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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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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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