Demonstration Paintings


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.

Small Paintings

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


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

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