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Paintings #56 and #57 – The Perfect is the Enemy of the Good

Paintings #56 and #57 – The Perfect is the Enemy of the Good

Happy #Artober!  Are you getting tired of following all these hashtag trends?  I know I am!  Don’t get me wrong, it’s a fantastic way for people to show off their work, and be inspired by all the fun prompts, but man, it’s tough keeping up.  And when I skip one or two days(or three, or four…), it feels as though I’m letting everyone down.  I have a hard enough time keeping my streak going on Duolingo without feeling like I…

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Painting #55, and My Problem with Commitment

Painting #55, and My Problem with Commitment

I don’t know about the rest of you, but my summertime is by turns a nightmare of popup responsibilities and a total blast.  It’s very easy for priorities to slip.  And why wouldn’t it be?  Enrichment opportunities abound!  Every week, there are new places to go, people to meet, all kinds of exciting things to learn about.  Plus, sometimes you just need to lie in the hammock with a glass of iced tea for a bit, y’know? All this is…

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Paintings #50-54 – Small Works

Paintings #50-54 – Small Works

Large paintings get all the attention.  Murals, larger-than-life, paintings so enormous that you need a grand place to hang them.  Huge paintings are wonderful, but there are a few problems with them.  The artistry comes at a hefty price.  A large piece certainly is magnificent, but unaffordable by anyone who isn’t dedicated to collecting art.  It’s also not very affordable for the artist – materials alone could cost hundreds of dollars to create a showstopping painting!  This puts it out…

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How to sell art at an outdoor festival – Part 2

How to sell art at an outdoor festival – Part 2

It was the big day of the Ashland Strawberry Faire.  I got my booth, my supplies, and all my art together in Part 1.  Will somebody love my art enough to take it home with them, make it a part of their lives?  You never really know.  Anything can go wrong at an outdoor booth; poor weather, low turnout, or just plain bad luck.  Every fair or show is an opportunity to observe people and learn what you can do to…

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How to sell art at an outdoor festival – Part 1

How to sell art at an outdoor festival – Part 1

I know I’ve had a short break from my list of paintings; last week was a veritable whirlwind of prep for the Ashland Strawberry Faire!  This is the second time I’ve worked at this faire after having worked at other various conventions and craft shows, and I have to say I’ve learned a lot!  If you’re thinking about selling your work, or if you just want to hear about my mistakes, this post is my experience selling art at an…

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Paintings #47-49: Home, Sweet Home

Paintings #47-49: Home, Sweet Home

Some of my favorite paintings to do are ones that make me appreciate where I live.  I’ve been blessed to live in areas of the United States with rich history, culture, and nature, and I don’t do enough artwork to reflect that.  Doing artwork based on where you live is a great way to think about your home in a new way, or reflect on what you like about it.  Here are a few paintings I’ve done based on my…

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Paintings #41-46 – Birds: the good, the bad, and the ugly

Paintings #41-46 – Birds: the good, the bad, and the ugly

Birds and I have a love/hate relationship.  Love ’em outdoors; hate ’em as pets.  I love to paint birds, but they frustrate the bajeebers out of me.  Trying to create soft feathers without it looking like fur.  Working out where the wings attach to the shoulder.  And how do their heads connect to their bodies?  Where even are their necks?  Today, I will share with you my triumphs and failures of the avian variety. Exhibit #1: Here’s my very first…

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Paintings #39 & #40 – Mermaids

Paintings #39 & #40 – Mermaids

I have to admit, it’s hard to look at old work.  It’s like watching yourself on a video from 2002.  Is that what I used to look like?  How did I think that looked good?  A hard pill to swallow, but swallow we must.  Especially if we want to improve quickly. These are two paintings that I did almost exactly year ago, for last year’s Strawberry Faire.  The first one was one of my largest paintings I had on offer that…

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Ashland Strawberry Faire

Ashland Strawberry Faire

  Big news: I’m taking my show on the road!  Sort of.  Really it’s just the next town over.  But still – exciting!  I’ve been accepted as a vendor at the Ashland Strawberry Faire on Saturday, June 3rd!  This is my second time at this festival, and I’ll be making a few changes this time around. This was me, last year.  I made enough money that day to cover my booth fee and pay for a new canopy, plus about…

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Painting #38 – Owl

Painting #38 – Owl

  Look at this fella.  He’s a guy who takes life seriously.  And he probably corrects everyone’s grammar. I painted this owl for a charity silent auction about a year ago.  I wanted to try something a little different from the paintings I usually do, so I put most of the color on with a pallet knife.  I mixed the paint with a heavy medium to give it extra texture, and added some gold paint for pizzazz.  The results are…

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