Saturday, 28 February 2009

#97 Cornflake

Not much needs to be said about this painting, its a cornflake, I love cornflakes morning or evening. This one has a nice curl which is what made it stand out from its colleagues. Oil on gesso 16cm x 12cm.

Friday, 27 February 2009

#96 Cowboy Hat

This has a great little tale attached to it which we only realised just now before I posted. This is the cowboy hat from a mini version of the 70's classic 'Buckaroo'. It was given to Debbie by Paul whose Birthday it is today, what a great coincidence! Happy Birthday Paul!! Oil on gesso 16cm x 12cm.

Thursday, 26 February 2009

#95 Violin Tuning Peg

Musical instrument cases are a fascinating source of small objects and Debbies Violin case is no exception. This spare tuning peg is one of a few things I may paint in the near future. I think there is a good 'black objects' thread going through the project. Colour fans amongst you will be interested to learn the only colours used in the execution of this painting are burnt umber, ultramarine blue, titanium and zinc white and the tiniest bit of schevenings blue. Oil on gesso 16cm x 12cm.

Wednesday, 25 February 2009

#94 Food Marker

You know the things.. food markers! The cocktail sticks stuck in your food that tell the waiting staff what the dish is, often seen in steaks marking how rare or otherwise they have been cooked. Please do comment below if you know what they are called. This one is from a well known portuguese restaurant chain where I dined this lunchtime with two friends. We all had the same so why they needed these I am not sure. Very glad they did however as its a nice bright, colourful but throwaway subject for a painting. Oil on gesso 16cm x 12cm.

Tuesday, 24 February 2009

#93 Snail Fossil

This little snail fossil has a good story that has nothing to do with today at all, but I will tell it anyway. In our last flat we took on a bit of the back garden in a vain attempt to tame blackberries and ground elder and to grow plants underneath two huge sycamore trees. While making a gravel bed using stone chippings we noticed this snail shaped stone which turned out to be a fossil, it has lived with us ever since. The only good snail is a fossilised snail! Oil on gesso 16cm x 12cm.

Monday, 23 February 2009

#92 Jaffa Cake

As previously promised, when I have biscuits/cake (lets not start that argument!) I will paint them. I was looking forward to painting the jelly bit in a jaffa cake but it's surprisingly dark when you try and look at it! Oil on gesso 16cm x 12cm.

Sunday, 22 February 2009

#91 Dipper

This is one of those objects that will be instantly recogniseable to anyone who has painted with oil colours and a mystery to someone who hasn't! It is a 'Dipper' which is a small container for your linseed oil or turps or other painting medium. The clever thing about it is that it clips on to your palette. I dont think I have ever seen one with a lid like this one, which as yet we haven't got off. This was amongst a fascinating suitcase full of art materials that belonged to the father of a friend and colleague of Debbie's which has now passed into to my care. I wanted to mark the day with a painting of something of his and this is just the type of painting ephemera I enjoy to paint. Oil on gesso 16cm x 12cm.

Saturday, 21 February 2009

#90 Triceratops

As an evolutional follow up to yesterdays geese here is a fantastically coloured toy triceratops. I used to like painting dinosaurs when I was a little artist and I am pleased to report I still like painting dinosaurs. Oil on gesso 16cm x 12cm.

Friday, 20 February 2009

#89 Two Toy Geese

These geese were in the same bag as the sheep from last week. Day off work today so I had the opportunity to take a bit more time and to paint in daylight which is why there isn't the normal darker, crisper shadow. Oil on gesso 16cm x 12cm.

Thursday, 19 February 2009

#88 Plectrum

I have had the idea of painting a plectrum for a while now, probably since the jigsaw piece from the first month of the project. I originally had a multi coloured one in mind to paint but I lost it. Even though I got it when I was probably about 14 specifically to be brightly coloured so I wouldnt lose it! Oil on gesso 16cm x 12cm.

Wednesday, 18 February 2009

#87 White Feather

I had to paint something white after the black of yesterdays painting, this has been sticking out of the soil in a large cactus that must be about 28 years old, the cactus not the feather. The supersticious among you may find yourselves with a burning desire to push this into the ground for good luck... resist! Oil on gesso 16cm x 12cm.

Tuesday, 17 February 2009

#86 Mermaids Purse

I am not sure when I knew what these really were, the idea that they were purses for mermaids caught my young untamed imagination. I always wondered why no other mermaid accesories were washed up on our shores! This particular example is Debbies and has been in her care since she was little. No particular reason for this to be painted today I just liked the form of it. Oil on gesso 16cm x 12cm.

Monday, 16 February 2009

#85 Pile of Woodwose Chippings

Todays post is a joint post with Woodwose Carving, click here to visit and find out what a woodwose is! Dave has very kindly kept the waste from one of his carvings, a small woodwose based on the norse god Thor. This came about from a suggestion Dave made on the 'Dan Young, Daily' group on facebook, where among other objects he suggested wood shavings as a subject for a painting.

So, I suggested a double post one of his woodwose and one of a painting of all the bits of wood that didn't become a woodwose!

Sunday, 15 February 2009

#84 Toy Bike

This toy bike is from a cracker a few years ago, I have had it lying around and about for sometime thinking I might paint it, the colours are at once obscene and appealing. This object is also the primary reason for getting some of the bright colours I got yesterday. Oil on gesso 16cm x 12cm.

Saturday, 14 February 2009

#83 Party Ring

Happy Valentines Day! Or happy new paint day, I have been spending more money than I care to admit to on paint today, so do remember that when you bid! Here you can see in use my new brilliant rose, lemon yellow and carmine lake and some old colours too. I needed some really artificial brightly coloured paint and to test it out I got some artificially coloured food! Oil on gesso 16cm x 12cm.

Friday, 13 February 2009

#82 Toy Eye

This is an eye from Debbies box of eyes, noses, buttons, bells etc. the kind of place where there will always be something unusual to paint. This was the most unatural of all the eyes and it looked like it was really staring at you. A painting that looks at the viewer seemed like a good idea. Dan Young, Daily is also featured in the Gloucesterhsire Echo today click here to read the article, and you can look at me! Oil on gesso 16cm x12cm.

Thursday, 12 February 2009

#81 Pink Peg

I found this pink peg knocking around the painting studios at work (University of Gloucestershire, fine art dept). Not sure whose it is but if you recognise do come forward! Its an odd, stubby peg not your normal clothes hanging variety which might be why I wanted to paint it. Oil on gesso 16cm x 12cm.

Wednesday, 11 February 2009

#80 VW Beetle Toy Car

This toy car was rediscovered in the same box as the sheep from a couple of days ago, such a nice deep yellow against the black of the tyres I had to paint it. Oil on gesso 16cm x 12cm.

Tuesday, 10 February 2009

#79 Shelf Offcut

It seems a while ago now but at the weekend I was building shelves. This is an offcut from one of them. I think it is a bit that split from an end as I was sawing fell on the floor undiscovered until today when the stripy grain caught my eye. Oil on gesso 16cm x 12cm.

Monday, 9 February 2009

#78 A French Fry

Left over from dinner this evening was this, cold, french fry. It's good to follow on from yesterdays fresh broccoli from with this fast food classic! Oil on gesso 16cm x 12cm.

Sunday, 8 February 2009

#77 Sprig of Purple Sprouting Broccoli

Obviously we had broccoli for tea this evening but I have always loved Purple Sprouting Broccoli. When I was younger it was the colour and the fact that my Mum convinced me that it was the same as Popeyes spinach! Oil on gesso 16cm x 12cm.

Saturday, 7 February 2009

#76 Boudoir Biscuit

Boudoir Biscuits, Ladyfingers or sponge fingers call them what you will they all soak up sherry when you make a trifle! I'm not sure why but it seems perfectly logical to have this following the sheep from yesterday. Oil on gesso 16cm x 12cm I am afraid this one is not for sale.

Friday, 6 February 2009

#75 Toy Sheep

Spent a bit of last night going through some boxes from the loft. We found a bag of farm animals with this sheep in, considering how snowy today has been and the fact that I live in the Cotswolds, I had to paint this sheep on the white background. Oil on gesso 16cm x 12cm.

Thursday, 5 February 2009

#74 Origami Boat

More origami! Continuing the vehicle theme todays painting is this boat, I tried to fold my own boat along with Debbie, but my orange boat failed. Oil on gesso 16cm x 12cm.

Wednesday, 4 February 2009

#73 Origami Plane

Its not that I am obsessed with 'daily doings' but I got Debbie an origami a day calender for christmas, I also got my Dad a puzzle a day for a year but I doubt that will produce any subject matter. This paper plane was one of the folds in that calendar from early January. I found the instructions and made this little plane to paint today. Oil on gesso 16cm x 12cm.

Tuesday, 3 February 2009

#72 Two Knitted Liquorice Allsorts

This is the first double object painting in the series. These two knitted versions of liquorice allsorts were sent to me by my partners Mum after seeing the paintings of allsorts I made a couple of weeks ago. Thanks Kate! I started to paint the yellow one, left a lot of space to the right of it and couldnt resist putting the the pink one in. Oil on gesso 16cm x 12cm.

Monday, 2 February 2009

#71 Snowball

On a day that has been as snowy as today, what else could I do? I made a selection of small snowballs from the back garden and chose this one because of the finger marks in it. Oil on gesso 16cm x 12cm.

Sunday, 1 February 2009

#70 Birthday Balloon

Happy Birthday to my nephew Joshua, 4 today!!! As blue is his favourote colour I have painted this pre-blown up blue happy birthday balloon (thats what the writing says). Oil on Gesso 16cm x 12cm.