learn how not to quit.

July 09, 2013

Summer squash

I am working on composition in still life paintings. It is more challenging then the painting-a-day series. I spent hours on Sunday moving objects around to compose this painting. A workshop with Liz Geiger at Beverly Street Studio really helped me understand the work that needs to be done before the painting begins. I actually spent more time composing and drawing than I did on the painting.

March 18, 2013

hot stuff

oil on gessoboard, 8 x 10"

This week’s challenge is “What’s in the fridge?” 

March 04, 2013

pepper fatigue

kill the pepper, oil on board 8x8

After a week of yellow pepper paintings, it was time to put the poor shriveled pepper to rest. I was trying to stay loose with the paint—I wish I had been able to stick to the plan—I over did it when I continued to paint this little board. (This is a photo of the early stages)

February 28, 2013

pepper practice

pick a pepper

So the idea last week was to paint a yellow pepper each day, which I did. I wanted to practice and enjoy the process rather than focus on the finished piece. I chose this pepper because I just love that yellow. More peppers to come.

February 20, 2013

waiting for spring

yellow pepper 6x6 oil on board

This week I am painting the same subject every morning. I chose this yellow pepper because the color is so cheery—ready for spring.

February 14, 2013

we go together

we go together, 8x8 oil on board


say sleep
shall we 

have an apple

you are
as I need

shall I move?
do you dream
shallow snow


melt this

Copyright © 2002 Tom Pickard, “Valentine” from Hole in the Wall: New and Selected Poems.

February 13, 2013


Diner Ditty, 6x6 oil on board
“Blunder ahead with your own personal view.” —Robert Henri

I have foolishly been absent from the easel. Why I take long breaks from doing something that I really enjoy—mystery.