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!
As expected, I took a couple days off painting to work on business paperwork. But now I’m back! For a while I’ve been thinking about setting up and photographing some little, more traditional still lifes. I spent this past Thursday doing that. This is the beginning of the painting that came out of it. It still needs a lot of work but I think it holds promise.
“Sunday Scramble”, 10×8 inches, oil on board
At shows I’m often asked how long it takes to paint my paintings. It’s a question I hate to answer, because a lot of the work isn’t in the actual painting. This painting is a good example of that. For me, much of the work is in the conceptualizing, photographing and in creating an effective composition. These things take as long for a small painting as for a large one. Add to that, the fact that work is put into compositions that never make it to an actual painting. The more I do this the better I’ve gotten at knowing what will work and what won’t, but some time is still spent experimenting. Hopefully as I do more of these still life setups I’ll become more efficient in finding compositions that work for my painting style.