Saturday, February 22, 2014

2 New Paintings

Just listed 2 of my newest paintings on ETSY.
8 x 24 on stretched canvas

16 x 20 on stretched canvas
I have painted this one before but each time I make small changes and I suppose it is a favorite of mine. It is a loose duplicate of a Rufus Porter wall mural. Both paintings have my traditional aging for a vintage appearance. They can be found  in my ETSY shop and for a while I will have a free shipping deal where you "follow" on Twitter and "Like" on Facebook for free shipping.

Quote of the Day: 
"When shall we three meet again?
  In thunder, lightening, or rain?
  When the hurlyburly's done,
  When the battle's lost and won."  
                         - William Shakespeare

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Switching Roles

As an artist and a teacher, I lead a dual life. Once in a while these two lives merge into one moment of crystal integrated clarity.  It is a profound experience to learn from a student and I love those moments. One of my kids has almost completed a painting, seemingly void of all the direction I had given. Now this did not happen on purpose, I think he just has a unique view of the world. Even though his one landscape is completely absolutely NOT what we were painting exactly, it is fabulous!  When it is completed, maybe he will let me post a photo in this blog.

Quote of the Day : " I am always ready to learn although I do not always like being taught." - Winston Churchill

Monday, February 10, 2014

Uninterrupted Studio Time

Very focused this weekend. There are times when the studio needs to be off limits to all but me, and this was that weekend. Finished a wonderful antique-ish piece !  And I started a new one that is really making me happy with every brush stroke. I completed a Rufus Porter inspired painting (16x20) and it came out just as I had hoped. Trying to make a copy of an American Folk art painting from the 1800's is a unique challenge. To achieve the folk or primitive appearance you need to fight the inclination to paint correctly or to paint the way a skilled artist would paint. I admire early American folk art so much but I have to think very hard as I paint, to stroke the canvas as the original artist would have, not as a present day artist would. The true beauty lies in the naive approach.

This painting will be in my ETSY shop soon....  The next painting is in the very beginning stages but hopefully I will have time to finish this one within a few days.

Book recommendation :  How to Steal Like an Artist by Austin Kleon

Quote of the day: “The thing is: It takes a lot of energy to be creative. You don’t have that energy if you waste it on other stuff.”― Austin KleonSteal Like an Artist: 10 Things Nobody Told You About Being Creative

Sunday, February 2, 2014

Twitter :(

Okay, so  I barely keep my occasional posting on this blog, even though I wish I could find more time to post. It's fun. An artist friend of mine has been giving me grief over the fact that I don't use my Twitter account. Not at all. I'm guilty of loving the posts by all the people I follow but never giving back. I guess it's just that if I have a little time to spare, well I want to be working on one of the few commissioned pieces I have in the works right now.  But I have been guilted into the realization that Twitter is here to stay and connecting with my customers in this way is important. So, I'm on a mission to Tweet at least twice a day.
I'm laughing even as I type this, not gonna happen.... okay I'll take baby steps and Tweet twice a month and just see how that goes....

Quote for the Day : "Every production of an artist should be the expression of an adventure of his soul." - W. Somerset Maugham -