I have not been able to paint the last couple of days. My only opportunity is between about 6 and 8 PM, and it's just too blasted hot in my studio space. I don't want to get behind in my assignment to myself to post a painting a day - even if I don't always paint a painting a day. So here's one from my current inventory - painted in the late spring.
I have been painting coastal subjects for several years now. I have a love/non-love relationship with that subject matter right now. I still love birds, coasts, and palm trees, but need a little change. One of the reasons I paint to begin with is not only because of the challenges and gratification of the process itself, but it's also because I get bored very easily, and it occupies my mind and my time. So I looked around to find something to paint; this is my first try at a lime. I then juiced it on an avocado and added red pepper flakes.
Another pear - yes - and there will be more. I am preparing a whole new body of work - sort of. The plan (and my plans frequently do not come to fruition) is to prepare a good supply of small paintings on paper that can be framed. All originals of course. It's going pretty well so far.
Last year - around the end of July - I committed myself to daily painting. Unfortunately, I did not quite meet my goal. In my defense, (1) I do work away from home 4 days a week, and (2) I do paint more than one painting on weekends. Many times I paint as many as 10 or 15 small pieces on a weekend. Then, of course I have to take a picture of each of them. . . excuses, excuses. I had all sorts of glorious and ambitious notions for this summer - now summer is almost gone! Happens every summer. This particular summer, I've had one project that has occupied not necessarily all of my time, but has occupied all of my mind. That project will be revealed soon.
I'm going to try to get a new body of work ready for the fall. I really like painting on paper - like this little pear, and will be doing a lot of fruits and vegetables, wine bottles, and various things in small format. So, hopefully next year at this time, my number will be over 500!