What’s new!?

Yesterday was a wine and art fair that I set up at …

…and although I had a beach-theme going I also had come up with something new to try out. I was trying to think of smaller items that might sell well at an art and wine Fair and (right or wrong) I came up with the idea of these mini sketchbooks.

The only problem I think I encountered is that perhaps people were more into drinking wine down sketching or creating art in little books. But I really think these are cute. It would have taken a good number of them to make up for the Boost fee but I never seem to have been concerned with making a profit in the past so why would I have started now? LOL

This one would have been priced at $10 had I remembered to take it. But I had painted the sailboat on it just the night before and left it out to dry. Therefore it got left behind.

Oh well I had several other Mini some with watercolor paper some with sketch paper the small ones were priced at $7 and the larger ones at $10. All of them with original art as their covers. Perhaps this line would have appealed more to artists I think when you go to a wine and art Fair you are looking to drink wine and possibly collect art for your home. Hopefully I will remember that by this time next year when I am trying to make a decision as to what should be on my table.

I did sell one painting, thank you Amy, and it was one of my favorites. I’m glad it went to someone I know. Have a great Monday and make it a wonderful week whatever that means to you.



Happy Saturday

Today is the 2nd Saturday of July… that means….Open Studio! So if you’re out and about looking for something to do keep me in mind I have my “tower of giraffes” on display and a whole bunch of abstracts. Did you know that’s what they call a group of giraffes? A tower. Now you do. Hope to see you there ….got to run. Bye

2 Arts in One!

Today I had two classes, two that I liked very much. In the first class we painted beach scenes on (wood) 10 x 10 cradled boards. It was fun, the people in the class were fun, and I think the paintings came out rather nice!

We even gave it a beach made with sand and some of us included birds in the sky. Perhaps I might add a sailboat at a later date or a small island out in the distance with a lone palm tree. Who knows?

In the second class we finished up a piece that we had started Tuesday, in our previous session of Zoom Art. It was a journey into learning some fauvenism techniques by looking at a handful of paintings by Henri Manguin. He used sketchy patches of color in his paintings. So we tried some of that.

I’m not sure about this one yet. Being random with your colorful patches is not as easy as you would think. But we had fun… and that is the most important thing.



Gold is Hard!

Let me explain that. I don’t mean a gold bar is hard, I think we all know that and maybe it’s not as hard as we think after all , I actually don’t know because I have never seen one up close in person. What I do mean is that the color gold is difficult to paint with, especially if you’re using a paint brush. I find it easier when you are more haphazard about it and smudging it on with your finger here and there but what I’m doing in this current project is not that. So I’m finding myself trying to feather it in and make it look smooth when it really doesn’t want to. When you put on a little glob and you mean to come back and spread it out, you best not forget because it will show up for ever!

I was listening to a podcast today by Louise Fletcher and Alice Sheridan. It was one of their earliest podcast episodes and they are currently up to 172. I have also listened to that episode but for some reason Spotify decided I needed to go back to the beginning and listen to the first episodes. I’m not complaining, I didn’t get to listen to them the first time around so it was actually quite enjoyable having Louise and Alice conversing in my studio while I painted. I think somewhere around podcast number 2 or 3 they were discussing the reason for starting a podcast and Louise mentioned that when she first started painting she had no one to talk to that she could ask questions to; bounce ideas off of. There were plenty of artists in the area but many artists were a bit cliquey and not willing to necessarily talk with a beginner as they find out who they are and where they’re going. I feel that same loneliness at times in my studio. Lots of times actually. Sometimes it’s just nice to have somebody there to try new ideas with or show your new attempts to. I had one such friend here last night and it was truly a delight. Thank you Terry if you’re reading this. I was also a little sad last night because it became the last effort of our groups event called Evening Art.

Some people had previously expressed a desire to have a group get together in the evening because they work during the day and it would be better for their schedule so we accommodated and I even opened my studio for this purpose once a month. Free! The attendance was so low I finally had to decide it was not worth my time to be there all day and then also stay into the evening so last night was the last one. So thank you Terry for showing up and to the handful of people that have showed up over the past 6 months. Chris and Maggie to name a couple.

So anyway back to the gold, I will have to let this layer dry and see if I can touch up anymore areas after that.

Thanks for being here.