Monday, January 26, 2009

Goat (sold)

Goat, oil on canvas, 10" X 8", 2008


Painted by commission. My first ever goat!

Here's a detail (click image to enlarge):

Friday, January 23, 2009

Green Chile (sold)

Green Chile, oil on linen, 7" X 5", 2008

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Lettuce (sold)

Lettuce, oil on linen, 5" X 7", 2008

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Egg in Bowl (sold)

Egg in Bowl, oil on linen, 5" X 7", 2008

Tuesday, January 20, 2009


Pitcher, oil on canvas, 4" X 6", 2008

$100 USD

e-mail me for purchase information

Saturday, January 17, 2009

Satsuma Row Redux (sold)


Painted by request. Inspired by, but different than, the earlier painting Satsuma Row.

Friday, January 16, 2009

Paper Airplane #12 (sold)

Paper Airplane #12, oil on canvas, 5" X 7", 2008


This is one of two commissioned airplanes. The next will appear in a few days (lucky #13!), and will be the last airplane for awhile...

Thursday, January 15, 2009

You Will Find Something You Are Looking For (sold)

You Will Find Something You Are Looking For, oil on canvas, 4" X 6", 2008

The fortune (which is where the title comes from) is taped to the back, but the cookie is in my tummy.

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Coffee for Two (sold)

Coffee for Two, oil on canvas, 5" X 7", 2008

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Leafed Satsuma #2 (sold)

Leafed Satsuma #2, oil on canvas, 5" X 7", 2008


Monday, January 12, 2009

Satsuma Row (sold)

Satsuma Row, oil on linen, 7" X 5", 2008

And as a sneak peek behind the curtain...

The basic set up...

(click picture to enlarge)

And a closer look at my palette, with a batch of pre mixed color for today's painting...

(click picture to enlarge)

I don't mix every color in a painting (and I don't always premix color)-- just a base to start with.

Saturday, January 10, 2009

Three Pears (sold)

Three Pears, oil on linen, 5" X 7", 2008

This is a commission piece, inspired by Three Wee Pears. I imagine them as all grown up...

Friday, January 9, 2009

Veuve Clicquot (sold)

Veuve Clicquot, oil on linen, 5" X 7", 2008


Thursday, January 8, 2009

Paper Airplane #11 (sold)

Paper Airplane # 11, oil on linen, 7" X 5", 2008

This is a commissioned piece, the third in a set of three:
Paper Airplane #9
Paper Airplane #10

There's another commissioned airplane coming soon-- a new version of #10

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Welcome to the New Year!

Self Portrait, oil on linen, 5" X 7", 2008
$100 USD

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It's been a full year now since I quit my job to paint full time. I wasn't sure what it would be like, so early on I set out a fairly comprehensive plan, with clear goals and commitments. I based my plan on extrapolating out what I was able to do on nights and weekends over the years, as well as past performance in school.

The overarching idea was to build a foundation that would lead to a sustainable painting career.

So how'd I do?

Well… some good, some bad. Judged against what I had hoped to achieve, I did pretty poorly. Looking back on what I did achieve, I feel pretty good. Here are my key take aways:

  • I learned more accurately what my limits are, both time wise and creatively. It's a lot easier to produce a 16 X 20 painting once a week when that's the only painting you do. It's a lot harder when you're doing something different every day.
  • I became a better painter. The small pieces have really helped build skill set.
  • People will buy my artwork. I made something close to 30% of what I spent, which was better than I thought I might do in the first year. As a result, I have more confidence in making this a sustainable career.

Now for the nitty gritty. You can skip the rest of this post if you want. It'll probably be pretty boring after this…


  1. Paint everyday (1 hour minimum)
  2. Create at least two editions of an art journal
  3. Meet with family and/or friends at least once every week
  4. Get 5 professional massages
  5. Read a Dickens novel
  6. Take a picture of myself with a stuffed (taxidermy wise) animal (carryover from last year)
  7. Walk 2 miles at least once a week
  8. Have six parties/get togethers
  9. Learn enough to know what f stop, exposure, and such mean; get a better handle on my photography skills.
  10. Work in a medium I'm not terribly familiar with (linocut, screenprint, etc)

Items crossed out are things that I didn't complete to satisfaction.

Items bolded are resolutions that I achieved enough to get credit for—doesn't mean that it was 100% achieved.

  • Have 5 shows (gallery or non traditional venue) in 2008
  • Get work into 3 new galleries
  • Sell enough work to support at least 1/3 of my yearly spend

I didn't get into 3 new galleries, but I did have more than 10 art shows last year. That was terrific!


  • Post a new small (8 X 10 inches or under) painting for sale to the blog everyday
  • Paint 50 16 X 20 or larger canvases
  • Paint 50 11 X 14 canvases
  • Draw at least 200 pages in sketchbook
  • Draw 50 +2 hour drawings
  • Apply 10 hours a week to learning and development
  • Apply to 10 juried shows
  • Write a post mortem review towards goals and commitments each month



Ah well. There's always this year. 2009's list will be more manageable, I think. Still ambitious, but achievable.

More on that tomorrow.