Outer Space!

Continuing the trend of painting things I have no skill or knowledge in… this past week’s theme was “Outer Space!”. Some of these actually were done in under 20 minutes so that’s good – but of course I really don’t like them because they’re so simple (boring)! But – either way, another week down – on to next week now! BTW – I take suggestions (sometimes) so if someone has a good idea on a topic for a week please chime in. PS: No one ever show Lincoln or Corgan the one of the asteroid hitting Earth!

Winter Scenes I (365 2011.02.20)

This week’s theme was brought to you by Donnie – who suggested I do some winter-related scenes – he even suggested the bigfoot one – though he may have been kidding on that part (?). Just like the past few weeks – some of these I love, and some I hate – so I guess they even out. I took far too much time w/the bigfoot one – the worst part is I think it needs hours more work – ah well.

Thanks to the wonders of technology I was able to meet my weekly quota of paintings even while out and about this weekend with Holly – she would read her Kindle while I furiously painted and mumbled to myself about how long it was taking. Anyhow – see everyone next week!

Job Change #4

As some of you know by now, today was my last day at what was my full time job for the past 2 years. I won’t get into details or company names here but suffice it to say that I felt it was time to re-align my career with a job that A.) utilized more of my talents and B.) involved work that I could (at least sometimes) be passionate about. I realize that’s a pretty tall (picky) order to make in the current times we live in (just having a job is hard enough for many people). Honestly that mentality is a large reason why I stayed there for 2 years. I figured I’d shut up and be thankful to have a job, and find a way to make it work over time. Unfortunately that approach didn’t pan out and my family can attest to the fact that cramming that square peg in the circle for 2 years took it’s toll on me/us. For the record – a few of the key things that motivated me to get up and do something about it were the books “Delivering Happiness“, “Rework” and of course my recent finding of Steve Jobs 2005 Stanford address.

Anyhow – this will be the 4th time I’ve “changed” jobs now since my 1st job out of college. I know that’s pretty common these days but I still think it’s weird. I wish life was like it was when my grandfather was working – where you got a job and worked it for 30+ years and then you retired happily ever after (more or less).  I really want to find a job I can stay at for the long haul so I don’t end up moving through 20 jobs with nothing to show for it by the time I retire. Naturally I’m hoping my next job (starting in a week) will be just that.

In any case – with this latest job change I’m setting a new rule for myself which is that I will always try to make sure my job is something I’m proud and passionate about – and that I won’t hesitate to change jobs again if that stops being the case. Easier to say than do of course  – here’s hoping I can stick to it.

PS: Special thanks to my long-time friend/colleague Marc who gave me this parting gift – as well as the developers who gave me a very warm send-off. I plan on staying in touch w/all you guys.

Weird Creatures (365 2011.02.13)

I’m not sure what this past week’s theme was – it started out as weird portraits of animals and insects – but eventually just became “anything weird with some kind of animal in it“. The problem with sticking to a theme is that the first few are spontaneous and fun but the rest of the week turns into a battle to force more paintings to fit into the theme – and ideas don’t always flow that easily at the end of the day at 7:30 PM after the kid’s bath time!
But – as always I had fun – although a couple of them took up more than an hour each(!!) – not because I was striving for perfection but because I kept changing the scenes. I would insert one of my usual disclaimers/apologies here on how badly I painted [X] – but I’ll assume you’ve all read at least one of those by now so hopefully it’s understood. On that note – I hope it’s also understood that I still cringe every time I call each one “finished” because I’d always prefer to spend more time on them all!

Ok – that’s all I’ve got for this week – see you all next week with hopefully some paintings under 20 minutes for once!

Still Life (Containers) I (365 2011.02.06)

“Fictional Still Life Scenes of Various Containers” is the title I’d give this past week’s paintings.

Like last week’s fish anatomy disclaimer, I apologize ahead of time for any atrocious assumptions I made about the physical attributes of dishes, pots and vases since I didn’t paint any of these using actual real-life objects. Maybe eventually I’ll get fancy and actually setup a still life (or a photo) to base future paintings on – but let’s face it… it is much easier to just sit down and make up something! While I do strongly dislike a few of these, I found a couple of them pretty fun. That said, aside from the Cheerios one I have to say they all feel fairly “lifeless” and a bit boring. I think if I do this kind of thing again I will make a point to get some kind of “Cheerios” element in each one!