Red Clovers Charging

Still Life with Red Clovers and iPhone Charger Cord
Still Life with Red Clovers and iPhone Charger Cord

The lawn needs to be mowed something fierce. For the past two weekends we’ve been rained out, which makes it really easy to put off mowing the lawn. But that’s okay. When my baby girl and I were outside getting some sunshine and fresh air, I found some red clover growing along the deck and picked a couple.

And so, as I was setting up for today’s painting, things were going pretty good with the painting, until Jack the cat decides he wants to have a seat. On my still life setting? Oh, how nice, you crazy cat. I suppose he improved everything, as my phone’s charger cord was placed on the clovers by his fluffy butt.

Jack the Maine Coon Kitty
“There, now it’s finished. You’re welcome.” – Jack
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Red Clovers Charging

Temptation

This week has been a whirlwind of learning to crawl and stand, playing, eating a cornucopia of foods pureed and bite size, waking up every two hours in the middle of night to eat and play, and so on… Instead of painting during the day, while baby girl naps (yeah, when is that happening anymore), I’m either cleaning up or napping with her. So, anyway, without further ado, today is Thursday and the painting for today is actually for Illustration Friday! The topic, announced last Friday, where you have a week to create an illustration, is Temptation.

You have a cake stand and what is just as tempting or more so than a cake? An adorable wedge heel in delicious colors!
You have a cake stand and what is just as tempting or more so than a cake? An adorable wedge heel in delicious colors!

 

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I found this little beauty on Facebook, so Facebook strikes again in inspiring me to paint. It looks like one of my FB connections is on vacation in British Columbia, window-shopping perhaps, and took a photo of all these shoes that are so adorable. I may just paint more of these because I’m feelin’ like Andy Warhol!<>

Temptation

Finch Bird Charm

What do you call a group of finches? Why, yes! A group of finches is called a charm and I think that’s really sweet. One of my good artist friends always had a couple of finches in a cage in his studio space. They have these rather unique chirps, sounds like wood creaking or something like that. They were cute little fellas and so a charm of finches sounds rather fitting.

A painting of a finch from my imagination.
A painting of a finch from my imagination.

This time, I painted with acrylics. Painting with them makes it much easier to work on a larger scale because the drying time is greatly reduced. I love painting with oils, but they do get muddy and take a while longer to dry. Each has their own positives and negatives but I believe oils have the advantage. They are sumptuous and romantic. Acrylics are immediate and fun. They are the cheap date of paints!

Finch Bird Charm

New Work

 

Urban-Tribesman-detail
Urban Tribesman, painting in progress.

Detail of Urban Tribesman. This guy could be from my town, he could be from L.A. He could be from Liverpool or Toronto or places in-between. But I will guess he is probably from Newark.

transvestikin
Transvestikin, oil on canvas, 24 x 30.

God bless Larry the Cable Guy. This was posted to his Facebook page. It’s a manikin displaying a colorful swimsuit. What’s wrong with that? Nothing at all! It appeared this was set in a major, cost-cutting department store, by the camping equipment and sportswear.

Dress-for-Sale-on-Ebay-Priceless
Dress For Sale on Ebay: Priceless, oil on canvas, 24×36″

I did not find this image. Someone else was shopping on Ebay, found this image and tweeted it. It’s a cute, little party dress up for bid. Is this the case of the accidental nudist taking a photo of her auction item? Or is it more accidental-on-purpose to get more attention and bids than the hundreds of other dresses in the online auction?

Art-Cat

And this is Jack, in the studio, taking a snooze break from all of this art appreciation. I call him Art Cat. Ever since he was a wee lad, he absolutely loves to hang out with you while you make paintings and drawings. His two roommate kitties don’t give a crap about you and your art. They are prissy, girl cats. Jack the Art Cat is the primo, Maine Coon, artist, bohemian, studly kitty cat and he is on Twitter @the_art_cat. He’s your typical lazy bones and only tweets when he’s not chillin’ about.

New Work