Holiday Craft Fair Update

Posted by on Nov 3, 2017 in Events | No Comments

This a.m. I went to Visalia to set up for the backyard boutique. I GET TO BE INDOORS!! So, if it rains, no worries, no cutting and running. No wind, no uneven ground, and more space than anyone deserves. This is wonderful, so tomorrow I will take a few extra items – some original pencil drawings from the calendar and my biggest best painting of the Oak Grove Bridge, my favorite bridge, right here in Tulare County.

This is a view of the event last year.

Turbulent Times, a pencil drawing

Busy Today, Boutique Tomorrow

Posted by on Nov 3, 2017 in Events, the business of art | No Comments

A necessary element of the business of art is showing and selling. Art fairs, craft festivals, backyard boutiques, speaking engagements, demonstrations (not carrying signs of clever rudeness while hoping for teevee cameras – I mean showing people how I paint or draw)–these are all ways of reminding people of my products and services.

Today I am setting up for tomorrow’s Backyard Boutique. (Not officially called that, but I like the name and remember, I am 58 and this is my blog.)

P.S. I think it should read “29 crafters and 1 artist”.

P.S.#2 It might rain. If it does, I’ll have to cut and run.

But I Don’t Feel Like It

Posted by on Nov 2, 2017 in Murals | 10 Comments

The mural on my studio door was only partially repainted, and each time I would think about finishing, the thought would come into my head, “But I don’t feel like it. . .”  Summer was too hot to paint; fall came, and I looked at the door and wondered why I just never felt like finishing the mural.

When you don’t feel like doing something, there are 2 choices: 1. Do it anyway or 2. Don’t do it.

But wait! There is a third choice: 3. Do something else.

So, I painted a different scene. It isn’t quite finished yet, but this is how far it got in one short day of actually feeling like painting the door.

This just didn’t ring my bell enough to return to it for final detailing and tightening up.

Starting from the top, which is also the farthest part of the scene, here comes Sawtooth!

Added green, using some of the existing color; now let’s have a trail.

No more tree, lots of green.

On a break for lunch, I gave this young ‘un a talking to about how he (she?) is welcome to the mulberry leaves on the ground but needs to leave the geraniums, hydrangea and other flowering plants ALONE!!

Getting some leaves, hints of trees and grasses. . . I like painting with greens more than painting with browns.

Coming alive! I did 4 oil paintings of this scene, and all sold this summer. It’s a good one! I love wildflowers. Did you know that about me?

There is a reason for this strange coloring. I photographed it at the end of the daylight and then messed with the color on the computer trying to make it show up. There are about four more little things to do.

There is a reason for choosing this scene. More will be revealed in the fullness of time.

Six Things I Learned in October

Posted by on Nov 1, 2017 in drawing, General, Personal | One Comment

And a few of these things may be hold-overs from September or perhaps even August (slow learner?)

  1. Propane: a. If a tank is full when it is hot out, the propane expands and blows off the pressure relief valve; b. Propane’s bad smell attracts flies
  2. The sharper your knife, the less you cry (when slicing onions). This is the title of a book (minus the part about onions) that I read, a memoir by Kathleen Flinn, about her time a Le Cordon Bleu cooking school in Paris. I don’t cook much, don’t like onions and don’t use them very often, but I will be sure to sharpen my knife next time.
  3. The Pencil Lady was interviewed on my favorite podcast What Should I Read Next. She runs a store in New York City that sells everything pencil related. WOW! It is called CW Pencil Enterprise.
  4. When defrosting the frig at the cabin, it goes fast if I put a warm burner plate off the woodstove inside the freezer (on a piece of foil). Amazing idea – why did it take 31 years to figure this out??
  5. VRBO (Vacation Rental By Owner) charges a whole mess of fees; the next time I rent a place to stay, I will skip this giant greedy conglomerate and find a local rental agency. Ha ha to VRBO.
  6. Drawing lesson for me: drawing a portrait of someone I can’t see and don’t know is just as difficult as drawing a portrait of someone I don’t know from a photo that is blurry. The difference is that when the unknown subject looks similar enough, I get to quit messing with it.

Three Orange Oil Paintings, Completed!

Posted by on Oct 31, 2017 in commissions, Oil Paintings | 2 Comments

Whoa. That was a sprint. Three new orange oil paintings in a week’s time, begun and completed.

This is the original orange painting; it is drying in the window because I had to re-sign it so that the frame wouldn’t cover my name.

Top orange completed. The color and clarity are definitely better after the 2nd coat. Good thing.

It was very helpful to have the original painting right there to match the colors.

Two down, one to go.

Compare the bottom painting in this photo to how it looks in the photo above.

It is a privilege to be thought of when local businesses have Art Emergencies; it is a thrill to be able to handle those situations. I’m very happy to be able to help, and particularly happy to help out in ag and especially in citrus.


Your happy orange painter

Oranging Along

Posted by on Oct 30, 2017 in commissions, Oil Paintings | 2 Comments

It’s my blog, I’m 58 and I can make up words if I want to. Any questions?

Oh. What does “oranging” mean?

It means painting oranges, although I was just painting greens that day. Because this commission job was for 3 oil paintings in 2 weeks, I had to plan the most efficient method of delivering mostly dry paintings. 

Day one: get the first layer down, all the canvas covered, the basic shapes and colors in place and the edges with one coat.

Day two: Perfect the background greens so that on. . .

Day three: sign on the green area after perfecting the orange area. Finally, put a second layer on the edges, which may or may not show. I don’t know what the framer has in mind and won’t get to see the final product. 

This gives the paintings a week to dry. Would have been better to know about this job sooner, both for more time to work and also for summer’s heat, which makes for quicker drying. They might be a little tacky (in the tactile sense of the word, not the quality of the job.) But, a little pressure is sometimes a good catalyst for action.

Working upside down is helpful both for seeing shapes accurately and for a more comfortable hand position. The finished painting is on the bottom, and it is my guide.

The second painting.

And here is #3. Bet you are wondering if there really are 3 plus the original. . .

Yeppers. Three orange oil paintings with the original sitting alongside on Samson’s shelf.

Speaking of Samson, he is pretty tired. He’s been working the night shift lately. 

Mineral King Paintings Sold

Posted by on Oct 27, 2017 in Mineral King, Oil Paintings | 5 Comments

These paintings sold through the Silver City Store* over the summer. Most were 6×6″; a few were 8×8″, 8×10″, and 10×10″. (It is probable that I was slightly careless in my record keeping, because all of these are square – where is that 8×10″??)

It is possible I could have sold more, if I had stayed home and painted instead of being out on the trails, chasing down wildflower names.

Choices and consequences.

*4 miles below the Mineral King valley

Holiday Craft Fair

Posted by on Oct 26, 2017 in Events | No Comments

This is an annual backyard boutique in Visalia. I participated last year and was very impressed by the quality, variety, organization and attendance. If you like shopping, looking at handmade items, hanging around nice people, then this event is for you!

2018 Calendar Special Offer

Posted by on Oct 25, 2017 in the business of art | No Comments

My 2018 calendar will be printed soon. The price will be $15 unless you order and pay for one BEFORE Nov. 1. This can be done from this page on my website: Calendar What’s the deal? $12.

Is it worth it to save $3? Only you can answer that question!

Three Oranges, To Go, Please

Posted by on Oct 24, 2017 in commissions, Oil Paintings | 4 Comments

Two weeks to paint three oranges, but really, only one because of a planned 2 days off and because of drying time.

No problem. . . just get outta my way! They don’t have to be truly identical, because each one will end up in a different home.

That sounded weird. If they were all in the same home, they really wouldn’t have to be identical. Never mind.

They will all be presented at the same time, so they need to be close. That way, no one says, “But I like his better!”

This is how it looked over the course of Day One at the easels.
The last step of Day One was painting layer #1 on the edges. When I return to the project in two days, they will be dry enough to put on the next layer. The second day of painting will be when I perfect all the details. 

Two days isn’t some formula; it is because I teach drawing lessons on the second day and have a prescheduled appointment on the third. On day four I can continue.

They most certainly need more work. . .