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July 23, 2017


535 The View from Here


Not ok535 The View from Here
6x6 inches :: original oil painting on gessobord
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I referenced an image of @jasminaalzihairi as captured by @josef_beyer for this work. I especially enjoyed the challenge of painting the shadow cast by the scissors onto her face.

July 22, 2017


534 Of All That


Nude534 Of All That
8x10 inches :: original oil painting on gessobord
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I referenced a photograph by @nadavkander I found in a beautiful new publication by @panandthedreammag .

As I continue to observe and pursue the nude in paintings, I think it's weird that an actual nude photo (the kinds I've been sharing of myself with some edits so I don't get kicked off of social media) can cause an uproar in the name of morality and actual nude humans even more so. But then a painting or sketch of the same subject can be hung in million dollar rooms with  people who'd normally be in an uproar but who stand in front of the work talking all open-minded and using language that sounds so artistic. It's weird, those distances, and those levels of discourse.

This exploration of mine ... one of the most profound revelations I've been having is that I'm not just one thing at a time. I'm many things all at one. Clothed. Naked. Proper. Raunchy. Mother. Goddess. Clean. Filthy. Behaved. Rebellious. Feminine. Masculine. And it's now that I finally feel the freedom to embrace the power of all that.

#allaprima #freenotbrave #representationalabstract

July 21, 2017


533 Joey


Joey533 Joey
8x8 inches :: original oil painting on gessobord
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I referenced an image of @missjoeybothwell as captured by @narcissusholmes for this work. I had intended on painting a different subject on a larger canvas today ... and indeed, I painted larger which I enjoyed but in terms of the subject, I made a last minute switching of gears from my intended subject when I saw this subject. What a subject.

In terms of color ... I've been pursuing exaggerated ones and seeing what I want to see, as is encouraged by painter Milt Kobayashi.  I'll paint tomorrow what I had planned for today.

 

 

July 20, 2017


532 Upon Effort


To love532 Upon Effort
6x6 inches :: original oil painting on gessobord
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I referenced an image by @fatholahi for this work. On my mind were the junior high-ish girls I had the chance to talk with and mentor today at my alma mater: UC Irvine. As I asked them about their future goals I found myself advising them to be wary of the whole "do what you love" concept ... because something you dread now ... upon effort and practice could become something you love deeply.

July 19, 2017


531 I Will


Beguiled531 I Will
6x6 inches :: original oil painting on gessobord
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I am beguiled by everything @louschoof ... her effortlessly sensual, achingly provocative and intriguing ways. I consider her a muse not just for some of my paintings but my pursuit for all of those things in all of my ways. I took a screen capture of one of her recent videos where her fingers were dancing on a wall ... and referenced that screen capture for this work ... which conjured up these lyrics by #thebeatles:

Who knows how long I've loved you
You know I love you still
Will I wait a lonely lifetime
If you want me to, I will

I will
 #iwill #dailypainting #allaprima

July 17, 2017


530 Beatrice


Beatrice

530 Beatrice
6x8 inches :: original oil painting on gessobord
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I referenced an image of Beatrice Lucarelli as captured by @giacomo.spaconi for this work.

July 16, 2017


529 Fight Like a Girl


Fight529 Fight Like a Girl
6x8 inches :: original oil painting on gessobord
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I referenced an image of myself as captured by @narcissusholmes for this work. The capture happened in my studio where I was directed to look into a mirror and look at the mirror, not the camera. It was awkward at first but I finally got the hang of it. Anyway, Loved the dramatic contrast of the image, which still gave me plenty of challenges in terms of expressing all the nuances and undulations that exist in the human figure.

#allaprima #cletoreyes #fightlikeagirl

July 15, 2017


528 Life Season


Mariaelena528 Life Season
6x8 inches :: original oil painting on gessobord
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I referenced an image of Maria Elena as captured by @narcissusholmes for this work. Things that were floating in my thoughts as I worked on this ... to practice an economy of strokes in my pursuit of expressive suggestion of features rather than explicit illustration of them. My work in my current life season, I suppose.
#allaprima #representationalabstract #figurative #therenotthere #dailypainting

July 14, 2017


527 Before I Get Too Deep


Portrait

527 Before I Get Too Deep
6x8 inches :: original oil painting on gessobord
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I referenced image by @fatholahi of @anastasiyascheglova for this work while singing this by #ediebrickell ...

I'm not aware of too many things
I know what I know if you know what I mean
Choke me in the shallow water
Before I get too deep
#dailypainting #allaprima

July 13, 2017


526 Sideways


Selfie526 Sideways
8x6 inches :: original oil painting on gessobord
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This is my demo work from the private painting session I taught today, referencing a photo of the person's friend who came in for the session. Painting a subject oriented sideways had many challenges! We both learned a whole lot in the process. Wonderful day.

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