Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Artists and Instagram

Okay a little info on Instagram. I am not a Social Media wiz but I know it is necessary to promote our businesses.   Art Work Archive is a great source for artist.  Here is an article about Instagram and how to make it work as an artist.  How to Gain more Customers by using Instagram

Good luck and I hope this article gives you some insight and follow me on Instagram:

Road less taken, 12x12 oil, cold wax medium on panel

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Painting Talk

Sometimes I have to paint no matter what.  The other day I painted on a bunch of 12x12" boards that I had used as demos that needed to be painted over. I didn't want to think I just wanted to paint.  I said, " Ah ha"and grabbed a fat "Olive Yellow" pigment stick from R&F and made a go at just painting.   Mostly pigment sticks were used and boy what fun.

Our studio's are open to the public in the River Arts District in Asheville, NC so to get this kind of time and quite I locked the door in the late afternoon.  Sometimes a girl just has to paint and not care what the out come will be.

P.s. Johnny Cash was playing nice and loud.

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Art auctions and stuff

Like many artists, I am often asked to donate work to charity art auctions—I love doing this to support causes I believe in, but there is a little known downside. While the auctions I participated in this year were successful and raised lots of money for some great organizations—I, as the artist, can only write off the cost of materials for a piece of art donated.  Yes this is for real!!!  Nothing more. Sometimes we receive a % of the sales price, but often not. 
Distant Horizon donated 2017

I read an article by a fellow artist Rachel McCampbell   Should Artists Donate to Charity Auctions"     
Donation 2015

The opening line of the article I have said myself many times...

"How many charity events have you attended where a surgeon has donated a hip replacement or a lawyer has donated fifteen hours of their expertise?" 

If this resonates with you, please take a look at Rachel's article and think about your next donation.  I am not advocating that charity art auctions not take place but that we should open a dialogue with these great organizations we want to support, so that everyone benefits.

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Painting Talk

Spring, 24"x24", oil, R&F pigment sticks and cold wax, on panel $1500

Ah, Spring the newest of color and life bubbling up from the earth.  This is what I was thinking of as this painting was being developed.  Also, experimenting with new bright colors. Enjoy

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Cool article about the importance of underpainting

An underpainting is the way I begin every painting.  This is one of the first decisions I make.
In this painting the upper layers need the warmer colors in the underpainting.

Ancient Words, 20x20", oil and cold wax on panel, $1100.

" for those working in traditional, indirect techniques – such as a glazing –  the underpainting is central to everything that follows" Read more

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Painting Talk

Ancient Words, 36x36, oil and cold wax on panel, $3400
Ancient Words 4, is part of a series I have been developing for sometime based on marks or words left by other people on the land.  Ruins, hyrogliphics, marks around cave dwelling.  There is also the thought that nature itself has left the marks through years of water, sand or wind etching marks or ancient words into the land's surface.

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

The Women Of Abstract Expressionism.

"The Women Of Abstract Expressionism: 12 Artists History Should Not Forget

We all know Jackson, Mark and Willem. But what about Helen, Joan and Elaine?" Read the article

Thanks to the Huffington Post for this article about a fabulous exhibit curated by the Denver Museum  and traveled to the Mint Museum in Charlotte, NC.  I was fortunate to see the show before it closed.  

One of my favorite Joan Mitchell as seen here: