Art Thought for the Day

Available Next Week on EBay- Small, Affordable, Original Oil Paintings!

Like many artists, I’m trying to figure out what my sales options are given the current economic climate. I’m also interested in seeing if I can sell art directly on the internet. And, a few months ago, I was showing some friends some of the small studies I do to work on various aspects of painting and one encouraged me to try selling them. Taking this all together, I have decided to offer a “new line” of small oils that I am calling “Studio Studies”, because, well, that’s what they are.

As anyone who paints most days a week knows, they do stack up after awhile and I have a few dozen that I’ve decided I’m willing to find new homes for.

I plan to start offering them a few at a time on EBay, starting next week. Here’s a small preview, starting with one that I photographed in progress, so it’s a short step-by-step demo of how I do these mostly 6″x8″ studies that usually take less than two hours. The idea is to quickly capture a light effect, so detail isn’t relevant. This should look familiar to anyone who has taken Scott Christensen’s Ten Day Plein Air Intensive, because that’s who I learned this approach from and I really like it.

STEP-BY-STEP 8″X 6″ STUDY (from last Friday’s post)-

An image I shot up on Dunraven Pass in Yellowstone National Park at first light. What I was working on the was the color temperature shifts from shadow to light.

Photo reference

Photo reference

Initial lay-in

Initial lay-in

Starting with darkest darks

Starting with darkest darks and basic shapes

Adding light and medium tones

Adding light and medium tones; notice brushwork to create trees

Dawn on Dunraven Pass; 8"x 6"

Dawn on Dunraven Pass; 8"x 6"

Here’s a couple more. First a demo that I did in about an hour at the Marin Art Festival of a small kangaroo which I photographed at a zoo.

Little Kangaroo- 8"x10"

Little Kangaroo- 8"x10"

And a landscape a few minutes from our house looking east from Clam Beach to the bluff. It was summer and the foxgloves were blooming. They’re not a native, but they look like they belong here in Humboldt County.

Clam Beach Bluff; 6"x8"

Clam Beach Bluff; 6"x8"

Finally, since I strongly believe that artists should help and support each other, here, from Alison Stanfield, who runs ArtBizCoach, is some solid advice on “Community”. Thanks, Alison! (Hope it’s readable. Let me know if it’s not.)

community

ART THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

The artistic mind is one that takes years to develop. Painting never gets easier. Struggle is not something that one goes looking for. It will find you. Just give it time.

Scott Christensen, The Nature of Light

2 replies »

  1. Wow, very interesting idea you came up with. I have only just started my own website due to the same reasons as you came up with this idea. I certainly will give your idea more then just a “thought”. My idea was to not just simply create a site where I can sell my art, but turn it into an art community over time. A place where artists and art enthusiasts can come together to freely talk about art. To that end I intend to incorporate forums, blogs etc. At the moment I have a “Guest Artist” section where fellow artists can showcase their art and a “Guestbook” section where visitors can leave their thoughts or ideas. But as I said, I only just started it. So please don´t be too critical, lol.

    Wish you all the best, Anna

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