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Little glass bottle I bought in the western ghost town of Chloride.
Day 6

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Scottie figurine that lives in my mom’s china closet.
Day 5

I had no idea this daily painting thing was such a thing. I decided to give it a try while on break between semesters so that I can go back as a stronger painter and get to know the medium again. I swear school made me and painting feel like strangers on a bad OKC date.

I came across some other daily painting blogs and also lots of weird articles criticizing the practice(parade rain-ers!). It seems to me other artists do this in order to stay productive, learn how to simplify and to sell. If you rapidly create a batch of small paintings, you have product. Small, minimally labor intensive, product. Which means you can sell them for a low but reasonable price. I may just consider doing that as well. It’d be nice to bring in some money with my artwork.

Here is a list of some other daily painters and their work. Not all of it is necessarily my cup o’ tea, but I like seeing how others approach the practice.

Abbey Ryan
Brian Astle
Lisa Daria
Debbie Becks Cooper
Michael Naples
J Dunster

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painting moonlight part 2

Moonlight is for swimming through, and I miss it now that I live in the city. The moon has too much competition here. You can’t dip your hands in it. It doesn’t pool at your feet.

Many contemporary nightscapes tend to overstate. As if lotsa of stars and glimmering equals magic and mysticism.

The night is elegant. Less is more. It’s magic is in what you can’t see.

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Daybreak Eclipse by Max Ernst

Clausen, George; The Village at Night; Leeds Museums and Galleries; http://www.artuk.org/artworks/the-village-at-night-38356
The Village at Night by George Clausen

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Night by Mikalojus Ciurlionis

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Moonlit Beach by Leon Spilliaert

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Starry Night by Jean Francois Millet

See Part 1.

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leopold seyffert

Behold! The only two paintings I can find by Leopold Seyffert that I super dig! Seyffert was a PAFA student and also a teacher at Moore College of Art & Design. His painting career seems mostly centered around working as a portraitist. His portraits are skilled, and he was hired by and painted many notable people of the day. They get the job done, but they look like work to me. Does that make sense?

I was walking through PAFA’s historic building museum with one of my classes, and saw the below first painting. Of course, it’s much more beautiful in person. The colors, specifically the magenta, is vibrant. There is something Klimt-ish about it, and the Art Deco color scheme particularly appeals to me. The skin sparkles.(edited to add: for some unknown reason, my pictures in this post disappeared, so the new photos don’t convey the color that my former pictures did.)

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The Lacquer Screen

I assume these were painted as a pair. I can’t seem to find anymore work of his similar to these. I wonder what made him paint these, and why he didn’t seem to return to it. He did paint other nudes, but none of them, as far as I’ve seen, are as exciting as this pair.

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Nude with Chinese background

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Desecrating your own work

The title of this post is misleading. Don’t let it immediately get your back up. I’m trying to describe a certain type of work, or certain type of artist. I mean the type of artist that takes pleasure in creating something technically perfect and then deconstructing it.

Below is the work of Erik Jones. He’s been a favorite artist of mine for a while. He also happens to be a super guy.

His latest body of work is fun to look at. I like to imagine what he’s covered up, how he goes about making those decisions. I imagine it’s spontaneous. I don’t think he goes into a piece knowing exactly how he’s going to cover up his beautiful and precisely rendered drawings.

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Nicola Samori creates many different types of work. He appears to work in sculpture, painting and photography. I personally am drawn to his paintings. He paints classically. His work is reminiscent of the italian and northern renaissance and baroque period. He then takes a painting most would consider finished then scrapes and scratches parts of it away.

I enjoy this article about him on Huffington Post.

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Henrik Aa. Uldalen records some of his painting process. In the below instagram video he shows a lovely small painting, then scraps it off the surface on camera. I can’t find another example I have in mind. I remember seeing a recording of him showing off an eye he painted on an egg then letting it drop to the floor to smash.

Another eye on glass to follow up yesterday's success. 👁

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There is something so wonderfully cocky about creating something conventionally beautiful and then marking it up and over for affect. There is this underlying tone of confidence that goes along with it.

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Painting moonlight

Night landscapes aren’t as common as daylight ones for obvious reasons.

I love them. There is something borderless about paintings of the night sky. Sharp edges tend to destroy the illusion. Silhouettes and shadows meld into one by moonlight.

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Moonlight on the Bruges Canal by Charles Warren Eaton. A beautiful tonalist work.

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Lisière de Bois by Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot and Moonrise by Robert Macauley Stevenson.

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A painting I can’t find the title to from Franz Sedlacek. Google him. His work is odd and all over the place. If the internet is informing me correctly, his work is a mix of Bosch, Fantastic Planet, Goya, pop surrealism and Magritte. It’s confusing me in a pleasant way.

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Moonlit Landscape by Jean Delville, one of my favorite symbolist painters.

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Moonlight Ring by Henry Prellwitz and Moonrise by Stanislaw Maslowski.

Looking at these is like seeing the afterimage of a brighter day behind your eyelids, after rubbing them, laying in bed staring at the ceiling in the dark.

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Star and Siberia by Alphonse Mucha.

Some more of my favorite night sky themed paintings can be found in this old post.