Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Snowy Morning

First in a series of pencil drawings during this perfect season of white on black. Happy New Year!

Friday, December 26, 2008

Pebble Creek First Snow

Pebble Creek First Snow
Oil 12x16 $180 framed

Here is the final painting discussed in the video on YouTube. My first snow scene with two more on the easel. Hope to get them done before Spring!

Monday, December 22, 2008

How I painted video

I recently completed a winter scene painting and videotaped the whole thing. After hours of editing it down I posted it on YouTube. Definitely a learning experience from both the shooting of my work to cutting stuff out to get down to the 10 minute max for YouTube. I hope to provide some insight into how I go about doing what I do when I paint. If it is helpful great. If you have some pointers to make me paint better, please comment.

Check out my painting video on YouTube

Check it out at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s2Ov_rUq760

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

I recently completed a portrait for my uncle. This is of his longtime hunting dog, Nala. This turned out pretty good, though you really can't tell by the photo here. I think he was happy with the results.

Saturday, December 13, 2008

Lake at dusk
Oil, 11x14

I'm on a roll, with 5 new pieces at some stage of completion. This was from summer as the sun was setting on a great hot day. I fished from shore while taking some photos. In the midst of winter, this painting brings back relaxing summer memories. All palette knife work with a somewhat Impressionistic color scheme.

Stayin' Busy

Here is a piece I've finished lately (oil 16x20 $250). I want to have more quality work available to both sell and take to galleries. Takes time, effort, and motivation.

I was inspired this week and came across an artist who's worked brought the "OMG" response from me. His name is Jovan Villalba. This is creativity 10x. I never heard of him but it sure brought some motivation to me to think outside the box and try to be more free-flowing when putting paint on canvas.

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Gallery Art Crawl- snowed in

Saturday was my first gallery appearance and the scheduled Art Crawl for my city, Waukesha. Mother Nature blew up some big winds, snow and temps around 10*. Needless to say, it was a bust for all involved. Other than friends and family of the 12 artists in my gallery (all of who won't spend money), I could probably count the visitors on two hands. Oh well; accept the things you can't change and move on.

I misplaced my camera that night but it was found and I'll upload some shots from that evening asap.

Monday, December 1, 2008

Fresh Snow

December started by me with a fresh 6" of snow overnight. I've been wanting to do some winter landscapes and hope to get out to take pix today. Two weeks ago we had a few inches and I did manage to wander down to a creek by my house to take some photos (above). I hope to put a few of these to canvas by the end of this month.

Yesterday I managed the gallery where I'm at. 1 customer came in during the 4 hours I was there. It was Packer Sunday, and it is downtown Waukesha, WI. I know that galleries are typically slow most days, and the new owner I'm working with needs to optimize his hours open. I did take a canvas with me and had time to work on that piece. In that sense, it was good. I did it right in the front window; both for natural light and to try and get someone to throw some coins at the window. All I managed to do was somehow get 3 big globs of oil paint on the carpet.

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

November 26- Let's get started

Inspired by all the daily artists I stumbled upon, I have to start somewhere. I've had a lot of luck lately as an artist. I've been painting for 35 years. I've been an illustrator for 10. I've wished and dreamed of living strictly off the earnings of a career in art. Alas, I have a day job to go with my dream. I've accumulated dozens of paintings that sit in my home. I've sold dozens more, primarly commissioned portraits, and gave away just as many to friends and family. My current journey starts with this entry.

This painting was done during a local charity event called Open Canvas. It's an awesome opportunity for local artists, who come in by invitation only, and create an original piece in a 6 hour window. All this in front of the admiring public who bid on each piece as it progresses. It's exciting and rewarding. All the money is donated and used for scholarships to the local art college (MIAD). This piece, 36x40, Acrylic, was done based on a recent fall trip I took with my family to Rhinelander, Wisconsin. It was purchased for $800.
Shortly after that, all full of myself, I went to our local Art District (10 galleries) looking for a break. The second place I walked into loved my work and offered me exclusive placement in their new gallery, The Clinton Street Gallery. Wow! So I get busy, buy a LOT of frames, dust off a bunch of paintings in my basement, and hang. I'm in a gallery...and within 5 days I have a sale. So now I'm really cranked up and I'm in the middle of producing 4 more paintings since then.
I'm so impressed and jealous of the artists that produce "a painting a day". I have to work a day job to pay the bills, but I feel highly motivated lately. So, this will be my attempt to keep up and post info everyday as I struggle to find my spot in the art world. I've given away lots of art, and sold a bunch of portraits on commission. More of those to follow.