inspired by dreams brought on by my fever or inspired by television that I watched when I was resting in bed.

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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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Like before some paintings ar hits and others are misses 🙂 I went to two events tonight so I’m more interested in going to bed than intereseted in painting well.  I went to a networking social/fundraiser for Chicago Mercy Home for Boys and girls, and an all white party fundraiser for the Chicago Fire soccer team.  I was trying to communicate the philosophical idea of what’s in the root is in the fruit, and what you water things with determines how they grow.  The flowers are dark and black because the rain is dirty and dark, dark rays are shining on them, so the resulting product is something nasting and bad growing.  This oil painting is on 4″x4″ canvas paper.

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President Obama was in town today for a birthday party/fundraiser a mile from my house.  I decided to go check it out to see if I could get a glimpse of him.  Unfortunately I got there 15 minutes too late, and missed out on seeing him.  There was a public library nearby, so I decided to look at some art books.  I came across a huge encyclopedia of artists.  It was an interesting book that had artists and their art grouped by technique or style.  When I was looking at the modern art section, I thought that I saw a painting that said “Face Your Fears”.  When I looked again it said something totally different.  It said Face the Nation or something to that effect.  I decided that “Face Your Fears would be a good thing to paint.  Today’s picture says “Face Your Fears” and it also has concave, convex, biconvex, and biconcave lenses with arrows up and down with rays representing the real and imaginary image.  There are also rays being refracted through media.  At work this week I read a few books on polarized light microscopy where different types of lenses and refraction was reviewed.  Since the same laws of optics apply to the lenses in our eyes regarding our perception and fear of what we see, I thought that it would be cleaver to put lenses and rays in this painting.  Today’s painting is an oil painting on a 20″ x 16″ canvas.

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Man I got caught out in a deluge today and the water shorted out my car remote 😦  However something awesome happened today.  I took a sushi class, so now I will be the master sushi maker, as long as I can find places that sell sashimi grade fish!  I didn’t feel like putting in the effort to draw and then paint a watercolor, so I’ve retreated back to painting in oil.  Today’s picture is another vibrant arrow picture.  I love making these arrow paintings.  The colors are very lively and I don’t know how the picture will comeout until I’m finished.

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Thank God for the electricity being back on! It rained today so that cooled things off a bit so I didn’t need the air conditioner that much today.  Isn’t that ironic!  In today’s picture I was playing around with shapes.  They look like a bunch of hip hop ameoba under a microscope, lol.  The picture is an oil painting on 4″x4″ canvas paper.  I have mixed feelings about painting on canvas paper.  Canvas paper is cheaper than purchasing real canvas, however it really absorbes the oil paint and causes it to dry too fast like arcrylic paint, therefore it makes painting still life pictures difficult for me.  I like for the paint to remain wet when painting still life pictures.  The wet paint allows me to blend the paint better.  However the quick drying effect of the canvas paper is a benefit when I want to layer the paint.

"Hip Hop Ameoba

 

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Oh my gosh!  Yesterday was record breaking hot!  98 degrees with at 107 degree heat index and no electricity because two transformers blewup in my neighborhood!  An absolutely miserable night!  I kept wiping the dog and myself with cool water which evaporated almost instantaneously, but we survived.  I now have a story to tell me future grandchildren, “In my day I survived 100 degree temperatures in the blazing sun with no air conditioner and nothing cold to drink from the refridgerator!” lol.   With no air conditioner and not ice you can imagine that I did not get much sleep last night.  So I was a little tired to day while painting.  I tried to continue the arrow picture series, but I failed again.  The colors that I chose look like all of the gross Brach spiced Easter jelly bean flavors that no one likes.  Todays picture is an oil painting on 4″x4″ canvas paper.

"All the Jelly Bean Flavors that Nobody Likes"

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Wow, 50 paintings!  I really love how painting 48 with the colorful arrows turned out.  Today I attempted to start a series of paintings like this by using the  same style technique, but use different colors.  The color palette of painting 48 is calming when you look at it.  Unfortunately I did not accomplish that effect in today’s painting.  The colors in combination with the sharp points of the arrows make me feel excitable, uneasy, edgey, and feel accused when I look at it.  A large scale painting of painting 48 on the wall would warm up my home, however today painting in large scale would screw up the feng-shui of my house and cause emotional distruptions, lol.  So here you go, today’s picture is an oil painting on 4″x4″ canvas paper.

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Nothing miraculous or super exciting happened today.  I am so tired.  I think that the 98 degree temps has zapped all of the life out of me.  I can’t think of anything creative to paint therefore I will revert to what I paint best…..still lifes of junk in my house, lol!  Today’s picture is an oil painting on 4″x4″ canvas paper of an onion.

 

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I’m finished with being a tour guide to my friend from out of town, YAY!  I was happy to have a visitor from out of town, but I was exhausted taking her around town especially when I had other things to do.  Now I can come home and relax, I don’t have to come home and then take someone all over the city.  Yesterday I saw a neat piece of pop art hanging in a restaurant.  It was a painting of a few paper planes painted crisply in an Andy Warhol style.  Today’s picture is of less than crisply painted arrows in oil paint on 4″x4″ canvas paper.  Although this picture is simple, I love it.  I think that the aquamarine blue arrows and the white highlights make the picture gorgeous.  I would love to make a large-scale canvas rendering of this picture.

 

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Oh my gosh it is like a million degrees outside today.  It is the begining of the over 90 degree heat wave in chicago.  I went to the near west side today to enjoy the taste of River North and do a bargain shopping.  The bargain hunting and sunshine lifted my mood, but I still felt sad about not making it past the first round of tryouts for “The Voice”.  So today’s picture is of microphones.  It is an oil painting on 4″x4″ canvas paper.

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I auditioned for the the show “The Voice” and didn’t get selected for call backs.  I have nothing to paint about that.  Todays painting relates to my visit to the Edgewater Art Fair later this afternoon.  There was a guy there that offered to draw your name caligraphy style in Arabic for $5.  I told him that my name is actually an arabic name.  Then he told me that his sister and I share the same name.  I didn’t buy a drawing of my name in arabic from him.  However, I decided to go home and create one myself.  Today’s picture is an oil painting on a 2″x2″ canvas of my name spelled in Arabic.

 

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I had to do a lot of moving around furniture, things that I hoard in my place, and moving my schedule to accomodate being a tour guide for my friend that is visiting from Florida.  Today’s picture is an oil painting on a 2″x2″ canvas representing all of the items that I had to shift around this week to ensure that my friend enjoyed her stay.

 

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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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