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Last year, I had a woman interested in a painting of her dog that would match a very colorful poster print of a Chihuahua that she had. I did a few color studies and never heard back from her. So the larger piece wasn't done... but I have these studies to share here now.
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My friend Kathleen McElwaine and I were talking this past weekend and she mentioned to me that she likes my blog because I am honest about my struggles and the real behind the scenes stuff about being an artist. (thanks for your encouragement!)
If I am brutally honest now, I have to tell you that I've been struggling a lot lately. I can't seem to stop thinking about WHAT to paint. And basing that on what might sell. That is the wrong way to think. I can't let a market dictate my creativity, but it has been because my sales have slowed so much. I don't know if I need new markets or if my work is bad.
I feel like I am in awkward phase too. I know I want to do more with my work but don't know how or what. For example, likening fine art to the music industry... there are some musicians/singers that just really stand apart from the rest, they do unusual things, have a sound unlike any other (Florence & the Machine, Delta Rae, Pink Floyd etc.). And then there are the countless pop performers - top 40 one-hit-wonders that are indistinguishable. I fear I am in the pop music realm.
But then I have to remember that I am mid-career and I hope I have much time to grow and at least have staying power. ;-)
Sunday morning was cloudy with flat light. We decided to just do some small studies from a high spot before decamping and heading home to Austin. As you can see I had about 5 in me.
I needed this little break. I think I tend to be a homebody and don't have the time or money right now to travel to paint. But when one is home all the time, then inspiration is rather lacking.
The temps probably were in the low 90s Saturday afternoon and the air was so dry that my eyes got very tired. So I tried something on the abstract side - softening my focus and just getting a feeling of the dead tree and brush rather than working details.
Summer is hanging on here for all its worth. But I booked a spot in Bastrop for a family camping trip this weekend. Glutton for punishment?
After a night of little sleep, first being fascinated by the night sounds and stars, and then being awakened by horses outside our tent, I pulled my cold body out of bed and painted a little of the morning light on a nearby rock outcropping. That isn't worth showing.
Later in the day we headed back down to the Rock Pile and painted there. I also did some "notan" sketches and then got interested in a tree.
We interrupt this preview of works for 3x3 at Russell Collection to share this painting I sent to dk Gallery for their show "Pretty in Pink" which opens tomorrow night also.
This is a good example of what I talked about yesterday. The model was on break here in this pose. She looks so much more natural caught sipping her drink and looking around as opposed to thoughtfully and stiffly posed.
I painted this on Dura-Lar which is a polyester wet media film made by Grafix.
I love how the brush work lays on top of the surface and color remains quite pure. This picture is not very good though. I'll try to improve it. The back wall is more yellow and she isn't so washed out.
Please contact dk Gallery in Marietta, GA about this painting.
Friday morning I loaded my things into Terri Wells' suv and off we went to the hill country for a painting retreat with Plein Air Austin. We had a nice lunch in Llano and got to the 1200+ acre ranch around 3 pm.
Thank goodness she had a 4wd vehicle because we needed it as we drove the mesquite and oak pastures, climbing rough hills and crossing sandy creek beds.
We came to "Rock Pile" - a large granite outcropping that is common in this area around the highland lakes. I climbed to the top of this pile and had an amazing view. And while I stood there enjoying the absolute quiet, taking in the views, my cell phone rang. AT&T apparently had good coverage out there. Hubster was worried about picking up daughter who was not where she was expected to be. So I had to make some calls - standing 1525 ft above the ranch overlooking Enchanted Rock.
That taken care of, I climbed down and painted the scene above. We drove back to camp and met the other artists who were all arriving and settled down for what turned out to be an interesting night. More on that tomorrow!
Working on my brushwork as usual with a few dog studies. One thing I find that I am more and more drawn to lately is patterns. This was especially fun.
This weekend I'm running away from home to paint at a hill country ranch with Plein Air Austin. It will be a fun weekend and I very much look forward to a little down time and lots of creative time. Hopefully I will have fun stuff to share when I come back!
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