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:

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

I love seeing my work when placed in someone's home.  Here is Autumn in its new home in Michigan.
Autumn. oil and cold wax, cindy walton 36x36, sold

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Getting into the Groove

Getting back to the studio after a break is always a challenge for me.  If it is challenging for you also  this article and pod cast by Alyson Stanfield author of "I'd rather be in the studio" may help Article 

A few things I like to do:
1. Go to my studio and just clean up
2. Just play a little with my tools
3. Take small periods of time to get reacquainted with my work

This is an unedited snap of a painting I worked on this week to get reacquainted with my work.  Still lots to be done.