The Everyday Life of a Working Artist

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Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Don't Miss This!

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"Perfect Day"
Oil, 12" x 12" on museum quality panel.
$550.00
Click here to buy a print of this painting.
The Artists Helping Artists show titled "Top Tips to Becoming a Published Author" airs tomorrow, Tuesday, October 27th. I honestly believe this is one of those shows you can't miss. With today's self-publishing options, every artist should publish a book. The up-front investment is almost nothing (in many cases it is nothing!) and a book featuring your art is something that you can use as a great marketing tool. It's a wonderful gift for your most important collectors and something that is great to have on hand. If you have an art show opening in your future, you might consider publishing a book that promotes your paintings in the show.
I have started a really large "book project". I am writing a Palette Knife Painting Book and hope to publish it by mid year in 2012. It will take a long time to write and even longer to get all of the photos, but when it's done I think it will be one of the first "how to" palette knife painting books available. I'd love to get your feedback about my idea for the book. Any thoughts? Inclusions you would like to see? Let me know!
So don't miss this week's AHA show. Just follow the link here. Enjoy!




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Tuesday, October 25, 2011

One Day at a Time ...

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2012 Calendar
Printed on glossy card stock
$19.95 each 
In case you are already thinking about your holiday shopping, my 2012 Calendars are available. They make a great gift and are very reasonably priced! They are printed on glossy card stock and will last forever ... perhaps way longer than the year they are designed to help organize.
Just click the Paypal button above if you would like one. And thanks.

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Monday, October 24, 2011

One Glass - SOLD

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"One Glass"
Oil, 14" x 11 on museum quality panel.
Sold.

I am busy finishing paintings for my Debra Huse Gallery Show so I am not posting any of the new paintings until after the opening. We just spent a very long weekend at Stanford for my husband's 30th and to see our oldest son swim so I am exhausted and it's only Monday morning! Yikes!
As I am typing this blog post there is a "tech scout" taking place in my front yard and house. We are filming a very popular TV show here soon but I can't say who it is. But, if there was one show on TV that I would like to film here, this is the one! So ... which is your favorite TV show???
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Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Boats on Balboa

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"Reflections on the Pavilion"
Oil, 8" x 8" framed.
Available at Debra Huse Gallery on 11/5/11.
Click here to buy a print of this painting.
I am pleased to announce my upcoming show titled "Boats on Balboa" at the Debra Huse Gallery. The show opens on Saturday, November 5th at a reception from 6:00 - 8:00 pm.  The show will be available until Sunday, November 20th. 
I hope you all can join me for the opening on the 5th. It will be wonderful to see you all at such an amazing gallery! 
The show runs in conjunction with my Four Day Palette Knife Workshop which is November 3 - 6, 2011. There are a few spots left. 
For more information, visit Debra Huse Gallery.
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Sunday, October 16, 2011

Reflecting Just a Bit ...

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"Red Reflections II"
Oil, 6" x 6" on museum quality canvas panel.
$200.00 with display easel.
Home sweet home. It's nice to be back and have the chance to paint in the Carriage House. I missed my family, missed my studio and missed my poor dog, Speffy. It's a very long story but I think she missed me the most while I was gone. Hang in there Speffy. Your Mama's finally home.
I am busy finishing up my paintings for my upcoming show at the Debra Huse Gallery. The show, titled "Boats on Balboa" will feature scenes from around Newport and Balboa Island. If you are in or near the Newport Beach area I hope you can join me for the Opening Reception on Saturday, November 5th from 6:00 until 8:00 pm. The Debra Huse Gallery is located at 229 Marine Avenue on Balboa Island, just off Balboa Avenue. It would be great to see you! The show will be available from November 5th until the 20th. 

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Monday, October 10, 2011

Palms on the Beach - SOLD

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"Palms on the Beach"
Oil, 6" x 6" on museum quality canvas panel
Sold.
Click here to buy a print of this painting.

I am enjoying yet another day in Hawaii and have decided I need to stay longer. The only problem is that I did not bring my paints. I am only a few paintings "ahead" so it looks like it just may not happen. Of course my husband and son (who were left at home) may not think I need to stay here longer than a week. I am getting slight hints that I am actually missed. Of course, that is a good thing. Here's my tip: All mothers should leave their children at home (with their husbands) every once in a while. It works every time as we are always REALLY appreciated when we return home. Of course your house may not look the same as how you left it ...
I am so excited about an upcoming "Artists Helping Artists" show that I have to tell you about it. On Wednesday, November 2nd, Carol and David Marine will be our guests on the show. They have agreed to share their story and the journey that has led them to their new home in Oregon. Many of you are probably aware they lost their home in the horrific fires in Texas and they have graciously offered to share their experiences from the past few weeks. I hope you can listen to the show. It will air on November 2nd at 9:00 am Pacific time, 12:00 noon Eastern time.
Mahalo!

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Saturday, October 8, 2011

Floating ... and Aloha!

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"Floating"
Oil, 6" x 6" on museum quality panel
$200.00 with display easel
Aloha.  Maui is beautiful and the weather in Kapalua is perfect. I took an hour long walk this morning and took about 100 pictures for future paintings. I think there will be a lot of paintings in my future with palm trees in them. 
There's something about Hawaii that I can never get enough of. The sun, the beaches, the incredible sunsets and of course, all of the amazing boats! Maybe I need to spend time in Hawaii and just paint. If you recall, this is a working trip, not a vacation. It's probably my favorite place to visit. Of course this is my 60th trip to Hawaii. 
Where is your favorite place to visit?



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Wednesday, October 5, 2011

How Artists Can Make Money On an Already Sold Painting

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"Reflections on an Orange Boat"
Oil, 6" x 6" on museum quality panel.
$200.00 with display easel.
Sold.
Click here to purchase a print of this painting.

I know it doesn't make sense, but it's true. Artists can and should make money from an already sold painting. How?
Check out the sentence listed above, just below my painting. It's the last line, right under the word "Sold."
The line reads ... Click here to purchase a print of this painting.
It's simple, yet a great way to make money from of all the paintings that have already sold. If you listen to today's Artists Helping Artists radio show, it's all about making and selling prints of your artwork. If you are an artist, you should be selling them. It's easy and in most cases, does not cost a penny to set it up. 
Just remember to promote your prints. Add links to purchase your prints on your website and blog. And include the links with the paintings!

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Monday, October 3, 2011

Three Days and Counting ... SOLD

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"Through the Hawaiian Palms"
Oil, 6" x 6" on museum quality panel.
$200 with display easel.
Sold.
Click here to buy a print of this painting.
Ahola. Mahalo. Yep, I am getting ready for my trip to Hawaii. But I do need to clear up some confusion. My trip to Hawaii is NOT a vacation. For the last 30 years I have been a corporate event planner and this trip is with one of my clients. And 300 of their employees. So instead of sipping mai-tais and sunning on the beach, I will be running around, behind the scenes, making sure the event execution is flawless! It's exhilarating ... but exhausting. Of course, I love it. If you know me well, you know I thrive on this kind of stuff.
Since I can't take my paints with me (no time to paint!) I am trying to paint as much as I can. Hawaii scenes seem like a good thing to paint, don't you think? Although, rumor has it that there are a lot of boats in Hawaii too. Stay tuned ...

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Sunday, October 2, 2011

Gone to Maui ... soon! - SOLD

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"Hawaii Shores"
6" x 6" on museum quality panel.
Sold.
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I am heading to Maui later this week ... oh darn ... so I am in the mood to paint Hawaii paintings! There's something about painting palm trees that makes me happy. I went through all of my Hawaii photos (I have thousands ...) and found five great scenes to paint. Of course, all of them have palm trees. I will not have time to paint while I am gone so this week I am trying really hard to get ahead. So far, so good but for some reason I just can't stay ahead. It's sad ... when I get ahead I always end up taking a break, because I am ahead and soon I am behind again! Does this make sense?
I have a question for all of the artists out there. Do you paint ahead? And if you do, how do you do it???
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