Studio News

Communication is important in any creative endeavor, whether it's visual expression or the written word. Many of my current and past customers contact me to inquire about the progress of new work and to better understand my process. I've now included this "blog" to help describe my life in the studio. I'll post on a weekly basis and welcome your feedback or comments.

It's been several weeks since altering my medications and I finally feel somewhat normal. The joint swelling has subsided and I can comfortably tackle painting again. After a two month hiatus it's surprising to me how awkward I feel with a fresh canvas. They (experts) say everything learned is always present, awaiting the need to apply your knowledge to the task at hand. Unfortunately, muscle memory lapses and must be retrained to direct skills so that knowledge can be utilized. There is much repetition to painting and most painters set up their studio to minimize unnecessary movement. Always using your...

My last post described procrastination and how I conquered that particular malady. Easier said than done. Many of you are aware that I have an arthritic condition that attacks the joints of my body. This summer has been the worst couple of months since I first contracted the disease. I've enjoyed several years of very little swelling and accompanying pain, but for some reason the meds I take daily for control have been less than effective since June. The simple act of painting has become painful and often impossible with swollen hands, neck, back and yes, even buttocks. I mention...

Whenever I become blocked, or as I call it... creatively challenged, my usual cure is to simply put paint on the canvas. This simple act begins the process, whether I have a subject in mind or I'm planning to let the composition evolve. At least it's a start and I no longer have to stare at a blank canvas on my easel. I know several artists that use this technique to begin every painting and although not every painting ends in success, their productivity and output remains constant. I know other painters that prepare detailed sketches, gather reams of reference...

Yesterday I shipped my recent work to a gallery in the Okanagan. Today I've caught up with paperwork, filing receipts for materials and direct expenses that are always part of the final selling price.  Normally, these costs include custom stretched canvas & replenishing paints and brushes, and then once complete the painting is scanned, digital files created, the piece is framed, packaged for shipment and sent by courier. On average this all totals $300 - $350. For local sales I'm able to eliminate half these costs. The galleries ( at least mine ) do a good job of selling my...

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