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20 August 2014

Homegrown Tomato (+ Peto's still life objects)


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Peto's own still life objects
As I prepare for my Nov. 8-9 Peto Museum workshop - I'm contemplating John F. Peto's remarkable still life objects. The Peto is a Studio Museum, so his objects are placed in situ throughout the space.

I am honored to be able to choose from Peto's objects for my own painting demo still life set up during the workshop. During last year's workshop, I painted Still life with John F. Peto's Copper Jug, Clementine, and Concord Grapes. If you're interested, you can read more about it here and here.

Note:
Friday, August 22nd is the last day to enter the Peto Museum's National Juried Show of Contemporary Trompe L’oeil.

One last thing, about today's painting: I painted a mostly round homegrown tomato in 2007, a pretty green homegrown tomato in 2008, and a quite orange one in 2010. August is tomato season!

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15 August 2014

Fog on the Lake, 2014 (+ Ending soon: Four Figs)


I painted this same lake scene in 2009 (in the fog), and in 2011 (not in the fog).
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14 August 2014

Throwback Thursday - Live Painting Demo (2011)



Throwback Thursday #TBT
In the first several minutes of the live (real time) recording of this live demo, you can watch as I take my time deciding what to paint. Next to my easel, you can also see all the possible still life objects I considered! (Note: in the real time recording, I start painting at about the 8 minute mark.) If you're interested, you can read more about this live demo here. Hope you enjoy.

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12 August 2014

Four Figs No. 2 (+ more Siddhartha)


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Thank you for all your wonderful email responses to my post yesterday about Siddhartha. Here's another quote that stayed with me in relation to the way I think about painting:
“He saw that the water continually flowed and flowed and yet it was always there; it was always the same and yet every moment it was new.”     From Siddhartha by Herman Hesse, 1922.
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11 August 2014

Two Cherries, At the Lake (+ Quotes from Siddhartha)



I read Siddhartha the day I painted Two Cherries, At The Lake. I have been working on writing more about this, but for now I will just share a few quotes that struck me in relation to what painting means to me:
“The river has taught me to listen; you will learn from it, too. The river knows everything; one can learn everything from it.” 
“Have you also learned that secret from the river; that there is no such thing as time?”
“Yes, Siddhartha,” he said. “Is this what you mean? That the river is everywhere at the same time, at the source and at the mouth, at the waterfall, at the ferry, at the current, in the ocean and in the mountains, everywhere, at that the present only exists for it, not the shadow of the past, nor the shadow of the future?” 
Excerpt is a conversation between Siddhartha & Vasudeva, pp. 105-7, Siddhartha, by Herman Hesse, 1922.

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08 August 2014

Still Life with Temmoku Bottle and Pecorino Romano



This temmoku bottle is one of my favorite pieces of pottery in my collection of handmade still life objects. The continues my "Paintings of Handmade Pottery" project, which I started in January 2008.

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07 August 2014

Summer Watermelon (+ 1 spot left in Workshops)



There is just 1 spot remaining in each of my last two 2014 workshops:
Below is a message from a painter from my March 2013 Yardley, PA workshop:



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31 July 2014

Throwback Thursday - Prayer Flags (2008)


Prayer Flags, March 2008
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Peto Museum Trompe L'oeil Exhibition
Just a reminder that the Peto Museum is accepting artist submissions for their National Juried Show of Contemporary Trompe L’oeil. The last day to enter is August 22, 2014. It's such a fabulous show, so I encourage you to apply here.

Throwback Thursday #TBT
This Prayer Flags painting is from my facebook photo album of some trompe l'oeil-inspired paintings I've done since 2007. Some are not purely trompe l'oeil, but I hope you enjoy seeing the variety of subjects!

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26 July 2014

Golden Pear with Leaves (framed)


Golden Pear with Leaves, 6"x5", oil on linen on panel, framed
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24 July 2014

Throwback Thursday - Noticing Things video (+ a favorite studio item from Italy)

One of my most favorite items in my studio is my medium cup from Zecchi's in Florence, Italy. Because my medium is a homemade mix of oil and turp, over time the lid to the medium cup starts to stick and build up dried oil on it. This continues until I can't get the lid on anymore.

Then, three times a year or so, I spend a solid hour (or so) using an x-acto knife to carefully clean the lid and medium cup inside and out.

(Perhaps because I am a virgo) as you can maybe see in the photo to the right, I find this an enjoyable, meditative practice.

Throwback Thursday #TBT
In March 2012, I was mixing some painting medium for myself and I noticed something really amazing happening with the stand oil, so I recorded a short 30 second video of it.

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23 July 2014

Two Tangerines (+ a glimpse of my studio safety gear)


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I teach about it in my workshops -- but I often get many email questions about this topic -- so I thought I'd post a few health precautions that I've adopted. (These are things I have researched myself and that work for me.)

Here I am (to the right) in my gear for varnishing my paintings. I use a spray varnish, so my safety protocol varnishing includes the following:
  1. Know the material (research the MSDS for the varnish)
  2. Only spray varnish outdoors (be careful about heat and humidity)
  3. Wear an appropriate P-series organic vapor cartridge respiratory mask
  4. Wear protective gear so the vapors do not absorb into skin, clothes, hair, etc. This includes goggles, gloves, suit, and mask. (My suit has a hood, which I normally do wear, just not in this photo.)
  5. Research and follow proper OSHA Handling, Storage, and Disposal
  6. Find a local Approved Chemical Waste Facility
I know I haven't gone into too much depth here, but I hope this is helpful!

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21 July 2014

Tree of Life, Patagonia, Arizona (+ mindfulness)


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I recently shared just a few photos of my time in Patagonia at the Tree of Life. In the last few snapshots, you can see me in action painting this landscape (yes, my shirt got ripped), as well as the painting finished on my easel. (My two other landscape paintings from the Tree of Life in Patagonia, Arizona are here.)

I am drawn to the Tree of Life because it is a breathtakingly beautiful and magical place full of positive energy and with a holistic focus on health, mindfulness, rejuvenation, wellness, daily practice, connection to nature, balance, and much more. I love painting there because it feels in alignment with the ways in which I try to approach my own mindful studio practice.

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20 July 2014

An Article to Share (Sotheby's and eBay)

I offered my very first "A Painting a Day" painting for sale on eBay on Sept. 23, 2007, and I've continued to do this for almost seven years.

This week's New York Times article reports that "Sotheby’s, the blue-chip auction house, and eBay, the Internet shopping giant, plan to announce that they have formed a partnership to stream Sotheby’s sales worldwide. Starting this fall, most of Sotheby’s New York auctions will be broadcast live on a new section of eBay’s website."

In the article, under a photo of a Sotheby's Andy Warhol auction, the caption reads: "By teaming up with eBay, it hopes to reach buyers who might never come to a sale room."

This has been my experience, too. I'm very grateful I've been able to share my work with art collectors on six continents, and I continue to be in awe of the ways in which the internet enables artists to thrive.

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18 July 2014

Blueberries for Cait


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Happy Birthday to the best sister in the world! (She and I picked these blueberries together from the blueberry bushes in her back yard. And do you remember the Caldecott-winning Robert McCloskey picture book, Blueberries for Sal? When I was young, it was always one of my favorites.)

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17 July 2014

Throwback Thursday - Morandi Postcard (+ Peto Museum Call For Entries)


Morandi Postcard (Watercolor Still Life, 1962), Oil on linen on panel, 5 x 6 inches, framed, 2013
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Throwback Thursday #TBT
In October 2013, I posted Morandi Postcard (Watercolor Still Life, 1962) along with a fabulous article about the Peto Museum in Art & Antiques Magazine. Last week, I started putting together a facebook photo album of a few of the trompe l'oeil-inspired paintings I've done since 2007. Some are not purely trompe l'oeil, but I hope you enjoy seeing the variety of subjects I've painted.

Peto Museum Trompe L'oeil Exhibition
The Peto Museum is accepting artist submissions for their National Juried Show of Contemporary Trompe L’oeil. The last day to enter is August 8th, 2014. It's a fantastic show, and the Peto Museum does a stellar job mounting it, so I encourage you to apply here.

Morandi Postcard (Watercolor Still Life, 1962) was on display in last year's exhibit. If you're interested in getting a glimpse of the Museum, take a look at my snapshots from last year's opening reception.

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16 July 2014

Summer Peach on a Wood Block (+ news about my knee)


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Sharing an inspiring Singer/Songwriter with you
Last weekend, I had the privilege of seeing Susan Werner perform live in concert. The Chicago Tribune named Susan “one of the most innovative songwriters working today” and I wholeheartedly agree. I have many favorite songs of hers, but my current favorite is this one: "May I Suggest" (click the link to see Susan perform it at the Philadelphia Folk Festival in 2010). I'm also inspired by the fact that Susan is the Composer & Lyricist for the upcoming world premier of Bull Durham, The Musical at the Alliance Theatre in Atlanta. In this great video, Susan and the producers share funny anecdotes about the making of the musical. I'm looking forward to seeing it! (If you enjoy Susan's work, click to tweet it and let her know @swernermusic.)

Good News
shared last month about my knee injury, and I am happy to say that I don't need surgery! (just six weeks of physical therapy.) Thank you for all your kind and supportive emails & comments -- I am so grateful for you!

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Workshop Update (2 Spots Remaining)

I've had several inquiries this week about my last two 2014 workshops. Here's a quick update, if you're considering either one:


Here are two messages from fabulous painters who just took my Sedona workshop:





If you cannot travel or get away for a workshop, find out more about my online private painting instruction at my Private Painting Mentoring page.

If you're interested, I've also collected Testimonials from Private Painting Mentoring participants here, including images of their paintings.

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