September 30, 2016

Miniature in the Mail #5: "A Car's Life"

"A Car's Life"
5" x 5"
Oil on masonite
One continuity between life in Tuscany and in southern California has been the slim, immaculately pruned cypresses, like massively overgrown cactus spines, neatly contained behind cement fences. Also, of course, the cars, which make just about anywhere in the world these days feel like home. In a philosophy class I once took, the professor asked, If an alien were to come to the planet, would it think we were the lifeforms driving the cars around or was it the cars, employing us to drive them around, unbeknownst to ourselves.

To purchase this mini painting or for more on my Miniature in the Mail project, check out my website, www.ivanostocco.com.

And that, friends, concludes my first week of the project. Have an excellent weekend.

September 29, 2016

Miniature in the Mail #4: "Readers of the Lost Art"

"Readers of the Lost Art"
5" x 5"
Oil on masonite
Caught this person in the transgressive act of reading on a bench in a nearby park, silhouetted by the setting sun in reflection, as though their imagination were on fire

To purchase this mini painting or for more on my Miniature in the Mail project, check out my website, www.ivanostocco.com.

September 28, 2016

Miniature in the Mail #3: "Twin Palms"

"Twin Palms"
5" x 5"
Oil on masonite
Here's my third daily painting, a pair of palms veiled airily by a lattice of wires, high up in the sky. They happen to stand on the property line of my daughter's school, like giant lanky guards. They're ubiquitous in this environment but still very much alien species to me. I can't help but stare at them.

For more on this mini painting and my new Miniature in the Mail project, check out my website, www.ivanostocco.com.

Thanks, and a wonderful to Wednesday to you.

September 27, 2016

Miniature in the Mail #2: "The Birds"

"The Birds"
5" x 5"
Oil on masonite
Here's my second daily painting, a depiction of birds congregating around a hydro pole. The scene, to me, is almost dreamlike, probably because I am daydreaming, or at least allowing my thoughts to drift, once my gaze wanders into the sky.  

For more info on this and the Miniature in the Mail project, take a look at my website, www.ivanostocco.com. And if you could help me spread the word by re-posting, I'd greatly, greatly appreciate it.

Have a wonderful Tuesday.

September 26, 2016

First Miniature in the Mail: "Carbon Canyon at dawn"

"Carbon Canyon at dawn," 5" x 5", oil on masonite

This is new for me, work at this scale, strictly in oil. It's the first of what I hope will be a small work done daily from Monday to Friday, serving as a visual diary of the bits of beauty I manage to tease out of my surroundings.

The project, which I'm calling "Miniature in the Mail," is inspired by the movement of daily painters on the internet. The idea is simple: create a small, affordable piece that can be mailed easily and quickly, and offer it up for auction on eBay or a similar platform. I thought rather than auction my work, though, I'd price works starting, for now, at a flat $USD 75 and sell them on a first come, first served basis, covering shipping, taxes where appropriate, packaging, and anything else myself.

You can purchase works and peruse the full, growing collection, starting here with numero uno at the top of this week, on my website, www.ivanostocco.com.

I'd love to hear your thoughts.