30-in-30 Challenge – Day 01 – Heads of Easter

01b - A Show of HeadsHeads of Easter – NFS
©2015 Dave Casey
24×36″ – acrylic on stretched canvas
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I find it hard to believe that this is the first post of August.  August has been moderately busy, but time in the studio has been hard to come by.  That and the fact that the studio is in a state of major upheaval.  I use to do a lot of my real estate work in the same room, so it was more my office than anything.

But, with retirement from real estate I have decided to turn the room into a fully functioning artist studio.  It will be my place of zen, my sanctuary.  You hear that Honey Bunny, my sanctuary.  There is a lock on the door.

Anyway, I digress.  The room is still a mess, but I am going to be jumping into finishing it starting tomorrow and hopefully, be finished within a day or two.  This is the perfect opportunity for me to downsize my possessions with some going to Goodwill and some going out on the curb next Thursday for trash pick-up.

Okay, tomorrow starts Leslie Saeta’s bi-annual torture-fest, errr, I mean 30 paintings in 30 days challenge.  The painting above is my first entry into this prestigious event.  I have been working on this painting for about a week now and just finished it up this evening.  I had to get it finished tonight.  It was painted with the idea of entering it into an exhibition and today was the deadline.  I made it with fifteen minutes to spare.

This is an acrylic painting which is something I don’t do very often.  Acrylics and I are just not on the best of terms.  They fight.  I fight back.  They usually win.  It is also one of my larger paintings, coming in at 24×36″.  Should be interesting if it gets juried into the exhibition.

That’s all for now.  Now, I’ll have a bowl of ice cream (from my dad’s 80th birthday party) and sit and look at the mess in this room and wonder how I am ever going to get it cleaned up.

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Cherries 006

150725 - Cherries 006b 5x5 oil on wood panel - Dave Casey - TheDailyPainterCherries 006
©2015 Dave Casey
5×5″ – oil on wood panel
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Back to a subject that I love.  Small still life paintings of various fruits and vegetables.

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Sailboat 001 – The Daily Painter

150722 - Sailboat - Peaceful 001b 8x10 oil on linen panel - Dave Casey - TheDailyPainterPeaceful
©2015 Dave Casey
8×10″ – oil on linen panel
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Had this image flutter through my mind yesterday and knew I had to paint it.  Wanted to do a gray, foggy day with a boat sitting in a glassy, smooth bay.  I could imagine laying about on the deck, reading a book, maybe painting something.  That would be the life.

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BAGA Show Painting #2 – Not Christina’s World

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Not Christina’s World
©2015 Dave Casey
12×12″ – oil on stretched canvas
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This is the second of two painting being sent to the BAGA Square Foot Show.  As I was painting this one, I couldn’t help but remember the Andrew Wyeth painting Christina’s World.  I would say that his is slightly better than mine.

As I said, this is the second painting going to the show.  The first one is Wine Bottle & Glass.  I just have to put a coat of retouch varnish on both paintings and get them in the mail.

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Kitchen Painting – Tangerine 010

150712 - Kitchen Painting - Tangerine 001b 6x6 oil on canvas panel - Dave Casey - TheDailyPainterKitchen Painting – Tangerine 010
©2015 Dave Casey
6×6″ – oil on canvas panel
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Finished one of my grisaille paintings this evening, the one with the lone tangerine.  It looks great.  Now I need to finish the other one.  But, before that, I have two paintings to varnish and get sent off to an exhibition in the next day or so.  I also have to figure out how to box up and send Pushing Buttons 001.  This is the largest painting I’ve sold, so I need to find the right box for it and I need to get it to the FedEx office tomorrow.

Such is the life of the artist.

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Kitchen Painting – Lemon and Stoneware Vase

150709 - Lemon 011b 6x6 oil on cavas panel - Dave Casey - TheDailyPainterKitchen Painting – Lemon and Stoneware Vase
©2015 Dave Casey
6×6″ – oil on canvas panel
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I wanted to take a short break from my larger paintings and do another daily painting.  I found this green stoneware vase at Goodwill and just had to paint it.  I hope you like it.

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BAGA Show Painting #1 – Wine Bottle and Glass

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Wine Bottle & Glass
©2015 Dave Casey
12×12″ – oil on stretched canvas
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I just finished this first of two paintings going into the Bismark Art Galleries Association annual Square Foot Show.  I have one more to finish before sending them to the show.  I’ve been working a lot on my class paintings, so I haven’t had the time or energy to get the show paintings done, but that changes after this weekend.  It’s the last class.  Then I’ll have about three weeks to finish the show paintings and get them shipped to the show.

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Abstract 001 – Pushing Buttons

Abstract 001 - Pushing Buttons 001b - LoResAbstract 001 – Pushing Buttons
©2015 Dave Casey
24×18″ – oil on stretched canvas
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I just finished this abstract painting I was doing for a continuing education class.  The class deals with painting in the style of the old masters, specifically in the use of grisaille under-painting.  Granted, Rembrandt probably never painting a painting looking like this, but the technique was still the same.

I started off with a black and white painting on heavy duty canvas and followed that with a thin wash of burnt sienna over the whole canvas.  After a second wash of burnt sienna and a restating of the shadows with a thicker layer of that same paint, it was time to start introducing some color to the palette.

There are places where the color layers are six or seven layers thick and a mix of various colors.  All the colors were transparent, allowing for this layering.  This also allows for one layer to “mix” with a previous layer without actually mixing with it.  So, putting down a layer of indian yellow and letting it dry, then putting a thin layer of ultramarine blue over that gives a nice, rich green without there being any real green on the canvas.  It’s because the light shines down through the layers of paint and then bounces off the white canvas underneath it all and bounces back to our eyes.  So the mixing of the two layers takes place in our eyes and not on the canvas itself.

All I have left to do is varnish the painting in a couple of days and paint the sides black.  I need to remember to get some really good photos before I apply the varnish.

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Forgot to take a photo of the painting before starting the burnt sienna layer.

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Here is the progress of the painting after the first layer of burnt sienna was finished.

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Grisaille paintings 1 & 2

150604 - Grisaille 001b 6x6 oil on canvas panel - Dave Casey - TheDailyPainterGrisaille 001 – Day 2 – Lemon and Bottle
©2015 Dave Casey
6×6″ – oil on canvas panel

150605 - Grisaille 002b 6x6 oil on canvas panel - Dave Casey - TheDailyPainterGrisaille 002 – Day 2 – Tangerine
©2015 Dave Casey
6×6″ – oil on canvas panel
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I thought I would bring you up to date on the two small grisaille paintings I have going.  Painting #1 was a standard grisaille, painted with oil paints and painting #2 is a grisaille that was started with black and white acrylics.  Both have had their initial coat of burnt sienna and are now ready for a second coat that will be used to bring out the shadows a little more.  Anyway, that’s where they stand right now.

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Kitchen Painting – Cherries and Pewter 001

150602 - Cherries and Pewter 001b 6x6 oil on canvas panel - Dave Casey - TheDailyPainterKitchen Painting – Cherries and Pewter Mug
©2015 Dave Casey
6×6″ – oil on canvas panel
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After putting the first color layer on one of my grisaille paintings, I had the urge to do another daily painting.  I went through some of my photos and found this one of cherries spilling out of a pewter mug and knew that I had found my subject.  I like it.

As an added note, if you want to see the grisaille paintings I’m working on for class, you can click on the Instagram button in the column on the right.  If I’ve posted any progress photos that’s where you’ll find them.

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