24x18 oil on gessoed panel
I am in love with this painting. Not only was it marvelously fun to paint, but I like that I stopped before overworking it. Some may say it looks unfinished. But I like that, and I want to stop when I've said enough. I'm giving myself permission to stop. Sometimes leaving work unfinished and gestural says more than correcting all the edges and defining everything. I'm going to play more with materials, compositions, framing, and put more variety out there in my galleries - if they will have it!
Happy birthday to my mom "today" - a leap year baby. :-)
Today I took a little trip up the highway to a frame shop where they also have stacks of Chinese paintings for sale. It makes me sad to see these paintings - most unsigned or signed with an American name like "Catherine" or "Patrick".
What makes me sad is that the artist in China is liking cranking these out for pennies - and then someone marks it up to $20 and exports it. Then the shop here or in Europe marks is up 4or 5 times and maybe ultimately a decorator puts it in a clients home and marks it up more.
The art market was and always had been notoriously unfair to the artist but this is shameful.
It's something we artists frequently lament - the seeming lack of fine art collectors and how to educate and reach new buyers. It's easy to find a decorative print at any big box store and perhaps that is comfortable because it has a certain level of mass approval and appeal. I think people are afraid they can't afford original fine art and that they may not get the "right" piece.
Just think - you could buy a beautiful mid sized original oil painting for what you'd spend on your new designer handbag. Maybe the handbag is more functional. But it won't last forever and it won't recall fond memories or make you smile each time you look at it. And it doesn't support the person who put their heart and soul into its production.
Better put my soapbox away now and go paint more. I am blessed to be doing what I love and not in sweatshop conditions.
(Ps - this post was created on my weebly iPhone app to test its function)
So, I will still send out a newsletter monthly - thanks for subscribing to that! But I am not going to send every blog post in any kind of feed service. I figure people have their own ways of viewing the blogs they like. What about all my "Google Friend" followers? I hope they will migrate this way. I honestly don't know how they see my blog anyway as the Google reader was discontinued.
MY favorite way to see my favorite blogs now is through Bloglovin'. It pulls in my chosen blogs and has them all nicely lined up in my feed. And they come all nicely packaged in your email or app if you like too. I highly recommend! Don't forget to follow me on there!
Ok that is enough self promotion for now. Back to the easel!
Sure - why not start a new blog? It will be easy and I like the way it looks and I like that it will be on my own domain and my images won't be hijacked.... now I am trying to redirect feeds, update accounts, etc.
So, as I test new things, here is another of my new paintings - a favorite view you've seen me do before but now in a more intimate way.
Both of these paintings are going to Gardner Colby Galleries in Naples, Fl tomorrow (I promise!) and should be available there very soon.
Now, I really have to go get my daughter, bake the banana bread I promised (and the bananas are really getting past prime) and make dinner!
A new year, new ideas. Saying goodbye to the old. Its the circle of life.
I'm turning a page in my art - and I'm going to begin blogging from my website - going top keep things under one "hat" as it were. I've been using Blogger since I started blogging in 2006 (!). That was a long time ago. I hate to "lose" the archive. Unfortunately, I can't import it into my website. But I am working on a Blurb book of all my posts - it will be a visual diary for me to remember. I think that the blogger blog will remain alive and can be viewed, but I won't be using it actively.
I am not a "daily painter" in the sense of the movement of small sized and small priced art. I am an artist and I paint daily regularly - but its because its who I am and what I do, not for a sale a day. Will I continue to promote myself on other sites like Daily Painters Gallery, Daily Paintworks and ETSY? I don't know. Probably not. I may bring it all in house and hope my fans will follow me here.
Old paintings are coming back and going to be stored. Time to put those behind me too. Welcome to the new blog, my new paintings, a more open style, larger statement pieces and more journaling too.
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