I chose the subject matter on a whim really, but I'm glad I did. Painting small live objects (as opposed to painting from a photograph or computer screen) is a valuable exercise for the artistic mind. There's just something different about it---if nothing else, it presents a nice change of pace (though I'm sure there is something more to it than that---I'm just not putting my brain on it at present).
Anyway. Lego Duck. Or chicken. Or bird---it doesn't matter to me. I like how the painting turned out. I've added the painting video below. Thanks!
I plan to do a few paintings in this Abstracted Pineapple series.
Something about the vertical lines in the early stages of this painting caught my attention and took me in this colorful direction. The distorted perspective of the coffee cup only adds to the quirkiness of the finished painting, as does the energetic color combination.
I took the reference photo many years ago---three plastic army men set up on the window sill in my shop. The photo was dramatic and beautiful, the background transformed into out-of-focus blur of shape and color. I just had to paint this in my new media, gouache. Don't forget to check out the video of the painting process down below!
This was a quick study of an orange lantern with a white pillar candle. This lantern was hanging outside on our patio and I couldn't resist painting it.
Just a quick rendition of three apples. I always loved the look of multicolor handmade prints--the way one color might not match up with the next color--so I kept that aesthetic in mind, letting the first-pass color red peek through around the black sketch.
I don't know. I was in a certain mood at the time and I simply needed to show the entire word: "mustard." Besides, if I had painted it as I saw it, I would have to rename the painting, "musta," wouldn't I?
At any rate, though I couldn't bring myself to share the painting for several months, I also couldn't bring myself to paint over it. So it remains. Mustard.
Finished painting, photographing, and posting this one with 36 minutes left in the day---close one (I did say I'd try and post something every day, didn't I). We spent the day at the zoo today, the wife, the kid and I. We had a blast.