Seems like nature knew Labor Day came and went and the fall weather has settled over South Jersey. There is a crispness to the air this morning and the herons and egrets have been visiting the lagoons frequently now that the summer folks have become scarce.
This was my first summer of getting out there (here in the USA anyway) and it was a steep learning curve for me. Outdoor summer sales are hard physical work. Long hours. Sales are hard earned. But I did make some sales, and I met art lovers, artists, and a lot of nice people at every single event. I got good advice, encouraging words, and I hear “You have really beautiful work” more times than I can count.
The Line Up Gouache on Paper, 9.5 x 13″ Matted and framed, 16 x 20″ 2017
Leave Me Alone, Oil on Canvas, 14 x 18″, 2016 SOLD
All Strung Out 20 x 24 Oil on Canvas 2017
The Diver, Oil on Canvas, 20 x 24″ SOLD
Duet 12 x 16, Oil on Canvas 2016
Just Hanging Around Gouache on Paper 2017
I sold a number of giclees and even more prints, but I am happy to say I sold originals, too. Several buoy paintings in gouache and oil sold, and this weekend, two of the sea creatures found a new home. All in all a good start, but I am looking forward to a nice stretch of studio time before hitting the road with my sale tent again!
This weekend closes out the summer sales season with the Viking VIllage art show at Barnegat Light. It has been an interesting first summer. I have learned a lot along the way and will be even better prepared for next summer. 🙂
Although I love interacting with buyers and hanging out with the other artists (all of whom have been very generous with their hints and advice) I am looking forward to studio time.
I still have many beautiful originals and a lovely selection of limited edition giclees on canvas, so if you are in the market for some marine art (I have other paintings too) come on out this weekend and check out the art scene in Barnegat Light!
I am teaching a beginning oils class this month and have included some favorite gadgets and hacks in the lessons each week. These little bits and pieces have proved to be some of the favorite moments in the class for some of the students. So today I will share some of my favorites with you…
For me, the best studio palette is a piece of glass—it cleans easily and completely and you can put whatever color you like (I prefer gray to white) under it. Still, when dragging stuff back and forth for lessons, or even on days when I am painting at the association and not at home, I like something light and portable. My solution: a thin cheap clear or white cutting board. These are lightweight, easy to clean, can be easily wiped down. A perfect travel palette when you do not want the weight and you are not using and tossing it like paper.
My next hack is a coffee can half filled with sand. I love the wide top and filling it with sand allows me to stand dirty brushes upside down so they don’t touch each other as I paint. The wide can base prevents tipping. I keep the lid handy so that when not in use it is sealed in case the can should tip over. It’s probably my favorite painting hack.
Another useful tool to keep handy is a pack of computer swabs or Q-tips. They are perfect for a quick lift of a mistaken paint blob. You can also remove the cotton and use the shaft of the swab for sgraffito or line drawing.
Among my art tools, my favorites include a tube wringer-for getting the last bit of paint from the tube, a rubber tipped color shaper which is terrific for creating smooth, hard edges as well as liftingg mistakes right off the canvas, and barrier cream to protect my skin (I hate gloves and often use my fingers when painting so this cream is a nice alternative to gloves.)
Final studio favorite: my Yeti cup because it keeps everything hot or cold for hours, but more important is the fact that with the lid on I don’t mistakenly dip my brush in it. 😉
What are your favorite painting hacks or tools in the studio?
This weekend is an indoor show at St Mary’s Parish Center in Manahawkin. It’s a small show, but part of the proceeds go to Family Promise, a local charity that helps homeless families in the area get back on their feet. It’s a wonderful program, so I am happy to participate in this show and hopefully make some sales to benefit Family Promise and St Vincent de Paul.
Come on out this weekend and have lunch, view and buy some nice art, and help support these two fine organizations.
This is my second year doing the Painted Poetry exhibition. It is a unique event and has proven to be a bit of a challenge both years. It begins when the artists send in a jpg of a finished painting. The poets do the same with a poem. Then, each artist receives a poem written byt one of the poets, and each poet receives a photo of a painting originally submitted by an artist. The artists must paint a picture inspired by the poem. The poets must write a second poem, this time about the painting they received. The result is an exhibition with a pair of poems/paintings from each pair of writers/artists.
This Wednesday evening, at 6 PM, the opening reception will be held at Surf City library. The poems will be read aloud while the corresponding painting is projected behind the poet. Come on out to see this beautiful collaboration of pen and paintbrush! You won’t be sorry!