Ready, set, go!

My show season is set and about to start.

new paintings varnished or waxed, CHECK
Prints matted and packaged, CHECK
cards printed and packaged, CHECK
oil change, tires rotated, car washed, CHECK, bills paid, CHECK, chargers, batteries etc collected, tools double checked, CHECK. maps, CHECK, display equipment, CHECK

All I have left to do is pack my clothes and finish packing the car. Let the adventure begin! See you on the road…

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It’s the little things…

… that always take more time than you expect. Ok, by now I know this takes a while, but every year it still surprises me HOW long it actually takes.

I had a busy day yesterday! In preparation for my upcoming shows, I matted the small prints, folded and packaged the cards. Packaged the 11×17 prints. I also printed some of my square cards. This is after several days of printing, cutting matt board and matting the 11×17 prints. I still have larger prints that need to be matted (and matt board cut) and packaged, in addition to folding and packaging the square cards. I now can see the light at the end of the tunnel. Maybe I’ll take today off!

2018 Art Show Schedule

My summer art show schedule is starting to take shape. I am waiting on a couple more application results before I decide my wanderings this summer. I have committed to two shows so far. Both in the Midwest. Art Fair on the Square in Belleville, IL and Palmer Park Art Fair in Detroit Michigan. I will add more shows to my schedule page over the next couple weeks as I know more.

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Getting it done

Since last year I’ve wanted to paint three largish square paintings that will fill one wall of my booth. I’m now 2/3 of the way to my goal. I just finished the second one. I’ve done some small studies of these in the past, but they have a different feel at 32×32 inches. Now I have to decide on the third in the series.

 

Next up, I have 2 8×8 paintings that are near done and a 16×16 in the works.

Fall overstock sale now!

Hey folks, my show schedule is over for the year. From now through Nov 29th, I am having my fall overstock sale in my etsy shop. This sale applies to stock on hand of printed items. 20% off cards, prints, metal prints…

Sale items are listed on this page. Want an original? I can’t give you a discount on that, but you can check out my etsy page for some of my smaller paintings.

Musings from a cross country road trip

My first art show of the season is this coming weekend. Up until now I’ve stayed within 1000 miles from home. This year, however, I was accepted to Art on the Square in Belleville IL. So 2060 miles later here I am sitting in my hotel room half way across the country waiting to set up this afternoon and thinking about what I learned.

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Every time I travel, I’m struck by how beautiful, varied and how empty this country is. How different the lives of many of this country’s citizens are from mine. How people can make a living in the most challenging terrain.

I choose to live in a medium size city. The citizen’s concerns are the rising homeless population and the skyrocketing cost of rent. Through much of the country people’s lives are dictated by the weather and the price of corn (or cattle, or soybeans…). I listened to the weather and farm report channel while driving through Nebraska. Severe storms were headed north from Kansas. To me it was quaint that they were reporting the price of soybeans. But to the farmers it is dead serious. It’s their livelyhood. To me, severe thunderstorms and high winds means I miss one show out of several or I pull off the road and stop early for the day, as I did outside Lincoln. For them, damaging hail could mean a crop destroyed. I will never know what that is like, but I can appreciate the diversity of this great land of ours.

New!

 

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Artichoke Gallery

48×36 inches, oil on canvas, “Artichoke Gallery”. I recently finished this baby. It seemed to take forever! This picture prints decently but I’m having problems getting a good image for online. The colors are more vibrant in real life and some of the greens really should have more yellow in them, but I’m done for today. This should give you an idea…

This one will be traveling with me this summer… speaking of traveling, I’m almost done applying for my summer shows. Now it’s wait and see time.