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It's been too long since I last posted here. No excuses. I do know that I've had a terrible time getting anything from my head onto a canvas. Absolutely dry. I would go to my studio with the best of intentions and then within 15 minutes I would create something that desperately needed gesso. So I would oblige. Then I would wait for another infrequent moment of creativity. I received my shipment from Cheap Joe's and that may have helped me paint a complete and finished painting. I found some colors that I hadn't used before  and I bought two more of the Fibonacci brushes; I now have 30, 40, 70 and 100 mm sizes. They are really the only brushes I use. Here's the painting I have been talking about. It's 16x20 acrylic on canvas. Yes, I know that's small for me but Aaron Bros isn't having one of their 3 for the price of 1 canvas sales right now. When they do, I'll get back to large.

The opening and then some

My show (shared with 2 other artists) was a success. I sold two painting and that's always a good thing. Now it's just a waiting game as the show goes on for another 2 1/2 weeks. Here are the two paintings that I sold, one was a diptych. The price was $100 for each one. That's $140 for the artist and $60 for the gallery. The two paintings with black frames, centered and divided by 3 vertical paintings were the diptych and the upper far right was the second one. I was able to find a better shot of the diptych but not one of the other. I have too many images! Here's the photo of Donna (Donna is one of the Tuesday Painters) as she was able to visit with us for a couple of great but too short hours. We're expecting her back with us full time ! And here's a painting by Marvey, a watercolor on 300# wc paper. I love the look of this one. It reminds me of something by David Hockney. Here is one I just finished. I'm painting as qu

Things that might interest

I haven't posted here for awhile but I have an excuse; I had some surgery and that kept me from thinking; even more than I usually 'don't'. Between the pain meds and the surgery, I was lucky to remember my name... I've been working on the upcoming show. The show has my name on it but the Tuesday Painters deserve a whole lot of the credit for my being there. I wouldn't have had the courage to submit my work for the show if it weren't for the praise and criticism I've received from my friends over the years. I should mention this new tool I picked up while shopping at Ellis Art.  It's the Liquitex Painting Knife #3. It cost something close to $15, but it's been worth every penny of it. I have a much longer knife but I tend to drag my knuckles into the paint when I use it. This one is just the right size for me. I'm not a paid sponsor for anything...but I would love to be! Anyway, some thoughts about Liquitex. Their Basic series of student

Saw my name...

The show date is coming up. And I had a conversation with the art director yesterday, where he told me a little about the boards decision to include my paintings in this years show. He pointed to two paintings that they 'really' liked... This one surprised me. I only knew of one other person that liked it, beside myself. Then, there is this, I thought I was the only one that liked it. So goes the life of an Abstract Expressionist. Ordinarily, it's a lonely life. What I love about the painting is something I see in my head. The painting is an attempt by me to let you in to 'my head'. Sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn't.

Another post in short order...

I think it was just yesterday that I posted here and here I go again... It's a series of shots (4) of the same painting, just rotated 90 degrees each time. It's a 30"x48" x1.5" acrylic on gallery wrapped canvas. I thought I had it finished on Monday but I spent some time with it on Tuesday and the painting convinced me that I wasn't through. Last night I was certain that I should simply gesso over the darn thing and start again. Some may say that I should have followed through with that, but I didn't and I'm glad.

Another Studio

Another one of the Tuesday Painters has favored me with some photos  of her studio; Katie. We went through some struggles as we tried to connect her phone to my my Mac via AirDrop. The connection was made and the photos are right here...I did not edit these photos and so we're seeing her 'studio' just as it is. I believe this is a chair with that fabulous watercolor of the hawk. This is more like it. That chair is built for contemplation. And there's an Apple computer on the desk. It seems that every artist needs a computer, and Apple seems to be the preferred one. There's a watercolor on the floor, on the left hand side. Looks to be interesting. It looks as if the exit is blocked I'm not sure ? Here's a better look at the watercolor of the hawk. Today was a great day for me at the Tuesday Painters. I found out that I had been selected to be the 3rd artist in a 3 man show at the Art Center. More about that later... Today, Kati

More videos, of course

Since I learned that I can embed videos...I will embed some videos. I'm sure you saw this coming... What I have here are 30 acrylic abstract demos by Sabine Belz and Zacher-Finet. I'm not sure about the relationship or even if there is a relationship. I do know that I have subscribed to separate YouTube channels.  Do they paint together?  I do know that I love their work. Maybe if I watch these more often I will understand who is painting and when.

Some things of interest

First, let it be known that I don't know how to do a good review. My reviews are on the order of "I like it. You should buy it. You will like it too." and that is what happens when I talk about the Fibonacci line of water color brushes. I have found these brushes to be astounding. True, I have only used the flats, but I have seen nothing but good reviews for the rounds. I only know that when I have my hand around the handle, it all feels right. And the brush seems to do more than I thought was possible. On the 'con' side, I use this wonderful watercolor brush with acrylics. Always. It doesn't hold a lot of paint when that paint is a thick bodied acrylic. Even so, I intend to buy more...maybe a round or two this this time. I just found this post...I had written it but never posted here it is, a week or so late. Not that it makes any difference.

A video

I was browsing the video's on YouTube this morning and spotted this one. It has some interesting tips. You might like it...also it's from the Zacher-finet YouTube channel that has so many talented videos  I also enjoy the fact that I can embed these videos in the page rather than inserting a link. It's much cleaner. And easier for you...