Friday, January 4, 2008
The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly
The so-called "blogisphere" (spelling?) is a sometimes a wonderful venue for inspiration. I have been exploring the painting-a-day blogs where I have seen great paintings of the most mundane things. Some are pretty like a single flower in a simple glass vase (The Good) others very plain Jane like a pencil stub (The Bad), and some beautifully disgusting like a greasy frying pan (The Ugly). I have just completed three acrylics on stretched canvas ( two at 8"x10" and one at 11"x14"). Here are three orange slices on a plate (The Good), an electric tea kettle (The Bad), and a food take out box (The Ugly, but not even close to that greasy frying pan!).
This type of concentrated effort makes for great practice (sharpening painting ability) and playtime (experimenting with such things as brushwork, layering, unusual colors etc., etc.).