The Everyday Life of a Working Artist


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Saturday, December 14, 2013

The 12 Days of Christmas - Day 2

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I am so happy it's another day and I get to give something away!

What a joy it was to visit my blog all day yesterday and see so many BEAUTIFUL paintings posted by all of you! There are so many talented artists out there and thank you for sharing your art! I can't think of a better gift for the holidays than a piece of original art. So think seriously about painting, giving or buying a piece of original art. Of course if you would like to see some beautiful paintings, check out all of the wonderful artwork on yesterday's blog post. There are tons paintings posted and I promise you all of these amazing artists have artwork for sale.

I picked yesterday's winner by using It's so simple, as you just type in the number of entries and the website picks the winner. The lucky winner of the custom embroidered Artists Helping Artists apron is Barbara Hayden. Congratulations! Please email me your choice of a white or black apron, the name for monogramming and your mailing address.

The giveaway for the "2nd Day of Christmas" is a panel holder, and it's one of the most important tools in my studio. It holds any panel size up to 12" tall. The best news ... it weights about two pounds! It's valued at nearly $50.00.

And speaking of studios, to be eligible for this giveaway all you need to do to is post here on my blog a great studio tip (or tool) that you think other artists might like to know about.  I have a feeling there will be some great ideas here (and potential holiday gift ideas!). 

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Susan E Jones, Charming Art said...

Mygo-tool for the studio is the "sculpting tool." I use it to sign my name, but also to scrape off paint if I make a mistake or to use the white of the canvas in the painting. For example, birch trees in the distance on a landscape.

Unknown said...

I love picture hanging putty to hold small canvases in place. They never move and I paint trouble free.

JFW said...

My favorite tool is a mirror. I keep one large one behind me and a smaller one within reach and an even smaller one for out of the studio. It is wonderful for checking out color, design and value flaws.

Patti Vincent said...

"The best teacher is the very act of painting" Joaquin Sorolla
My favorite advice!

Penny StewArt said...

I love my tube squeezer for getting out the last bit of paint in the tube. The plastic ones are very inexpensive and mine has lasted me for a while now. I hear the metal ones are better, but cannot say for sure.

Susan Johnson said...

My new favorite studio tool is the iPad. If I'm working from a photo, I can crop and edit and paint right from the iPad. I can also take a photo of work in progress and play with it on the tablet to check values and composition.

Cindy Greene said...

One of my favorite hints that I learned from Carol Marine - use a tennis ball cut in half to clean your brushes. I use Murphy's oil soap and massage the soapy brush on the smooth inside surface of the tennis ball to get the paint out. No more rubbing paint into my palms or my nice bathroom sink. Carol buys the big tennis balls at a pet store; I use a regular one.

Susan Garriques said...

Right now, my favorite tool(s) are my Princeton 6300 series brushes. They keep their shape, they are "springy" and they last a long time. Love them.

Peggy wilson said...

I recently spoiled myself with Rosemary brushes. What a nice company, with excellent fast service.

Carol DeMumbrum said...

"Awesome" all purpose cleaner to remove oil paint from clothes. (Available at Dollar Tree.)

Marcela Strasdas said...

A mat board frame cut into into 2 Ls used to crop reference photos to my liking. I have a few of those around.


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