The Everyday Life of a Working Artist


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Monday, December 22, 2014

The Twelve Days of Christmas - Day Ten!

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Thank you so much for all of your very inspiring comments about "why you love being an artist". Sometimes we need to stop and think about how lucky we are to be able to create and enjoy the wonderful lifestyle of an artist! I hope this reflection has helped to reinforce why you have chosen this wonderful profession, regardless if you are doing it full or part-time.

The winner of Day 9 of the 12 Days of Christmas Giveaway is Mary Ann Hagen. Congrats Mary, you have won a $150 gift certificate. Just email me and we will make arrangements to to figure out how you would like to spend it!

The Day 10 giveaway is one of my painting workshops at the Carriage House in South Pasadena. It's a $399 value and can be used to attend one of my three day workshops which includes a gourmet dinner cooked by yours truly. 

To be eligible for the giveaway, all you have to do is post a tip for other artists as to how you find inspiration for your paintings. Is there a great resource you use to find photos? Do you take photos yourself and have a great way to store or organize them? Do you paint plein air and have tips for how to find great inspirations? Do you set up still life subjects in your studio and have some great suggestions to share? Do you have an inspiration board in your studio? Please share anything you think will help other artists here. You can post your comment here or on any of my Facebook pages. 

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Meanwhile, you might want to consider signing up for the Thirty Paintings in Thirty Days Challenge which is scheduled again for January 2015! It's a great way to start out the new year!

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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!


Sea Dean - Paint a Masterpiece said...

My greatest inspiration is nature, whether it is being out in it or watching programs on PBS channels. I often take photos but only use them as inspiration and rarely look at them once I've set the composition.

Unknown said...

I paint abstracts and never really have any idea how the painting I start will finish, so for those I rarely use reference. However, I do love to take walks with my camera and capture little bits of things like rust, algae, moss, wood textures, etc. I don't refer to them when I paint, but they're in my mind somewhere :-). For the 30/30 challenge I am planning to do something a little more literal and will use photos I've taken on travels as inspiration.

Anonymous said...

I take my own photos and with over 100,000images you would think that that would be enough, but no I have asked other photographers to paint theirs when something really just sings to me.


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