I am so excited to give someone a painting on February 1st! I will announce the winner here. I ask that the winner emails me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I will give you a list of available paintings to choose from.
I will be coming out with a new batch of minis next week so please keep watching my Daily Paintworks gallery on the right hand side of the page or follow my facebook page. Another big thank you to everyone who has purchased my work! I am soooo looking forward to writing a big check to Wells Fargo and chop down that student loan. Also even if you can't purchase something, every time you like, comment, pin or share me on google+, it is a huge help you guys! This really gets my work out there to more people.
If you are an artist and wondering how I paint you may not know that I have some free YOU TUBE mini tutorials and I plan to do more:
Also I do have a full 2 1/2 hour video + 8 page written lesson available here:
And you can also schedule critiques for your paintings on this mentor website.
Down to business, I wanted to write about showing up. It's so important that you are showing up everyday in your studio and doing deep work. Deep work can only come from having a set amount of uninterrupted time to focus. Yes this means no internet, no phones, no getting up every 5 minutes because you remembered something you have to do. No studying someone elses work for 30 more minutes. If you only have an hour, use that hour! Everyday! There is so much that you can only learn from time in the saddle. (Check out Cal Newport interviews on the topic deep work on YouTube)
These days it seems like we have an unending wealth of knowledge from other people who are masters and that is great of course, but just because one "knows" what they are to do does not mean that they can do it. Unfortunately, you can "know" and then sit down to do and the "knowing" does not come out. You know what I'm talking about don't you? Aaarrgghhh, I should be better than this! This can be so frustrating.....and well, I wish I had some better news for you, but there is no way around it, you just have to not be able to do for a while. This is where a lot of people give up. I encourage you to be willing to make paintings that do not live up to your knowledge. It's the only way. You can't get to a great painting by doing one painting. I promise you that one day you will be painting and all of the sudden you will realize that your skillset has caught up a little bit to your knowledge.
When this happens, EUREEKA! Go get a root beer float folks, it's time to celebrate. I tell you nothing makes me happier than realizing that after months of struggling I have finally reached a new level. I don't even give a shit what anybody else thinks about it or that it's not as good as So and So. I know that I improved! I know that I will keep improving. I recently had this experience with my portrait painting. I've been going to group once a week at least for months, I went to 2 portrait painting workshops this year, I've watched videos, I've analyzed my paintings and master paintings.....and finally my portraits started to show improvement this week. You have to be willing to fail, be a beginner, look like a fool in front of everyone, be vulnerable and open and allow someone else to help you! This is so hard, but personally NOTHING is worth missing my goal of improvement - especially my own insecurities.
Some minis from this week:
I painted another pear mini by special request. No matter how many times I paint pears, I always find it a challenging study and try hard not to make they look like light bulbs.
Pink & Red Carnations, 7"x5", Starting bid $50!
I loved the spiraling light on these carnations, sort of a contrapposto of flowers!http://www.dailypaintworks.com/buy/auction/496873
or buy it now for $75. If you don't have paypal just email me for another form of payment.
What else do I do?
Of course my schedule doesn't just include painting 1 hr mini sketches. I also complete up to 3 larger gallery works a week. In addition to hiring a model once a week privately and going to a portrait group.
Here is one of my recent gallery paintings, "Apple Butter Bucket" - 16"x20" - oil on linen
and you guessed it, it is for sale $2000 framed and shipped. So just email me if you are interested. I also do a 2-4 month payment plan, $500 a month. I can take credit cards as well.
Framed in black and gold, it's about 23"x 27".
You can already see one of my portrait sketches in the background there. Here are some of the portrait sketches I've done recently , total working time is about 2 1/2 hours each and some rough 30 minute figure sketches in my studio searching for ideas. It's said that you shouldn't show your unfinished work, but I don't know- I always enjoy seeing the artists sketches that I admire. It gives me an idea of how they were trying to discover and art gold didn't just ooze out of their fingertips all the time!
30 minute figure sketches:
2 1/2 hour portrait sketches....I had some root beer floats to celebrate my progress!
Portrait of Kiana
Portrait of Kelly