Tuesday, February 26, 2013

I think I forgot I was having fun

This morning when I work up I realized that I've been a little art crazy the last few days. I am in business mode right now trying to move this art to a new level.  I am researching new avenues for painting, painting methods, selling methods, self-promotion, etc. I want to do more within the confines of my available time and resources. I am painting more often. I am on a better schedule than before. My painting is more deliberate. But I've got to figure out all the ins and outs of this art business stuff.

It's not that it's not fun.  It is fun.  But it's deliberate.  It's deliberate fun?  Can you have that? Can we do that? I always felt like you can plan for something and then you hope it's fun. But with this, this is me trying to be responsible as an artist. It's planning and business development. "Business Development" bleh! That's what my husband is required to do with his job. That's not what I do as an artist. Right? Apparently, not. If you want to succeed at being an artist, meaning actually get your name out there and make some money while producing great art, you have to be deliberate. Weird, I know.

And so, with all of this going on I have been making sure I fill up all my personal time - time without familial obligations in it (other than cleaning clothes, cooking dinner, shopping, doctors appointments, vet appointments, cleaning the dog - I suppose I could go on, but I won't) and instead filling it up with painting and painting related activities.

And so, I sort of got carried away this morning with one of those things.  After I got child #2 off to school I knew I only had an hour to do something.  And I knew it needed to be something other than clean the kitchen now that everyone was out of the house.  I had already scheduled a hair appointment at 9:00 and figured I could get some painting-related chore complete. I decided the one task I could finish in that time was to put the colored ground on the six small boards I already cut and primed. But, I'd have to do it quickly. I set them up on my easel and went through each of them, one by one, checking the time as I moved from one to the next.  About that time I was finished I noticed that I had gotten a little carried away.  There were paint splatters on the wall to the right of my easel.  Some of you may know already that I am left handed.  For those of you that didn't, well, now you know. So, as I painted with my left hand the paint was flying off to the right side of the easel on the wall. I'm glad I made the decision a while back to not have paintings hanging low in that area.  Oopsies!  I tried to wipe them with a cloth but since acrylic paint dries fast, all of it didn't come off. What you see below is what's still left on the wall.  I guess I need to figure out what will clean it. Or not.

This is how I paint them on my easel.

These are the six prepped boards. Do you like my frogs?  I just realized the frogs are upside down. It's funny what you don't notice while you're standing right in front of it and it takes a photo to see it.

This is where my easel is and the wall with the splatters. 

I know, I know. It's not a big deal.  They are small splatters.  But, I have left over anxieties from my childhood that I should not get paint on the wall.  I'm so glad my mother came by over the weekend and I don't have to worry about getting it cleaned up before she comes by again.  Perhaps I will leave them.  It is a "studio" wall after all. And perhaps keeping it there will be a constant reminder that I am having fun and I am supposed to be getting carried away with my art. Being in the moment is something that I have tried to achieve and it's only in the last 6-8 months that I have allowed myself to be so. Painting has been more fun nowadays and I surely don't want to forget that.

Monday, February 25, 2013

Oh my goodness, here I go again...

Well, today is the day I start a new blog.  I'm not completely set up the way I want to be with this blog but I needed to start again in some manner.  The last blog I did was a year ago and was titled Back to College. What the heck was I thinking?.  Hard to believe it's been that long since I went back to LSU for two semesters of art.  I learned a lot.  I've done quite a bit with my time since then.  My art and the business of art has gone to a new level.  I have become a member of two art organizations in town.  I have participated in several art shows, juried and non-juried, over the last year.  Right now I have three different pieces scheduled for three different shows for the next couple of weeks.  And I have several paintings in Lagniappe Frame Shoppe here in town as well.

At the first of the year, I put down in writing those goals I have for this year.  One, to create enough pieces for a show at DuMois Gallery in New Orleans.  I've already figured out the pieces I want to paint and have started working on those.  I finished one large piece, 24" x 24", and that is ready for a show in April.  Only thing left to do is sign it. Here it is in an earlier stage.  I really need to stop using photos taken by my iPad and using them to post here.  The quality isn't what I want.

I have a commissioned piece from one of my favorite sisters. It's a sunset landscape piece of Lake Gaston where she and her family have a lake house.  My goal is to have that completed prior to returning to the lake this summer. It only has the underpainting on it for now but I intend to get back to that one soon.

Another goal that I am still formulating is daily painting. But I do not want it to be that I paint each day - which is a whole other goal - I want to paint small beautiful finished pieces each day.  I want to do the daily painting but I want it to be good work. And I want to sell them online. I have been researching during the last two weeks how to go about this. One approach is to tie in my website with a blog. This blog is the blog. I had to create it. And, so, here it is.

Thanks to Debbie Denstorff for her idea to look at and listen to Leslie Saeta's Artist Helping Artists blog talk radio. I am now hooked! I listen to her each week and I'm going back to prior postings by her. This is where the idea to do daily paintings and blogging once again came from.  

Please, once you have read my blog, follow me and share this with everyone.  I will be posting and blogging, hopefully on a daily basis. I'd love to get a ton of followers and eventually a ton of buyers of my art!  If you haven't checked lately, I have updated my website with new pieces. 

So, it's begun.  I've said it and now I have to do it.  Wish me luck!

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