Presentation

presentation

Presentation

Presentation Notes

Presentation is far more important to an artist than many of them understand. I include many areas in this observation. I just finished up a big event in which I volunteered, for a Foundation. One of the issues I noticed right away was an inconsistency in presentation of paintings. Some artists had it right. They either had deep, gallery wrapped paintings, painted nicely on all edges, or they had nicely framed paintings. Other painters showed haphazardly grouped paintings, some in framed some in narrow width edges, sloppily painted black. Believe me, it makes a difference to collectors. My advice is to be absolutely consistent and to plan ahead whether you will have unframed or framed work, and how you will present it.  I toured the exhibit with a couple who collect a lot of my work. They felt that much of the work looked amateurish in its presentation due to poor choices in framing.

Presentation

Presentation also includes being on time, meeting deadlines, how you react with staff members. We had a couple of complainers who felt they were above the rules, above the decisions made by the staff, above honest mistakes that all of us make in stressful situations. They made the event more difficult for us who had given up a week of our own time and careers for the good of the foundation with no financial reward.  There are always artists at these events who expect special treatment. They don’t follow the deadlines set and because they know someone high up, they get away with this treatment. The artists begin to note all too well that there are some who are higher on the pecking order. Rules and decisions are made to benefit all. When they are overlooked, jealousies pop up.

Presentation

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Presentation includes interaction with visitors, not hiding from them. I am most guilty of this in my past life as a paint out artist. I always went to places to paint where I knew people would not find me. I hated gala parties, and sat out of the way for them. As a volunteer this year, I finally understood the important of engagement with visitors. That sells paintings. There is one artist who is a master of this. She always sells, because she can engage visitors fully and talk their ears off. She never misses an opportunity to sell a painting and to be around potential buyers. She talks up everyone, constantly. It works for her. I could never do that. I am not a salesman. This is highly advantageous for her, a great skill.

Presentation is very important for artists, whether like the artist I described, or like me, who loves the one on one, good friend relationship with collectors that I am lucky to have.

More musings for artists and collectors to come…..

Today’s Recipe

Carrot Salad

Nonstick aluminum foil
2 (6-oz) bags fresh baby carrots
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 tablespoon honey
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
8 oz precooked brown rice
1/4 cup pomegranate (or raspberry) dressing
1/4 cup pre-sliced green onions

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Preheat oven to 375°F. Line baking sheet with foil. Trim stem ends off carrots and cut diagonally into 1/2-inch thick slices.

Whisk oil, honey, salt, and pepper in large bowl; add carrots and toss to coat. Arrange carrots in single layer on baking sheet. Bake Place rice in large serving bowl. Add carrots and dressing and toss to coat. Top with onions. Serve.

Michaels Classes

michaels classes

Michaels Classes

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I really enjoy teaching my Michaels classes once a month. I took a couple of years off from teaching, and I found that I missed it. I missed my students, their enthusiasm and the controlled chaos of classes. I don’t really have much time for teaching, and I believe I would tire of it if I did it regularly, but one demonstration in the store, then a class once  a month and the occasional workshop I do are just enough to keep me busy. It forces me to do good research on painting, to grow, and to stay at the top of my game to please my students.

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Michaels Classes

I once had a combo class for landscape that was a demonstration the first hour, and then the students  painted the same painting I had just done the second hour, giving me the time to make the rounds to help them.  Several of my students  liked to watch me paint and this was  more productive than a store demo for them. I really enjoyed that and would like to do it again someday.

Michaels Classes

Most of my advanced students have gone on to their own art careers, so I have some beginners now. I’ll keep teaching for awhile longer, but as interest fades I’ll let it go. I think it is hard to maintain a large number of students unless you teach regularly, and work at it very hard. I don’t do any advertising for teaching and don’t have much free time. I’m a painter who teaches once in awhile, not a teacher who paints on the side. I think it would be difficult to do both full time, and I’d rather paint for a living. My time is my own thankfully.

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I love my  Michaels classes. The staff there is so helpful and always very positive. They put up with me once a month for a day and some of the staff even sit in for a lesson now and then. The managers are just outstanding there, allowing me to tweak classes to please my students. My students are aware that they are getting a first class art education in this store, not the usual copycat work that other stores offer. I treat my students to a freshman level art class in college, so they are getting a lot for their small fees. Michaels has made that possible for me and my students. I’m very grateful!

Michaels Classes

More on artists and collectors to come….

Today’s Recipe

Sloppy Joe Rotini
Ingredients
1 pound lean ground beef
2 teaspoons minced garlic
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon pepper
1 cup water
2 teaspoons beef bullion
1 can Sloppy Joe sauce
2 cups tri-color rotini

Preheat large saucepan on medium-high 2-3 minutes. Combine ground beef, garlic, salt, and pepper in saucepan. Brown 5-7 minutes until meat is brown and no pink remains. Stir frequently and break up meat as it cooks.

Stir in remaining ingredients. Cover and bring to boil.

Reduce to medium and simmer 8-10 minutes, stirring occasionally, or until pasta is tender.

 

Drawing Painting

drawing painting

 

Drawing Painting Notes

I have been thinking about the drawing painting relationship. I was a drawing major in art school and only turned to serious painting about 30 years ago. Of course I had painted since childhood, but drawing was a real love for me. I have been refocusing some effort toward drawing, rediscovering how much drawing relates to painting. I tell my students to paint not draw when they are at the canvas.

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With the exception of line drawing, I need to think about values and masses in the same way in drawing as I do in painting edge work and values. There is real power in figuring out value patterns, massing, Notan, and mapping values both in drawing and painting. Nothing shows light better than the lost edge, and that gradual transition between values with no definition can be so lovely, a close value edge, both in painting and drawing.

 

Tonal relationships can be tricky in both painting and drawing, because their relationships determine how light or dark they look. When you have white paper or canvas, tonal values can be difficult because there is nothing else but the extreme to compare it to. My advice for the beginning drawing student is to build values patiently, little by little darkening to get the correct values. better to spend more time than to erase. Don’t forget to squint your eyes, both in painting and drawing. This will tell you immediately, the darkest and lightest values, reducing the range considerably.

 

Graphite Drawings

Values aren’t just about sun or light source, but also about the color absorption of an object. A red apple’s local color is darker than a lemon, a dark blue car darker than a yellow car and so forth. Local color is the color of an object. The full range of values of an object are a combination of light and shadow and local color values, so it can get complicated.

 

Value patterns are the breakdown of an object or scene’s value components or shapes placed next to each other in order. It is a simplified drawing or painting based on proper placement of values. At least that is how I would describe it.  It is a value map for me. I find this exercise to be extremely helpful both mediums.

Sometimes I rely on local color values to pattern or map my drawing or painting. When there is low light or no clear direction of light, such as an overcast day, I won’t have the strong contrasts and values that direct light will produce.

 

After thinking about both mediums, I begin to see how much the two mediums relate to each other in a way I didn’t  understand as a young artist. I had always thought that drawing is basic to all genres and so very important as foundational work, but I had always thought of drawing being quite separate from painting. It is wonderful to have the light bulb go off in this old girl’s brain. I know I’m slow, but eventually I get it!! I can use drawing to enhance my Notan and value study, composition and so forth as I always have, but now it makes me consider painting in a new way.

More musings for artists and collectors to come….

Today’s Recipe from Patty

Cornmeal Pancakes

Box of Jiffy corn muffin mix
1 egg
½ c. milk
1c. blueberries

Stir ingredients until blended. Drop by spoonfuls on hot, greased skillet and cook both sides of pancakes. Best served with heated maple syrup and bacon.

Atmospheric Painting

atmospheric painting

 

 

Atmospheric Painting

Atmospheric Painting Notes

I do quite a bit of study on atmospheric paintings.  I like to play with that aspect of landscape painting. This haze-like atmosphere can be rendered through the use of multiple transparent or translucent glazes which imitate the actual haze found in nature. Just as real atmosphere mutes color and blurs edges, an applied glaze can do the same in a painting.

Atmospheric Painting

I have found that the addition of a bit of white in the glaze will imitate the effect of the vapor particles in the air. The the under painting could be a few values darker than the final value desired, but not necessarily. An atmospheric glaze might consist of a bit of white, ultramarine blue, and Paynes gray and a good deal of medium for a cooler effect or add a bit of Naples Yellow for a warmer neutral. This mixture will vary in color selection and transparency according to the effect you want.

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Atmospheric Painting

Through this type of glazing, the value and color of distant objects can be controlled in very subtle gradations. Opaque color will not have the same sense of depth seen in a glaze. I find that using transparent white or opaque  white to be a nice combination with a tint of color added to the mixture. About 4 times as much transparent white as the opaque and just a hint of cad red light, or Naples yellow, or halo blue, or ultramarine blue to warm or cool areas of the sky. You can experiment with this for best results with acrylics or oils.

I use acrylic glazing medium with the acrylics to soften and give atmospheric quality. I use transparent oils for oil work. They must be used on a completely dry underpainting.

Atmospheric Painting

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I have found that pushing the atmospherics with more blue or gray to be great fun. Adding layers to the distant trees, graying and blueing them as they recede is a great way to create subtle intervals in the scene. For me the best two ways to create distant intervals is to either increase the atmospheric quality or to change the color temperature of the opaque color relationships. I can put to tree groups adjacent to each other but change the temperature of one group to the other. The cooler group will recede in my view. The closer a tree is in the view, the warmer the color and the more distant, the cooler the color will be. This happens due to particles of dust and so the further away the object, th cooler and grayer it will be.  I play with this by bluing the distant tree lines, making for pretty color and more drama in the scene.

Atmospheric painting is great fun!

More musings for artists and collectors to come….

 

Today’s Recipe

This is a favorite for me:

Spinach Turnovers

Use one package frozen chopped spinach. You will need to squeeze the spinach very hard to get all the water you can out of it. It should be barely damp when you finish.

one small onion diced fine

1/2 cup feta cheese crumbled

2 strips bacon fried crisp and crumbled

1 can cooked chicken drained and crumbled

1 box philo or puff pastry dough

2 eggs beaten

a pastry bush

saute spinach,onion,bacon and chicken until blended well. Add cracked black pepper/salt to taste and fold in feta after mixture is cooled.

Use small squares of dough and place dabs of mixture in the center. Fold over and seal with egg. Bake on pastry sheet lined with parchment. Yummy!!!

 

 

Fall Doings

fall doings

Fall Doings

Fall Doings Notes

After a long and difficult summer, it’s time to be joyful for temperatures in the 70’s and 80’s for early fall in my neck of the woods and my fall doings. I’m out early most days on Deer Woods Trail to walk, read animal tracks, and watch the subtle seasonal changes. It is a great way to get my mind on the business of the daily painting session to come.

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Fall Doings

October is quite full this year with a big event at Fair Oaks Farm in Evinston, FL, the Autumn Paint Out October 27-November 3I am a volunteer for that event. I also have my annual Hot Dog Party on October 19th. Then there is a show with a tree theme at Blackbird Gallery in Micanopy to benefit Friends of Payne’s Prairie. November 29th, 3-6 PM.

Fall Doings

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i’ve been doing a lot of 4×4 and 8×10 paintings for the last several months. They seem to be popular. Unfortunately, I live in an area of Florida where the market is quite low end. Most of the artists in my area charge very low prices. They charge from a third to half what I charge for my work. Regionally, I am about in the middle of the price range for professional Florida and southeastern artists. It is hard to sell locally with so many artists charging so little, but I do sell my smaller work well here.

Fall Doings

In January 2020 I will gradually be moving my studio in the city, home to my Country Studio. The store where my retail studio is located will be moving to a smaller space without room for me. Due to this change, I have been slowly fixing up the Country Studio with a tea room, and making my studio as pretty and nice as possible for guests. It will work out and I’ll only have one studio to manage. I’m looking forward to hosting parties out here where it is beautiful!

More musings for artists and collectors to come…..

Cheese Tacos

1 cup shredded lettuce

2 diced tomatoes

1/2 onion diced

1 Pound Ground Round

8 oz Velveeta cheese

1/4 cup sour cream

1 package taco seasoning

Soft tortillas

Fry meat and drain. Return to skillet, add taco seasoning, cheese, and soy cream. Stir until combined and cheese is melted. Fill toasty meaandtoppngs. Add hot sauce as desired.

 

 

Marketing Changes

Marketing Changes

Marketing Changes

Marketing Changes Notes

I’m a bit woeful about the marketing changes for artists these days. I used to be really good at marketing and I suppose I am still good enough at it to make a living but I am beginning to disengage from it because I find it to be a poor fit. A few years ago marketing was about networking, making friends who were like minded, who loved art. Marketing was about personal service to clients and actually giving a darn about their needs and what their dreams were about. I am still stuck in that mode and it seems to be passe online these days.

Marketing Changes

Now it seems to be more about branding,  followers, and being an influencer, whatever that means. My good friend advised me this morning on all of the changes and tweaks I would need to make on my web site to attract buyers. I had my web site built  by an excellent designer. She taught me how and so I took over the task of updating and keeping it current. I poured my heart and soul into the site, making it uniquely mine, mistakes and all.

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Marketing Changes

Now I must make all  that to fit the formats which attract the most visitors. It seems so pointless to me, all of this manipulation of where things must go on the page, whether to use bold type or not, exact wording for key phrases, etc.etc.etc. Now I must march in step with every other web site out there to attract visitors. I have seen dozens and dozens of boring art web sites with that same format and it depresses me greatly.

Marketing Changes

Home Page

It seems that Internet marketing must become more and more homogenised to be effective. Now there are endless seminars and books on being organized, endless seminars on every topic under the sun to market and we should evidently spend about 18 hours a day on the fussy little ways to sell art.

Somehow we lost the fact that art buyers are real people, with hopes and dreams, not statistics. They are our friends and neighbors, our communities. Marketing should not be about calculation. We are not the old style used car salesmen in plaid jackets always looking for an easy mark.

Marketing Changes

Most of my clients become my personal friends. We chat back and forth on the Internet. I live vicariously through their dreams and their troubles as they do through mine. This blog is a testament to their lives as well as my own journal about life as an artist. I believe we have lost much of this with the new style of marketing. I think I want to remain the dinosaur that I seem to be.

Marketing Changes

I’ll go on with my friendships and continue to care about the people who buy my art. I won’t care a flip about all of the new techniques and endless organization. I’ll continue to make painting well my number one priority along with the friendships I treasure. I’ll continue to be humbled by the support I receive. I’ll let the rest of the world do aggressive marketing.

Thank goodness for blogs, where we are still allowed to be ourselves, though now I have to use a format for this too.

More musings for artists and collectors to come…..

Today’s Recipe:

This one is Delish and pretty!!

4 large ripe tomatoes, sliced 1/4 inch thick
1 pound fresh mozzarella cheese, sliced 1/4 inch thick
1/3 cup fresh basil leaves
3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
fine sea salt to taste
freshly ground black pepper to taste

On a large platter, alternate and overlap the tomato slices, mozzarella cheese slices, and basil leaves. Drizzle with olive oil. Season with sea salt and pepper.

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