I suppose every artist has a bucket list of what they’d like to paint someday. This painting was like getting two of those red stick Tetris pieces back to back and clearing out 8 rows’ worth of things I wanted to paint.
I finished this piece back in May. The total time was about 48 hours from start to completion. I was sorry to see it end. Really had fun with this one! Not once did I ever feel aggravated with it or want to chuck it into a dark corner.
Between then and now, I've been occupied with the world of commercial leases (something I have no prior experience with!) It really makes my head spin but I have to put up with it in order to move into a new teaching location. Hopefully I'll be back to painting something soon!
My latest painting, my first "baby" of 2015. Yup, something new but about somethings old. My starting point is an antique shop that I trailed my aunt and uncle into while visiting them in Shanghai last summer but I'm freely changing the color scheme.
I have an art buddy, Negina. We meet up regularly to keep each other from slacking off on our paintings. I started this painting while she's out traveling so she hasn't seen it yet. She's going to poke fun at me for painting "women pondering" again. I do seem to paint that often...But, no. What I most wanted to paint here was not my aunt but the THINGS! That beautiful abundance of THINGS! I was drawn to the organized clutter in this photo in the same way that I'm drawn to the wonderful works of Manabu Ikeda.