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Started as a daily painting blog but this is easier to live with-
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Sunday, January 10, 2010

January 10, Painting on a Sunday Afternoon

I had a plan for today's painting. I was going to put some good music on and celebrate the buttery quality of good paint. I was going to see where the rhythm, tone, and paint brushes would take me. Then I was influenced by the happenings of the day.

Sunday Morning with Charles Osgood is my favorite must-see show. A bug artist was profiled this morning. He places colorful bugs from all over the world in interesting patterns. I'll get back to this.

We went to church and had a tag team of priests who are scheduled to do the same in a mission set for several evenings this week. One priest was tall and thin. He had large teeth and no hair. The other was a short chubby Asian man who had a great sense of humor. He said they were twins; as in the movie with Arnold Schwartzenegger and Danny DeVito. He, obviously, was the Devito character. The other was no Schwartzenegger. The DeVito priest reminded me of Budda, only with spikey black hair.
His English was good but heavily accented. When he intoned, "Peace bewitch you," I had to stifle, "And also witch you."

Perhaps that bewitching carried over when we stopped at the grocery store. Savannah wanted chicken alfredo lasagna for lunch. My intent was to buy some frozen chicken breasts but when we got home, I discovered I'd purchased chicken wings. Ron boned them and I sauted the meat along with sliced button mushrooms for the lasagna. I put the skin and bones in a pot to make chicken stock.

Finally, about 2:30 or 3:00, I got around to approaching the daily painting. By then I had a little green jade Budda with spikey black hair stuck in my head. He needed to be in the center of the painting with rays of "Sun"day radiating from his head. The buttery paint theme, sans inspiratory music, spread beneath him. While it may look like some molten hell, it isn't. It's just buttery warm colors.

My mistake with the chicken wings found its way onto the Budda. The interesting pattern of mushrooms came from the bug artist's arrangements.

That's what happens when an artist can be totally free to create whatever transpires within a day.

This painting is 11" x 14" and $100. It was difficult to get the actual colors to reproduce in the photo. The detail of the mushrooms is truer in color than the full image which suffers from light bounce.



  1. Well, I'll tell you what Nan. You've posed me a challenge this time (and I bet that will happen again). I think the long story surrounding the daily painting is terrific-it is engaging and amusing and interesting and takes me right into the heart of your experiences. Nice story- telling.
    Then there's the painting. The colors are certainly vibrant and they portray very nicely on the close-up. Overall, the Jade Buddah with "sacred 'shrooms" floating in his vision is pretty graphic. I wonder if the visionary model-priest (or perhaps his painter) sampled the 'shrooms to get in the mood to sit for the painting (or to paint)? It is wonderfully adventurous and bold and ... um ... gee... interesting.
    At my very advanced age, there is so little that challenges me any more ... no, wait, that's not quite true. And, beyond all that I also like the spirit that comes through the painting. I apparently remain confused

  2. Nothing hallucinagenic about white button mushrooms. Purely a design feature. It's an artist's job to keep people on edge. So, this is probably as edgy as I get. But all in innocence, really.

  3. Can I get an "Amen" to Jim's comment? He sums it all up very well.