Monday, February 28, 2011

Fort Painting

I also made a painting today.
It is of a sheet tent/ fort that I made a few years ago.

Ah serendipity

I was playing around with some of the paintings from yesterday that I wasn't quite satisfied with, and in stacking these three, I discovered the potential for a new painting. I think if I taped them together, and reworked them a little as a single piece, they might turn into something exciting.

Highlights from yesterday.

Julie holds up her favorite painting of the night for a picture. Visit her website to see more of her art

I think this is the first painting I made yesterday. Because I was doing two an hour, I didn't have time to properly document them, and am now unsure of their order. Because I made so many, I'm only posting about half of them. PS I stole this boat from a famous artist. Haha!

A return to the sailboat-bathtub idea.

I made something abstract. Also it isn't rectangular, you can see the shape of the paper if you look closely.

This is an abstraction of a drawing by Schiele

This reminds me of bats circling the moon. I spilled my ink to too long into the 12 hours, and the round shape is the inky imprint of my water bucket on the paper.

Iphigenia came to the party.

I am super into this one. 

Sammy! There is something about this that really captures his personality. Also, it's a drawing. I love drawing!

I was going to put feathers in this, but I forgot. I like it the way it is, so I'm glad I forgot. 

Just rehashing some old themes. This, like many of these is smaller than I'm used to working (about 8x10). I like making these intense little paintings.

A better photograph of one that I posted yesterday.

Eeriest happy birthday song ever. 

You may recognize her, she shows up some times in all her angst and invisibility.  I feel like I'm getting a good hang of using silhouettes.
 This was my 24th and final painting of the night. It is small and sweet and wonderful.

Sunday, February 27, 2011

And now for something not entierly different:

I painted 24 paintings in 12 hours today. It was awesome. My friend Julie painted 48, and it was her first fully fledged 12 hour painting marathon.

Here are some pictures, I'll post more Monday.

These are just a fraction of the paintings that Julie made... Wonderful no?
 Here are a few of mine just being chill and drying together.
 These are the groceries I brought home from the market one day when I was studying abroad in Paris. I think I might have been hungry when I painted this.
 It's a pony!

Thursday, February 24, 2011

I added umbrella ladies in the background. Unfortunately the face got a little too wet and is currently dripping terribly into the dress, so it doesn't look like this anymore. I am learning about the best viscosity for oil paint. In  this case I painted the sky really wet, and since it doesn't dry as quickly as acrylic, it dripped it's wetness into the face which is now sliding on down the canvas. It's a little startling, like something out of a horror film.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011


I was starting to feel really intimidated by this painting because it just wasn't coming out right at all. I spent today fixing it up a bit, and while I've still got a long way to go before I'm thrilled with it (for one thing the shape of that front arm isn't right yet) at least I feel like I'm on the right track now.

Saturday, February 19, 2011

So I blocked in the dress today

And then I lay the painting flat so I could rework the face a little. I think I'm going to have to get a less blurry picture of the face so that I can figure out what is going on. Also I apparently untilted it... I'll need to give it some serious drying time before I can rework any of that. Everything is slower in oils.

Friday, February 18, 2011

It's an oil painting now. I'm trying to get this fuzzy out of focus feel, but with a painting this large, that's proving to be quite a challenge. I figure 'll let this paint dry for a little so that I can accentuate highlights/ shadows a bit.
I always forget how much I like oil paint. It also always takes me a little time to adjust to it.

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Anyone who would like to see my art work in a show, tomorrow's the day. It is a one night show at Greenpoint Gallery (390 McGuinness Blvd) 8pm - 2am.

I made a smaller study for the large painting I'm working on. The stud is in Acrylic, but I'm pretty sure I want to switch over to oils.

Below are two paintings I collaborated on at last nights art party. Come spring there is going to be a show of the best of the collaborations.

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

It took me an embarrassingly long time to get this simple drawing right. I'm debating whether to turn this into an oil painting or keep going with acrylics.
 Also, I got a better picture of this painting I made last week.
I'm headed to the weekly collaborative art party in Williamsburg, and this time I'm going to remember my camera.

I did it!

It took ALL day, but I finally got some of my 12 in 12s on my website!

check it out

Here is a picture of the original umbrella ladies made during my 24 in 24. I sold it, which is wonderful, only now I miss it.
Also, a few things to be very excited about
February 27 I'm doing 24 paintings in 12 hours with New York friend Julie Torres.
March 20th ish to 31st ish Annie and I are doing an EPIC ART MARATHON, like you've never seen before. Stay tuned for more details.

Monday, February 14, 2011

Paper work

Today I decided it is about time to apply to some more shows, so I spent most of the day putting together application (only got one submitted so far, but there are some amazing looking shows out there). I also did some sketches for the large painting and worked a little more on the background.
 Here is a detail of the blue so you can admire that awesome texture.

While going over old work for the submissions, I decided to rework this old piece. I'm peeling away the tissue paper that the raw sienna colored paint is on, hoping to bring it to a mostly white state. It's slow going, but I'm happy that it is working at all.

Friday, February 11, 2011

working late

I spent the day stretching and priming this LARGE canvas. Then I put a background layer of blue. I used very watered down acrylic to get the marble effect.
It is currently drying on the floor, so this is the best picture I could get. That is my sketchbook at the top for scale.

Thursday, February 10, 2011


I went to an art making party today. There were about 10 of us painting in a room together. There was a table of unfinished works that we could chose from to work on an then either return to the table or declare finished. I think I got to play with some good ideas. Alas, I forgot my camera. Happily it will be happening again next week!

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

I'm not quite sure why I'm so into these umbrella ladies, but I've got a good feeling about them, so I'm just going to keep painting them until I figure it out.

Monday, February 7, 2011

I decided to continue with this painting. It's a double sized remake of a painting I made during the 24 in 24.

Sunday, February 6, 2011

same idea

I'm still playing with this idea for a background, trying to get it how I want it. I also am not sure yet if the previous painting is finished, so today I made this. I am sure it isn't finished, but I'm going to give it some time.

Friday, February 4, 2011

Back ground or leave it be?

I painted this as a background for a painting, but I'm kind of into it as is. I'm going to wait utill tomorrow or Sunday to do any more work on it, just in case I decide to leave it as is. Any one  out there want to weigh in?

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Snow day

The streets are treacherous in NYC. Snow and puddles and ice made the 30 min walk to my studio too dangerous to venture. Hopefully the snow storm will be gone by tomorrow!

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

More Candles

I'm finally back in my studio in NYC, which means the focus returns to art making. 
I want to make an installation about these candles. For now, I'm just going to paint them obsessively. Also, I sold 3 paintings this past week. Yay for being an artist!