Painting Challenge #1 & 2

Hi everyone, as I took the plunge yesterday into A Painting A Day Challenge, I have been busy catching up. Below are paintings 1 & 2:

img_4226#1 “Still Life with Handmade Pottery”, oil on Birch Panel, 4×4″

The first day was a mad rush to get this piece done since, I just committed to the challenge in the same afternoon. The pottery featured in the painting is one of my pieces I made at the end of summer. This is my first still life painting and it was done using a live reference, not from a photo. It was nice working from life but also difficult, because of the shifting natural light while I was painting. I am pleased with the way this turned out.

There’s something about the simplicity of still lifes that appeals to me. I am drawn to Still lifes that have very simple composition with very few objects. I think that the simplicity invites the viewer to really look at things.

The thing I like most about painting is when the painting shifts from the “ugly phase” into interesting passages and starts coming to life. Usually this happens when things quiet down and you get into a “zen state”, where you just observe and paint and all other things fall away.

img_4231#2 “Red Sea and Clouds”, oil on Gessoboard, 5×7″

The second painting was done using a reference photo loosely. It’s an abstracted seascape that was manipulated with textural effects. Here is a detail shot:

img_4233This is the first time I deliberately pushed oils incorporating organic effects.

I hope you liked my first two, hopefully I can manage to fulfill my commitments for this month!

Wishing you a great weekend!

Ceramic Interlude

Hi everybody, I decided to post a picture of my ceramic pieces:

PotteryTo change things up from oil painting stuff.

My son and I had decided to do pottery in the late summer. I picked these up recently, since I didn’t have time to get them when they were done. These pieces were among the last batch that we picked up. Most of them were hand-building pieces with the exception of a couple, that were wheel-thrown.

We took up pottery to enjoy a simple hobby together just for the summer. We also wanted to use the ones that turned out to pot our plants in (we were into getting some new plants then). I just wanted to make simple pinch pots and relax.

Most of the ones I made were small, the ones in the picture are the larger ones and the most monochromatic. My son’s were mostly experimental pieces that involved the wheel. He thought the wheel was more exciting. I’m glad my son and I did this together.

Some of the pieces came out interesting and some I can certainly use for planting.

I wish you a lovely weekend.