Saturday, March 28, 2009

Virtual Sketch Date: March 2009

Virtual Sketch Date - March 2009

Pencil and colored pencil, 7 x 10 inches

This time I decided to sketch for this month’s Virtual Sketch Date. Partly because I knew if I painted it, I would get caught up in the details. Also I was just in the mood to try something different. This was done in pencil with a little bit of colored pencil added in here and there. I had fun with this. It’s good to shake things up and try something different sometimes. You can view the work of other participating artists here and here.

Selling Art

Earlier this week I was at my day job, working on a customer’s computer on site. While I working on the computer, Rick was showing someone my art on Flickr. They mentioned how much they liked one particular painting. Now I’ve never made much of an effort to sell my art. It’s more of a mental roadblock than a conscious decision. A more alert person would have offered the painting to them for x number of dollars. After all, I can make more. Me, I just thanked them. Oh well, next time. For those of you who make a better effort to sell your art than I do, here’s a list of observations and suggestions from someone who recently spent some time buying art. I thought there was some good information in there.


See all of my Virtual Sketch Date posts.

Saturday, March 21, 2009



Acrylic on Daniel Smith painting board, 7 x 5 inches

We have a lovely patch of narcissus blooming in the yard right now. The daffodils came earlier, right before our last snow. I brought a bunch of them inside and there are still lots of blooms outside. This is the best that I’ve seen them. So I just had to do a quick painting. I had to keep reminding myself that this was supposed to be a quick painting, using up some leftover paint on my palette.

Just to show that you can make art with almost anything, I'll leave you with this Extreme Sheep Herding video.

Sunday, March 15, 2009

Two Truffles

Two Truffles

Two Truffles
acrylic, 5 x 5 inches on Daniel Smith Painting Board

I had two dark chocolate truffles left over from Valentine’s Day, so I decided to paint them before I ate them. it’s an incentive to paint quickly. I painted it on some old Daniel Smith Painting Board I found the other day. I don’t even think they carry it anymore. It is stiff and slightly flexible with a surface texture much like watercolor paper and the thickness is similar to the heavier watercolor papers. The down side is that it’s brittle. I haven’t had any chip with normal use, although I suppose it would if you dropped it. It’s not that easy to cut though. Even with a straight edge, that last little bit tends to break off randomly. Otherwise, I like painting on it.

While I’m thinking about it, check out this video at the Digital Photography School. It’s about creativity and inspiration and lack of inspiration. The focus is on photography but I think all creative types can relate. The Digital Photography School is also a good place to learn about using your digital camera, whether you have SLR or a simple point and shoot camera.

Sunday, March 08, 2009

Backyard Sunset

Backyard Sunset
watercolor, 5 x 7 inches

We've had some beautiful sunsets lately. You have to be quick to catch them. When you do, for a few moments the western sky turns bright rosy orange. My only view from our backyard is through the trees and over the rooftops, but I love the bright colors filtering through the trees. I had to capture it.

I checked out Jeanne Dobie's book,
Making Color Sing, from the library. It's worth it just for the sections on greens, grays, and glazing alone. But there's a wealth of information above this. There's a lot of good composition tips too. Sometimes the colors in the step-by-step demonstrations seem a bit off, at least in this copy, but you can still get the idea behind it. Overall an excellent book.

Finally, a couple of links before I go. For you Freelancers out there, FreelanceSwitch has an
hourly rate calculator.

Roz at
Roz Wound Up has been covering Journaling Superstitions and other Journaling tips lately. Here's the link to Journaling Superstitions #3 but scroll through her entries to find the rest.