Know Yourself Notes
Know yourself as a painter. You will be more confident and better at your craft if you understand what you paint well and what you don’t paint well. I am legally blind in one eye and so my perspective is not as well developed for painting architecture and various hardscapes that some painters love to paint. I can paint basic architecture and have done a few house portraits, but my handicap allows me to be a much better land and tree painter.
I know what I can paint well and it is a good thing that the natural world is my favorite subject. I don’t need to be a great boat painter or building painter to have a successful career. I have no interest in street scenes. I have made the right choice of my career, overcoming my obstacles.
My collectors love the natural world too. I have found the right market for my work. I have focused on people who love nature. My collectors know what I focus on. They know where to find trees, farms, ranches, rivers, flowers,streams and occasionally the sea and coastal scenes.
I don’t try to be all painting styles to fit all people’s desires. I don’t jump on the latest style or subject. I know what I paint well, and try to strive to improve my craft every day. I might wander around through my subjects with new palettes, a more abstract approach, always trying to stay fresh and new, but I know what I paint well and adore.
There really does need to be a trust and faith between collector and painter. The collector must like the style and be familiar with a larger body of work from the painter, and then trust the painter to fulfill their vision.
The most successful partnerships for me have been with collectors who want landscape paintings and who like my body of work as a unit. I have painfully learned not to let people talk me into doing their child or their horse, etc. I am not a portrait painter and it never works out well. I have learned to be selective about the subjects I will paint. Painting landscapes, seascapes, rivers, farms, ranches, flowers, gardens, and trees gives me confidence that I can complete paintings that will appeal to my market of collectors. It is important to have a thorough understanding and skills to paint a subject well. Painting what you know to sell is smart. if you love what you paint and paint it well, you will never be bored and never have enough time to paint all that you love. This is a happy formula for a painting career
More musings for artists and collectors to come…..
Linda’s Easy Spaghetti Casserole
I like to use meatballs in my casserole but meat sauce is fine.
1 pound ground round
tsp of oregano leaves
tsp of parsley
1/3 cup of grated Parmesan cheese
small diced onion
1 celery stalk diced
2 cloves minced garlic
Mix it all up and make into small meatballs. I bake them on a sheet pan for 30 minutes.
Cook one box of spaghetti in water with a bit of salt. Cook until tender but al dente. Drain.
I use a large pyrex rectangular pan. Spray with Pam, Separate spaghetti in half. Line the bottom of pan with one layer of pasta. Top with jar spaghetti sauce evenly. Top with grated Parmesan cheese evenly. Put the next layer of pasta and repeat with sauce and cheese. Top with meatballs, then sauce, then cheese again. Cover and bake at 350 for 45 minutes. Uncover and bake another 10 minutes. Serve with salad, it will feed 5 to 6 people. You can also add ricotta cheese in the layers or mozzarella.