September 29, 2011
Wednesdays and Thursdays are the days I walk down the hallway to my studio, plant my feet in front of my easel and paint. I accomplished this goal both days. Not only did I work on the four small grape paintings but my agent got me started on two new ones to add to this series.
I did wander off the beaten path and worked on these two paintings. The coffee grinder is a work in progress. It’s officially finished and has been in a show. However, it hangs in my kitchen and I see it every day. On a day like today it said, “Hey take me down and add some orange reflection to the red knob and while you’re at it, use that T-square to straighten out that one line.” So I did. And when I asked my kids if they saw anything different about the painting they all said, “NO.”
This painting is the result of a bunch of teddy bears piled up in the corner of my studio from a series I did a couple of years ago. They look at me all day. They are always behind my back with their many sets of plastic eyes staring at me. They all seem to be having fun making small talk yet freezing into position with a smirk or innocent smile as I turn around. They were doing things to my psyche so I decided to bunch them all up into a group and paint a picture. Hey, if you can’t beat them – join them. I’ll be coming back to work on this bunch of fluff later.