Adam Houston

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Numero Uno

Here is the first one. As you can tell we are working with a still life here and as referenced in the last post I am currently dealing with pears. I’ve probably painted six or seven different variations on this guy but he was chosen to go first. This was alright after the first pass but I came back and worked it some more to get it where it is today. I’m trying to limit the number of moving parts so I can focus on seeing what works and what does not work. So here we have a single pear on a simple background.

So there you go. One down, ninety-nine to go. If you are interested in purchasing this fine pear painting you can head over to my Etsy store and pick it up for ONE DOLLAR.

I know you can buy a junior bacon cheeseburger for that kind of cash but this is something you will ideally admire for much, much longer than the cheeseburger. Maybe.

Thanks for looking, and I will have the second in the series ready later in the week.

And here we go…

The canvas is primed, colors bought and subject matter has been identified. I am ready to go and starting this weekend the first bad boy of the 100 will be live and ready for viewing.

I am going to start with still lifes (is that the right way to write that?) and fruit in particular. It’s not very imaginative or exciting but it’s fixed and as easy as it gets. And remember, these paintings cost $1.00 and $2.00 folks so you can’t be too picky. I have been warming up with pears and had no idea how difficult a simple pear could be. I am REALLY tired of painting pears but have realized that painting fruit is the “sit-up” of oil painting. A pain in the ass but gets you in shape.

One note on my pears. I have spent so much time looking and working with this group that it felt wrong to eat them. They had moved from simply being fruit to quasi-alive little fruit people. Though I will say that Leslie did the killin’ and made quite a nice Gorgonzola and Pear salad.

The Clock is About to Start Ticking

So, here is how this is gonna work. This year I am going to paint 100 original oil paintings. Two a week roughly. I am going to post them to this blog so I can track my progress and (hopefully) get better as I get back in the groove.

But wait, there’s more!

After I finish each painting I will be posting them to my Etsy store – and this is where it gets fun. The first painting will be sold for $1, the second for $2, on through number 100. So, some insane cheap deals on what should be nice paintings and by the end let’s both hope they are worth bigger bucks.

January 1, 2010 will be around the corner so I am warming up. Here goes nothing…