Monday, October 29, 2007
Sunday, October 28, 2007
I can't for the life of me remember what this flower is called. They smell okay, but they aren't too fragrant.
(update 11/7/07: Kathryn Law figured out what flower this is, and very kindly let me know.)
I know I that I should be saving instead of spending (I'm getting ready to take the plunge and paint full time), but every now and again you come across a really good deal...
I have since found many others (who I'll write a bit more later), especially with the advent of the internet era. Which has become, for me, the biggest museum/gallery in the world.
But I digress.
I started this post mentioning that I spent a little money recently. Thanks to a post by Karin Jurick, I found out that Margaret Dyer, an artist who has been particularly inspiring to me for the last ten years or so, is blogging. And not only is she blogging, she's started posting pieces up on Ebay.
I now have 3 new pieces of art in the house:
1, 2, 3
Saturday, October 27, 2007
Friday, October 26, 2007
I had an interesting e-mail exchange with the author of sixtyminuteartist in regards to this post:
Becoming a Full-Time Artist-What are the odds?
Jerry pointed out that having just .00005 of the population of the US buy your paintings, you'd get about about 15,000 sales-- enough to make a living. :)
Of course, that means that you have to paint at least 15,000 paintings and sell them-- which is no small feat in and of itself.
So I'll set an easier(!) goal for my lifetime:
I will sell 10,000 paintings.
I'm not going to count past sales. This is moving forwards. Remember: it's good to have goals!
Goals need to be S.M.A.R.T. (specific, measurable, achievable, results based, and time bound)-- I think this fits the bill nicely. 200 paintings a year for the next 50 years (assuming an 85 year life span) is achievable. Hard, but achievable.
I'll put a counter on this blog with the next sale-- and soon I'll let you in on a few of my other goals for the next year!
Wednesday, October 24, 2007
I'm just not really sure what to make of this.
I guess... more power to the artist (Banksy).
And the buyers are idiots.
I do believe that it's 'art' (that question was asked and answered a looooong time ago), I'm just not sure it's so great that it's worth that much money.
I wonder how much of that is sour grapes on my part? Probably a healthy amount.
Monday, October 22, 2007
The red bike (and yellow handlebars) created a perfect warm color arrangement with the fallen leaves. I expect that I'll do this as a larger piece someday, and I wanted to capture it while the feeling was fresh for later...
Saturday, October 20, 2007
Friday, October 19, 2007
I'm not 100% convinced that the color here is the best I can get, but it's not so far off that I wouldn't post it (there's more blue in the shadow in the actual piece than what I see here on the monitor). Perhaps I'll re shoot it when it dries a bit more.
In the meantime, I probably ought to refill the salt shaker...
Thursday, October 18, 2007
Sunday, October 14, 2007
Thursday, October 11, 2007
Wednesday, October 10, 2007
Friday, October 5, 2007
Next up: Trains? ;)
Thursday, October 4, 2007
I frame pieces nearly as soon as I am able, and I put them around the house so I can live them a bit. This helps me to process the things I learned from each pieces and often leads to me dragging a painting back into the studio to work on it some more.
Wednesday, October 3, 2007
Duane Keiser made a really lovely image of a cut glass vase with flowers in it. I thought of that image when I bought this little vase of bath salts, knowing that it was going to be a challenge. I'll no doubt paint it again, as it was as hard as I thought!
I always like to see pictures of how people display the paintings they buy.
Intrepid Hal Bryan, off on what may have seemed like a Grand Tour in the old sense, came home to find the following on his wall:
This small alabaster bust of Kwan Yin is fascinating to me. The soft white features take on aspects of whatever its surroundings are-- in this case a green background and cool natural light.
Fiskar's Bypass Pruners, oil on canvas, 7"x 5," 2007
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