Wino is a collection of paintings on wooden wine boxes. It is open June 25 in Chicago at the Flatiron Building (1579 N Milwaukee Ave #220). The opening is from 2 to 9 p.m. Wine will be served at 6 p.m.
The art is a mix of acrylics and oils and you can also see it online at constantlyconsumingculture.com too.
It has been awhile since I posted any paintings but I have actually been painting. The recent stuff has mostly been oil but you will notice a couple of watercolors in frames I painted in oil.
The painting above is a small (4x4). I painted it to go in a little pre-Christmas exhibit of small art....but it wasn't finished.
The three paintings above are oil on wood--little pieces of I believe pine. These are pieces of wood used to hold cheese plates sold at a local grocery. I salvage them. I don't gesso them or anything, just paint right on the wood. The last one, of mangroves, may not be finished yet. The first one I was going to tinker with more but thought I might actually make it worse.
I bought this piece of red oak (a scrap from a Home Depot) to use as a little table for painting watercolors while I was housesitting/catsitting and didnt want to ruin my friend's coffee table. I used it then it sat around for awhile and I painted some background color on it. Then it sat around some more unti I picked it up and started with some details. I had to (and perhaps have to) resist the urge to tinker with it more.
The two pieces above are 6x4 watercolors in little frames I painted with oil. The one on the right has been posted here before but I do not think the one on the left ever was.
It has been awhile since I posted any paintings. I am pretty sure I have done a few since the last ones I posted (so much for this being a chronicle of everything I do with an eye for changes and progression!).
The top painting is actually as much pastel, pencil and water color pencil as it is "painting" although there is certainly watercolor and probably gouache in it. The piece is on 9 x 12 1/8 inch Arches 300 lb watercolor paper. It is similar to some others I did and is based on any of a number of photos Ive taken in the Everglades and Big Cypress--which are often actually of cypress trees. But I sort of made them cypress . I called this one Mahogany. It has a sort of unfocused feel.
The piece above is also watercolor, pastel, gouache, pencil and watercolor pencil. This one has more paint than in the Mahogany painting. It is also larger and is on 12 1/8 x 161/8 Arches 140 lb watercolor paper. This one isn't based on anything and came out of my brain...It is sort of meant to look, in the background, what parts of the glades look like when you squint your eyes. This one is cleverly called Trees 2014.
The piece below is also on 9 x 12 1/8 inch Arches 300 lb watercolor paper. This one is, so far, all watercolor and is not done. This is sort of the background for the painting. The top is more done than the bottom of this one. It probably won't have pastel in it (but it might) but I am likely to add pencil and watercolor pencil...maybe some other things....I will post the potentially ruined altered version.
This is one example of recent paintings I am doing based (loosely..very loosely) on photos I took out in the Big Cypress last year. I meant to get started on these earlier but..well I didn't!
The paintings include the ones shown here (which are 7x10 1/4 or thereabout on 140 lb Arches paper) and some larger ones I am working on. The larger ones are on Arches 300 lb paper and others on Arches 140 lb paper. I will have photos (and the exact dimensions) shortly. I will probably just add them here so check back to this URL.
Of the first three (Here and in the post below) one is accounted for but the other ones are for sale. All of these here are $50 (unframed). I will frame them but with all the stuff I need to do that for these? Plus shipping (I hate shipping) The price framed would be $150 (including shipping).
After laziness and delay I finally got around to doing some of the paintings I'd planned from my last foray out into the Big Cypress. I walked 3 or so miles out into the swamp on a wet trail. You don't see many creatures out there, small fish, little snakes. Although, on the way back in I nearly kicked a water moccasin sleeping along the trail (these trails are in a foot to a two feet of water). That would have been unfortunate for both me and the snake.
These paintings are SORT of of the numerous tiny orchid that grow right in the water. They are really small, realy delicate...and these, of course, do not really look much like them. I used the photos of those as a starting point then the rest came out of my head.
They are how those orchids SHOULD look. There are also similar yellow flowers (that I do not think are orchids)....also lots of cypress trees and bromeliads.
I didnt see any gators but I did hear the sound they make when they are warning someone off...that "shake the water off their back sort of grumble they do. I didn't want to find out if it was aimed at me so I left.
These paintings are called Big Cypress 1, 2 and 3 (in descending order).
You Can See Them A Bit Larger Here
So in preparation for working on some new paintings based upon photos I took this past winter in the Big Cypress I started doing some more swamp photos similar to the ones I did when I did my Everglades photos.
This first one (the photos above and immediately below) I thought was 7x 10..it is actually a bit larger and done on 300 lb paper. I was going to paint a single poisonwood tree in the foreground but for some reason I just liked this the way it is and couldn't bring myself to do anything else to it.
The two below are versions of paintings I have done before of the everglades. They are based on photos of walking in the mahogany/poisonwood trees. The top is very similar to others I've done...the bottom is a cross between the close in 'forest' of mahogany and the plain paintings. The bottom one has a sparkle to it. I didn't name any of these yet. Any suggestions?
One of the new larger sky paintings. This one is sparkly in person. It is one I like quite a bit. Not sure what else to say about it! It sort of needs a bigger page for it to show up....
Below this is another large one...(what I call large is like 20 something x like 18 something or so...). I am not fond of this one. I wanted to do a night sky but as you see it just turned into something of a mess. Below The Mess (my title for it) is a small 6x4 sky that I sort of like, except the watercolor spread thing is a bit too obvious for me.
These are the as yet nowhere NEAR DONE sky oil paintings. The full sized ones actually look shittier than the paintings actually are though so I took some close ups that you can see in the gallery below.
I was trying to work all these paintings together--one with a sort of silvery blue sky, another straight up blue and another at night. BUT that didn't work so well so I switched to doing each one singly.
I am not sure where these will wind up but I have some sneaky ideas. There will certainly be more paint involved...lots more paint.
So these are the last group of the sky paintings (excluding the oils). I had a hard time with some of these paintings. There are several that were so "subtle" the photos captured almost nothing.
None of these look totally like the actual paintings--they tend to be darker. The group immediately below (and the one above) are all 6x4 postcard sized.
Below are images that are 7x 10 1/4 paintings. I am fond of all of these. They are mostly watercolor. I may have uses some gouache here and there but not much. I like using gouache as clouds.
For many years I painted. Then I stopped. These paintings started out a sort of experiment. Even when I did paint I never did watercolor. I spent a lot of time trying to be Van Gogh painting oil. Most of the paintings were unfinished. I decided to start using watercolor based only on the recollections of what my father had tried to teach me years ago. The newer paintings are the more recent. If you go back to the beginning you can see the early stumbling ones.