Just in time for Christmas shopping I’ve added my available art a day paintings to my etsy shop. They can be purchased in the small original paintings section. I still need to add the two 8×16 inch paintings. Those should be up tomorrow. I’ve also added my two most recent card packs which are based on these paintings. Just look in the notecard section. I have a couple small landscapes to photograph and list that should show up in the next couple of days. I think I will finally get up to 100 items in my shop. I never thought I would do that!
Everything is coming together. Once I’m finally done, I will have thirty paintings. They will all be 8x something. I have two 8×16’s. The rest are split between 8×8 and 8×10. Half are part of my typical “At the Market” style, the rest are from the simple little still life photos I’ve taken. All use my semi-abstract style of painting.
Here are two more I finished last week in my market style. I finally got around to scanning them. The long one was scanned in two pieces and stitched together using the Epson stitch and scan utility. It did a fantastic job piecing the scans together. I’ve done this by hand before and it was a major pain. I love this utility!
This one makes it half way. That’s right fifteen paintings complete! I have two more in the works that I hope to have done by tomorrow and three more compositions ready to draw up. At this point I’m having to dig to come up with new ideas. That is a good thing I think and what I had hoped would happen in this process. I just hope I can come up with ten more… I’m liking the way the new compositions look, we’ll see how they do in reality. First I need to finish the two I have going. I’ve gotten so into this process, I barely even notice the cloudy weather and rain ;).
Another day another painting (or three.) I’ve been working hard getting these finished. I still have one more in this set partially finished. I’ll complete it at some point, but I’m getting tired of peppers at the moment :). Here’s what came out of this experiment. I think it holds promise for something bigger. I’ll probably spend the next few days working on business stuff and getting together some compositions for my next couple of sets while I await my shipment of new boards. I’m close to halfway there!
Over the five years I’ve been on the art fair circuit I’ve developed friendships with many artists. Every year I look forward to reestablishing these relationships. We pick up where we left off the previous year and talk about our lives and the business of art. There are bonds formed that can only happen with others that know what it’s like to be a traveling artist. Sometimes these discussions are only in passing and sometimes more in depth over dinner after a long hot day setting up. One of these artist friends, Steph Mader, was also invited to take part in this thirty day show. She’s a wonderful glass artist. I’ve watched her work mature over the years and I’m always excited to see what new work she has. She also has set up a blog for her experiences in preparing for this show. If you’re interested in reading about challenges doing work on this type of timeline entail for a glass artist check out her blog here. I’ve added her blog page and website to my blogroll and links. I’ll add more as I find out.
In my studio, work continues with my three peppers paintings. I may add a fourth… I was pretty frustrated with them yesterday. But in the light of day this morning they have potential. Working this small is difficult for me and I’m starting to chomp at the bit to be able to break out into something larger. However, I have come to realize that this process has merit. For example, doing these latest paintings has led me to an idea for a fourth. BTW, WordPress has just informed me that this is my 200th post! ;)
I finally got around to putting some of my grocery haul to good use yesterday. Yup, I spent the day photographing multi colored sweet bell peppers :). Up until now, I’ve primarily used photos I’ve taken at farmer’s markets as the basis for my paintings. However, for this series of paintings I hoped to set up some still lifes to play around with. I spent a lot of time on the composition for these next three little 8×8 paintings. For these little paintings I can’t really charge for all that extra time spent, however, I think one of these will make it to a much larger composition. Here’s the original photo I ended up using. I took a lot of pics! I plan on painting three, each with a different pepper highlighted.
starting photo (after color adjustment) for new set of three paintings
Last week and early this week, I finished up my heirloom tomato variations and managed to get three little blueberry paintings done. That means I’m more than a third of the way done! I spent a pretty solid twelve hour day in the studio on Sunday. I was pretty fried afterward. I really need to stop doing that! But sometimes, when I get on a roll I just want to go with it.
After six days of painting, I have six paintings done! These little 8×8’s are my latest addition. They’re still wet so the photo isn’t all that great. If I have time I’ll re-shoot them after they’re dry. I realized the other day that these paintings are small enough that I can scan them on my scanner. That’s a nice byproduct of working smaller. Now I need to figure out where to put all these paintings while in various stages of drying, ugh!
three tomatoes, final, still wet. 3 8×8, oil on board