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.
I created this little digital painting tonight. It is simple and not at all refined – a reminder I suppose, of how nice it is to simply play and sketch sometimes.
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.
I 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.
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.
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.
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!
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.