Sunday, June 11, 2017

say hi

Two paintings I've been working on:

(Contact me to purchase)


(To purchase, click HERE.)

I am back in the groove of painting in the studio for a few days.
So different from plein air painting!

These are the things I love about my studio:

a ceiling fan
windows and french doors
decent lighting (could be WAY better)
my computer is next to me
great cds to listen to
all supplies at hand or nearby
bathroom just a few steps away.
TV in the other room if I want a break
art magazines on a table if I need inspiration
my puppies can join me
nice comfy chairs
can go read or take a nap if the mood strikes
being alone

A little different from plein air painting:

no gas or car wear and tear
no lugging of painting gear 
no wind
no rain
no dust or sand
no bugs 
no potty
no sun beating down
no deciding where to go
no "forgetting" of equipment or paint
 no paying for food at expensive restaurants
no having to look for a place to stay
being alone

 The moral of the story is that no matter where an artist works,
whether it be in the field or in the studio,
we spend a lot of time alone.  
Too much time sometimes.

But we need that time to come up with ideas.
To get motivated and inspired.
To plan for shows and paint outs and events.

I live art. I breathe art. When I'm on vacation, 
when everyone else is enjoying themselves,
I am scouting. Scouting locations.
Scouting compositions.
I can't turn it off.
And not everyone understands that.

One of my favorite things is to get together with a group
of artists and just hang out. Just chill.
Talk about art.
Eat some good food.
Talk about marketing.
Talk about sales. Or lack of sales.
We're just hanging out, being ALONE together.
And it's a nice place to be.

So if you see someone out painting
and feel moved to do so.....

Stop and say hi and say, Nice work!"
Or say, "It's coming along."
Or, "How long does it take you to do that?"

That will keep us going for at least a week.
That's all us artist loners need.
 One person being interested in the work.

One compliment goes a long way for a loner.

P.S. If you are interested in either of the above paintings,
please email me at


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