Success Plan

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Success Plan Notes

I read about unhappy artists who are angry with life, because they don’t find success. This has been going on long before the current economy which has  affected many of us. I understand them because I used to be one of them. I was one of those frustrated, angry artists. I felt that the world owed me my shot and I wasn’t really getting it. I had lots of friends who lived very well indeed on the food chain and who had the opportunity to promote themselves, seeming to get all the breaks.

It never occurred to me that my failure was my own fault and not theirs. It took me a long time to grow up, but thank God I did. I learned that I could not possibly respect other artists because I did not respect myself. I could not learn to respect myself until I could allow myself to accept and love myself and my work.

How did I learn success?

The first thing I did was let go of my own conceit and hubris. That was the very hardest step and it did not happen quickly. I still have to tamp myself down every now and then. I was born with a large ego. I was the baby of the family and adored by my father. I got away with a lot that my older sisters did not. I was the first person ever in my family to get a college degree and then go on to grad school. I won best of show as a senior in the art department at college and that was a big deal, so the seeds were set for a real ego party. For most of my early career I was an insufferable ass!! I look back and cringe. I didn’t like me very much and neither did anyone else. Letting go of that was my greatest challenge.

The next step to success was to become a person of service. I learned to give freely of myself and my knowledge. Someone emailed me recently to say that I was a fool to give away my knowledge so much on this blog. Perhaps they are right, but I don’t think so. I believe what I share will eventually come back to me, both in the joy it brings me in sharing, and in the knowledge that we should all serve in the best way we can.

I firmly believe in a life of service. I think it makes me a better person than I used to be. I will be blessed for helping other artists and I never know how much I help. That is the beauty of giving. It is inexaustible, because someone I help today will pass on their help to another and another. I’ve always believed we have a circle of influence. In my circle of people I know or who know me, I can help several other artists and other people. They have a circle too, which overlaps mine and so forth, It’s like the drops on water, they overlap and continue out. I can’t really worry about people I can’t help who are far from me geographically and culturally, and I paralyze myself If I worry too much about what I can’t do. I feel it is smarter to focus on my circle and do all I can. I focus on artists, after all, who would I want to help more?

When times are good, I buy paintings from other artists and give them to my kids. I have done this for years and I like to think it makes the artists feel wonderful, at least I hope it does. I know other artists who do this too. We could probably all buy at least one painting a year from another artist. Think how much power we have to improve our artist friends lives. When is the last time you invited another artist out for coffee and treated them to a meal? Offered to share your materials with someone you know is in trouble and can’t afford supplies. It’s so easy to say ” I ordered the wrong color tube of paint. Can you use it?” They don’t have to know you are helping them. Another way to help is offering to lend frames to an artist who may have exhibitions and can’t afford decent frames. I have done this many times for emerging artists. Think about what you might be able to do for an artist who is struggling right now if you can afford to help them.

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The next success step for me was to accept that I can be better than I used to be, both as a person and as a painter. I can love my work and myself now without undue guilt over my past mistakes. I can forgive my arrogance and chalk it up to my past and leave it there. I believe one of the terrible useless and destructive things we must overcome, is guilt. My goodness, let’s get rid of our hair shirts and let go of our past transgressions.

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I can honor the paintings that I did in the past, no matter how terrible they were, because that is the best work I was capable of at the time. I celebrate the fact that people loved them as they were and I should think of them with fondness and appreciation, as they were the stepping stones to building technique and understanding the process of painting. I am never ashamed of my work. It is a success because I am willing to try. Part two of this is understanding and acceptance of my current work. I can accept that it is far from what I wish it to be, and enjoy the process of learning, anticipating growth in my work.

The next step is to really believe in success and have real faith in my future. That includes letting go of the fear of failure. This is essential for any kind of goal. What really will happen if I fail? I will simply lose my business and have to find a job. Not the end of the world even if it were to happen. But it won’t, because I am committed in my heart and soul to succeed, and I will. I know I can succeed and so I will.

Does this mean I just sit around and wait for pie in the sky? No way. I am ever working toward my goal, with lots of effort and ideas.

My last step of success is to divorce myself from negativity as much as possible. I am trying for lemonade rather than lemons, learning to look at the good in situations even when they are stressful. I’m trying to avoid helplessness and bad news, preferring to laugh than cry when possible. There is so much negative that can be avoided all together, and I do. I try to surround myself with people who are excited about life and it’s possibilities. I have learned to avoid the evening news most of the time, and to focus instead on what I can do to help myself and others who depend on me for support and friendship.

Now whenever I am slighted by another artist, or left out of the latest exhibit, I ignore it and think instead about my next painting and new ideas. I can’t tell you what a difference this attitude change has made in my career, except to say it has been enormous. I no longer sweat the small stuff. Of course I feel pain and rejection, but I don’t allow it to take away from my focus on what is really good about life as an artist.

More musings for artists and collectors to come…..

Today’s Recipe

Linda’s Chef Salad

In my quest to have a healthier diet, I make a lot of salads for supper. This one is a favorite.

Place mixed salad greens on a plate. Add the following:

1/2 diced apple

1/4 cup blueberries

1/4 sliced fresh pineapple

1 slice sharp cheddar cheese

1/4 cup blue cheese crumbles

1 slice ham, chopped

1 slice chicken or turkey chopped

1/4 cup grape tomatoes, sliced in half

1/4 cucumber, sliced

1 hard boiled egg, sliced

Top it all off with some vinegar and olive oil dressing. Yummy!

Demonstration Paintings

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Demonstration Paintings Notes

Demonstration paintings are a fun way to interact with collectors, students, and other artists. I’ve enjoyed doing demonstration paintings in stores, on the sidewalk, for art associations and at art lover salons for collectors.

There is a fair amount of planning involved, depending on the venue and situation. For my students, not a lot of preparation. They all know me well and they don’t expect much lecturing, advanced preparation or formality. Demonstration is a great way for them to see the hows and whys process of a painting.

For an art league or club presentation, I do quite a bit of thinking about preparation. I will first do the painting and then have an art talk with a Q&A session. It is a more formal presentation. I will usually do an advanced version of the painting, in stages to put on a story board with captions under each stage. Viewers find this to be very interesting. I display it on an easel or table next to the painting I am actually painting for the group.

For collectors, my approach is quite different during a demonstration painting. They are far less interested in the nuts and bolts of technique than artists would be. I focus on the story of the place I am painting, the hows I use to make the painting interesting for views. I am much more animated about the life of an artist than the painting technique. I do these collector demonstrations at my art lover salons. The salons are private studio parties for a group of collectors. I have packets of information about collecting art, a table with food and beverages for guests, and the host gives me a list of people to invite for their party. Art lover salons are really fun.

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For those of you artists who have thought about doing demonstration paintings, be prepared. You will need to be comfortable in front of people, have the ability to talk and paint at the same time. You will need to be able to add fun and personality to your presentation and be confident in your ability to do good work in front of a crowd. You will need to have a schedule and be able to finish the painting in a timely manner with many distractions.

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I usually give myself an hour for the actual painting, and 30 minutes for Q&A. After that time, guests become restless.
Prepare well in advance, by doing a practice painting of the subject you will do in front of guests. I like to take the framed advanced painting with me for the demonstration so people will see it well painted before I do the demonstration.

Time yourself, so you know what to expect. Be aware that your demo will not be as good as the painting you prepare in advance, most likely. Make a list of your supplies and other accessories you will need before you load your car, or prepare your studio. The key here to success is being completely prepared and at ease for your demonstration. Practice in front of friends and family. Arrive early, set up early, then relax and enjoy the process.

More musings for artists and collectors to come…..

Today’s Recipe

LEMON CHICKEN PASTA

1/4 cup flour
1 teaspoon seasoned salt
Large zip-top bag
1 lb chicken breast tenders
1/4 cup herb garlic butter
8 oz penne pasta
2 tablespoons capers
2 teaspoons chicken bullion
1 lemon, for juice
1/2 cup white wine (or chicken broth)
1/4 cup heavy whipping cream

1. Bring water to boil for pasta. Preheat large sauté pan on medium-high 2–3 minutes. Place flour and seasoned salt in zip-top bag; shake to mix. Cut chicken into bite-size pieces and add to bag (wash hands). Seal bag tightly and shake to coat.
2. Place garlic butter in sauté pan; swirl to coat. Add chicken (wash hands); reduce heat to medium and cook 2 minutes, stirring occasionally, or until chicken is no longer pink. Stir pasta into boiling water; boil 6–8 minutes, stirring occasionally, or until tender.
3. Stir capers and chicken bullion into chicken; cook 2 minutes, stirring often, to blend flavors. Squeeze lemon for juice (2 tablespoons). Add lemon juice, wine, and cream to chicken. Reduce heat to low; cook 3–4 more minutes, stirring occasionally, until thoroughly heated and chicken is 165°F.
4. Drain pasta and stir into chicken mixture. Serve

Practice Practice

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Practice Notes

Most artists are more interested in the finished product than the practice it takes to get to the end. Much time is spent in planning and execution but many forget about the practice part. Study is the key to good painting. Think of painting as three basic steps:

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The Plan
Think about what you wish to paint and how you will construct the painting. What is the best substrate? Canvas, wood, hardboard, paper? What is the best medium for the painting? What orientation? Portrait or landscape? Have you practiced your composition at your design table first? What scale and proportion is best?

The Practice
This is the most crucial part of your success. Have you done a series of thumbnail paintings to work out the kinks of your color scheme, the value family and dominance of the painting, a value map, and the best composition edits?

The Execution
Now, by having a sensible, thought out plan, time to practice for the execution, and preparation, you will be confident in doing your painting. You have a good plan, constructed, and prepared for execution. You will have a much greater chance of success than starting a painting hurriedly, winging it with hopes that it works out.
This is a routine I use frequently, even after 40+ years of painting. The practice part is the most important, and frankly, least liked by most beginning and intermediate painters. They consider practice and study exercises for painting to be boring and a waste of time. In their minds a good painting, started and finished is the real purpose of painting. They are missing the most important steps. Slow and steady practice and hard work brings the joy of being a good painter. There is no instant gratification. Painting is a life study and I seldom get it right after forty +years. I’m still waiting for the masterpiece, just around the corner.

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Today’s Recipe

Hot Bacon Cheese Dip
8 oz cream cheese
3 strips bacon
1 small onion diced
8 oz shredded sharp cheddar cheese
½ cup sour cream
Salt/pepper/pinch of red pepper flakes
Fry bacon with diced onion
Chop up bacon. Add all to casserole dish. Bake for 30 minutes at 350. Serve with crackers.

Green Monster

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Green Monster Notes

The green monster called jealousy is a powerful foe for artists. He is strong and hard to overcome. Green sneaks into our hearts and minds frequently. Each time someone else has more sales, more publicity and recognition, gets into a show we didn’t, or wins the prize we thought we deserved.

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Green is a problem for all of us, no matter our career or station in life. Anyone who says they don’t fight with the monster is either in denial or a big fat liar.  Artists suffer because we are vulnerable. We don’t work in an office or factory. Our work is out there in public, for all to see. We are critiqued by other artists, gallery and museum directors, and the society at large. We can’t hide behind anyone else. In order to sell and continue to be an artist, we must expose ourselves to constant criticism. We must see the stories of huge sales and successful exhibits of other artists all over social media. It is easy to feel jealous and left out. Artists worry a lot about being marginalized in our careers. Too many artists follow the “cool people”, desperately trying to fit in with the right crowd. It can be demeaning. Green begins to show up regularly.

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I recently struggled with green for control because I was rejected from an exhibition in my town. The subject was about an area of Florida that I have painted for some years. I made an effort to do a good painting for the exhibition and was rejected.  I went through all of the battles with green over this, but came out on the other side a better person and artist. I can wish the successful artists happiness and congratulations now with an open heart. No matter how long we are artists, we must face rejection despite the good work and effort we put into our art. We continue to battle with green over and over again.

What is important here is the recognition of jealousy for what it is, owning up to it and facing it down with maturity. Moving on to better thoughts is the way to win the war if not the individual battles. As long as we can face the fact that jealousy is part of humanity and that we will continue to battle with it in our lives, we can win the war.  Not facing up to these jealous thoughts and ignoring them leads to ugly underhanded behavior. Here is to grappling with our own egos and coming out a better soul.

More musings for artists and collectors to come………

Today’s Recipe

Cheeseball

1 cup chopped toasted pecans ( I put mine of a sheet pan, sprayed with a little pam, saltedat 350 for a few minutes)

3 slices of cooked bacon, drained and diced

1 green onion diced

1 package ranch dressing powder

1 cup shredded cheddar cheese

16 oz cream cheese

combine all ingredients except the pecans, shape into a ball. Coat with pecans and wrap in plastic. Refrigerate until ready to serve. let stay at room temperature for 20 minutes. Serve with crackers.

Career Responsibility

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Career Responsibility Notes

I can think of a dozen or so reasons that I might want to end an art career. Artists are on the bottom of the food chain in our society and that has been the norm for centuries. It is one of the few professional careers where just about anyone can call themselves an artist. I went to art school and got my fine art degrees. It was hard work and expensive, but many more artists have little or no training for their craft. Lawyers, engineers and other professional jobs require the degrees from college, like mine did. They are not allowed to call themselves professionals without the certification and the degrees. I’m not saying it is bad or good. There are many very fine artists who have never been to art school.

Artists are aplenty. In fact, there are far too many of us to support this profession. There are too many artists who squander their careers. Artists are privileged with a rare ability. There are many people who long to paint well but who will never have that ability. Those few of us who work full time as painters should be careful with our privilege.

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To be honest, artists have a fairly poor reputation in the business and professional world. Many have the reputation of being inappropriate flakes, unprofessional and unreliable. In some cases, this is true. I know  artists who can’t find their way through life. They do a fair amount of complaining about their lot in life, but are unwilling to work on their business career.

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They don’t want to learn anything about marketing, technology, serious study of their craft, or icky things like paying taxes. They don’t show up on time for events, show openings, or meeting clients. They have no idea why they paint or anything about connecting with potential collectors of their work. They don’t dress appropriately for shows, don’t have a mailing list, or make any effort to improve their knowledge. Some of them undercut other artists, cheat galleries out of commissions and have questionable ethics for their careers.

Indeed, there are wonderful and professional artists who do everything right, but still struggle. It is a tough job! We are responsible for our own success or failure as painters. If I don’t try every day to improve my work, to find ways to sell paintings, to improve my skills in every way, it is my own responsibility and failure. If I spend my time wringing my hands over poor sales, indifference to art in society, feeling helpless and ready to quit, it is my responsibility. I really am entirely in charge of my attitude toward my career. I know I will survive because I have earned the right and will never stop working toward success. I know I will sell a painting every day, I never doubt it! That is my first thought each morning and I try very hard to make it happen.

Taking responsibility for your art career will ensure your success!

More musings for artists and collectors to come….

Today’s Recipe

Linda’s Sausage Gravy
1 pound pork sausage
1 small onion diced
½ cup H&H
½ can chicken broth
3 T flour
Salt/pepper
Fry sausage with the diced onion until brown. Add flour and coat with it evenly through the pan. Add salt and pepper. Add broth and H&H. Stir until creamy and taste for seasoning. Simmer on low until biscuits are done. Yummy!

 

Copy Artists

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Copy Artists Notes

Copy artists are a way of life for professional artists. I recently read a thread of posts from an outraged artist who had been copied by another artist. If I had a dollar for every time my work or ideas have been copied, I could retire. I am not suggesting it is right or ethical. It is certainly not. The reality is that high profile artists are copied all the time. There is no escape and I believe my time is better spent in doing my job instead of trying to stop that loathsome problem.

Anytime you put your work out before the public, there are artists who will copy it. Why? Because it is so much easier to copy a painting than to think it up yourself. Another reason is that people want to achieve the same success that another artist has. If you are a popular artist, others will copy your work to try and undersell you and become popular too. If you are successful at marketing your art, others will copy your ideas to sell their art too.

You have the choice of spending all your time and resources trying to stop copyright infringement, wringing your hands in anger, or you can get on with the business of being an artist and business person. To be clear, it is not flattering to be copied and undersold by copy artists. It is very annoying, but I am one of those practical souls who understand that wasting time trying to protect my paintings from copiers is taking time away from my creative soul. It is easier to simply move on and ignore the problem if you can.

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In an odd way, being copied makes me want to work harder and be more creative, improving my work. I suppose I feel that if I get good enough, it will be obvious that these copies are inferior to what I do. There is something about style that counts. No one can really copy you successfully. The copies are stiff and they don’t have that something that an original artist possesses, a knowledge of their own soul if you will. For example, there is an artist I buy from occasionally for my daughters. She does the most wonderful little birds. They are truly her own and cannot be duplicated in my mind. I am learning to paint birds now, but mine are nothing like hers and I would not want them to be. I would rather buy hers to give as gifts than to try and duplicate her style. I have respect for the gift that other painters possess. I don’t want to paint like anyone else, only me.

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I think it is quite fine for my students to copy my paintings to practice. I see nothing wrong with that. They have no interest in selling and they learn quite a bit from studying the process of painting. It only becomes a problem when painters copy to try to sell another artist’s style. That is wrong and disturbing.

More musings for artists and collectors to come…..

Today’s Recipe

Stuffed Mushrooms

(8-oz) package whole baby portabella mushrooms
Nonstick aluminum foil
1 (3.2-oz) link mild Italian  sausage, casing removed
1/4 cup panko bread crumbs
1/4 cup chopped spinach
1/4 cup chopped pecans

Preheat oven to 400°F. Remove stems from mushrooms (tilt stems until they “pop” loose), and arrange caps on foil-lined baking sheet.
Chop stems coarsely; place in medium bowl. Remove sausage from casing; add to bowl with bread crumbs, spinach, and pecans. Stir until blended.
Fill each cap with about 2 tablespoons filling. Bake 12–14 minutes, until filling is 165°F and golden.

Teaching Teaches

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Teaching Teaches Me Notes

 

Teaching takes me outside of my safe zone. Recently, my students decided they wanted to learn how to paint birds. I confess that I knew very little about painting birds, but I am very fond of birds and enjoy watching them. I had only painted one bird that I recall. I painted a couple of little primitive birds with my class and we all enjoyed the process together. Happily, it sparked my interest in the challenge of learning to paint birds and so I have been painting miniatures of small birds. I have enjoyed every one.

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Teaching stretches my interests and their interest in a variety of subjects constantly challenges me to grow and leave the safety of subjects I am adept at painting, like trees and farms.

Teaching gives me a fresh outlook about painting, forcing me to find ways to help my students that make me think about process in a new way. It keeps me involved in research constantly. I might not step out of my routine without the pleasure of teaching.

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The danger of teaching is burn out. I don’t think I could be happy teaching more than twice a month. I must have time to paint and research technique and subjects that interest me. Every three years or so I take a year or two away from teaching, to learn new methods of painting.

 

Some years I only schedule a series of one day workshops for the year and that works out well. We have an all day, intense study of a single subject. I serve coffee and rolls for breakfast and cook a homemade lunch for my students. My studio assistant comes out for the day and we have a lot of fun. Some are out around the trail and some in studio. I will teach a couple of one day Workshops  and have a once a month open studio class in 2018.  It is time for me to cut back on teaching and do more painting in 2018.

. I believe that changing up teaching methods and schedules helps me to be better prepared without burning out. I find that if I don’t teach at all, I begin to miss my students terribly. Teaching definitely makes me a better painter, keeping me interested in new technique and new subjects.

If you are a student of the craft of painting, what would you want to study in 2018 at a one day workshop?

More musings for artists and collectors to come…..

Today’s Recipe

I’m always tweaking my favorite chili recipe. here is another version that both my sister and I like.

1 pound ground round

1 onion

1  can of tomatoes

1 fresh tomato diced

1 carrot diced small

2 stalks of celery diced small

1/2 tsp of ground cumin

1 tsp dried oregano leaves

1 package of chili seasoning

1 package of taco seasoning

1 cup dried pinto beans

1 cup dried black beans

3 to four cans of beef broth

salt/pepper

Fry the meat with the vegetables until meat is browned. Strain off the grease.

I use a crock pot for my chili and it works great.

Place everything in the crock pot and turn on high for about two hours and then turn to low until done. Taste for seasoning. You can cook it on low all day if you start it early in the morning. I like to serve it with a dollop of sour cream, Fritos, and diced red onion on top.

 

Clean Post Irma

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Clean Post Irma Notes

I am in the clean up process for my studio, post hurricane Irma. It took about three weeks to clean up the yard and Deer Woods Trail. Now my focus has shifted to my Country Studio. I have a set of goals for the studio, which will have to be completed after December, when my students are through with our class in December.

My studio clean up includes:

painting the inside and outside

replacing the wood panel that covers the old shop door (now rotting at the bottom)

Removing the cabinets that are rotting at the bottom from the hurricane flood

splatter painting the concrete floor, so it won’t matter what spills on it (one of my galleries did this with their concrete floor and it is very cute.

building a new step for the deck and a little hand rail

All of this takes money, so I am going to have a big studio sale on November 4th to help raise the money. In the mean time, I am going through all of my paintings in the studio, sorting them to sell. I am emptying out all the cabinets and sorting through them to throw away rotting stuff and keep other stuff. I am systematically going through the studio to reorganize and make it lean and mean after clean up. Some of the walls may be ruined behind the cabinets. I’ll have to assess that when they are pulled out.

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I’ve wanted to do a major clean up for about 10 years, but never had the motivation really. I consider myself lucky to have escaped much worse damage from the storm. Now is the time to clean up my work space and make it prettier and happier. I’m excited by the possibilities.

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Sometimes clean up is as much mental as physical. As I age, my home studio becomes more important to me. I am looking forward to renewing this building. It was my father’s workshop many years ago and I feel his presence there when I work. From time to time, I have lived in it too, when various children or friends have needed to have a place to live. Henry has his own bed there and my students come in and out. It is a happy place, with no arguments, angst or anger, a place of peace.

I plan to have all of my future studio parties in the Country Studio, after the clean up and renovation, to have trail visitors and to spend more time here in my own neighborhood painting. I look forward to a new beginning for the old place. Disasters can be turned around into victories, depending on your point of view.

More musings for artists and collectors to come……

Selling Art Ethically

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Selling Art Ethically Notes
 
Selling art can be a touchy subject between artists.  In my studio, there are some unspoken ethics about selling art.
1. Don’t take collectors to someone else’s studio  with the purpose of selling your own art while visiting. I have actually had this happen to me in my studio and it is quite awkward and uncomfortable.
2. Don’t sell your work in front of competing artists if you can avoid it. Find a more private situation to interact with your collector if possible. I understand that it is not always convenient, but at least be subtle. Don’t jump up and down bragging. It can be embarrassing and demeaning to other artists.
3. Don’t try to steal patrons away from artists at exhibit openings. I have seen this countless times at paint outs and exhibits. Some artists will blatantly stand in front of another’s work and direct collectors to their own work instead. Some will actually cut into conversations between collectors and artists to distract collectors away from the artist’s work they were viewing.  Some actually remove sold signs from an artist’s wall and place them on their own wall. Some artists go around the gallery and count the number of sales each artist makes. Then they brag to collectors that they sold more than others.  Bragging about your expertise, your sales and being the top artist in a community artist situation is really bad form and I see this regularly from artists who should know better.
 4. Don’t bad mouth other artists to potential collectors. The opportunity presents itself quite frequently. Sometimes potential collectors will ask what you think of another artist and their work? Resist the temptation to speak your mind. There are exceptions. If you feel another artist is unethical or about to use or abuse an innocent collector, it gives you something to consider and there may be a third party you should discuss the situation with and obtain advice. In most circumstances, say nothing. Better to say you don’t know much about the artist’s work than to insult them.
5. You can help emerging artists by lending them frames, sharing supplies and good marketing advice. It will cost little and be a blessing to them.
6. Be generous. I will often send collectors to an artist who specializes in subjects that don’t interest me. You will be appreciated by other artists who will do the same for you. Be generous when you can.
7. Don’t bad mouth other artists to galleries. This is a disgraceful habit and yes, I actually know an artist who did this to another, well respected painter. It caused great damage to the innocent artist’s relationship with his gallery dealer. It was completely unnecessary and mean spirited, motivated by jealousy.
8. Don’t be cliquish. I know far too many painters who are like high school cheerleaders. These groups form to promote their own agendas and egos. Exclusivity is clearly part of their goal. The funny thing is that the best painters I know are not a part of this. They are generous, kind and always willing to share.
Paraphrasing Groucho Marx, I wouldn’t want to be in any group who would have me!
9. Worry about your own plan, not anyone else’s. There is room for all kinds of art and everyone can sell their work in an ethical manner.
10. Be kind and thoughtful to your collectors and they will care equally for you. We must overcome the obstacles in our path to success without walking on our competitors’ backs. We don’t need to abuse other artists to succeed in selling our own work.
I have certainly stepped on other artists’ toes in my long career, but I learned from my mistakes and try not to repeat them. We often make mistakes in judgement in the heat of the moment, but it is wise to learn from our errors. I hope I am a kinder artist than I was during my competitive days. When I gave up being a part of that competitive group, I was able to see some of the errors of my ways. I’ve been working on my self to be a better, kinder person in the last few years. Competition tends to bring out the meanness and jealousy in artists.
More musings for artists and collectors to come…..
Today’s Recipe
Chicken
Ingredients
2 tablespoons fresh Italian parsley, finely chopped
1 tablespoon seasoned salt
1 teaspoon dried thyme
1 teaspoon black pepper
2 teaspoons minced garlic
4 chicken leg quarters (3 3/4 lb)
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 medium red bell pepper, sliced
1 lime, for juice
1 small Scotch bonnet (or habanero) pepper (whole)
1 cup prediced yellow onions
1/2 cup reduced-sodium chicken broth (or stock)
2 tablespoons tomato paste
Steps
Chop parsley. Combine in large bowl: parsley, seasoned salt, thyme, black pepper, and garlic. Add chicken and toss to coat (wash hands). Let stand 15 minutes (or chill overnight) to marinate.
Preheat large sauté pan on medium-high 2–3 minutes. Add oil and chicken; cook 5–6 minutes on each side or until chicken has browned. Slice bell pepper (1 cup); squeeze lime for juice (1 tablespoon).
Stir bell peppers, the whole Scotch bonnet pepper, onions, broth, tomato paste, and lime juice into chicken. Reduce heat to medium and cover; cook 25 minutes. Remove lid; simmer 8–10 minutes, stirring occasionally, and until chicken is 165°F. Serve.

Interest Fading Notes

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Interest Fading  Notes

I’ve had a couple of interesting conversations with other painters about the fading interest in representational, original art. They have observed that interest in traditional fine art and in landscape painting is fading.
I don’t know if they are right or not. One artist has traveled extensively and lived in Africa and Europe as well as the USA. The other has traveled extensively through the USA and spends most of his time in the western USA. I don’t really know if they are right. I’m just a country painter with most of my travels in the South. I did travel through Europe as a young college student one summer.

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I suppose that digital art may be the wave of future art. The millennials and their children may desert the world of original art on canvas, but perhaps not. When I was teaching beginning painting, I had several young college students in my classes and they were very enthusiastic. The paint and drink wine businesses are booming with millennials using the parties as date night activities. I hope my two friends are wrong. I find that when people actually try to learn painting, they become avid collectors. They understand how hard good painting is to achieve.

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At one time, the art market was flooded with cheap copies of paintings on canvas, and it probably still is, but I find that there are still people who understand the value of original art. If you have ever spent time in good museums, you will have no doubt about the value of paintings. One look at John Singer Sargent’s originals will heighten your interest. A view of the room sized water lilies by Monet will leave you gasping. A tiny jewel of an oil painting, rich with brush strokes and color by Vermeer will please you to no end.

If my friends are right, and mine is the last generation who has interest in traditional painting, I’m so grateful that I can be a part of this rich tradition. As I stand in front of the easel in my studio, or out in a field with my paint box, I know that I am standing with generations of landscape painters. I’m carrying on the dreams of the Renaissance painters, Impressionists, and other generations of painters, patiently putting brush to canvas, step by step working through a painting. It feels good to be a part of that great tradition. I’m so glad I didn’t miss the opportunity.

More musings for artists and collectors to come…..

Today’s Recipe

Creamy Corn Relish

1 (15.25-oz) can no-salt-added whole-kernel corn, drained
1 cup tomato trinity mix (fresh diced tomatoes, onions, bell peppers)
1/4 cup pre-sliced green onions
1/4 cup ranch salad dressing
1/4 teaspoon pepper

Combine all ingredients.
Chill until ready to serve. Stir once before serving.

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