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September 30 Paintings in 30 Days Challenge

Monday, September 15, 2014

Thirty Paintings in 30 Days - Day Fifteen

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"Hanging with the Buoys"
Oil, 36" x 24" on stretched canvas
$1950.00
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#15 - What's my new favorite thing about painting? Painting large.

I have no idea why I painted smaller paintings for so many years. I don't really have an explanation. Perhaps it was fear of painting large. (I kind of doubt that was it, but it sounds like a good explanation. Ha!) Earlier this year I started painting bigger. And I love it. I wish I had the time to paint larger every day!

I know "larger paintings" can mean different things to different people. To me, a large painting is a 24" x 36" or a 30" by a 40". Any size in that general range feels large to me.

Today's painting has been hanging around in my studio for a while. I was working on it when I was going through some scary stuff. (Don't worry, it was a medical scare that turned out to be FALSE. But it was the scariest thing I have ever been through in my life.) There were days that I think I stood in front of the painting for hours and barely painted. I guess you could say this painting and I were kind of going through a tough time. Finally, today, I was ready to finish it. That was a good thing since I needed a painting to post after a very busy weekend.

My next few paintings will be large because I am teaching a three day "Painting Large" workshop beginning tomorrow in my air-conditioned studio. I mentioned the AC because it is supposed to be 106 for the next few days in Pasadena. I should probably note we are also filming a commercial at our house ... and they are putting snow on the front yard and house. Of course, it's fake snow. Nothing like snow in 106 degree weather ...

By the way ... to the 1053 artists that are participating in the 30 day Challenge ... WE ARE HALF WAY DONE. That's amazing. And realize it is all down hill from here. And just take a look at the amazing artwork you have created so far this month! Congratulations!

Next week I am releasing my 2015 workshop schedule. I am coming to Cape Cod, Atlanta and Richmond in 2015! Plus you can paint and stay with me in Ventura, CA at the beach house! Click here for more information!

I am also offering Monday Online Studio painting classes beginning October 2014! Join me each month as we paint boats, roosters, glass, beach scenes, umbrellas, etc. with a palette knife! Click here to find out more.
 www.dickblick.com

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Thirty Paintings in 30 Days - Day Fourteen

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"In the Bottle"
Oil, 6" x 6" on museum quality panel
$200.00
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Thirty Things You Don't Know About Me

#14 - I don't wear perfume. The reason is because I am allergic to practically all perfumes!

I did wear perfume about 33 years ago. And the brand is featured in today's painting. This bottle is a perfume called "Lauren" from the Ralph Lauren perfume collection. (I don't even know if it is still available. I kind of doubt it.) But over the years I have developed very little tolerance to perfume scents and I finally told my husband ... no more perfume!

Fortunately he likes the smell of my hair spray.

Next week I am releasing my 2015 workshop schedule. I am coming to Cape Cod, Atlanta and Richmond in 2015! Plus you can paint and stay with me in Ventura, CA at the beach house! Click here for more information!

I am also offering Monday Online Studio painting classes beginning October 2014! Join me each month as we paint boats, roosters, glass, beach scenes, umbrellas, etc. with a palette knife! Click here to find out more.

 www.dickblick.com

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Thirty Paintings in 30 Days - Day Thirteen

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"Bridal Shoppe"
Oil, 12" x 12" on museum quality panel
$500.00
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Thirty Things You Don't Know About Me

#13 - I made my wedding dress. And I wore it down the aisle 28 years ago today.

My mom taught me how to sew at a very young age. I am sure she had no idea that I would enjoy it as much as I did. But I spent a good 15 years of my life "sewing up a storm". I made gifts, coats, suits, party dresses, quilts, tailored outfits, Halloween costumes and my own wedding dress.

I designed my own gown and used four different patterns to make the dress. I made the entire thing in muslin first just to make sure the gown would fit and look how I wanted it to. Then I applied 1200 pearls to the lace (by hand) and made the dress out of antique silk. It was truly a labor of love. But I loved it.

It's hard to believe I wore the dress down the aisle 28 years ago today. I try to remember every day that I am a very lucky girl. I have a wonderful husband who is the love of my life and three amazing boys. I am truly blessed. And here is the dress:


Next week I am releasing my 2015 workshop schedule. I am coming to Cape Cod, Atlanta and Richmond in 2015! Plus you can paint and stay with me in Ventura, CA at the beach house! Click here for more information!

I am also offering Monday Online Studio painting classes beginning October 2014! Join me each month as we paint boats, roosters, glass, beach scenes, umbrellas, etc. with a palette knife! Click here to find out more.
www.dickblick.com

Friday, September 12, 2014

Thirty Paintings in 30 Days - Day Twelve

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"Stanford Bound"
Oil, 6" x 6" on museum quality panel
$200.00
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Thirty Things You Don't Know About Me

#12 - I really wanted to apply to Stanford. But my dad wouldn't let me.

He had a very good reason. We couldn't afford it. With five kids in our family and only one finished with college, I understood that we couldn't afford it. It made sense. I am pretty sure I would NOT have gotten in, anyway.

I won't tell you which college I went to as there is a good chance it might be featured next week in this Challenge. But I received a great education and learned more in those four years of college than I ever dreamed. I am so fortunate to have been given the opportunity to pursue a great education at a great university. (Even if it wasn't Stanford.)

I was lucky enough to marry a Stanford graduate and I have one son who also graduated from Stanford. I have lots of Stanford t-shirts, I cheer for their football team and if I ever decide to go back for a graduate degree, I will apply to Stanford. Better late than never.

I have two spots open in my South Pasadena workshop this month. We are painting large canvases and I would love it if you could join me! Click here for more information. Next week I am releasing my 2015 workshop schedule. I am coming to Cape Cod, Atlanta and Richmond in 2015! Plus you can paint and stay with me in Ventura, CA at the beach house! Click here for more information!

I am also offering Monday Online Studio painting classes beginning October 2014! Join me each month as we paint boats, roosters, glass, beach scenes, umbrellas, etc. with a palette knife!
Click here to sign up! www.dickblick.com

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Thirty Paintings in 30 Days - Day Eleven

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"Spring Peonies"
Oil, 11" x 14" on museum quality panel
$750.00
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Thirty Things You Don't Know About Me

#11 - My favorite flowers are peonies.

I am a sucker for fresh flowers. One of my favorite places to go on an early Saturday morning is the LA Flower Mart. There are warehouses full of fresh flowers in every color of the rainbow. The smell is simply exhilarating!

My favorite flowers are peonies. There is something about peony blooms that make me smile. I love them in any color. Over the years I have tried to grow peonies but the Southern California climate just isn't suitable for them. The best place to buy them is the LA Flower Mart. I have also found that  Trader Joe's has a bountiful supply of them in the spring!

I also love to arrange flowers. I own lots of vases and I am a sucker when asked to create flower arrangements for an event. I did the flowers for my father-in-law's wedding last week. But no peonies ... they are out of season

I have two open in my South Pasadena workshop this month. We are painting large canvases and I would love it if you could join me! Click here for more information. Next week I am releasing my 2015 workshop schedule. I am coming to Cape Cod, Atlanta and Richmond in 2015! Plus you can paint and stay with me in Ventura, CA at the beach house! Click here for more information!

I am also offering Monday Online Studio painting classes beginning October 2014! Join me each month as we paint boats, roosters, glass, beach scenes, umbrellas, etc. with a palette knife!
Click here to sign up!! www.dickblick.com

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Thirty Paintings in 30 Days - Day Ten

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"Bobbing ..."
Oil, 6" x 6" on museum quality panel
$200.00
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Thirty Things You Don't Know About Me

#10 - I love to fish!

It's true! I absolutely love to fish. I have fished in the surf of the ocean, fished in lakes and streams, fished for salmon in Alaska and tried fly fishing maany times. I have lots of "fish stories" but none of them are related to the size of the fish caught. Rather they are about a run-in with a  HUGE bear in Alaska or the time I knocked myself out fishing on the beach. Both are true, I promise. But I will only share one story.

My "fish story" took place shortly after I met my husband's parents for the first time in 1993. We were all at Mission Beach in San Diego for a mini vacation and I was very excited to join Dave's dad, cousins and uncle for an early morning of surf fishing. We all had very large sinkers on our lines to help keep the hook anchored and free from getting tossed in the waves. Unfortunately one of my casts got a bit off base and I managed to swing the line around and knock myself in the head with the sinker. I went out cold ... straight in to the ocean. The worst part was the the blood ... and yes, I looked exactly like Sissy Spacek in the movie Carrie. Even a small cut to the head looks way worse than it really is.

After a brief visit to a family friend/doctor I was back on the beach for a nice day. Until, that is, I decided to try wind surfing. I managed to master sailing out of the bay but couldn't manage to figure out how to get back. Unfortunately the coast guard (with flashing lights and a siren, I might add) had to rescue me.

It's a miracle Dave and I eventually married after my stellar performance that day. It was not a great day to impress my future in-laws!

I have a few spots open in my South Pasadena workshop this month. We are painting large canvases and I would love it if you could join me! Click here for more information. Next week I am releasing my 2015 workshop schedule. I am coming to Cape Cod, Atlanta and Richmond in 2015! Plus you can paint and stay with me in Ventura, CA at the beach house! Click here for more information!

I am also offering Monday Online Studio painting classes beginning October 2014! Join me each month as we paint boats, roosters, glass, beach scenes, umbrellas, etc. with a palette knife!
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Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Thirty Paintings in 30 Days - Day Nine

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"The Tree Topper"
Oil, 6" x 12" on museum quality panel
$450.00
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#9 - My favorite holiday is Christmas. 

December is my favorite month and I love the Christmas holidays! It all starts with my homemade advent calendar (actually  made six of them, one for each member of my family) and then most of the month is consumed by the cooking and party prep for our annual holiday party. (Dave and I host a party for 250 of our closest friends.) Twenty-eight years ago I cooked all of the food, when we had 30 friends, and that tradition hasn't changed. So cooking is something that happens almost every night in December at our house!

I have always made many of my Christmas gifts and I won't bore you with the long list (but some of them were actually really nice gifts!) Lately most of my gifts have consisted of my paintings. I love to shop for gifts and I love giving things away so be sure to check back in December for my annual "12 Days of Christmas" giveaway.

For me Christmas is all about family. We have a lot of traditions which include going to see the Christmas lights on St. Albans Street and having Dave read "Twas the Night Before Christmas" to the boys on Christmas Eve. (He still reads it even though the boys are in their twenties!)

Our tree is decorated with very special ornaments. Many are from our travels but most were either handmade by the boys when they were little or ones I have purchased each year highlighting events in our lives.  I also have a lot of vintage ornaments awhich is waht inspired me to paint this painting.

What is your favorite holiday?

I have a few spots open in my South Pasadena workshop this month. We are painting large canvases and I would love it if you could join me! Click here for more information. Next week I am releasing my 2015 workshop schedule. I am coming to Cape Cod, Atlanta and Richmond in 2015! Plus you can paint and stay with me in Ventura, CA at the beach house! Click here for more information!

I am also offering Monday Online Studio painting classes beginning October 2014! Join me each month as we paint boats, roosters, glass, beach scenes, umbrellas, etc. with a palette knife!
Click here to sign up!

 www.dickblick.com

Monday, September 8, 2014

Thirty Paintings in 30 Days - Day Eight

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"On My Toes"
Oil, 11" x 14" on museum quality panel
$750.00
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Thirty Things You Don't Know About Me

#8 - I once wanted to be a ballerina.

But I realized there weren't very many 5'11" ballerinas.

I don't even remember how I ended up in dance class when I was younger. (I was one of those kids who drove her parents crazy because I wanted to take all kinds of classes ... dance, sewing, voice, acting, stained glass, cooking, etc.) I liked dance, but I was taller than everyone else (by about a foot) and just didn't have what it took to be a ballerina. So I moved on to acting, as mentioned in one of my previous posts ...

I have a few spots open in my South Pasadena workshop this month. We are painting large canvases and I would love it if you could join me! Click here for more information. Next week I am releasing my 2015 workshop schedule. I am coming to Cape Cod, Atlanta and Richmond in 2015! Plus you can paint and stay with me in Ventura, CA at the beach house! Click here for more information!

I am also offering Monday Online Studio painting classes beginning October 2014! Join me each month as we paint boats, roosters, glass, beach scenes, umbrellas, etc. with a palette knife!
Click here to sign up!

 www.dickblick.com

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Thirty Paintings in 30 Days - Day Seven

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"Farm Stand Cherries"
Oil, 8" x 16" on museum quality panel
$650.00
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Thirty Things You Don't Know About Me

#7 - I am a country girl at heart.

What's a prefect day for me? Staying home with the family, arranging fresh flowers (from the flower mart) for the house, canning some homemade berry jams, cooking a great dinner and enjoying some great wine. I love Farmer's Markets, farm stands and the "pick your own heirloom tomato" fields in Ventura. (I am a big Martha Stewart fan and have always admired her love for cooking, crafts and being really creative.) But I do try to make my life a bit more simple by using short cut and recipes that are only one page long!

I have a few spots open in my South Pasadena workshop this month. We are painting large canvases and I would love it if you could join me! Click here for more information. Next week I am releasing my 2015 workshop schedule. I am coming to Cape Cod, Atlanta and Richmond in 2015! Plus you can paint and stay with me in Ventura, CA at the beach house! Click here for more information!

I am also offering Monday Online Studio painting classes beginning October 2014! Join me each month as we paint boats, roosters, glass, beach scenes, umbrellas, etc. with a palette knife!
Click here to sign up!

 www.dickblick.com

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Thirty Paintings in 30 Days - Day Six

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"My Daily Habit"
Oil, 6" x 6" on canvas panel
$200.00 with display easel.
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Thirty Things You Don't Know About Me

#6 - I have one bad daily habit.


My daily habit consists of a diet coke. Just one. It's a bad habit I have had for a while. There is something about a tall glass of ice filled with Diet Coke that I just can't live without. It could be worse, right?

Recently I started a new variation of my daily habit. I mix the diet coke with a can of Diet Minute Maid Lemonade. I realize this means I am actually drinking two sodas a day but I love the lighter, more lemony taste!

What's your daily bad habit?

This week's Artists Helping Artists radio show program is titled "Fifty Studio Tips and Tricks" and you can listen to it here. The show airs live every Thursday at 9:00 am PST, 12:00 noon EST. All of the shows are recorded and archived. If you would like to listen to any of the archived shows visit the AHA website.

Check out my 2015 workshop schedule! I am coming to Cape Cod, Atlanta, Charlotte and Richmond in 2015! Plus you can paint and stay with me in Ventura, CA at the beach house! Click here for more information!


I am offering Monday Online Studio painting classes beginning October 2014! Join me each month as we paint boats, roosters, glass, beach scenes, umbrellas, etc. with a palette knife! Click here to sign up!
 www.dickblick.com

Friday, September 5, 2014

Thirty Paintings in 30 Days - Day Five

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"Is That a Hospital?"
Oil, 11" x 14" on canvas panel
$750.00 with display easel.
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Thirty Things You Don't Know About Me

#5 - I too can be a dumb blonde ...


I have been a blonde my entire life. And I have always considered myself to be a "smart blonde" and not one who would be subject to dumb blonde jokes. But in 1985 when we were traveling throughout Europe I had my worst dumb blonde moment. By far.


Dave and I were driving throughout Europe with some friends and we had just entered Switzerland. After about five minutes I said to everyone, "Wow! I cannot believe how many hospitals are in this country". Hmmm. If you are not familiar with the Swiss flag, it is a red square with a white cross on it. It looks a bit like a sign for a hospital.


As soon as I said it I realized how DUMB my comment was. And to this day, almost 20 years later, my husband won't let me forget it. In fact, the story has been told so many times, my three boys make note of the story ALL of the time. It's ok, I deserved it. Seriously? What was I thinking?? Apparently, I wasn't thinking at all.


So my painting today is titled "Is that a Hospital?". It's a tribute to all of the smart blondes out there who occasionally have a dumb blonde moment. It happens to the best of us. 


One final note, this blog post is not a request for dumb blonde jokes. I have heard them all, I can promise you that.


This week's Artists Helping Artists radio show program is titled "Fifty Studio Tips and Tricks" and you can listen to it here. The show airs live every Thursday at 9:00 am PST, 12:00 noon EST. All of the shows are recorded and archived. If you would like to listen to any of the archived shows visit the AHA website.


Check out my 2015 workshop schedule! I am coming to Cape Cod, Atlanta, Charlotte and Richmond in 2015! Plus you can paint and stay with me in Ventura, CA at the beach house! Click here for more information!

I am offering Monday Online Studio painting classes beginning October 2014! Join me each month as we paint boats, roosters, glass, beach scenes, umbrellas, etc. with a palette knife! Click here to sign up!

  www.dickblick.com

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Thirty Paintings in 30 Days - Day Four

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"Dorothy's Slippers"
Oil, 6" x 6" on canvas panel
$200.00 with display easel.
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Thirty Things You Don't Know About Me

#4 - I once wore the ruby red slippers as Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz.

There was a time in my life when I was very a very serious actress. I think the peak of my acting career was between the 3rd and 4th grades. I went to a school that encouraged dramatic performances but lacked the resources to put on regular theatre productions. So I became a producer, director and actress at a very early age.


My first play was The Wizard of Oz. I wrote the script (based on watching the movie at least one hundred times), talked my mom in to making all of the costumes and gathered enough friends to fill the cast. Somehow I ended up as Dorothy. I directed, memorized all of my lines and even sang a few verses of "Somewhere Over the Rainbow". I remember my mom commenting after the play, "I didn't know you could sing!". Sadly, I couldn't.

I acted in a few more plays and played Cinderella and the Grinch. (I think those were all speaking parts only, no singing.) By the time I entered 5th grade I had decided I wanted to be a stewardess. If you saw my post #1, you will see why that never happened. 

This week's Artists Helping Artists show is titled "Fifty Studio Tips and Tricks". My co-host Mary Maxam came up with the list and it is amazing! The show airs evey Thursday at 9:00 am PST, 12:00 noon EST. You can listen to any of the AHA shows (they are all recorded and archived) by visiting the website.

I have a few spots open in my South Pasadena workshop this month. We are painting large canvases and I would love it if you could join me! Click here for more information. This week I am releasing my 2015 workshop schedule. I am coming to Cape Cod, Atlanta and Richmond in 2015! Plus you can paint and stay with me in Ventura, CA at the beach house! Click here for more information!

I am also offering Monday Online Studio painting classes beginning October 2014! Join me each month as we paint boats, roosters, glass, beach scenes, umbrellas, etc. with a palette knife!
Click here to sign up!

  www.dickblick.com

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Thirty Paintings in 30 Days - Day Three

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"Hold the Olives"
Oil, 8" x 8" on canvas panel
$350.00 with display easel.
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Thirty Things You Don't Know About Me

#3 - The only food that I do not like is olives.

I can only think of one food item that I absolutely cannot tolerate. It's olives. I am not sure what it is about them, but the taste is just awful. I also think my phobia is hereditary as none of my boys like olives either. So why do restaurants feel obligated to include olives in a dish when they don't even mention it in the menu? I can't tell you how many times I have ordered a salad or pizza or pasta only to find olives on my plate!

I think I have a pretty developed palette (food, not paint). I am a good cook and I have no problem trying new recipes. I love experimenting in the kitchen. And I do love trying new foods! I enjoy cooking with olive oil (in the bottle or even spray). But I have to draw the line when it comes to olives. Even in a vodka martini. Sorry y'all.

So please, hold the olives.

I have a few spots open in my South Pasadena workshop this month. We are painting large canvases and I would love it if you could join me! Click here for more information. This week I am releasing my 2015 workshop schedule. I am coming to Cape Cod, Atlanta and Richmond in 2015! Plus you can paint and stay with me in Ventura, CA at the beach house! Click here for more information!

I am also offering Monday Online Studio painting classes beginning October 2014! Join me each month as we paint boats, roosters, glass, beach scenes, umbrellas, etc. with a palette knife!
Click here to sign up!

 www.dickblick.com

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Thirty Paintings in 30 Days - Day Two

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"Look, Don't Taste"
Oil, 6" x 6" on canvas panel
$200.00 with display easel.
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Thirty Things You Don't Know About Me

#2 - I am allergic to chocolate.

I know, it's horrible. Especially since I have enjoyed 54 years of chocolate. Unfortunately the allergy developed last year. But I have stayed away from chocolate ever since. OK, maybe there were a few minor slip-ups.

So what do I miss? Almond Joy candy bars and mud pie. And anything with chocolate and caramel! But I will get over it. At least I keep telling myself I will ....

I am also offering Monday Online Studio painting classes beginning October 2014! Join me each month as we paint boats, roosters, glass, beach scenes, umbrellas, etc. with a palette knife!
Click here to sign up!

This week I am releasing my 2015 workshop schedule. I am coming to Cape Cod, Atlanta and Richmond in 2015! Plus you can paint and stay with me in Ventura, CA at the beach house! Click here for more information!
 www.dickblick.com

Monday, September 1, 2014

Thirty Paintings in 30 Days - Day One

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"A Frequent Flyer"
Oil, 8" x 16" on canvas panel.
$650.00 on canvas panel.
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Thirty Things You Don't Know About Me

#1 - I am a nervous flier. But that is only because I have been in TWO emergency landings.

In my previous job I flew a lot. In fact I flew over 1,000,000 miles which does have its perks. I still have priority status on American airlines which is great at LAX because I get to join in the shorter lines, check my bags for free and enjoy priority status.

But all that flying has come with a price. I have been in two emergency landings on American Airlines. The first was in Dallas. When we took off from LAX we blew five tires. Apparently that makes the landing a bit tricky. The flight crew prepared us all for the emergency landing and had us all turn in our shoes and assume the "emergency landing position" (which by the way, is putting your head between your legs and praying like crazy). We landed in foam with emergency vehicles all over the runway. Fortunately the landing was a piece of cake. Except for the screaming and crying of everyone in the plane. Ugh.

My second emergency landing was at JFK. Unfortunately the pilot couldn't get the landing gear to lock. I won't even tell you what the pilot has to do to try to lock it, other than it involves a loud thump on the runway at a very high speed. His first try worked and we landed without incident. Another close call!

I use to think that after one emergency landing my chances were slim to none that I would ever have a problem on an airplane. But after the second one I decided I still needed to worry.

So, if you are ever flying with me on a plane and I look a little stressed (especially in turbulence), give this girl a break. I just can't help it!

This week I am releasing my 2015 workshop schedule. I am coming to Cape Cod, Atlanta and Richmond in 2015! Plus you can paint and stay with me in Ventura, CA at the beach house! Click here for more information!

I am also offering Monday Online Studio painting classes beginning October 2014! Join me each month as we paint boats, roosters, glass, beach scenes, umbrellas, etc. with a palette knife!
Click here to sign up!

  www.dickblick.com


Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Monday Online Studio is here!

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"Sailing Medley"
Oil, 30" x 40", Sold.

I am completely in denial that summer is coming to an end. In fact, I have decided to adopt my youngest son's schedule. He doesn't start college until October 2nd so I am going to enjoy my summer until then! Plus, we are hosting a wedding at our home this week and the Thirty Paintings in 30 Days Challenge starts in six days. It's a very busy time!

Last year I started teaching a Monday Open Studio in South Pasadena. It's been a lot of fun and the art painted in the classes has been amazing! So many of you have asked if I would teach palette knife painting online and I have finally made it happen!

I am now offering Monday Online StudioMonday Online Studio consists of videotaped demonstrations that take you through the experience of a full day of painting. The video starts with the selection of subject matter which might include setting up a still life and showing how I photograph my subjects. It may show how I photograph boats on a pier. The next step is setting up the composition on canvas, followed by how I premix my color palette.  Then I paint the entire painting with a palette knife which includes blocking in the shapes of my painting, matching values and temperatures, adding detail and finishing with highlights.

The Monday Online Studio begins in October 2014. One class is offered per month and it will always be released on the first Monday of the month. When you sign up you will be given access to the inspiration photo plus a link to the online video demonstration. The video will range in length from two to five hours. You can take your time and finish the painting anytime! Once you have completed your painting you can upload it to my blog. If you want you can link your uploaded photo back to your website for increased visibility. Finally, all twelve themes for the Monday Online Studios  were chosen so at the end of 12 months you will have 12 paintings suited for a 2016 calendar!

You can sign up for one class or all twelve. If you sign up for all 12 then there is a 35% discount. For more information visit the Monday Online Studio website

I will be releasing my 2015 workshop schedule next week! I am coming to Cape Cod, Atlanta, Charlotte and Richmond in 2015! Plus you can paint and stay with me in Ventura, CA at the beach house! Click here for more information! I am offering Monday Online Studio painting classes beginning October 2014! Join me each month as we paint boats, roosters, glass, beach scenes, umbrellas, etc. with a palette knife! Click here to sign up! www.dickblick.com

Friday, July 25, 2014

Picking a Theme

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"Floating"
Oil, 12" x 12" on canvas
Sold.

I am quite thrilled that it's only been a day since I posted the website for the September 30 in 30 Challenge and over 200 artists have already signed up. We already have ten countries represented and the challenge doesn't start for over a month. I hope the longer lead time gives everyone a chance to get prepared. Buy your canvases and get your painting area ready. But one of the most important things you need to do is pick a theme for your challenge.

I have had a lot of conversations in the last few days with my artist friends about picking a theme. Some have asked, why even pick one? First, it makes it easier to decide what you should paint.  Selecting a theme provides you the chance to create some interest in your future posts. It also makes it more fun for both you and your collectors. 

So how do you go about picking a theme? My theme for this challenge is "Thirty Things You Don't Know About Me". I picked it because I thought it would be interesting as my daily paintings and blog posts would reveal something about me most people don't know. It was also a broad enough theme that would allow me to paint some of the paintings I have been wanting to paint for my private collection and our Ventura house. I also had some ideas that fit the theme that would also appeal to my collector base. I am sure a few of the 30 in 30 paintings will end up in the recycle bin. That's fine as I hope to try some new things during the challenge. But, to be perfectly honest, I will be creating paintings that I hope to sell.. And I think you should too!

My AHA July co-host Margaret Sheldon has picked a theme around things she feels guilty about. I love it! My friend Dottie Leatherwood picked a theme last time where she painted scenes as if she was travelling all around. The funny thing is many friends on Facebook thought she was really traveling!

Give yourself some time to pick a theme. It should be for you and about you. Just make sure it's fun!

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Thursday, July 24, 2014

Joining the Challenge

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I just launched the website for this September's Thirty Paintings in Thirty Days Challenge. I know what you are thinking, "She is doing it again?"!

I am. And if there was ever any doubt in my mind all I need to do is look at the 90 paintings created from the past three challenges. It's scary to think I probably would have painted twenty paintings instead of ninety if I hadn't done the Challenge. That's crazy!

I do believe the challenge isn't about the end product, aka the paintings. Instead it is about getting in your studio, developing habits of painting every day, pushing yourself to try new things and developing a painting theme for the month that you are excited about. As a bonus, you will have 30 great paintings at the end of the month. It's also fun knowing there are hundreds of other artists taking the same challenge all over the world.

Speaking of which, my intern and I created a really cool map that shows where all of the artists are located that are participating in the challenge. If you go to the website and sign up then you will also be included on the map! As you can see, we already have 50 artists signed up in the first few hours.

I hope you will consider joining the Challenge. It just might change you life. It did for me!

Check out remodel blog for our beach house in Ventura, Ca. I am teaching workshops at the beach. Come stay and paint with me! I have workshops scheduled in the next twelve months in South Pasadena, Ventura Beach, Newport Beach, Charlotte NC, Richmond Va and Atlanta Ga. Click here for more information! www.dickblick.com

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Getting Creative

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"Sailing Medley"
Oil, 30" x 40"
Click here to purchase this painting.

We all need to be more creative when it comes to selling our art. This week's Artists Helping Artists show was titled "How to Use Pinterest and Facebook to Drive More Traffic to your Art Website". Most of you probably aren't aware that it takes three to four hours every week to research the show topic and create the show notes. Every once in a while a topic comes around that really gets me inspired. This week's show was one of them. 
The challenge we all have with social media is that it's always changing. It's nearly impossible to keep up with what's new and it's frustrating to even try! That's why I love the AHA show. I often pick topics based on what I want to learn more about. The reason we do a lot of AHA shows on Facebook is two fold. First, it's the best marketing tool I use. Second, it's the only way I can attempt to keep up on what's new.
We started this week's show with a lot of great Facebook ideas. But the Pinterest tips were what really got me excited. For example, if you want to see what’s being pinned from your art website just use this URL, http://www.pinterest.com/source/saetastudio.com/ (but put your website in the last part instead of saetastudio.com). You will see every photo that has been pinned from your website. It also shows who pinned it which is a great way to learn who likes your art (hint ... potential collector or workshop student). 
Another suggestion on the show was to create visual images with words on Pinterest. Your pins will be a lot more successful if you add words and tell people what to do. I like to use a more subtle approach. Here is an example I created this week:

You can use any of the free online photo editors to create this collage such as Picmonkey or Ipiccy. They are fun and easy. Just make sure you always include a link to your website where a potential client can get more information.
Here is another one I created for Facebook to promote my Monday Open Studios:

I highly suggest you listen to the "Artists Helping Artists" show. It's free and there are four and a half years of shows archived on the site. 

Check out the remodel blog for our beach house in Ventura, Ca. I am teaching workshops at the beach. Come stay and paint with me! I have workshops scheduled in the next twelve months in South Pasadena, Ventura Beach, Newport Beach, Charlotte NC, Richmond Va and Atlanta Ga. Click here for more information!
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Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Finding Time to Paint

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"Resting in the Harbor"
Oil, 11" x 14"
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I had a conversation last week with an artist friend who was having a hard time finding time to paint. I empathized with her struggle as a few years ago I found my self in the same dilemma. It was December of 2012 and I hadn't painted in about three weeks. Prior to that, I hadn't painted in two weeks.

At the time I was struggling with my schedule. I was making the transition to working full time as an artist and yet I couldn't seem to find the time to paint. It wasn't until I sat down and looked at my schedule that I recognized that the problem was. Painting wasn't a priority. Of course htat makes no sense if I was an artist!

I was stunned at how many appointments and meetings I had on my calendar that had nothing to do with painting. Somehow I had managed to fill my daily schedule with personal and volunteer obligations. I also was spending a lot of time doing marketing, which is important. But my "career" as a painter hadn't quite become a priority if I wasn't in my studio painting.

That's when I came up  with the idea of "Thirty paintings in 30 days". I figured if I painted every day for 30 days then painting would become a priority and a habit. It worked. Plus, I was lucky enough to find about 200 artists to take the Challenge with me.

I developed new changes to my daily working schedule. I limited all meetings to Fridays. I blocked off the Monday - Thursday "workday" from 9 - 4 for painting. I started Monday Open Studios so other artists could come to my studio and paint with me. And I repeated the Thirty Day Challenge three more times. (FYI, the fourth one will begin on September 1, 2014!)

I also became more organized in my studio and re-organized all of the photos I use as "inspirations" for paintings. It's important to be organized when it comes to painting so you don't have any delays or excuses not to paint! Now when I walk in my studio I can begin a painting within a few minutes. I also added two large video screens to my studio which are great for projecting reference photos.

If you are having problem making time to paint, don't hesitate to schedule painting time on your calendar. Make it a priority and stick to your painting schedule. Painting is addicting, the more you paint the better you get and the more rewarding it is! I appreciate how lucky I am to be an artist. We are truly blessed!

Good luck!

Check out my remodel blog for our beach house in Ventura, Ca. I am teaching workshops at the beach. Come stay and paint with me! I have workshops scheduled in the next twelve months in South Pasadena, Ventura Beach, Newport Beach, Richmond Va, Charlotte NC, and Atlanta, Ga. Click here for more information!

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