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Painting

2017 Austin People’s Gallery Reception

Being a part of the 2017 Austin People’s Gallery became real to me when I drove up to city hall and saw the line out of the building. I arrived 30 minutes late, or “on time,” according to some cultures, but I found two yoga friends already in line. The security check had created the … Continue reading »

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Ch. 24: Celebrate!

How appropriate the last painting in this series shows the twins celebrating their newly heightened enlightenment. I feel the same way since I’ve learned a tremendous amount about painting and I’m ecstatic to have completed just in the nick of time–the weather turned very windy and cold the next day after I put the last … Continue reading »

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Ch. 23: Out of the Box

For the fifth week in a row, I completed another canvas. Not only is this the penultimate painting, but it has been the least time-consuming to prep and paint. Quite convenient, given the fact that my schedule was “off” due to a few novel activities. Normally, the best way for me to complete a project … Continue reading »

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Ch. 22 Painting: Come to Jesus Meeting

I took stenciling to a whole new level when I prepped this canvas. In order to scale this properly, I quartered the picture by cropping it and zooming the sections on four different pages. Then I cut out several pieces and reconstructed the “puzzle” on the canvas, omitting things in the shot I didn’t want. … Continue reading »

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Ch. 21 Painting: Infinity Pancakes

Once I put the gooey maple syrup on this tall stack of blueberry pancakes, I craved pancakes!  I used stencils for everything, including the twins. Only challenge was omitting their chairs.  I figure since they are mathematical characters, I could justify having them levitate in a seated position. In this chapter, Infinity explains how cooking … Continue reading »

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Ch. 20 Painting: Reoccurring Patterns

An artist friend described painting #20 as “full and chaotic.” She also said it was her favorite of the series so far.  That one review makes the enormous amount of time spent last weekend on prepping this canvas totally worth it. I was happy it had turned out so decently since I’ve invested a lot of time … Continue reading »

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Ch. 19 Painting: Food, Friend or Foe

Up until now, I’ve always had plenty to critique about a newly completed painting. Yet, this canvas, despite whatever flaws my hypercritical eye discerns, makes me so incredibly happy I’ve continued this endeavor. Although the twins mostly look good because I used stencils, the faces are my all mine. And what faces they are! The … Continue reading »

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Ch. 18 Painting: Cyber Pimping

Initially, I wanted to create a grid for the background with tape. The painting tape had other ideas. I went with it. Although I had no idea what “cyberspace” looked like, those lines reminded me more of sound waves. Yet, I chose a night sky blue with some shooting star action behind Infinity with the palest blue … Continue reading »

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Painting #17: Symbolic Logic

Learning the lesson from the 16th painting, I used stencils for this latest effort. Again, what a difference stenciling makes–from saving time to enhancing the overall aesthetics. One day, I’ll be better at sketching and painting. Until then, it’s stenciling all the way! I wanted to strike the balance between spacing out the items and … Continue reading »

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Painting #16: It’s All About the Benjamins!

I think one of my new painting mantras should be “when in doubt, stencil it out.” I combined many stencils for this painting. My motto for this painting definitely has to be “it’s all about the Benjamins!” Those century notes in the corners were only possible thanks to stenciling.  I can scarcely paint something that … Continue reading »

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