Fun Counts

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Fun Counts Notes

As in any profession, fun counts. It is easy to work and study art too hard. I’ve been seriously working at my craft and marketing techniques for about 40 years. Now and then I must break away to either do silly cartooning or study new subjects. Marketing a new body of paintings freshens my mind. Fun counts a lot in a long career. Even those of us who do what we love as a living, must have fun in between serious work.

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I’m thinking about ways that I have had fun in my career. Here are some ideas you might try:

Plan a new subject’s study. Currently I am studying birds.

Use multiple mediums for your work. I use oils, acrylics and caseins for my paintings, rotating between them regularly, sometimes in the same day.

Plan an important painting for yourself. I paint every day, but now and then I like to do long time planning and practice for what I consider a milestone painting. It gets me excited about the project. It is almost always a painting I know will be quite difficult and that I might not be able to do it justice.

Move to different stations in your studio for painting. I have a station for oils, a station for acrylics and a third station for caseins. I move around to each one, giving myself a new view regularly.

Paint outside. I do a bit of plein air work for study each week in October- May each year.

Spend time doodling and doing brushwork exercises each week. It enhances your skills and takes the pressure off the need to do serious work every day.

Plan painting parties with your artist friends. Enjoy painting, make pot luck food for the party and have a joint critique at the party’s end.

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There are many ways to change up your habits now and then to refresh yourself as an artist. I usually plan a summer change in my routine when I have more free time to explore and rest a bit more, but you can plan this with activities that you enjoy anytime. It will give you new ideas and reignite your love for your job.

More musings for artists and collectors to come….

Today’s Recipe

Crab Quiche
1/2 c mayo
2 T flour
2 eggs beaten
1 c half and half
8 oz crab meat, canned or frozen and thawed
8 oz shredded cheddar cheese
1/4 onion finely diced
1 pie shell unbaked
Mix it all up and put in the pie shell. Bake for 45 minutes at 350

 

Time Resources

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Time Resources Notes

I’ve been thinking about where I spend my time resources in my career.

Investing my time in my blog, web site and social media has brought a significant jump in interest to all three. I believe this will eventually result in increased sales. I think fall will show an uptick in sales, especially during the holidays if I stay on task.

As much as I love my friends who are artists and want to help them, letting go of the “artists” habit clearly is the right thing to do. I feel better about my time investment after looking at the situation for a couple of weeks.

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I wonder if we all need to re-evaluate our habit of allocating our time to other artists? It seems that artists want to immerse themselves in each other’s lives. The first thing we do is try to find other artists at social networks and web sites, Local art clubs, etc. when we really should be cultivating non artists. Why are there so many blogs like this one which cater to technique for artists and not art lovers?

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Looking back over the last 15 years, I see the error I  made in focusing my attention on artists not collectors. This seems to be a common problem with artists. We know that we are different than the rest of the world. There is ample evidence to suggest that we are, and so we feel comfort in congregating with like minded souls, all the while slowly and gradually isolating ourselves from the rest of the world. We wake up finally and realize, like I just did, that most of our time and resources are going toward “belonging” to the artists community and trying to impress them.

We need to sell our own work. I am suggesting here that we become smarter about marketing. Of course, if I know an equine artist and someone is looking for horse paintings, I will recommend my buddy Sharon Crute or Mary Verrandeaux or Bobbie Duelle. For portraits, I recommend Mary Jane Volkmann. We are not competitors. I’m not going to recommend a client to other landscape painters. I’m not suicidal. When an event comes along in which I am involved, I don’t send out a postcard with somebody else’s painting on it. Instead, I have my own printed and send them out.

We have to understand that being part of the artist community is not the only goal if we want to make a living in this tough competitive business. Having friends who are artists is wonderful, and I love artists, but not to the point where we are giving up the valuable time we have to market ourselves and get ahead in business. We need to be smarter about our focus and time management.

How much time are you spending, hanging around with artists when you should be out trying to cultivate new friends and collectors? I am saying this directly to myself here, just sharing it with others. I have no regrets about the investment in time to help my artists friends, but in these hard economic times, I have to be smart too. There has to be balance between comfort and common goals of the artistic community and actually making a career that is successful for an artist. Some times we need to move out of our comfortable community and make new friends who do something else with their time.

More musings for artists and collectors to come…..

 

Today’s Recipe

El Paso Potatoes
Ingredients1 dozen peeled and diced potatoes. Boil until tender. Pour off liquid.

1 cup sour cream

2 tablespoons mild salsa

3 tablespoon butter

1/8 teaspoon pepper

1 cup shredded cheddar cheese

Add some milk if too stiff

Mash all together ad serve hot.

 

Palettes Muse

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Palettes Muse  Notes

I have learned with my research on palettes for the last year that the cad yellows can be dangerous. I don’t automatically reach for them anymore. They are on my palette table and in my outdoor box but when I can, I use the yellow ochre or Naples yellow instead. I will use the cads for highlights and a bit of pop if I need it. I use the cads as accents now, not for major portions of the color. This is working well for me I think. I tend toward the cad red for warmth instead of the yellows.

The  palettes experiments are also teaching me some things about brushwork and how much and where to put refinement, accents, and texture in my landscapes.

I like to use a lot of different mediums and styles/subjects in my work, because they act as springboards to better oil painting technique. For example, I have learned wonderful brushwork technique for wet on wet alla prima oil, by doing a few years of acrylics and more recently, casein. I really don’t have any problem with alla prima anymore for oils, though I still think it is the least of good painting techniques. The painting above was done alla prima today.

One of the reasons for doing water based palettes for me in small format, is that it allows me a playful attitude. I am less likely to be worried about a successful painting that I need to make sellable. I can experiment with lots of techniques, keeping them or tossing them as I wish.

I realize that I set myself up for this kind of pressure with oils. I was trained in oils and when I was in art school, oils were considered to be the king of mediums and in some circles, like plein air/landscape, they still are, especially among men painters. There is a clear prejudice against water based mediums for anything other than studies,at least among the painters I know. I know it’s stupid but there you are. With oils, I always feel like painting is serious business. Anything I can do to improve my oils is good news.

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Using the other mediums and genre’s to improve my oils was truly an accidental discovery. I was studying acrylics as a second medium for about  10 years, I really hated them during that learning time. I would use them for awhile and then put them away in disgust. Each time I stopped using them, I would notice better technique with the oils. I finally learned how to use the acrylics fairly well but I still have a love/hate relationship with them. Doing all of that study with the acrylics improved my oils greatly. Now I try to use,  acrylic or casein regularly as a way to shake up my painting and learn new things.

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The main advantage is just not allowing yourself to get into a rote painting mindset. We tend to like comfort and familiarity. We want painting to be easy. We use the same palettes because they are comfortable and we know what to expect. Big mistake. Here is my rule of thumb. When painting starts to get pretty easy and the paintings look consistently good all the time, it’s time to climb up to the next challenge. Mix up mediums, subjects, palettes and brushes, painting exercises and research to make the process more difficult, so you can grow.

Today’s Recipe:

Taco Pie

1 pound ground beef
1/2 cup chopped onion
1 taco seasoning pouch
1 can chopped green chiles drained
1 1/4 cup milk
3/4 cup Bisquick mix
3 eggs
2 sliced tomatoes
1 cup shredded cheese

Heat oven to 400. grease 10 inch pie plate
Brown beef and onion. Drain and add taco seasoning. Spread in the pie plate and top with chilis. Stir together eggs, biscuit mix and milk until smooth. Pour over meat. Bake 25 minutes. Top with cheddar cheese and sliced tomatoes. Bake another ten minutes. Serve like pie, topped with sour cream, chopped green onions and black olives if desired.

Blog Artists

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Blog Artists Notes

Blog artists have been around for a long time. I’ve been writing a blog since almost the beginning of the blogging habit. Mine has been through many iterations over the years, sometimes serving as a rambling journal about my own work, sometimes serving as a newsletter. I’ve had up to five or six with different focuses and topics over the years. My blog has gradually gone from several to one over time and I have niched down my focus quite a bit. I like blog artists who focus on an areas of art careers, so that you know what they are about. A lot of my posts are about selling, managing studios, and collecting art. Most of my readers prefer those topics because they collect paintings or they are artists who sell their own art. They don’t need me to teach them how to paint. They need my help in managing their art careers. I’ve been in the art business for a very long time, so I have a perspective they might not have arrived at yet.

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Blogging is a great habit and one that sparks creative process. There are lots of professional bloggers and about a million “Mom” bloggers these days. The Pinterest phenomenon has sparked most of those and I honestly think there are way too many of those floating the same ideas. Just like all of us, they are trying to find a way to survive and take care of their families, but there are many more mom bloggers than the “stay at home” segment of our population can support, I fear.

 

I’m most fond of art blogs that offer good practical advice on how to manage an art career. Most art blogs talk about their everyday painting schedule, their palette, brushes, sort of a “how to” for painting. Those can be very helpful, especially if you are beginning your painting process. My favorites are the science of painting blogs and artists who do a lot of research on their postings for whatever their specialty might be.

 

I don’t know that I could ever be a professional blogger, though that would be very nice. I am in a very niched market of artists and art collectors. It is too small to be wildly successful by selling paint and supplies through affiliates, but I do make a bit of gas money by doing that. (Thanks to all of you who order supplies form my page). I think of blogging as a gift to others. It helps me to keep up with marketing techniques, studio care and behaving myself, working hard, not being lazy or goofing off. It makes me accountable to the grand old profession of being a painter. It allows me to pass on what I know to other artists who might be struggling.

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If you are thinking about art blogging, pick a subject you know well, post consistently on your area of expertise, stay away from controversy if you can. (Sometimes I go off the deep end, Yikes!) Put your blog on your own web site. Pay attention to search engine optimization if you expect anyone to read it. Include images of your paintings, and like my friend Matty tells me, “make the mundane seem interesting”. Be yourself warts and all and have fun blogging. If it’s no fun, why bother? Lastly, don’t expect to get rich. Some do, most don’t.

More musing for artists and collectors to come….

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Today’s Recipe

Goat Cheese Appetizer
5 lemons, zested
3 tablespoons freshly chopped rosemary leaves
1/2 cup EVOO
8 rounds goat cheese
Cracked black pepper
Combine lemon zest, rosemary, and olive oil.
Place goat cheese in a baking dish or on a large plate and spoon marinade over the top. Season with fresh cracked pepper. Refrigerate and let marinate.

Notan Study

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Notan Study Notes

Notan means Dark/Light in Japanese or our English translation of it. The more elaborate definition is the harmonious arrangement of dark and light masses in a painting. It has a lot to do with deliberate design rather than just seeing values. To me that is the major difference between studying Notan and Values. Notan is manipulation of values rather than recording them.

Why is Notan important?

For the same reason that we create good composition by moving elements around in a pleasing arrangement, doing the same with values enhances a good painting. A strong Notan design is essential to a good painting, as is good composition. Unfortunately, education with emphasis on good design structure has gone by the way side in many art schools. This is a terrible mistake. A good understanding of design principles is essential for good painting. Notan is about design of values.

This is why I always say that color comes in a distant third to values and composition in order of importance. I believe that painters who rely solely on shock color are missing the boat. Don’t start throwing rotten eggs at me, colorists out there. I used to be one of you until I came to the realization that I was missing the most important part of design, good value structure.

I studied Notan briefly in design classes in art school, but really got interested about 10 years ago. Many of the most powerful paintings have simple value structures, only using two to four values. Simplifying values is the key for me to Notan painting. Values have been so much easier for me since I began to study Notan.

There are limitations in Notan painting which simplify values. There are three basic types:

Mass Notan- A rough sketch or painting to distribute light and dark shapes throughout the panting. The actual shapes are not as important as their placement. Think of silhouettes rather than detail in a mass Notan. It should have 7 or less shapes. This is a quick way to see if the painting works with the value relationships you have put down. It is about 2 to five minutes. I usually use three values for mine but many are two,three or four value masses. I do them before I start the large painting.

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This painting was done from a mass Notan study.

Contour Notan- This Notan pays much more attention to the detail in edges, trying to actually get a feel for the outline and edges of shapes. It will be useful when you do objects that have defined shapes like architecture or animals ,people,florals. I don’t use this one as much as the mass Notan for my own work, because I usually don’t need to define edges in landscape work, but if I were to be doing fence posts and things like that it would be needed. In this kind of Notan work, exact defining of edges is important. Use 7 or less shapes unless you are doing a large Notan as a pattern for a finished work. I still use 3 values for these because I am doing small paintings.

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This painting was done from a Contour Notan study.

Limited Value Study-The Mass Notan and the 5 Value study are the Notan study that I do the most. A limited value study is a quick painting using 3,4 or 5 values only. It helps you to get a quick picture of what the final painting might look like. There is no limit on shapes but I don’t use a lot of major shapes in my paintings, preferring simple compositions. In this study both contour and mass are important. In Notan study for this you are supposed to study the actual values of the scene or subject, but I never do. I actually manipulate the values in all of my paintings now, as well as composition and palette.

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This painting was done from a 5 value study.

All of these  studies convert to color as well as black and white. The process for me starts in BW and then moves to color. If I am working in oils, I will redo in a color study ,using the BW as my guide. If I am working in acrylic, I will start with BW and go right over it with color.

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There is so much more to Notan than my simplistic explanation. I could go on for pages and pages about it. It is difficult and complex. You must be a serious student about it and work for some time to understand it. I don’t know a fraction of the subtlety of dark and light after 10 years, but I am a slow learner and easily distracted for weeks at a time, going back to it between other studies. I am attempting to say that dark and light can be a career study rather than a few months of effort. I can only say that it has improved my composition, values structure and surprisingly, my color palette greatly, so it is not just about manipulating values. It has added a sophistication to my work, making my old work look pretty crude. I have a great deal to learn about painting and will continue to study Notan as long as I am a painter.

The most important thing I’ve learned from this research is what I call my five value family. I use this value structure almost all the time now:

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half tint light

mid tone

half tone dark

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Using this smaller value structure is a way of thinking about the value scale more efficiently than trying to understand the long value scale. Every value fits in between these five values. It works so well for me.

The other tidbit I use from my studies is to try to have a dominant value in paintings, along with uneven distribution of the other two in a three value range. The third value is an accent value only. So a painting would be Dark dominant, Mid dominant or Light dominant with the other two distributed unevenly.

Practice the above two parts  to improve your work. it will pay off with more drama and interest in your paintings.

More musings for artists and collectors to come…

 

 

Embrace Failure Fear Doubt

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Embrace Failure Fear and Doubt Notes

Fear of failure and doubt are a serious problem for many artists, including myself from time to time. Most of my doubt comes in the summer, when I have too much down time and few sales. I start to wonder a bit about why I chose this profession. Is there anybody out there who really cares about art anymore? Have we become so besotted with the digital world that paint on canvas is just a memory? These feelings may happen to other artists too when times are tough.

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The key is to embrace those doubts and think about how to overcome fear. Don’t hide from your fear and doubts, embrace them instead. They will make you work much harder. They will challenge you to overcome your fear of failure. Failure teaches you how to paint, how to study harder and how to overcome the roadblocks in your career.

Back before 2009 I had it made. I no longer had to market work very much and I became lazy about promoting my work. I was making pretty good money from galleries and my own studio. When the recession hit I was suddenly broke. My galleries closed left and right and my sales of large paintings ended. I was a failure. I embraced that state and moved on to better marketing, changing my size emphasis on small work with an easier to sell price point.

I have struggled since then. The market for me has never rebounded fully but I have learned from my failures. I have learned how to budget my money, how to tighten my belt, how to work so much harder to sell art and I survive as a full time painter. Not every artist can say that.

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I still love my job and would never give it up. I have learned to embrace hard work, endless hours, failures in the studio, and study to improve my work. Each year I evaluate my progress in January and think about what I can do this year to be a better painter and a better marketer for my work. I don’t make the mistake of wishing for the old days. That is a waste of my time and resources. Instead, I am planning my next idea, working on new technique, being ever so grateful that my collectors are there for me when they can be. They have the same worries about finance and the future of our economy that I do.
The key to success for me as an artist is to embrace failure, doubt, changes up and down, and to hang on for dear life on this quirky ride I took willingly and happily.

More musings for artists and collectors to come….

Today’s Recipe (From Facebook)
Hashbrown Hamburger Casserole with Veggies and Cheese Recipe

2 tsp olive oil
1 onion, chopped
1 pound lean ground beef
2 Tbsp flour
2 Tbsp ketchup
1 cup beef broth
3 Tbsp Worcestershire sauce
salt and pepper to taste
2 cups frozen mixed vegetables
1 20 oz. package of refrigerated hash brown potatoes (appx 3 1/2 cups)
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
1/4 cup butter, melted
 Heat oven to 375 degrees. Coat a 9×13 baking pan with cooking spray.
 In a skillet, cook onion in olive oil over medium high heat until translucent. Add in ground beef and cook until browned. If there is a lot of fat from the ground beef, pour it off at this time.
 Add in the flour and cook for one minute, stirring.
 Add in ketchup, broth, Worcestershire, salt and pepper and veggies. Cook for 5 minutes.
 Spread mixture in bottom of 9×13 baking pan.
 In a medium bowl, mix potatoes, cheese and butter.
 Spread potato mixture over beef/veggie mixure.
 Bake 45 minutes or until hash browns are golden brown.

Wait Patiently

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Wait Patiently Notes

I have learned to wait patiently when I paint. Most all of my paintings start out disastrously. They are flat, sloppy and I begin to think that I have wasted good paint, canvas and precious time.  I tell myself, “wait patiently”.  Somehow in the next painting session, they begin to look like a possibility. When I was a young painter I could wait forever for a good painting, but happily, after 50+ years of painting, I can often make something out of the mess pretty quickly.

We are not learning to wait patiently anymore in our society. I have students who won’t wait patiently for improvement. After a few months they move on to the next teacher, the next workshop, then the next teacher, and so on, hoping for instant success. They become workshop junkies, changing style and method with each new teacher. Their frustration and impatience takes control. They are not satisfied with a little progress and don’t believe that exercises will help them.

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Other, wiser students work toward success slowly and methodically, knowing it takes many hours of practice and study to improve. It makes no sense to think your work should be instantly good if you have painted as a hobby for 5 years. Compare that to a painter who paints 300 paintings a year with formal art degrees. We are all at different stages on our painting journey, yet still all learning as we go.

Self discipline, planning and research have become old fashioned. My sister watches the home hunting shows on TV. Most of the buyers are young, expecting high end, perfect homes in their 20’s. They are unwilling to wait patiently and work toward higher end homes. They are not willing to buy a starter home. I have a friend who’s mother  gave her 10,000.00 to buy a car. Instead of buying a 10,000.00 car, owning it free and clear, she bought a 20,000.00 car and now has payments. It is hard for me to understand the new impatient world. I am old fashioned. I drive a car until it costs me more than it is worth to repair. My car is 12 years old. The AC died over a year ago. It still runs good, so I will keep it as long as I can. I will wait for better economic times to buy another car and I will buy it used.

An art career takes a long time. Years of failed paintings, years of promotion, years of hopes, sometimes dashed. It takes great amounts of study, painting time and obstacles to overcome, just as it does in most professions. Wait patiently and be ready when the opportunities arrive. If you expect immediate success you will most likely be disappointed. You don’t have to have a new high end studio, the best easel on the market. You have to have a few paints, canvases and a couple of brushes to be a good painter. Most hobby painters have better studios than I do and live in fine homes. Stuff doesn’t make you a pro, hard work does. It is wonderful if you can afford the best, but it won’t make you an excellent painter.

More musings for artists and collectors to come…..

Today’s Recipe

Creamy Caprese Salad
Ingredients
8 oz fresh mozzarella cheese, cubed
2 medium tomatoes, coarsely chopped
1/4 cup plain low-fat Greek yogurt
1/4 cup basil pesto sauce
Steps
Cut mozzarella into bite-size pieces. Chop tomatoes.
Combine in medium bowl: yogurt and pesto sauce until blended.
Fold in cheese and tomatoes until evenly coated. Serve.

Ideas Process

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Ideas Process Notes

I am certainly a big idea person. I have lots of them and they fly out of my mind in a snap if I don’t gather them in. I use my Notes app on my Ipad or phone to record them quickly, just the main title.  Whenever a see a good reference photo, get an idea on my walks around the trail, see something on TV, or talk with someone, the hints start to pop up in my mind. Some folks use apps like Pinterest to record their plans. Whatever is fastest and most comfortable for you will work the best.

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About once a month, I go through the list of hints and sort them by priority. Some are time sensitive, others sit in the list for more than a year +. Some ideas take more money than I can spend and they wait for better economic times for me. Others wait because I may not have the skills or knowledge to make them work yet.

The second stage for these ideas is about research. I spend some time thinking about whether they are good plans, worth doing and how I might accomplish them. I have been project manager for a variety if events in my long career, including 10 years as a project manager for Walt Disney World’s annual art in the garden plein air event.  I love research about everything I like. Whatever I am interested in gets time with study. Now days, the search engines give me a lot of information and make research very easy on just about every subject. I do a lot of experiments with painting subjects, marketing, nature study, cooking and love reading about science. I also listen to a lot of podcasts about things that interest me. It is very worthwhile to research plans before jumping into the pool.

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The final stage of ideas is actual installation. This is the time that ideas get put into action or not. After research, I will let go of some ideas because they are not viable or worth the time and money it takes to do them. The first two stages are useless unless I am willing to put in the  effort to make them happen. In truth, most of my ideas aren’t really doable, but some are really great! This three step process really settles them in my mind so I don’t go out and make stupid and expensive mistakes. I used to do things randomly, agreed to a lot of art functions that were not smart, and made time wasting and expensive mistakes. Taking the time to think things through has really saved me in my business and personal life.

More musings for artists and collectors to come……

 

Today’s Recipe

Mango Salsa

Peel mango and cut into 1/4-inch cubes (1 cup)

Chop onion (2 tablespoons) and 2 T cilantro

Squeeze limes for juice (1 1/2 tablespoons)

1 T honey

Combine mango, onion, cilantro, lime juice, honey and 1/4 teaspoon salt.

Serve chilled.

 

Different OK

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Different is OK Notes

Being different in the art world can be challenging and difficult. I’ve always gone my own way as an artist. I often start an idea, finding that others jump on the band wagon. Most of the ideas I come up with are copied on Facebook shortly thereafter. If I start doing tiny paintings, I soon find lots of tiny paintings instantly on social media. This happens to lots of idea artists, not just me. An artist named Carol Marine had an unusual way of painting with odd edges to objects. Shortly there were hundreds of paintings mimicking her unique approach and her favorite subjects.

I started the plein air movement in Florida with my friend David Johnson. We created Plein Air Florida together and I consulted on all the first big Florida paint outs. Soon there were hundreds of plein air painters who used to be studio and still life painters. When it became “a big thing”, I left the movement and the paint outs. I still paint outside but I don’t want to be part of that hype. I am an independent cuss! I don’t like being part of the crowd.

Sometimes being an outsider can be hurtful. Many artists will shun you and your work. I remember when I first started painting seriously with acrylics, many of my fellow paint out artists made fun of my switch from oils at the paint out. Oils dominate the landscape world and acrylics were considered inferior at the time. Men were especially skeptical.

Style becomes a fad too. My friend was shunned at a paint out because her work was too tight and illustrative for their taste. I noticed when I was still doing paint outs that so much of the work was the same style and palette that it became almost interchangeable. Painting after painting looked the same. Painterly became the standard for artists doing landscapes. Messy, sloppy, slap dash is the new standard for plein air landscape work.

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Artists move in packs, afraid to be different. I say viva la difference! I can do whatever I wish to as an artist. The great thing is that I only have to please my collectors, not other artists. I’ve never understood why so many artists feel they must please each other and fit into the mold of whatever genre they choose to work in. I respect others’ choices but I don’t have to fit in. About the time a subject or way of painting becomes popular, I am ready to move on to something else.

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Always put your fans first. If your work is pleasing to collectors but shunned by other artists, you have won the gold. Artists will not feed you or pay your bills. Collectors will. Find your place as an artist and hold on to it. Be yourself and love every minute of being a painter. I’m so glad that I love to paint farms, fields and old  trees. Few other artists I know like that subject. I’m lucky to paint what I understand and grew up with. Always paint what you love deeply and you will be right every time.

More musings for artists and collectors to come…

 

Today’s Recipe

Linda’s Tuna Melt
1 pouch of Albacore
2 T Dukes Mayo
1 T pickle relish
¼ small onion diced fine
Salt/pepper
½ apple or slice of fresh pineapple, diced
1 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese
1 cup French fried onion rings (Durkee)
Mix up Tuna with everything except cheese and onion rings
Spread tuna on 4 slices of bread or flour tortillas
Bake for 15 minutes
Sprinkle on cheese and then onion rings
Bake until cheese is bubbly and onions are brown.
Yummy. It is like a tasty tuna pizza!

Hang Rotate Paintings

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Hang and Rotate Your Art Notes

I get requests from both artists and collectors about how to manage their art spaces. So many collectors want to buy more art, but feel that they have run out of room. Artists feel they have too much work they are not able to sell.
Hang and rotate your art throughout your space. Art is easy to re hang. Many collectors rotate their collection once or twice a year. I paint seasonally, working with a winter palette and a summer palette for my work. This is a great way to rotate and hang your paintings in your home. Seasonal art, flowers, green trees and fields will look cool and serene for your rooms all spring and summer. Golds oranges and reds will look lovely in the fall, moving into wheats, purples, grays in the winter season.

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Each time you rotate the art for your home or office, the stored paintings will look new and fresh and be like old friends who come for a visit. You can collect much more beautiful art than you thought when you rotate and hang your work seasonally.
Artists, it is so important for you to rotate your work at least quarterly between studios, galleries and public spaces. I rotate mine and hang in new spots every other week. I have my studio in a store with frequent repeat visitors. They see at least a couple of new paintings every time they come into the store.

You should also rotate your online paintings, especially any featured paintings on your home page of a web site. You want visitors to be surprised to have something new and special to look at each time they click on your home page.

Sunflower Painting

How to store paintings that are out of rotation:
I like to wrap framed or unframed paintings in craft paper as you would a package. Slide flat pieces of cardboard between the wrapped paintings, back to back and front to front. Store paintings together of the same sizes, which will fit better in closets, under beds, and behind dressers, under couches, and headboards. They will be safe and dust free while they wait their turn to be hung again. Large paintings should be wrapped in old blankets, taped closed. They will fit behind large furniture and in the back of closets.
Enjoy twice the art and re hang every six months.

More musings for artists and collectors to come…..

Today’s Recipe

LEMON ROMANO CHICKEN
Ingredients
1 cup seasoned croutons, finely crushed
1/4 cup slivered almonds, finely crushed
2 tablespoons fresh basil leaves, finely chopped
Zest of 1 lemon
1/2 cup three cheese (or original) egg substitute
1/4 cup grated Parmesan/Romano cheese
4 chicken cutlets (about 1 lb)
1 tablespoon unsalted butter
2 tablespoons canola oil
1 (5.3-oz) cup plain Greek yogurt
1 tablespoon basil pesto

Prep
• Crush croutons and almonds (with meat mallet or food processor).
• Chop basil. Zest/grate lemon peel (no white; 2 teaspoons).

Steps
1. Place eggs in shallow bowl. Combine in second bowl: cheese, croutons, almonds, zest, and basil. Dip chicken into eggs (allowing excess to drip off). Finally, dip chicken into crouton mixture; press with fingertips to evenly coat (wash hands).
2. Preheat large nonstick sauté pan on medium 2-3 minutes. Melt butter and oil in pan; cook chicken 2-3 minutes on each side or until chicken is 165°F.
3. Combine yogurt and pesto; serve on the side with chicken.

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