|Week 38 of 52. A Bunch of Radishes. Oil on Canvas 9"x9" 2011|
Gardening friend, James Aponovich is in the middle of a grueling marathon. And, he's not running, swimming or cycling. He's painting!
|Two Pears (painting #1)|
It was last march when James's wife, Elizabeth Johansson, watched him create, in one day, the painting of the Two Pears you see here. The 6x8 inch piece was a study for a larger work. Watching him complete that 24-hour painting, and knowing James very well, Beth was quick to recognize a good husband-wife challenge when she saw one. So, she somewhat jokingly suggested that he should try and complete one painting every week for the next year. James, who never met a challenge he couldn't embrace, immediately said "why not?" And so, Aponovich 52 was born.
|photo of James Aponovich by Beth Johansson|
|Week 24 of 52 Still Life with Chocolate Truffles, 8"x12" Oil on Linen, 2011|
James is chronicling his incredible painting marathon in Aponovich 52, a blog where you can not only view, week by week, all the completed paintings, but also follow the painstaking process that goes into the completion of each composition through notes that James posts alongside his work. It's truly a one-of-a-kind insider's look at the life of an artist. You can also follow the adventures of James and Beth at home--in their studios, kitchen and gardens--as well as during their many travels to destinations like Italy, by reading their blog, Aponovich and Johansson at Home and Away.
|The Italian Garden at the Aponovich-|
Johansson Home. Both James and Beth
credit much of their artistic inspiration to the
beautiful gardens that surround their home.
It is now week 38 of James's 52 week journey and we will be following his progress here on Notes from Juniper Hill by displaying the current week's painting in the "Links" section of the right-sidebar. By clicking on the painting, you can quickly link to Aponovich 52 where you can get a detailed account of the thought and inspiration that go into each work in progress.
Good luck, James! We will see you at the finish line!