The Everyday Life of a Working Artist


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Tuesday, February 28, 2012

"Thinking Outside of the Box"

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Oil, 11" x 14" on museum quality panel.
Every four years we get a free day. Tomorrow is February 29th and technically it's the extra day added to the calendar every fourth year.

So why not use this free day to do something really great for your art? I am calling it "Think Outside the Box Day". Take a minute to pick something to do to take your art to the next level. Maybe it's just getting out of your studio to paint plein air. Perhaps it's creating a Facebook Fan Page. Or signing up for Pinterest. Maybe you should head to your studio to paint an entirely different way or an entirely different subject. Why not write a newsletter? You could publish an art book of your favorite paintings from last year. Enter an Art Exhibition or contest on line. Or maybe you just need to get organized and clean up your studio. Whatever you choose to do, just have fun and enjoy your "extra day".  

I suggest you spend the day tomorrow doing something different to boost your art career. Why not? It only comes around once every four years so think outside of the box!
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Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Coming and Going

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"Coming and Going"
Oil, 12" x 12" on museum quality canvas panel.
I can finally relax. Since the beginning of the year I have been faced with huge deadlines and projects that have consumed my life as an artist. I knew if I survived the first seven weeks of the year then I would be set. It's a miracle but I did it ... 11 commissions, two workshops, one ongoing show, 8 marketing consultations and the task of creating an entirely new financial system for my business. Done. Yippee.
Today I started tackling all of the "neglected" items on my to do list. It included ordering more paint and new easels for my 6" x 6" paintings. Scraping off all of the old paint I left on my glass palette when I rushed off to Atlanta to teach an amazing workshop. Organizing the "shipping department" in my studio that had started looking like the messy stacked box department. Depositing checks. And opening mail that was really old. But it was a glorious day! No pressure, no deadlines and back to normal.
I can't wait to paint tomorrow. It's time for some umbrellas. And boats.
Tomorrow I'll tell you about our workshop in Atlanta last week. It was amazing!

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Thursday, February 2, 2012

Golden Rays

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"Golden Rays"
Oil, 12" x 12" framed.
Available at Gale's Restaurant

Believe it or not, I have started my book! I am very excited about the format I am using and so far I have the outline completed and I am starting to create all of the visuals (i.e. pictures). It's still going to take me a long time but I am hoping for a mid year completion. Which isn't bad, considering I originally was "hoping" to have it completed by the end of the year. The book is a "How to" book that is about, you guessed it, palette knife painting. I am also going to write a book about Marketing for Artists but that will be later on (yes ... reality check ...). 
This painting was a demo from my workshop earlier last month and its for sale at Gale's Restaurant in Pasadena. It's hanging along with 20 other paintings by yours truly. The show is up until mid March. If you live in the area, so check it out!

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