The following is a log of a painting I already had in progress but wanted you to be a part of. Before I start I’m going to elaborate a little bit and provide contextual information. During the creation of this piece the world has been grappling with the Covid-19 pandemic, Oregon has had devastating wildfires that destroyed entire towns and threatened the Portland metro area, politics were even more crazy than usual, then there were the holidays, the violent storming of the U.S. Capitol, an ice storm in Portland… and these are just the highlights. Life goes on regardless of what we are doing, the true test of our character is how we, as individuals and as a community, respond to it. … More The Oil Painter’s Guide
After several years of marketing exclusively through galleries and a website I decided to look into art shows. This decision was primarily because I was a single mom and the galleries’ high commissions made it difficult to make a living. About the same time a dear friend of mine who worked in bronze was contemplating it as well. We decided to venture into art shows together. … More 9 Important Things to Know Before Committing to an Art Show
Part of the process of selling your artwork is finding and working with galleries. When you’re ready to approach galleries you should have a good representation of your work. I would suggest at least three to five pieces. When considering galleries it’s critically important to do your research. Look at their product line, will your work fit in with their venue? Are they a reputable business… … More 7 Critical Questions to Ask Galleries Before Handing Over Your Art
When you have a small body of work, three to five pieces, it’s time to promote your business. Just as you were disciplined in producing your work, you must be disciplined in marketing. Whether painting or promoting always present your very best. Starting with the originals you choose to every statement on your website. Organize your schedule from times of creativity to those of promotion. You should address several questions… … More Sales 101: Pricing & Marketing Your Artwork
After you have completed the underpainting and it’s thoroughly dry you may want to continue with another coat or progress to color. There’s a huge world to discover about color and I would encourage you to study it in depth. Color wheels are helpful, but simply playing and practicing with color will give you the insight you’ll need. However, there is a fool proof technique which will never steer you wrong… … More From Start to Finish – Completing the Masterpiece
I use a very tight palette and never vary from it. It consists of Grumbacher’s Thio Violet, Thalo Blue, Cadmium Yellow Medium, and Permalba White. Permalba White, in my opinion, is the best white on the market. You should choose the colors that reflect you. I mix all of my colors from these, creating a tight family of color. By using this process not only will your colors work well together, you’ll gain color insight, it will also save you a great deal of money… … More How to Create the Perfect Pallet – Mixing Colors
The initial drawing should only be the essentials of the painting. You’re looking for the correct placement, size and balance of objects – nothing more. You should establish the vanishing point, visualize maximizing the depth perspective, light source, time of day, weather, background, foreground, your color palette, and texture… … More Step One – What To Do Before You Paint
Every creative work starts with an idea, painting is no different. You must start with your vision for the work. Once you have the idea, take time to consider the type of surface or support, size, and whether to build or purchase it… … More How to Successfully Begin a Creative Work: Vision, Materials, Research & Composition
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