Thursday in the studio. A Work in Progress.

Thursday was very productive although nothing was finished. May things on the easel but nothing in a finished state.  This is what end of the week looked like. Works in progress.
Destiny of man 90% finished

doll series 1
I lied this one is finished.

doll series 2
Lied again. I finished this one too.

One of my all prima studies from
Mark Chatov's class

This one is finished too. Guess I finished more than I thought.

Favorite part of the day. Spanish siesta at 1pm. Yeah they all laugh at me down here,
but painting is really exhausting. No kidding. For real.

First in the series of Tate's Hell paintings.  This
is the first pass. Not a bad start, but you may not see it that way.
Many more layers needed to finish this one.

Abandoned home in Florida.
This is about 75% finished.

Toxaway Lodge as I remember it as a child.
75% finished

Florida house in a different setting.
If you haven't guessed, I tend to make up my settings.

Birds of paradise (commonly called pigeons)
first day on them

Innocence Lost
part of a series of abandoned structures.

More birds of paradise. 

abstract trees a little more finished


Tonight I am going to get out and go to a show ... or two, as I promised my therapist. 

Oh come on, everyone has a therapist these days. How else could we cope. 

Life's just one big mine#&$* (a slang term which describes a work that uses literary devices such as nonlinear storytelling and plot twists in order to present convoluted, yet not conflicting, themes. A creation is usually considered a mind#&$* when a casual observer is not able to discern the true meaning of a work without making a serious attempt to unravel the themes presented or when the plot is incredibly difficult to follow.) That's just how it is.

Night of Relaxation?

Worn out after a full day of painting but had tickets to see Billy Idol. Boy did he get old. But what a great body and kept the crowd entertained. One beer nearly did me in but had fun as we watched the middle aged man in front of us grope his wife the whole two hours. Here are some pics and then on to some works in progress.
Billy Idol

Billy Idol

John Schultz
Lisa Miller

Tana Criner
Carolyn and Melissa
Promise I went. Sorry no photo of us together. Someone had to hold the camera.


What to do with left over paintings and paint?

This is the first post in a hopefully long running series. It will detail how I spend the day at my studio at The B Complex in Atlanta's historic West End. I plan to post at least three times per week, showing paintings in progress and activities I get into daily. Learn there is more to being an artist than painting a pretty picture.

This is a painting begun in the 1990s. Abandoned. Offered to my Aunt Eleanor, but alas too late. She is downsizing. So at the open house last week a client who came by loved it and offered to buy it. I told here to let me finish it and I'd sell it to her at a bargain price. I mean who else would want a painting of my aunt. So I sold it.

When I finish this painting I will post it and will call my client to pick it up. also in the studio today I worked on a few abstract ideas that I have started doing rather than waste the paints I have left on my palette. Here goes with a try at "Abstract Forests".

Yes some will have leaves in the future and some will be more colorful. The plan is to keep this  size canvas on hand (8 inches x 8 inches) and keep these in progress. The goal is that at a show a customer/client can choose the number they want to buy and hang them in a series. Maybe three across or nine in a larger square. It will be up to them and how much they want to spend. I am trying to keep these pieces below $50.00 each. They are very similar to plain line drawings --- only with impasto paint.

All of my paintings are worked in oil colors of professional quality. They contain multiple layers, and many days of application. At times I do paint in an alla prima method and these are found on my website. 

Tonight I think I'll go see Billy Idol. Blast from the past, tonight in Atlanta.