I attended the Michaels Open House today. I had a decent number of teaching sign ups, but it was slower than the last open house. The weather was cold and dark, and there is a big festival in town this weekend. I also, did not have my class today, and I always get a lot of sign ups when I am teaching. People can go to the class room and see an actual painting class going on. That really makes a difference.
I was happy to see that my schedule is unchanged and that the manager has saved my open studio classes, at least for now. If I can work out supplies and pay issues, I will be able to continue, so my fingers are crossed. I feel that progress is making me feel better about the corporate changes. I really enjoy teaching at Michaels and my students are wonderful. I have some come and go, but there are regulars who stay with me loyally. I am lucky to see them grow into fine painters in their own right and that is such a thrill for me. I make my living as a painter, not a teacher, but I would surely miss Michaels and the terrific staff in the Gainesville store. I think I will start doing a once a month demonstration painting at Michaels on the Sunday afternoon before I teach the following Fridays. I used to do a lot of demos there, and it is time to do that again.
I got started on a new 18×24 painting yesterday of a ranch off SR 60 near Vero Beach. I had done a small version down there on an 8×10 panel. I like the scene of palms and pines in the field. now I have some space to expand the scene for a more refined version. I’m using a palette of:
cad yellow lemon
red iron oxide
This is a great palette for pines and their canopies, palms too. I adore painting pine trees, or any trees for that manner. I got a good photo of a nice Banyan tree in the neighborhood in Vero Beach. I want to do a nice portrait of it, probably in 16×20. They are such exotic trees, and I want to study them some more. I did a small painting of the one in front of my host’s condo last time I was there.
More to come…..