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  • A Barrel of Monkeys, Well A Sketch of One Anyway

    Well, its Saturday again, time for my Saturday Six Minute Sketch.  Today, I started off setting the timer on my phone, and trying to draw my dog who was lying at my feet.  About 1 1/2 minutes into the sketch, he got up and wandered off.

    So, I reset the timer and decided to sketch something a little less mobile.  I grabbed this little statue of a chimpanzee, and decided to try to sketch it.  Here is a photo of the chimp, and incase anyone was planning to point out the inaccuracy of my title, I am aware that a chimp is an ape, not a monkey.

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    Okay, so I set my timer for six minutes, and started sketching.  Here is all I was able to accomplish in six minutes, as you can see, my eraser dust was still on the paper when I snapped the picture.   I wanted to stick with my six-minute time slot, so I didn’t even take time to clean it off after.

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    So, that is my six-minute sketch for this Saturday!


  • Furry Friends

    Who is always glad to see you when you come home?

    Who doesn’t care if you forgot to brush your hair?

    Who would still lavish love upon you if didn’t bother to bathe for a month?

    The answer of course is your pets!

    There is nothing like the love of an animal to set the world right, and make your day seem brighter.

    I know I love my pets, and I miss the ones I’ve lost.  I was privileged to have a little dog named Daisy in my life for a few years, but about a year ago she vanished.  We suspect she met her end at the jaws of the coyotes that frequent our property.

    I was very heart broken over her loss, and not even being able to bury her or have her cremated made it even harder, but one thing that made it easier was that before she passed on I had immortalized her in a portrait which hangs in an honored place in my home, I feel its a fitting memorial to the little dog who brought our family so much joy.

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    I’ve also painted a portrait of my other dog, Spunky.  It hangs directly on the other side of the window from Daisy’s portrait.
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    In addition I’ve had the privilege of painting portraits for other pet owners, some who have lost their pets, and some who simply want to honor their living pets with a custom painted portrait.  Most of these commissions have been arranged in person, either with friends, or with people who come by my booth at art walks and outdoor markets.  But I also arrange these special works through my Etsy Store.  The basset hound you see below is another example of one of my pet portraits.  I also do other commissions, following the basic price list of the pet portraits.

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  • Don’t Leave Me Hanging!

    Don’t you hate it when people leave you hanging? They start to tell you about something, and then never finish, or never let you know the outcome to something they were excited about?

    So do I, but sometimes I still end up doing just that.  An example would be that way back in May of 2014 I showed my readers a painting from start to finish, and told them it was going to be entered into a juried show.  Then I neglected to let anyone know if the painting had been accepted to the show or not.

    Well, better late than never right?  To refresh your memory, this was the painting:

    And it was one of three that I was going to enter into a juried show.  Well, it did get accepted, it was the only one of my paintings that did get accepted.  Now, this show gets hundreds of submissions, and rejects most of them, only showing a handful of what is submitted.  So even being accepted is a huge honor, especially for a completely self-taught artist like myself.  However that wasn’t the end of the honor.  When I went to the exhibit, I noticed this attached to the wall next to my painting.

    It turns out that in the category of paintings they gave three prizes, and I didn’t win one, but each Juror also got to select ONE work from ALL categories that he personally felt should have been awarded the prize, and give it an honorable mention.  So juror Venker chose my painting from every single work in the show, and he personally told me that he had voted for it to win in the painting category.

    Okay, so sure, I’d have liked to have won a prize, but to get accepted was a big deal, then to get an honorable mention out of all the works there.  I was very pleased.

    I will soon be adding this painting to my etsy shop, I have to photograph it in the frame as well as the photo above so people can see how it will look in their home.  However prints of it are available right now, the photograph below is the print quality one, that best shows the true colors and values of the original.  Click on it to see a much larger version on Fine Art America.

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  • Gallery Acceptance, and What’s on My Easel

    Yesterday was a great day for me art-wise. I went to the post office to ship off a painting that sold, and while I was there I noticed a gallery in town that I’d never noticed before. This is probably because I rarely go to the shopping center near the post office, there is another down the street where I usually shop.

    Anyway, I went into the gallery and started up a conversation with the woman there, who seemed very interested in seeing my work. Then the owner of the gallery came in, and he was also interested. So I gave them my website to view my portfolio, and also went home and gathered up some of my paintings to show them in person. I am very pleased to say that they will be displaying 5 of my paintings!

     I’ve also been making progress on my Peacock paintings that I started at the art walk. Here is what is on my easel right now:

    I was thrilled about the gallery, and I still am, although the person in my life who should have been most encouraging was absolutely not encouraging at all, and in fact seemed very irritated that I had taken time out of my day to bring paintings down to the gallery.  Oh well, I guess some non-artistic people just don’t get it, to me, getting my work in a gallery was far more important than the day’s chores, or doing a load of laundry, or anything like that.

     
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  • Looking for a Gallery

    I am really wanting to find a local gallery to represent my art, but so far have not had much luck.  I actually had one gallery owner look over my pieces, and actually say that he would put them in his gallery if I produced more animal art, which he said was one of the strongest selling.  So I went home and produced four of my best animal paintings, he looked at them and apologized, saying that he had filled the spot in the meantime while I was making those, and to check back in a few months. At first I was very irritated that I spent so much time preparing paintings specifically for him (see the paintings below) and he didn’t end up putting them in his gallery  but then I realized that I thoroughly enjoyed doing them, and had learned that I had a knack for painting animals, which I didn’t realize I had before that, so I really wasn’t too upset.

    Now though, the issue remains that I still don’t have gallery representation.  I can keep trying to sell online, but honestly, a gallery is an artist’s best bet for getting sales.  So, after the artwalk on April 13, I am going to start really pursuing that gallery representation.

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  • I Really Should Wake Up before Uploading

    Last night, right before I crawled into bed exhausted, I realized that the paintings that I uploaded of Biz Biz were really not finished.  I didn’t paint in her whiskers!  You can still see the pencil marks I made to guide the placement of the whiskers, but no white whiskers!  So, now I have to finish the whiskers, retake the picture of the painting, and upload the new version to Fine Art America. Then I’ll be able to work a little more on my new painting, which will be the front end of a 1956 Chevy Bel Air.
    The Bel Air painting will be my first attempt at making something look like shiny metal… since its my first time doing that, you’d think I’d pick something easy like a small metal bell, or utensil or something…. no… not me… naturally I picked a car loaded with chrome!  Oh well, hopefully I’ll pull it off, otherwise I’ll just waste a canvas!

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  • I Haven’t Vanished from Planet Earth!

    Just wanted to drop in quickly and let anyone who happens to read this now and again know that I am still around.  I haven’t posted for a while, but I’ve been busy creating.  Since my last post I’ve painted two portraits of pets and started one more, plus completed an abstract work, varnished several paintings, ruined one canvas in a painting that turned out to be a “flop” in my opinion… though I may salvage the canvas by Gesso-ing over the disaster.  Also, with the help of one of my best friends I’ve built three displays for my paintings to hang on during the upcoming artwalk, and have started painting those displays.

    That, plus every day life, and I just haven’t gotten to the blog for a few days.

    So here is my abstract:

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    And here is one of my pet portraits:

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    Very soon I hope to post photos of the displays my friend and I built.  (Okay, seriously, he did most of the building while I did really useful things like hold the drill and misplace tools! Though I DID drill some holes to start screws, and I also did hold some wood still while he sawed.  I also painted the surfaces of the displays.)

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  • My Freedom Series

    I’m sure if you’ve read the past several posts, you’ve noticed a lot of bald eagles in my sketchbook.  That is because I am working on a series of paintings I am calling my “Freedom Series”.  I’m not sure how many I will paint in the series, but the first two are finished.

    The first one I call Freedom’s Hope, and its a bald eagle, symbol of Freedom for so many, looking up to the maker, continuing to hope in good times and in trials, as Americans have done since the birth of our nation.

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    And the next one I call “Freedom’s Pride”, it depicts a A bald Eagle, symbol of American freedom and pride, perched on a branch overlooking part of the beautiful Puget Sound.

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    While I haven’t decided yet how many will be in this series, I do know that I’ll do a few more, however, before I do I’m going to do a few pet portraits, in preparation for an upcoming art walk where I plan to advertise that service.

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