Thursday, January 31, 2008

large fries 7x7

I think that this is arguably the most iconic still life that I've ever painted. It comes with all kinds of socio-political, economic and nutritional baggage. I did paint it but I want to make clear that I do not advocate eating food like this on a regular basis. These fries went uneaten, sacrificed at the altar of high art.

Wednesday, January 30, 2008

No Hands Bridge #4 7x7

It snowed in Auburn yesterday. Today was unexpectedly clear so I decided to go to one of my favorite places to paint. Even though it didn't snow, it was still quite cold in the canyon.

Tuesday, January 29, 2008

red pear and water 7x5

I bought a couple of these red pears to put in a salad the other night. Before I started painting these little still lifes I wasn't even aware of red pears. Now I buy them all the time.

Monday, January 28, 2008

Indian Hill 5x7

I saw these clouds above Indian Hill on my drive up to work this morning. I didn't have time to stop and paint them so I did my best to commit them to memory and I started painting as soon as I got to school. I had about 45 minutes before any students showed up so I got a pretty good start on it. It was kind of fun having the freedom to sort of wing it.

Sunday, January 27, 2008

American River 7x7

This is the American River near my house. It was pouring rain today. I stood under a bridge while paining this.

Saturday, January 26, 2008

Sacramento River #2 7x7

There was finally a big enough break in the weather for me to get a painting in. It was still a bit overcast but the sun broke through a few times and kept things interesting.

Friday, January 25, 2008

calendula #6 5x7

Another calendula picked on a cold, windy morning. Nothing else blooms in conditions like this! This one is in an antique ink well.

Thursday, January 24, 2008

avocado and water 7x5

I think one of the tricks to painting avocados is to use one that is a little under ripe. They seem to stay nice and green longer.

Wednesday, January 23, 2008

calendula #5 5x7

Calendula are the tough little soldiers of the flower world. It was about 35 degrees this morning and raining. A small group of these were blooming behind the science classroom. They are vibrant and tough. I like 'em.

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

cocktail onions #2 5x7

I painted some cocktail onions a while ago when I first started this project. I like this painting better. It seems more cohesive to me. You can compare it to the other one by clicking here.

Monday, January 21, 2008

clothes pin with water 5x7

This combination of objects is a bit contrived, but I like it.

Sunday, January 20, 2008

Saturday, January 19, 2008

Friday, January 18, 2008

dam 7x7

This is is Clementine Dam on the American River in Auburn. This and No Hands Bridge are my two favorite concrete structures in Auburn.

Thursday, January 17, 2008

extinguisher #2 7x7

I had fun setting up all these cylinders. The canvas roll is very fun to paint. It's always a little bit different. This is a good thing because it's pretty heavy and a real pain to move.

Wednesday, January 16, 2008

ding dongs 6x6

Ding Dongs are Hohos with a different shape. I wonder which one sells better.

Tuesday, January 15, 2008

woods 7x7

These woods are on the other side of a small lake near where I work. It's about a half hour walk to get to them. I wasn't sure if I would find anything worth painting when I started walking, but it was a nice day so I went. By the time I got to the other side of the lake it was overcast. I didn't have time to go anywhere else as it was late afternoon and I was rapidly loosing what crummy light I had. I went ahead and painted these sort of gloomy woods anyhow. I'm glad I did.

Monday, January 14, 2008

marina 7x7

This is River Bank Marina as seen from Discovery Park in Sacramento. I lettered countless boats at this marina when I was painting signs full time. It was one of my favorite places to work during the summer. My customers were always very nice and I invariably got more business from the other boat owners while I worked.

This painting is available through my new gallery, Kasini House.

Sunday, January 13, 2008

forebay 7x7

This is a small lake near highway 49 and Bell road. The Bear River canal flows into it and out of it. There is a great variety of plants growing along the shoreline.

This painting is available through my new gallery, Kasini House.

Saturday, January 12, 2008

freeway palm 7x9

The river is right behind me. I painted the tower bridge from underneath this bridge yesterday. I was glad the sun came out today

Friday, January 11, 2008

tower bridge 7x7

I found a little path going upstream from Miller Park that lead to a nice vantage point of Tower Bridge. I'm looking forward to painting this again whe the sun is out.

Thursday, January 10, 2008

paint can 7x7

I liked the reflective quality of this paint can. I added the bottle of Cascade so there would be something for it to reflect.

Wednesday, January 09, 2008

fire extinguisher 7x7

In addition to the overhead projectors in my room, I also have a couple of ancient opaque projectors. Neither one of them works. I keep them around because they look so cool. The blue-green that all scholastic appliances of a certain vintage seem to be painted is particularly attractive to me. I added the palm sander and fire extinguisher as warm counter points to the projector.

This painting is available through my new gallery, Kasini House.

Tuesday, January 08, 2008

projector 7x7

I have a small collection of old overhead projectors in my classroom. The oldest one is the one that I used when I was a full time sign painter. My students still use them to layout projects. I keep them around for spare parts. I've never had to buy a new one.

Monday, January 07, 2008

canvas table 7x7

This is the table that I use to stretch canvasses on in my classroom. It was a lot of fun to change the scale for this still life. I don't think it's quite a broad enough view to be considered an interior. It's nice to have more objects interacting in a wider space. In that regard it's a little more like a landscape. I think I'll do some more of these.

This painting is available through my new gallery, Kasini House.

Sunday, January 06, 2008

cheez-its 6x6

Cheez-its are one of the few foods that are actually brighter than it's packaging.

This painting is available through my new gallery, Kasini House.

chips ahoy 6x6

These were my favorite cookies back in the day. These junk food still lifes are fun but I'm itching to paint some landscapes, en plein aire as the crazy french say!

Friday, January 04, 2008

pink snoball 6x6

It took me a while to find one, but I finally did. The elusive pink snoball. It's not even a Hostess snoball. It's a Mrs. Freshley's, which is obviously a knock off and a rip off. All I can say is, I did it for art.

Thursday, January 03, 2008

dots #2 6x6

I found a great little local mini-mart. They sell the small boxes of Dots, which are usually just available around here right before halloween, and they also have pink Hostess Snoballs! I didn't get one today but I will soon!

This painting is available through my new gallery, Kasini House.

Wednesday, January 02, 2008

hohos 6x6

I borrowed this light green t-shirt from my wife for the background. It works well as a contrasting color for the dark browns of the Hoho and the white of the milk.
I think today was the last fine day we're going to have around here for a while. I wanted to do a landscape but my tripod broke and I was too lazy to haul my old easel out.

Tuesday, January 01, 2008

yellow cupcake 6x6

These yellow cupcakes were brought to my attention a few days ago (thanks Kathy!). Even though I don't really remember then as a kid I thought I'd go ahead and paint one. I kind of like how the yellow looks on the blue background.