Check out these beauties. They arrived today and were nicely chilled to boot.
In case you aren’t familiar Burning Tree Cellars licensed my art for one of their wine labels in exchange for a small sum and a few bottles of their liquid nectar. They held off shipping them until the weather cooled.
Perhaps it was for the best I had no way to open one at the gallery today.
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In The Pink – Chilean Flamingos
Watercolor Pencil on Arches watercolor paper
approx size 17×29
It’s that time of year when the birds flock together and head south for winter. But these two paintings are heading to Florida permanently. Thanks to C. Peel for visiting the gallery and making two of my paintings a part of your home.
A Tail Too Long – Scarlet Macaw
Watercolor Pencil on WC Paper
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I need a rest to recover from artfair season and gear up for the big holiday push.
I love this song. It’s happy despite the lyrics which seem appropriate for this post.
See you all in a few days.
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This isn’t a real post. It’s more a rambling of nonsensical stuffs that means … well … not much. But sometimes … just sometimes, it’s feels good to let the crazy out. Fell free to skip this one.
So you’d think being an artist that I would in fact sketch. It is after all a really important aspect to being an artist, the ability to draw. Or at least it is for someone who’s actual method of creating art is drawing not painting.
But in point of fact I don’t.
I used to.
But don’t now.
Anywho, I used sketch and doodle a lot. Perhaps it was before I turned this art thing into my living. Or perhaps it’s because the way I work has changed. When I now have an idea for creating I do the rough sketch and then go in and clean it up to almost a coloring book like look. This is because I now tend to work on surfaces in which I can’t actually erase on. So the drawing must be simplified for tracing and copying over to the delicate substrate.
Another reason is because currently I don’t have loads of free time to spend doing an activity which produces no real results in the short term. Yes long term sketching is very good for the artist’s soul and skill set. I know this. I believe this. But none-the-less when I come up with an idea, then I work on that idea. I don’t randomly do trifling bits of drawing destined for well … nothing.
So why now you ask?
I had planned on taking a piece to demonstrate on at Riverssance since I knew the weather was going to be perfect. And while I had something almost ready it wasn’t close enough. I need to have a piece started. It doesn’t have to be far along. But whenever I begin a piece at an art fair it always ends in the trash. And I’ve already explained why I don’t do non productive or non result oriented things.
So I brought my journal along to the event. I have a hankerin’ to do another giraffe piece (and flamingo and wolf) so I grabbed a few photo and sketched out several heads shots that may be part of the new piece but are not it in it’s entirety. And most likely will not be used at all.
I felt I had better document it. You know like a UFO sighting or something. To have readily available proof that yes indeedy, I do sketch for no real purpose other than it’s enjoyable.
And it was.
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Personally I like to think animals are smarter than this
So I have yet to decide if this article is for real or a publicity stunt. Either way it strikes me just a little bit ludicrous. A zoo has banned the wearing of animal print clothes because “it upsets the animals.”
Really zoo owners … really.
Okay maybe on some deep instinctual level … oh wait … nope not even then.
Unless the big cats have recently been pulled off the windswept Serengeti the closest thing they’ve come to associating zebra print as food is if their ground up vitamin enriched meat meal arrives in a fancy zoo motif bowl.
Now that’s not to say they wouldn’t kill for food or instinctual sport. They most certainly would. I just don’t think it would have to be gift wrapped in giraffe leggings and leopard stilettos to incite it.
Perhaps … maybe I could see a tiger being intrigued by someone wearing tiger print. But then would they not also have to ban beige, tan and browns for lions and black for panthers?
Maybe this calls for a little experiment.
Because Lord knows I have photographed my share of sleeping lions (see photo above) over the years just hoping one might pop open an eyeball long enough for the camera shutter to snap.
Perhaps the next time when it’s hot and the cats are drowsy I’ll try spronking back and forth in front of the lions in a zebra leotard onesy to see if I can attract any attention.
Attention from the lions that is.
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Insert angelic chorus here.
So I did my last art fair of the season. Riverssance turned out to be a gorgeous weekend but the crowds were light. Go figure. In the end it was good. Not great but good. Of the artists polled this was exactly what around 20 or so others said.
But Dick Blick had a booth and also gave out free swag of tote bag and sketch journal to all artists. They told a good story of deep discounts and a promised land filled with 90% scratch and dent deals enough to make even the most cynical old artist drool.
When I spoke with another artist about maybe going even though it was out of the way, she waxed poetic about the deals she had gotten and testified that she made a great pilgrimage to the outlet store a couple of times a year. (Can I get an “Amen!”)
So I went.
The Fault Lies Not In Our Stars
I bought a few pencils. Yup. Thaaaat’s right.
But the problem my friends lies not in art nirvana but in myself. I am, in the end a one trick pony. So my needs are limited. If I were say an artist of more varied skills I’m sure I would have found something.
Well, actually I did find something. A flat file which I would desperately love for the gallery. Unfortunately I would have left my artwork behind in order to get it home.
So I left nirvana not having found the promised land. But if you happen to be near Galesburg, IL pull in. The place is packed with everything from office furniture and easels, to matcutters and boards to frames and art supplies of all sorts.
Perhaps my dear friend it will be the spiritual experience you are looking for.
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Inseparable – Wolf Duo
Oil Pastel On Museum Board
Image Size 14×16 inches
You are hereby forewarned. This post is choppy and disjointed. Mostly because most of the stuff I’m talking about didn’t really feel like it could stand on it’s own.
So I did Rockbrook in Omaha the second weekend in September. Again is was a blistering hot event at 96, 94 degrees respectively for Sat & Sunday. But it was so worth it.
Sales were really good despite the weather and the above original painting went home with a “be-back” from the previous year. Cool!
That was then, this is now
This weekend past I went and did a giclee print consultation with an artist and as I was driving there I turned the heat on in my car.
I know right … THE HEAT!
Today is cold wet and rainy with temps not hitting 70 and overnights in the 40′s so bizarre. Last week had summer written all over it. This week is screaming Fall. Even the leaves on the walnut trees are dropping. Truth is I love Fall. My favorite time of year. So it’s all good.
Weekend Forecast for Riverssance
Supposed to rain everyday up until the event. Then Sunny and 70 both days with 0% chance of rain. At least that’s what they’re saying now.
My booth is #98 and I’m in the inner circle facing the bandstage.
Hope to see you there
So I guess they were right and I was wrong. Yay! We both win.
The above painting was sitting in my gallery backroom for years unfinished. After the upteenth person saying …
“Oooh …I want a print of that painting.” Pointing at wolves.
ME: It’s not done.
THEM: “What’s left to do?”
So despite not really feeling like it was finished I just framed it up and well … sold it. Both wolf pieces went this year. So now I’m all … what new wolf piece can I do? I’m weird that way. I kinda have to sell the critters originals that I have before I do more. Horses are really the only critter exempt from this internally imposed rule.
UPDATED: After chatting with a dear artist friend, she asked why hadn’t I made prints of this piece. So since it wasn’t clear, prints are available check out my WFG website for detail.
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