Painting in series is the only way that I can develop a consistent routine or artistic practice. I used the kachina to develop a routine in 2013 and ever since then, the only times that I have been productive are when I find a subject to repeatedly paint. Lenox birds, glass bunnies, dead rabbits, and the same farm, over and over again, have served as my muses.
The idea of painting ribbons or bows from packages came to me in 2013 but I didn't follow through on the impulse due to other obligations that needed to be completed. I saved several bows but didn't paint any of them until a few days ago. The results are below; they aren't the worst but this subject calls me to continue the exploration.
I realize that other artists have tackled this subject and have made a great portfolio of work by doing so. Still life is like that though - so many artists paint the same subjects in an attempt to find their own voice within the creation of the objects. I hope that my voice comes through within these pieces and is seen as an interesting take on the familiar object.
During my undergraduate studies, I spent a great deal of time in the painting studio working with traditional oils. Teaching middle school art for the past 12 years has taken me away from those roots. This "one a day" project is aimed at re-inspiring that creativity and technique.
Other "one a day" painting blogs to check out:
Kellie Marian Hill
The usual Subjects