February 15th, from 9-12 is the next California Art Club Paint Out. We will be painting at the Santa Paula Airport. I have been trying for years to paint there and now, my dream has come true. Some top notch artists will be there.
Come join us if you can and watch us paint: planes, hangers, vintage aircraft, those little carts…anything is fair game. Hmm, that gets me thinking of another place to paint but that will be a surprise solo excursion but I will post those soon. Go ahead and guess. What do you like. Planes, Trains or Automobiles? I can’t choose, I love them all.
But first, I have to get rid of this chest cold. It is never leaving so, back to the doctor’s office for a third visit. I am calling my doctor tomorrow because now, there are planes to paint.
Sometimes I don’t realize how much I paint. Well I do realize that conceptually. I paint for 10 hours a day but I forget how much work that produces. And since I got excepted to two shows and have a 2 person show at Fox Fine Art Jewerly in Ventura, California, it feels like I’m saying, “Look at me, look at me, look at me￼…psst, wanna buy a painting?” I feel like a fat girl that lost a lot of weight and now can prance about in a bikini. It is just that my work has finally been getting good enough to be noticed. Believe me, I was the most surprised. It is hard when you’re chasing a dream and you finally catch it! It is pretty much, like now what? Well, now you get into a gallery and see if they can sell your work so you can keep creating. That is happening this week. I am sending out emails to chase that dream. The first dream was – Get good enough to make some noise and get into shows. I am showing at the Santa Paula Art Museum, the Museum of Ventura County & at Fox Fine Jewerly. Now that is checked off my list it is time to celebrate and paint some more! Thanks for reading this little rant, now back to fancy hair and curvy pants. By the way, I did lose a lot of weight but I am not prancing about in a bikini, that would be too much!
I started Plein Air Wednesday again. That’s right, we are a group that is actively painting at different places. You can find us on Facebook – Plein Air Wednesday in and around Ventura County. It is so important to paint from life and it’s a wonderful way to be social. I remember when I would just paint alone in my studio, it was so lonely! Now, I get insight from other artists, they make me laugh and my work actually gets stronger. The amazing thing is, everyone gets better. The car is packed and I’m jumping in the shower. Have a great day. Incidentally this piece is available, White Blossoms. It is 11 x 14 at $600. It is on view right now at Fox Fine Jewerly in Ventura California.
I want to stay up late but I am realizing that I am more productive in the morning… now what?
This is my Everest people…how do I wake UP in the morning? How do you wake up? No really, HOW do you do it? Because I need help. I saw one YouTuber, who made a video of her alarm clock with tiny boxing gloves. The device would hit her in the head until she got up. Yup, she gets it. I need something like that. My family is helping and seeing progress in my paintings helps too. Still a boxing glove alarm clock would do wonders…
I am making progress. I used to stay up till 3 am but I realized (2 days ago), that I also get anxious late at night. I love the night because it is quiet. That part is blissful but it is hard to have a breakfast meeting if someone wants to do that. People never ask to meet at 1:00 am or I would rule the world! Now, that I am becoming more in demand, I have to keep better hours.
The Big, Fat Plan
Go to the gym – check, one day a week, hmm, I should probably change that
Get tired- wiped by 9 pm, in bed by 12 am, it used to be 3 am! Yippee
Pre-pack – Yes, 75% of the time I am doing this so I can paint in the morning
Keep a yellow legal pad – write it down and cross it off
Use a wall calendar – See what is on the horizon
So Now What?
Well, just keep moving in the same direction. Morning still life paintings and soon morning beach paintings too. Any tips you can give me would be great!
What a time we had at The Old Mill on October 6th, Sunday. Thank you, to the parents, individuals and kids for joining in our Family Draw Day. There was even a gallery wall where people donated their artwork. It was fun to see the gallery fill up with the day’s artwork. There was a lot variety and style!
Demonstrations give you new ideas
The above is my demonstration piece. I decided to work in one color because it is all about values. Contrast your darks and lights to create drama! Step back and simplify your work but above all, bepositive because drawing takes work. It can be expressive, funny, delicate or bold, just keep trying.
Any last words of encouragement?
Something NOT to do ( yes, I did this one), is to compare yourself to the masters. You will run screaming and never try again! You’re really looking at decades of their hard work. Even the masters had to start somewhere.