Saturday, November 25, 2017

November Ramblings

Morning Stillness, 8x10, oil
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My daughter-in-law’s home decor shop, Patchwork Plus Maine on Rt. 3 in Searsmont, Maine, is gearing up for the holiday season and she asked if I would paint some small seasonal paintings for the shop. She carries a line of my work but these would be specific to the season. 

It’s been a fun change to paint snow scenes and children playing. These little paintings are no larger than 4x5, some are smaller. Happily, they are popular and I’m enjoying the challenge. Because they are oils, they still need to be done in layers, then dried and varnished. The standard painting process only in miniature. In between the little paintings I’m finishing up some larger ones. I have a stack of half finished work that needs attention.

Picking up on her energy, I decided to join in with the Black Friday and Small Business Saturday sales events in my Ebay Store. I’ve never done a sale before and this should be interesting. Ebay makes it really simple to add these events to your listings and I choose which items will be part of the sale. It was nice to check my email this morning and see all the sales. Pretty nifty! I’m still thinking about Cyber Monday…..

Our Virtual Paint-Out Group has been on vacation since October and I’m looking forward to the start-up in January. Artist Leslie Saeta starts another 30/30 challenge in January. Looks like that’s going to be a very busy month!

I hope you had a nice Thanksgiving and that all is well.

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Saturday, November 18, 2017

Studio Sanity

A few thoughts when all you want to do is paint.

Whatever time you plan to stop painting to prepare dinner, stop sooner because food prep and cooking always take longer when you’d rather be painting.

Rinse your brushes in turp and cover your palette before leaving your studio. Something will always keep you from returning in a timely manner.

Keep a clean paper towel near your phone to use when you answer another robo call.

The dog will always be on the wrong side of the door so another piece of paper towel is needed for the door handle.

A few hurried brushstrokes will undo an hour’s work.

Unexpected company will arrive when you’re wearing your painting clothes and forgot to comb your hair.

This same company thinks you’d rather sit and “chit chat” instead of paint. 

You understand why Paul Gauguin ran away to a remote tropical island. It’s better than cutting off your ear.

Thankfully there’s always tomorrow.


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