Monday, June 30, 2008
Sunday, June 29, 2008
Saturday, June 28, 2008
Friday, June 27, 2008
Thursday, June 26, 2008
Wednesday, June 25, 2008
A socially acceptable form of hoarding is to save for retirement. In the United States, the 401k is the most popular way of saving for retirement. We are constantly told we need gazillions of dollars saved up for retirement or we will be poor. In my illustration, I tried to show a worker laboring to build his 401k retirement fund, living a life of quiet desperation.
Here is a second version, where modern corporate man is Sisyphus and the rock he must push is financial security.
Here is a third version, where modern corporate man seems to be happy building his hoard.
Tuesday, June 24, 2008
Friday, June 20, 2008
Thursday, June 19, 2008
A minister's wife and her friend are downtown shopping when they see a dress in a boutique shop window. The minister's wife exclaims, "Isn't that a beautiful dress!" Her friend encourages her to go into the shop and try it on. "Oh,no" the minister's wife firmly pronounces..."we could never afford it." Her friend replies,"But it wouldn't hurt just to try it on..." So in they go. The minister's wife tries on the dress and of course it fits perfectly. Feeling as if the temptation to buy the dress is getting the best of her, she stiffens up, looks straight into the mirror and commands,"Satan! Get Thee Behind Me! All of a sudden she hears from behind... "I am! And it looks great from back here too!
Wednesday, June 18, 2008
a walk down a quiet street — especially toward dusk — is as good as going to Caracas or Venezuela or anywhere.81 year-old Pat Dillard says
The first thing I do when I go out of my building, I look at the sky, white clouds and a blue sky, my heart goes pitter-pat.
The study found that artists never retire. If they can't continue to do their art because of arthritis, they change their art form.
You can read the story or listen to it at Perfecting the Art of Frugal Living in NYC. You can also find a link to the complete study there.
Tuesday, June 17, 2008
Monday, June 16, 2008
- Painting almost daily is hard work. Each painting takes me between 1 and 2 1/2 hours. This exercise is giving me an idea of what it would be like to be a professional artist.
- Painting almost daily builds artistic discipline. I get up and paint because it is a habit.
- With each painting, I concentrate and strive to do my best. Once the painting is complete, I let it go. There will be another painting tomorrow.
- Because I paint almost daily, I find it easier to experiment and takes risks. So what if a painting doesn't work out? There is always tomorrow.
- Painting almost daily is the best way for me to learn. There is a place for learning from teachers and books, but learning by doing is the best teacher.
Sunday, June 15, 2008
I enjoy experimenting with colors in Photoshop Elements. Here is one such experiment. I like the blue background as well as the green one.
Saturday, June 14, 2008
Friday, June 13, 2008
Thursday, June 12, 2008
Wednesday, June 11, 2008
Tuesday, June 10, 2008
My June goal is to create 20 oil paintings. Each is 6" x 8". I scan the paintings, so I need to wait until they are dry to post them. As a result, there will be a 7-9 day lag between the time I paint a picture and when I post it. I painted this picture on June 1st, 2008.
Saturday, June 7, 2008
Thursday, June 5, 2008
I painted this bowl of ice cream from life. In Texas, in summer, this is truly a challenge. I first sketched the empty bowl. I then put the ice cream in. I painted 10 minutes from life, then put the bowl and ice cream in the freezer. I painted from memory for a while, until I got the bowl out from the freezer and repeated the whole process. Even with this procedure, the ice cream melted a little and as a result shifted and changed appearance as I painted. I hate it when models can't stand still!
I am really enjoying painting in oils. In June, I am challenging myself to paint 20 small oil paintings of simple objects. With work and kids, I don't think I can paint daily. But I can paint almost every day. Since it is summer, there is no homework in the evenings, which frees up some of my time. I'll see if I improve by painting frequently.
Wednesday, June 4, 2008
Rock-a-bye baby, in the treetop,
When the wind blows, the cradle will rock,
When the bough breaks, the cradle will fall,
And down will come baby, cradle and all.
You can find an article on the possible origins of this strange lullaby here.
Here is another version of this piece. In this version, I added more detail to the figures to add interest, such as the apron and hair strands. I also tried out a vertical format.