Recently at the Seasons of the Sugar River art reception, I spoke with a teen-aged woman who admired my and others’ art. She proclaimed “I want to hug the art”. She was expressing her joy about the art that she found most moving. And her gratitude that such art was available for her to experience,… Continue Reading »
A Painting from the Bottom of a River I like to paint images that suggest a story to involve the viewer. It is interesting how often someone will comment on a person in a painting and say that looks like my father, grandchild, uncle etc. Or that a scene reminds me of my grandmother’s home,… Continue Reading »
Keeping art in our heart Many of us make new year’s resolutions, make goals for the year, or at least reflect on the changes we would like to see. I am not much of a goal person, but like the idea of making a plan and identifying areas of focus. I have two suggestions to… Continue Reading »
Every artist wants to capture your attention. We hope that you will be captivated by our artwork. Do you know that there are tricks that an artist can use that manipulate you to notice and keep looking? I will use a recent painting of mine “The Last Farm” to illustrate. Center of Interest One typical… Continue Reading »
I often get the question “How long did it take you to paint this?” This is actually a complicated question. Getting the brush off If you are talking about how much time I was actually applying paint to the paper, it may be a relatively short time. There are some paintings which get painted in… Continue Reading »
I recently had a dozen of my paintings at the city wide Gallery Night in Madison at Plymouth Congregational UCC. As usual, I was a little surprised by the paintings that got the most reaction. In fact, the audience taught me a little about my own paintings. In general, paintings that garner the most reactions can be a… Continue Reading »
An artist’s perspective. All artists and other professionals go to workshops or classes to refine their skills and learn new techniques. I recently went to a floral workshop in Taos, New Mexico which was taught by Gwen Fox. Not only is she an accomplished painter, she also provides painting advice and art business advice. Going… Continue Reading »
The air horn blasts. Around 35 artists, in the streets and paths of a five block downtown area, put the first stroke of paint on their canvas. Two hours later another horn will sound and the brushes must be placed down and the painting is finished at that point. What’s going on? This is the… Continue Reading »
Keep your head up when you get the thumbs down.
We are surrounded by judgment these days. And judgment only seems to come in one flavor – negative. Mocking and the put down have become a past time.
Being an artist, my job is to put my work out there to be seen. And being seen, it is going to be judged. And a large majority of the time, the painting is judged not good enough – it is not selected to be in a show, it does not receive an honor, it is not bought. So artists know about rejection.
How do we keep our self-esteem when what we make is disrespected?
I am in the midst of a solo exhibit of my watercolors at the gallery at Yahara Bay Distilleries. This is my first one person show. Also, since this is not a gallery only business, the artist is much more involved in setting up the exhibit than at a typical gallery. (This took place in March… Continue Reading »