Sunday, August 31, 2008

Pod #1

Over the past several years, I have been working on a series called "earth objects". The objects, usually pods, are collected during my walks through the woods in the early morning. The series can be found on my website: This magnolia pod is from a huge tree in my backyard. My first painting of the image, Ipod, 30" x 30", acrylic on canvas, was chosen for the Mid Atlantic Painting exhibition at Mary Washington University this past January. You can read about the exhibit and see the work on the website.

Thursday, August 28, 2008

Lime Strand

What a day in the studio. I am painting limes again and this time I am responding to "Kiwi Train" a post by another daily painter Carol Marine--one of my faves-because I really dig her brush stroke! I think I am finished with the limes for now as I need to get some red back into the picture. I am having a lot of help with still life set up from my younger son, John-Nicholas. He brings me things to paint and even sets them up. I have a few more magnolia pods today in my studio because he and his brother Aubrey were kind enough to go out in the rain today and collect them for me. The magnolia pod is one of my earth objects that I paint. So if all goes well, I hope to paint some tomorrow.

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

A Couple of Limes

A couple more limes today. I really enjoyed painting these juicy limes. The colors and brightness are refreshing and make me happy

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Monday, August 25, 2008


The studio was good to me today. The painting went well and I felt much looser than I did last week. I am still getting used to such a small format. I am working on my Ebay store so I will cast a bid option on this painting soon as well as put new for sale signs on the previous images. I thought my block image was uniqe, but when I googled paintings of toy blocks I found out that some of the other daily painters have been painting blocks as well. I like painting glass and fruit so I think I am going to continue in this direction for now. I also like painting realism. It is refreshing to paint what is in front of me.

Friday, August 15, 2008

Virginia Painters Process Unveiled

Today the studio was black. I spent the entire afternoon navigating in the " DC parking lot" in route to Fredericksburg, VA. I delivered paintings for an upcoming exhibition at Dupont Gallery at Mary Washington University. I will exhibit two works from the earth objects series, " Purple Pod", and "Yellow Pod". This show--originally curated by LeighAnn Chambers--Rawls Museum Fine Arts  in Courtland, Virginia,  is showing for a second time this year.

Thursday, August 14, 2008

"Blackeyed Susan"


Today was rainy and thundering. My electricity went down and technology went with it. I kept painting this small vase and blackeyed susan flower. I really enjoy painting flowers and vase

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

"A Couple of Tomatoes"

If my Italian grandfather, "SP" (Santo Peter) saw this painting, he'd say Joan... those are a "A Couple of Nice Tomatoes". Personally I prefer to be called a peach!

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

"New Kid in Town"

Not For Sale
This block has the number 3 and 7 on it. I have had it in my studio since my two younger children were 3 and 7.

Monday, August 11, 2008

"It's Basil Time"

I woke up at 3 am this morning. I had the basil painting on my mind. I can't help but think of that song by the "Flight of the Concords"--It's Business Time. Thus--Its Basil Time. Basil Hours are over--baby.
This was an interesting session in the studio. The smell of the basil was in competition with the turpentine.

Sunday, August 10, 2008

My First Daily Painting, "Such a Tomato"

I can hear my friend Sean saying "oh Joan, you are such a "tomato"! It must be my Italian side coming out. I have lots of tomatoes in my garden--why not paint what's in front of you. Next mm,,,"basil".

In the Beginning, August 8

I have been inspired by the painting a day phenomenon that is happening in the blogsphere. This truly is an art movement. I started my first daily painting on Thursday, August 8. I used a tomato from my summer garden and hope to use some for upcoming images. I will also be using my “Earth Objects” as inspiration. My daughter, Giovanna, is working along side me in the studio. She is painting the same images, which is interesting. In August she is off to Venice to paint for a semester. Its good to have company in the studio. Today we primed our canvas to prepare for tomorrows first paintings. This should be an interesting ride.

My plan is to post a painting a day at least five days a week. Please feel free to "feed your burn" and tell other art lovers about this blog site.