A Man and His Goat – Work in Progress

Work in progress

Work in progress

I’ve started another commission that is a bit out of my wheelhouse. I continue to be surprised by how much I enjoy these more realist (as realistic as I get anyway) projects. They  force me to slow down a bit and evaluate things more closely while simultaneously working to stay true to my painting style.

Initial sketch

Initial sketch

Stage one

Stage one

Dave Detail day 3

First Friday and Tile Making

Six, 4.25 x 4.25" painted tiles

Six, 4.25 x 4.25″ painted tiles

Tonight was another First Friday Gallery Walk here in lovely Fort Collins. In preparation for the event I spent most of the day cleaning up my studio and hanging paintings which, unsurprisingly, turned out to be a big job. My art for today then, was completed as folks wandered through the gallery. I decided I would take another stab at painting tiles. I hadn’t touched them in ages and so it was a fun change of pace. I need a bit more practice and perhaps a larger brush in order to create a less streaky finish, but I am happy with the high contrast, flowing design.

Piano Deadline is Just Around the Corner

micah sideI took Saturday off from piano painting to enjoy a sour beer festival, but was right back at it again today. The weather was hot, but under the shade of the canopy, life was good. I met more great folks and was entertained by a really fun bluegrass band, Blue Grama, who was playing as a part of Streetmosphere.

The piano is nearing finished. A bit of color here and some touching up there -is about all that is left to be done.

Micah and Lela

I got a little help on Friday.
Photo Credit: Mary Fleming

Micah Back

Day 8 of Piano Painting

Day 8

Day 8

Piano painting for the City of Fort Collins’ Art in Public Places – Pianos About Town Program continues to be a delight! I have quite a bit of work to do, but feel like the deadline of  Tuesday is completely doable.

I thought I’d share one of the more humorous and interesting conversations I’ve had while painting. It went something like this:

Girl: Do you happen to know where any dispensaries [marijuana] are?

Me: No. I actually don’t think there are any up and running yet because the city is still working to figure out some of the logistics. But I really don’t know for sure.

Guy: Wow. We looked at your painting and thought for sure you would know about all of that.

Day 8 Back

Birds Flying Bike

18 x 30" acrylic on canvas

18 x 30″ acrylic on canvas

What good was a unicycle with no pedals? Not much to most, but the two young birds flying overhead were certainly not most. They saw adventure and entertainment in the one-wheeled contraption – it had more than just ground potential.

They took to the sky, unicycle in tow. Diving and spinning, heaving and whipping the little cycle moved like a gyroscope through a glorious afternoon sky.

May 21 2013 Birds Flying Bike left birdMay 21 2013 Birds Flying Bike bikeMay 21 2013 Birds Flying Bike right bird

You Can’t Be Serious

Drawn/painted in Photoshop

Drawn/painted in Photoshop

This can’t still be happening, he thought. A balloon permanently attached to one’s finger is fun for a little while, but this had gone on much too long. Sure it brought shrieks of joy to small children, was a great conversation starter and made most everyone smile. It was not all fun and games though.

Cooking, driving, writing – all were made a bit more difficult with this helium filled tag-along. Hugging his kids or his wife became a challenge unto itself for fear of strangulation. He eyed the floating bulb with disbelief. Enough.

I have completed my goal of 365 consecutive days, but this doesn’t mean I am done arting! For those of you who wish to continue following my work, I plan to post Tuesdays, Thursdays, and either Saturday or Sunday. Thanks so much to each of you for coming along on the adventure!

Arting for 365 Day 250: For Someone’s Bold Kitchen

Paint on tiles

Paint on tiles

Goal: To create one piece of art each day for 365 consecutive days

Another day, another chance to paint on tiles. After deciding the grasshopper tiles I painted the other day would be fun as part of a backsplash, I began thinking more broadly on the subject. I envisioned filling all of the wall between the cabinets and counter with colorful tiles. It would be one of a kind – really cool and vibrant. Nothing realistic, just non-representational patterns and design mixed and matched.

Because I’m still getting used to my tile paints, I thought I’d start with a small batch and see how they turn out prior to jumping in on a big bunch. Using blues, teals and orange (sorry, no matter how much I edit, I cannot seem to show the orange as it is in real life) I came up with this bold design. It is wild and fun, but probably a wee bit too busy for our tiny space. A monochromatic design might work better for us. But for some bold personality, in some fabulous kitchen somewhere, these happy tiles would thrive.

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