Tuesday, September 30, 2008

pear #2 5x7

This on is off the same tree as yesterday's offering. Pears are pretty fun to paint. Some painters think they're sort of anthropomorphic.

Monday, September 29, 2008

leafy pear 7x5

This is off the tree in front of my classroom. I like the leaves.

Sunday, September 28, 2008

Orangevale palm 8x6

This sketch took about an hour. A dog barked at me the whole time.

Saturday, September 27, 2008

freeway palm #2 8x10

I did a lot of editing on this one. I took out a bunch of other trees that I felt took away from the sweep of freeway.

Friday, September 26, 2008

Thursday, September 25, 2008

egg #8 5x7

This is another egg from our school garden. The nice thing about painting eggs is that they're always so different after you break 'em.

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

glue bottle 5x7

There was a meeting of district art teachers out at Foresthill High School today. I hadn't done a painting yet so I decided to do one there. Rachael's room is a lot neater than mine so there wasn't very much junk to choose from, however, the orange cap to this big jug of glue caught my eye.

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Red Bull 5x7

I have kids who drink energy drinks for breakfast every morning.

Monday, September 22, 2008

North Fork Americn River 7x8

I went on a hiking field trip down Steven's Trai out of Colfax today. While the kids were frolicking and resting I painted this. It was a lot of fun to try to incorporate some of the ideas that I was exposed to last week at Terry's workshop.

Sunday, September 21, 2008

Saturday, September 20, 2008

Friday, September 19, 2008

thistle #3 5x7

I ended up using a little magenta lettering enamel to get the color of this flower right.

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Twinkie #5 7x5

I had fun using a more subdued color scheme in this one.

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Serene Lakes #2 8x6

One of the things Terry had us do last weekend was paint little thumbnails to plan out composition. I had never done this before. I figured that these little plein aire studies were already so small that they were basically just thumbnails anyway. I was surprised to find out just how much a simple thumbnail helped me organize the painting.

Monday, September 15, 2008

Basin Peak

Basin Peak is just north of Castle Peak. Both are visible to the north of Donner Summit.

Sunday, September 14, 2008

Serene Lakes 6x8

I went to a plein aire workshop led by Terry Muira this weekend. I had a great time! It was chock full of useful information and great company. Terry really knows his stuff.

Saturday, September 13, 2008

corn dog #2 7x5

This one is starting out a just $1.00!

Friday, September 12, 2008

red hammer 5x7

I'm going up to the mountains for a Plein Air workshop this weekend so I may not get to post tomorrow. I will be doing lots of painting though and I'll pots when I get back.

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Rollos 7x5

I wanted to try painting the gold foil.

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

sunflower #4 5x7

A student brought in this nice blue bottle. She has been waiting patiently for me to paint it and I finally found someting nice to put in it. Most of the flowers in our garden are starting to dry up.

Tuesday, September 09, 2008

salt shaker #2 7x5

This is the salt that I used on yesterday's tomatoes.

Monday, September 08, 2008

tomato slice 7x5

The school garden is teeming with ripe tomatoes right now. I picked four or five and ate them with salt for lunch today.

Sunday, September 07, 2008

cactus #4 5x7

Another purchase from the .99 cent store.

Saturday, September 06, 2008

peppermint pattie #2 5x7

I'm starting this one off at just $1.00!

Friday, September 05, 2008

Cheetos 7x5

This is one case where the contents are actually brighter than the packaging

Thursday, September 04, 2008

three kisses 7x5

I had so much fun with the foil inside the chips bags that I decided to do something that was all foil.

Wednesday, September 03, 2008

Fritos 7x5

I like painting the reflective foil inside these bags.

Tuesday, September 02, 2008

Lays #2 7x5

I picked up a big fifty piece value pack of assorted chips on my way to work today. It's really the only way to get small serving sizes like this. I'll be doing some other chips from it over the next few days. I like the bright colors.

Monday, September 01, 2008

cactus #3 7x5

I picked this up at the .99 cent store this afternoon.