The Everyday Life of a Working Artist

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Thursday, March 20, 2014

Chasing Light

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"Chasing Light"
Oil, 6" x 6" on canvas panel.
$200.00 with display easel.
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Painting workshops are where amazing things happen. Teaching a workshop is one of my favorite parts about being an artist. This week I taught a three day workshop in Ventura. We had five incredibly talented artists, beautiful weather in the high 70's and lots of time hanging in the beach house talking about art and marketing. And yes, we ate well too! I have lots of photos to share and paintings to post so stay tuned to my blog for the next week.

This painting titled "Chasing Light" is the first painting we completed on the morning of the first day. The carnation is a great subject matter for a lesson emphasizing values, temperature and palette knife strokes. And look at these completed paintings. Aren't they amazing?

Who knew we could have so much fun?

Check out my new remodel blog for our new beach house in Ventura, Ca. I am now teaching workshops at the beach. Come stay and paint with me! I have workshops scheduled in the next twelve months in South Pasadena, Ventura Beach, Newport Beach, Charlotte, NC, and Atlanta, Ga. Click here for more information!

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Capturing Light in Your Painting Subjects

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"The Lemon Cup"
Oil, 6" x 6"
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My outdoor "photo studio". 

As artists we often struggle in finding the "right" subject to paint. I have always believed if there isn't a good light source on your subject then it's not worth painting. I often find my best subjects to paint in my own back yard. Literally.

In two weeks I am teaching a one day Open Studio class titled "Painting Glass". I was lucky enough to find these beautiful glass colored bottles and today I set up my outdoor photo studio to get ready for the class. Because I have multiple students I can't really create a still life set up for each student so I have to photograph them in advance. 

Capturing light is the most important element when it comes to taking good pictures. And sunlight is the best light source there is. Plus it's really cheap, as long as you can catch it on a sunny day! To photograph my objects, especially glass, I wait until the light is shining behind my photo source (which is morning in my back yard). I use a blank ampersand panel as my background. It's that simple!

The subject used for the painting titled "The Lemon Cup" was photographed in my studio using an inexpensive light from the hardware store. I used a direct light source instead of sunlight because I wanted to only show a strong light source on the right side of the objects.

Try to set up your own photos studio. You also don't need a great camera to photograph your painting subjects. I usually use my iPad. 

Check out my new remodel blog for our new beach house in Ventura, Ca. I am now teaching workshops at the beach. Come stay and paint with me! I have workshops scheduled in the next twelve months in South Pasadena, Ventura Beach, Newport Beach, Charlotte, NC, and Atlanta, Ga. Click here for more information!

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Looking forward to Hawaii

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"Sunset Marina"
Oil, 24" x 24"
$1250.00 framed.
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This is one of my favorite scenes in Hawaii and I am so happy I am going there tomorrow! I am looking forward to some time on the islands and can't wait to take a million photos for my "Painting in Hawaii" workshop which is June 28 - 30th in South Pasadena. Please note this workshop is Saturday, Sunday and Monday. It is one of my few weekend workshops! Click here for more information.

Don't miss this week's Artists Helping Artists show which is titled "Artists with Day Jobs … Working Full Time and Having an Art Career". The show airs Thursday at 9:00 am PST, 12:00 noon EST. You can listen to the show anytime as it is pre-recorded. Click here to listen!

Check out my new remodel blog for our new beach house in Ventura, Ca. I am teaching workshops at the beach. Come stay and paint with me! I have workshops scheduled in the next twelve months in South Pasadena, Ventura Beach, Newport Beach, Charlotte, NC, and Atlanta, Ga. Click here for more information!

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