On top of the paintings I've been working on, I've still got the calendar that I'm building taking up most of the dining room. Seeing as though Thanksgiving and Christmas are coming up I'm under some pressure to finish up and clean out the room. I finished lettering the months, applying Danish oil to the wood, and (mostly) screwing it together. The picture is what it looks like so far with the holiday tiles in the rails.
I haven't added the names yet but I completed the final two months for the calendar, March & August. August turned out pretty well since it was a last minute decision. I originally thought about painting a tree going through the stages of the seasons for January, March, August, and October but I scrapped that idea with the candy corn. That forced me to rethink the other months. My wife suggested a sprinkler this afternoon when I was stumped and it was just the thing.
August - The Lawn
March - Clover
Once again I tried to mimic Qiang Huang's distinctive style. February contains the holiday Valentine's Day which is meant to be an opportunity to show the one you love how much they mean to you again. This particular tile is exactly like my attempts to show my wife how special she is to me. I can try and try but I'll never get it to match how I feel exactly right.
February - Rose
January - Snowman
For the perpetual calendar I decided that a folk art-like bag of apples or some generic "town" wouldn't do, so I decided on a painting of our house. Sometimes, especially in June, the house gets bathed in a brilliant yellow light early in the morning. I leave the house just early enough to catch this moment before it becomes too bright and it was important to me to capture this in oil. The beginning of every day is an opportunity to see the world in a new light and the poetry of this moment is fleeting.
November - Wheat
When I started getting the calendar together I had the idea of using wood to match the calendar. When I laid it out, however, I quickly realized how much wood would be in your face so I changed direction and went with the idea of using nature for each month. I made a couple of exceptions, but I'm really happy with the results overall. This has turned into the longest art project I've ever undertaken but it will be well worth it. It's also inspired me to continue painting which I had stopped for quite some time. Working on this every week has also sharpened my skills and I hope to continue that trend.
May - Poppies
July - Corn
December - Pine tree with cardinal
October - Candy corn
April - Forsythia
September - Apple tree
August - Sunflowers
I have a few more to go and will post them when I finish.
I found an artist online that I'm fascinated by and tried (unsuccessfully) to copy his style for this tile. The original is on his blog here. His is so much more vibrant but it was good practice. It was hard to duplicate the deliberate but quick strokes that seem to be his hallmark, especially with acrylic. It was worth the effort to celebrate a day dedicated to the difficult work my wife puts in every day. Without her, our house would come to grinding halt.