Saturday, January 10, 2015
I'm a fairly prolific painter, even when working on a series. I take 'breaks' from my series subject by painting other subject material and also paint demonstration pieces in workshops. Annually I like to provide paintings from old and new work to collectors at a reduced price.
From January 12 - 31st, I will be making paintings available through my website on a first come basis. You can see the images currently on the Waifs & Strays Sale page of my website, but prices will not be populated until January 12th. I cannot accept reserves prior to the sale date, to ensure everyone has an equal opportunity to purchase.
Shipping is included in the purchase price unless otherwise indicated. Framed pieces which are under glass will have the glass removed prior to shipping.
Thursday, January 08, 2015
January Woods - SOLD
5"x 7" oil on panel
The first real snow of 2015 layered everything with white today and provided a snow day for many. Me included. Its never really a snow day as technology increases remote connectivity and I worked from home.
However, at 4am I couldn't sleep and was up and in the studio and found an image I had taken a few years ago looking out from the protection of the woods into the clearing of the meadow and decided to paint it. I believe painting becomes automatic to me, no matter what the time of day, whether night or day.
I am surrounded by trees where I live in the country and over time have made trails and clearings through the trees that provide magical places to observe light and colour.
Sunday, January 04, 2015
St. John's Harbour
I always make plans for the year that lies ahead of me. A plan provides me with goals and is a way of measuring progress towards those goals. Not knowing where you're going can be amusing for awhile, but it often leads to stagnation and the making the same mistakes over and over. At the end of the year, there are no measurables to determine if you've moved ahead or been successful.
Salmon Cove rocks
- A plan needs to be structured
- A plan needs to push you outside your comfort level
- A plan needs to be based on business principles
Professionalism is vital in all areas from business to production and presentation of your work. Long gone are the days of eccentric, egotistical, difficult artists as the expected norm.
- A plan needs to be flexible
Wetland Hoar Frost
So what are my plans for 2015? I'm calling it the Closer to Home year. I will be exploring more of my local surroundings, from local seascapes to my own 16 acre 'backyard'. So much is left to capture on this island and I've barely scratched the surface.
Cat and dog eye comparisons
I'm expanding my range of workshops and yes finally offering an online workshop in 2015 - I just bought a camcorder specifically for it, so no turning back now!
I'll be having a solo exhibit in June at Peter Lewis Gallery of my series of wooden boat paintings. I will also be looking at gallery opportunities outside the province - not closer to home I know, but exposure and marketing are needed outside this small island to secure visibility and revenue opportunities.
Whatever your plans for 2015, I wish you well and look forward to connecting with you during the year in person, online or through email. My studio door is always open for artists and collectors to stop by for a coffee or a chat.