Thursday, May 7, 2009

Painting for the Day: "Counter Culture"

Thank you to everyone who's stopped by lately, and big apologies to all for not getting around to your blogs this week to say 'Hi' and marvel over what you've done... This week has really gotten away from me. I'll try to catch up with you all soon.


"Counter Culture" .............. oil .............. 14" x14"

Sometimes you have to say to the painting, Enough Already! (even with all the things you'd like to go back and redo, again) ...and get on to the next one. This is a view at my kitchen counter, on the windowsill over the sink.

For those of you saying, why do some of these characters look so familiar, see:
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31 comments:

  1. this is a super fun image...I think this array of entertaining kitchen helpers would make cleaning up the dishes very exciting! love the clear colors here and the unifing grey background helps make them pop! super clean

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  2. I just love, love this painting! I think I had a fish like this years ago by my sink! Great work!

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  3. This is a great painting! I love the juxtaposition of the gray, almost sterile counters and stainless steel with the colorful fun shapes on them.

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  4. Thanks Sandra, Yes, none must always have amusing companions if one is to get through household chores...

    Thanks Manon, funny how these little manufactured items get around. I used to think, what if no one knows what these things are? But they're everywhere.

    Thanks, Dana, I kind of liked that, too. sort of primaries on gray.

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  5. R., you've got enough toys to call that sink a bath. Great painting of all your little buddies, and I see glass has become your subject friend. Fish is my favorite though.

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  6. Cute Cute Cute!!! What fun!

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  7. This is fun! and you are mastering the glass bottle too!:-))

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  8. This painting is just way too much fun! What an inventive artist/painter you are.

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  9. I love it! The scrubbing brush is great and I have always had a soft spot for rubber duckies. Lovely translucence in the items on the sill.

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  10. Fabulous, your work just always leaves me smiling!

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  11. Maybe if I had a collection like that near my sink I wouldn't mind doing dishes so much. I love your assortment of characters.

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  12. I honestly don't know how you paint so prolifically and have ANY kind of life... much less try to teach all of us poor saps about photoshop.
    Thanks as always for your ideas and help!!

    Your work is amazing!!

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  13. Vern, thanks, how have you been? Yes, the fish is so round and appealing...had to have him.

    Thanks Nancy, Cathyann, and Joyful! I've gotten intrigued by the glass bottles. When my schedule opens up, I will be trying some more of them!

    SP, thanks! Who can resist a rubber ducky?? I got this one from a hotel years ago and just can't part with it.

    Thanks Terry and Kerri, I do like having the company of good faces, animate or not ; it keeps me happy.

    Thanks Marian, You are too kind. I guess this IS my life, right now. And a good life it is, too!

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  14. Beautiful natural light in this one! I love how it shines through the glass bottle. No worries on visiting my blog, I've been in the same situation and haven't been visiting anyone's blog either. Must be that time of year...

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  15. This is very fun! Like a group of people surprised to find themselves in a particular place--you know, "What's a nice whisk like you doing in a place like this?"

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  16. Great painting, R., and the perfect title!

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  17. R, I love your collection and I love their attitude, I think it matches ours sometimes, especially in front of a sink. But then again that might just be me. Great piece =) and yes fabulous title.

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  18. So cute!! Love this combination of all those paintings! By the way, thanks ever so much for all the Photoshop tips! They really are helpful. =)

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  19. What a happy kitchen and clean too...LOL.
    This one is way too much fun :)
    Happy friday TGIF.

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  20. Thanks, Pam, Edward, and Dominique! Many times the titles come to me in the middle of the night, and then I have to decide how to create the scene.

    Thanks, Kim! I liked the backlit effect, too.

    Thanks, Elizabeth, I suppose this is a metaphor for a social situation...

    Thanks Irit, Happy TGIF to you, too!

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  21. Thanks Dale!

    And Lauren, you are welcome for the Photoshop tips, too! Anything I can do to make that part of an artist's life easier.

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  22. Thanks R. Love Counter Culture, very fun and bright. Thanks for the tips on levels too. That helps a lot.

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  23. LOL!!! I love it! You're so clever and talented to be able to render your cleverness for all to see.

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  24. This came out so well. I definitely sense all of the different textures.

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  25. That fish gagging on the soap (sponge?) is cracking me up.

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  26. Howdy..The move from Costa Rica sure put me behing, but I'm catching up. You have really been busy..and looking good. Love that ham and egg.

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  27. Whimsical and wonderful. Love the title!

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  28. Thank you for stopping by my blog and your comments. I enjoyed your Urban Rose Garden blog, I garden in a small yard packing in as much as possible. Your website and work is wonderful, love your use of color.

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