Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Peas and Onions

This is one more from the trip to Chicago. I hardly ever use acrylic. The transition from oil to acrylic was very frustrating when starting this painting but I think it came together in the end.

In other news, I did a quick mural for the local theater. They are doing Once Upon A Mattress, which is the story of the princess and the pea. The rest of the set looks like a castle. Painting on such a large scale was a fun challenge.

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Do you like science?

This weekend I visited some friends in Evanston, IL. Hannah and I went to a market with all sorts of interesting produce and picked a few things for a still life. Sorry for the blurry photo.
One of my favorite things about the city is the architecture. Every single building seems to be thoughtfully designed and carefully constructed. This is a sketch of St. Nicholas Roman Catholic Church, playing with my new pens.

Finally, I have a little watercolor I did sitting on the side of the road while I was temporarily stranded in Amish country.

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Early Morning

If only I had the will power to wake up at 5 am every day. I had been wanting to paint the reservoir for a while and today I finally made it out. I love how isolated it feels in the very center of the water, especially in the early hours.

With the sky changing so quickly, I had to apply the color in big, thick smears. This intuition-driven rush often produces some of my favorite pieces. The little speck above the horizon on the far right is a bug who got trapped in all the sticky paint. I think I will leave him there.