Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Monument Valley

Some think the desert is a mundane, colorless and lifeless wasteland. Those who have seen the Grand Canyon, Zion, Brice and Monument Valley know the wonders and variety of magnificent colors nature offers to those who are willing to open their eyes. The pillars of sandstone are monuments of volcanoes that once dominated the landscape in what is now called Monument Valley.

This 18x24 oil on canvas can be yours for $ 324 plus shipping.

Saturday, December 19, 2015

The Results

A few days ago I posted that I was commissioned to paint the house of  my client's mother and here is the nearly finished painting.

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Commission Art

I just received my first art commission! The customer wants a painting of his mother's home in time for Christmas. He emailed me an image of the house so I could analyze the work involved before quoting him a price.

We exchanged emails for about an hour in a question and answer session until I felt I understood what feeling he wanted the painting to portray.

While painting I'll send him images of the work in process, offering him the opportunity to inject his emotions into the piece.

When the painting is finished he'll be the artist while I became the brush that applied the paint.

Monday, December 14, 2015

Safety Harbor Arts and Crafts

I knew better but couldn't resist attending the Safety Harbor Arts and Crafts event on Sunday, December 13th. They had a large contingent of vendors and from the number of people walking by my booth they had a decent turn out.

They should have called it Safety Harbor Crafts show since the only artist present was myself, which left little competition for those art lovers that never showed up. Perhaps other artist learned from previous years that attending this event was not worth the work or cost.

Quite a few slowly walked by as if interested in the work I presented and other tire kickers came in for a closer look. Compliments on my work were generously given but when pressed about purchasing the age old excuses filled the booth - "I don't have the wall space" or "I have too many pictures already".

The next art show I'll attend will be the Cape Coral Art Festival in early January. This show will determine if I continue travelling the circuit for it draws several thousand people and if I don't sell enough paintings to cover the cost of attending, future shows will be cancelled.

I really thought having a booth was a sure way to move some of my paintings, but so far it has failed to do so.

Anyone out there have a suggestion?

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Gulf Setset

18x24 Oil on canvas
The Gulf of Mexico sunsets off of Dunedin Causeway are spectacular! Storm clouds rolling in from off shore offers a dramatic effect.

 $325 unframed or shipping cost.