Kitchen Painting – Plum 005

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©2015 Dave Casey
6×6″ – oil on wood panel
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Just a quick one today. It might be the last Kitchen Painting for a little while as I am out of 6×6″ Gessobord panels. I have way too many other panels to use up right now, so I won’t be buying anymore 6×6″ for awhile. I’m also delving into bigger paintings, such as the 18×24″ on my easel downstairs right now. I also have three 24×36″ deep profile canvases sitting in a closet that could use some lovin’.

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Seen Better Days 001a

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©2015 Dave Casey
5×7″ – oil on canvas panel
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This was a revisited painting I did back in January for the 30 Paintings in 30 Days Challenge.  I knew there had to be some things I could do to this painting to make it more to my liking.  And I was right.  The original just didn’t show the age of the barn the way I wanted it to, so I spent a couple of hours today on the painting and I am quite a bit more satisfied with the results.

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Morning on the Marsh 001a

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©2015 Dave Casey
6×8″ – oil on canvas panel

This is the kind of morning I believe a lot of us could find inspiration for painting.  How could you not love those colors?  Well, unless you’re a sailor.  “Red sky at morning, sailors take warning.”  But, I’m not going out on a boat anytime soon, so I don’t need to worry about approaching storms.  I just have to worry about whether I packed enough cad red medium in the pochade box.

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Just one of those days …

SJ03I’m tellin’ ya, there are times when I just want to pull my hair out.  A few days ago I started a new challenge for myself.  My drawing skills when it comes to drawing faces leaves a lot to be desired, so I’ve embarked on a 30 day challenge to sketch at least two faces a day.  I figure by the end of the 30 days I will be have improved quite a bit.

Anyway, this is the fifth drawing and I am still having the same problem every single time.  The eyes are always too high on the head.  Even when I know that I am trying to overcome this mistake, it still happens.  I know this is a mistake that most beginners make, as well as, most kids if you ask them to draw a person’s face.  But, I’ve been doing this long enough you would think I would get past it.

I’m probably going to have to use a strict measuring and grid system to beat this thing.  I know how to draw the egg shape, draw a line across at the halfway point and this becomes your eyebrow line.  I know how to draw another line halfway between the brow line and the bottom of the egg and that becomes the bottom of the nose and another line halfway between that line and the bottom of the egg and that becomes the bottom of the bottom lip.

I know all that.  But, I just can’t seem to get past it when it comes to putting pencil to paper.

These two photos are of the fifth drawing in my challenge.  The one on the left is how the drawing really looks and the one on the right is how it looks after I ran it through a graphics program and moved the eyes down.  I moved those eyes down a little more than half the height of the eyes and I think a case could be made to lower them just a touch more.

Okay, so much for the rant.  I’m hungry, maybe that’s the problem.

Kitchen Painting – Chili Peppers 002

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©2015 Dave Casey
6×6″ – oil on wood panel
Daily Paintworks Auction – $23

I have been wondering how long it should take to create a piece of artwork.  With the advent of the daily painting movement, I have found myself falling into the trap of trying to finish a small painting in a couple of hours or so.  And I sincerely mean that it a trap.

While there are daily painters out there that will dash off a small painting so fast that it looks like the painting just falls off their brush, there are those of us that need to take a little  more time.  Where one artist may finish the painting above in less than an hour, it took me almost three hours to complete and that was done in two different sessions.

The trap comes when we finish a painting that we’ve just slapped onto a canvas, having spent an hour or two on it, and thinking that it is good enough to sell, when in fact it is a canvas that would be better to wipe off and try again.  We get a little precious with our works, thinking that each one needs to be gallery worthy.  The best artists will tell you that they wipe or destroy more paintings than they save.

Will I get faster as time goes on?  That goes without saying.  Paint one hundred small paintings in a couple of months and you can’t help but get better at your craft.

I was out in the garden yesterday and I saw these three peppers on the plant and knew they needed to be painted.  But, I’ll leave the eating part to Honey Bunny.  Way too hot for my tastes.

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Kitchen Painting – Onion and Garlic 001a

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still life,oil on panel,6×6,price $23

Kitchen Painting – Onion and Garlic 001
©2015 Dave Casey
6×6″ – oil on wood panel
Daily Paintworks Auction – $23

Here is my next Kitchen Painting.  I’m getting ready for my next pot of spaghetti, so I have a couple of ingredients around for a couple more days.  Honey Bunny and I love our garlic so I hope this one big bulb will be enough.

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New blog location

In a couple of weeks Google is going to pull the plug on a lot of blogs that have anything that could even be remotely considered adult in nature. That includes those of us, who are artists, that may post a figure sketch or painting. Though they CLAIM that artists aren’t their main target, I get the feeling that we’re going to be hammered hard anyway. So, I have proactively addressed the situation by creating a new blog here at WordPress. Within the next couple of days a new re-direct should take affect and you won’t even find the old blog when you type in www.TheDailyPainter.com. You will end up at the new blog. Hopefully those of you who have chosen to follow me, and I do appreciate each and every one of you, will find your way over to this new blog and decide to follow me again.

Come on in and watch out for the dust. I’m still rebuilding.

Abstract Bottles 002b

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Abstract Bottles 002
©2015 Dave Casey
24×18″ – oil on stretched canvas

Here is the next progress photo of the abstract with wine bottles. I darkened the background and began to color the wine bottles and glass. I darkened the back of the tabletop, but I’ve decided to add a tablecloth, so I need to wait a couple of days for this layer to dry. I will probably hit it again on Saturday. 

The color is a bit dark in this photo.  It was taken with my smartphone to send it to Instagram.  It should be a little brighter and more colorful.