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Today I’m sticking to what I do best,…still life paintings.  I don’t feel any creativity and don’t feel like my skill of painting pictures straight out of my head.  Today’s picture is an oil painting on a 2″x2″ canvas of a Tanzanian wood carving that I use as a shelf bookend in my home.

 

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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 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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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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Today was pretty cool.  I ended the day with a Natalie Cole concert with new friends at the Taste of Chicago.  The concert was amazing.  What a great city Chicago is!  The Chicago alley ways are iconic to me.  So here is a painting of the alley on my street.  This is an oil painting on a 4″x4″ canvas.

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Today I felt like someone tied boulders around my waist and threw me in the lake.  It was such a struggle to concentrate on anything.  Anything that I attempted to do required special effort.  I did make attempts throughout the day to pep myself up, but I wasn’t successsful in completely climbing out of the rut. 

When walking my dog I noticed how dry and cracked the ground was.  However there were some weeds that didn’t give up an were poking out of the ground.  That’s how I felt today.  Despite how bad I felt, I was determined to push through.  So here is my painting of that determination.

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Oh boy.  I’ve got nothing to paint.  Perhaps I should eat more food with spoiled dairy products so that will have nightmares and visions of something interesting to paint.

Well I did encounter something that I thought would make a good painting today.  I returned from my lunch break to find people protesting on a block near my job.  They were packed tight like sardines and were protesting passionately.  I didn’t agree with the reason for their protest.  However I did agree with their right to protest.  This is America and we have a right to make our voices heard.  So today’s painting is of all the protesters holding up their picket signs.  I’m tired and it’s late therefore there is not color in this painting.  Second news flash I ran out of yellow paint, therefore my creativity was stiffled.

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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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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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Three things stick out in my mind today:  #1 The amount of energy that Pepsi max gave me at work, #2 The scary gray tornado sky this afternoon, and #3 the grafitti on the buildings a long the subway tracks.  This painting is my interpretation of the three.  The painting was created using brushes and oil paint on a 8″x12″ canvas.

 

"To the Max!"

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Today I had a dinner reservation at Vermillion restaurant.  Vermillion is an amazing restaurant, and I had the once in a lifetime opportunity to enjoy the chef’s tasting menu.  The tasting menu was comprised of items prepared on the Iron Chef competition television show.  It was an absolutely fabulous dining experience.  However, I was dining alone.  None of my friends were available to come along for dinner.  I pep-talked myself up before going to the restaurant.  I got dolled up received compliments from several people along the street downtown and at the restaurant.  However my self esteem dropped as I journeyed through the 5 course 2 hour tasting menu.  When dining alone there is nothing to do but stare at the table and stare at people while you are waiting for the servers to bring out your next course.  I received sad and confused looks of “what the hell is she doing sitting at that table by herself?”.  At the restaurant there was a painting of a woman’s profile.  The woman in the painting had a ultra-confident posture and look on her face.  Started out like that at the beginning of my meal, but my posture and esteem slumped by the end of the meal.  So here is the painting of the day.  Me and my transformation from the confident chic woman, to the slumped over lonely person by the end of the night.  The paint is in oil on a 8″x10″ canvas using brushes

 

 

 

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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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"Gone Churchin'!"

This another blurred square patchwork painting.  I painted tiny square with oil paint on a 4″x2″ canvas.  I let it dry a little, and then blurred it with a dry round brush.  It’s Sunday and I still haven’t found a church that I really like on the northside of Chicago.  All of the square are the jillions of churches that I’ve visited.  I’m ready to become a member of bedside baptist, lol.

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