Woman in white blouse

portrait of a woman in white blouse

portrait of a woman in white blouse

Today is the last day of my long holiday which started on December 27 last year. I knew if I didn’t finish this portrait during my holiday I would have to wait again until next holiday, because this painting is rather oversized for me and my patience was almost running out.

My favorite size is about 9 inches square or less. This woman I painted is about 21″ x 32″. I don’t think I want to paint on this size for a while,,, but I already have next thing I want to paint, in around this size already. I will save this idea for at least half a year though.

Volcano, or depicted a nuclear plant image

I don’t unually paint imaginery theme. There are some reasons for that;

1) One of my art teachers told me to forget to “paint for self expressions”, during the class. I kinda agreed with that idea back then. It still make sense to me.

2) It doesn’t sell. I think my imaginery paintings get too depressive.

3) I try not to risk making other people sick. We shouldn’t underestimate the influence we get from other people’s creations such as art, music and writings. Sometimes it is obviously wicked and I get sick immediately.

I named this “VOLCANO”. (If it is viewd from a distance, it lookes kinda landscape…or something.)

Oil on MDF

It is no serious message painting, but after I finished, I could kind of connect this image to the stupid nuclear plants re-run ideas in Japan.

By posting this, I happened to break my own hidden rule. But after all I will be painting enjoyable outside things mostly.

Life is hard so I want to paint something happy.

Pansies, pansies

Holidays called “golden week” started! Starting day which is today has been sadly raining all day, making me feel far from gold but dull grey. I was planning to paint a rose but roses looked tired in the rain, so instead I picked some pansies in my garden.

oil on MDF, 20cm x 20cm

I get amazed to see how strong they are every once in a while. They well survive winter here, with many flowers every day, become miserable a bit if it freezes but come back their heads staraight up with the sun coming back.

I like to plant them in front of my house for that reason.

Ranunculus cheers me up

Finally I am posting another painting.

I liked painting ranunculus last year, back then I just couldn’t help but saying inside me, being surprised at one of the finished paintings wondering “this is better than my painting”….. I think some of you understand what I’m talking about. 😀 I kept that one but sold other.

This year I found one adorable ranunculus again. They are ALL cheerful and cute and pretty, but what I look for is the shape of petals which can be expressed by the wide brush strokes. This orangy-red folower was it.

ranunculus

Flower of Almond

Flower of almond

Oil on MDF

I bought  very unusual blue carnation yesterday and tried to paint, but it didn’t come out right.

Instead I decided to paint something different. This pretty girl is painted from a photo I’ve taken several(to be honest, many) years ago from now. In Kashmir. While painting her I was wondering how pretty she had grown into, and maybe she’s married and had more than a couple children. On top of that I want to think she had survived, and now is a strong beauty as an almond flower.