Category: Painting

Paint me!

Someone recently asked me how long it takes me to complete a painting. Every artist has heard this question and has their own response, the most realistic being “it took as long as it took.” For me, I would guesstimate it takes me about two months from “first paint on the paper” to “signature”. Sometimes …

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Pours, Pollock, & Painting (I need a maid now)

I am taking a break from painting class for the summer for a variety of reasons, mostly having to do with my current stress levels. As part of this bargain with myself, however, I have committed to paint every Tuesday or Wednesday night. I think it’s going to be Wednesday from now on so I …

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The only constant is change

TGIF. The last couple of weeks have really taken it out of me. First, there is my new lifestyle; while I am already seeing changes and improvements such as better sleep, improved breathing, and more energy (for exercise), it has also been a mentally exhausting two weeks. At every step I have to make choices …

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Adaptation

So today I went to the Sound Equine Option’s Ride to Provide Horse Show as a vendor for my art. My goal was to do a dry run of my booth and maybe to get a couple of equine portrait commissions. I arrived and discovered that my booth wouldn’t work. The vendor area was really …

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Attraction

Today, after work, I made my way across the river to the Oregon Convention Center to view the Gathering of the Guilds. This huge event encompasses the Oregon Potters Association Ceramic Showcase and is flanked by the Creative Metal Arts Guild, Oregon Glass Guild, Guild of Oregon Woodworkers, Portland Bead Society, and Portland Handweavers Guild. …

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Apparently I can’t K.I.S.S.

Last evening I began a marathon framing session. My $200+ order for frames and mats came in and I set up the living room… and dining room… and kitchen… to get some matting and framing done. Two hours resulted in three framed pieces and one matted image. I have four more paintings to do tonight, …

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Work in Progress

I haven’t had a lot to write about this week because I have been concentrating on other matters. On Monday I joined Weight Watchers. I announced this on my Facebook account, but I (weirdly) wasn’t sure about putting it on my blog. It somehow seemed so permanent, but I need to find ways to hold …

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Art Talk

Last Saturday (a week ago) I went to “Art Talk” with Patricia Schmidt. This is a new series of classes that Patricia has designed, intended to help artists like me move to the next level with guided critique and analysis of our paintings. I brought two paintings: “Sizing Up the Competition” and “Delight” (title possibly …

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Saturday in the life of an artist

Today was too rainy and windy to spent much time outdoors. I was going to title this post “Random Saturday” because that is what it has been; however, I have done a lot of arty things, so this title does seem apt. Video Watching At the WSO convention a few weeks ago I checked out …

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Trash Artist

Last Friday I went for a quick walk at lunch. On my way back to the office, a piece of pink surveyor’s tape lodge in the branches of a tree caught my attention. I thought the sheer pink tape blowing in the wind was pretty and had a flight of fancy where I imagined the …

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