Thursday, January 27, 2011

Almost Monkey Free!

Cappuccino Anyone?

6" by 6" original oil on wrap around canvas with sides painted.

Challenge # 6 Whip Something Up

Well I am happy to say that the monkey is only hanging on by a thread and it will only take a couple of faxes before I go to bed tonight to send this particular monkey on his way.  Whew!  It feels so good to be taking care of matter how uncomfortable or painful it is at the time

My painting has been coming along steadily but the challenges have been tougher than my more known subject matter.  I was working on this piece this afternoon using a brush and a red background going for that Italian Cappuccino look and it just wasn't working!!!  Finally when I let go of sticking to my original plan, I picked up my palette knife and loosened up a bit.  I am being challenged!  And that was the idea.  I liked the idea of whipped up froth on this coffee and it brings back wonderful memories of a trip to Italy almost thirty years ago now.  I was completely enchanted with Italy and remember how wonderful it was to come to breakfast in the morning for a cappuccino and Italian bread! I still enjoy cappuccino now and again but somehow it tastes the best in Italy!

My next challenge will be a surprise...I am supposed to work on a still life with my friends tomorrow and that is one of the challenges ahead in the book.  So I may skip around a bit in the book.  I am looking forward to the one where I paint a still life out of my head...I have never done that before.  So many paintings to do and commissions to work on.  Have an awesome Friday!!!  

Tomorrow I paint with friends again and then teach at Harbor's Edge.  This Sunday at noon I will be at Claudia Finn's Studio in Pembroke Mall doing a demonstration along  with fiber artist, Chris Griffin Pascuzzi.  I hope you will come out and see us!  I am also getting a studio class together in my studio on Monday evenings.  Please contact me at if you are interested in learning how to paint in either acrylic or oil.  All levels are welcome.

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