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Sometimes you just gotta have fun! February 16, 2013

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Freedom's CallingOkay, dead of winter..cold, white or grey….I need some color (other than in my hair!). One of the galleries that represents my work decided to have a ‘Small Works, GREAT WONDERS’ show of miniature paintings from selected artists within the gallery. I usually do landscapes for this gallery, however, for this show I decided to go with something different. I love spheres and small things that look like spheres; that could be tiny boxes that are circular in shape, small colored balls out of those machines in some shops where you pay 25 cents and out drops one of them, and then there’s marbles. I love marbles! When I was a child the marble games were popular just around this time of year when the snow started to melt. It’s rather nostalgic but I decided to take a few photos of marbles in different lighting and with props and choose a couple of those images to make as my contribution of mini paintings to the gallery. This one is called ‘Freedom’s Calling’….(escaping from the jar!) and is 5 inches x 7 inches, painted in oil on gesso-board. The style is ‘hyper-realism,’ very similar to photorealism. I enjoyed the process of painting them, a departure from my usual realist/impressionistic style. I hope you find this little painting brings you back to your childhood days and gives you a chuckle. Cheers!

Selling Right Off the Easel October 11, 2012

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Cool Water II, 24in x 36in, oil on canvas

Its really a wonderful testament to the validity of your work as an artist when a painting, just finished, isn’t off the easel and is sold, especially when it is being created for a solo art show. This recently happened to me. I was thrilled and exhilarated, but here’s the rub; the work I was painting was to go in one of the galleries that represent my work. This particular piece was on my easel in a location I was painting in as a result of an emergency, being that my own studio had some water damage and was being attended to by my loyal Mr. FixEverything husband.

People never get to visit my studio while working on a show…never, never, never. I will touch and re-touch too many times before I’m satisfied with the final result. Only then will the painting be done. If someone sees it (as happened recently as well), and if they are another artist, they usually like to make helpful comments such as “maybe you should brighten that area up” or “maybe you should dull that area down” and so on….you get the idea. However, in this situation all the remarks were ‘oooh’ and ‘wow!’ I took this to mean that the painting was working.

So Mister and Missus walk in and see the painting and immediately fall in love with it. Lovely! But there’s a problem. They want to take it home RIGHT NOW. I can’t do that since the painting is for a show and MUST be up at least for the opening reception. Also, the other thing is that it hadn’t been sold in the gallery! This means that the commission doesn’t have to be split (ordinarily).  Now this is where it gets tricky.

Mister and Missus want to take the painting home NOW and they can’t. I have to retain it and let the gallery know it has been sold even before they have seen it, and it must go through the gallery for sale and removal. This is the right thing to do. So I contact the gallery first, explain the situation and then contact Mister and Missus. Their disappointment is abated when I tell them it needs to be up for the Opening Reception of my show and will be the HIGHLIGHT of it. They are delighted and everything goes ahead.

Now the moral here is, if you have gallery representation and you sell work outside the gallery that is meant for a show with them, your moral compass will point the way to do what is right for both of you. I told my gallery up front about the situation. Yes, I split my commission with them, that’s just the way it has to be. And what I got out of it was that my gallery worked very hard to sell a few more pieces of mine. They were happy I was honest, I was happy and carried no guilt. And the people who bought it? Their painting highlighted my show, got great reviews and comments, and it now hangs happily in a home where these people enjoy it.

Places in the Summer Sun July 15, 2012

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Cool Water 1

 My newest show ‘Places in the Summer Sun’ will be featured at the Art Beat Gallery this August. I have painted several locations capturing impressions of the height of the season’s light during summer. These paintings are showing a new turn in my artistic development. I had always been attracted to pattern created by light/dark, cool/warm contrasts. In my years as an artist, I had tried many different ways to capture what I was seeing and in the process had tried to emulate other great painters’ styles. Well, this works to a degree but it just wasn’t satisfactory.

In my journey, what I have learned is that passion, perseverance, and not giving up even when the going is very frustrating is worth the effort to stay the whole way. My work has, I feel, now become my own voice. In other words, I am now singing my own song. I have learned from many great artists and all have contributed to my skills and development. I no longer paint pictures of nice places, etc. I paint from my heart. I let the painting tell me what it needs to say. This is my expression of what I see. I am fully engaged with my creative process utilizing everything I know to this point in my journey, how to get that painting the way it needs to be stated. These new pieces in my show are the result of my  believing in what I know to be true for me.

Romantic Nostalgia on a Winter Theme December 9, 2011

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I was given a recent request by one of the galleries that carry my work to do something with a winter/christmas theme. What to do? I had many ideas and many photographic resources to choose from. I wanted to try to do something with a challenge.  My work this past year seems to have been charged with back lighting, a difficult thing to paint. I decided to continue to pursue this direction as I still had a couple of paintings in my mind I wanted to accomplish. “Winter’s Glow” is my newest addition, 20 in x 24 in., oil on canvas. It is a romantic interlude, a dreamy nostalgic reminiscence. I hope you like it as much as I do.

Winter's Glow