Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Today's Paintings 4.28.09

American Basin (Commission)
Original 36" x 48" painting
Golden, Liquitex, and Chroma acrylics

Oriental Blossoms VII
Original 60" x 40" x 0.75" painting
Two 30" x 40" canvases
Golden, Liquitex, and Chroma acrylics on gallery-wrapped canvas

First Dibs (After You)
Original 30" x 40" x 0.75" painting
Golden, Liquitex, and Chroma acrylics on gallery-wrapped canvas

Oriental Blossoms VIII
Original 30" x 40" x 0.75" painting
Golden, Liquitex, and Chroma acrylics on gallery-wrapped canvas

Today was especially productive! I finished up two paintings--the American Basin commission, and Oriental Blossoms VII. I also had enough time and energy to paint another in each of the Oriental Blossoms and First Dibs series.

My patron in New York approved American Basin, so I'll be stretching and varnishing it tomorrow, and getting it shipped on Thursday. I'm excited to see what comes next from him. He has two galleries in the NYC area, and rents some of my paintings to businesses for their decor. I'm excited and grateful for the exposure in New York!

Tip of the Day
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Quote of the Day
"Most people treat the present moment as if it were an obstacle that they need to overcome. Since the present moment is Life itself, it is an insane way to live." --Eckhart Tolle