The image at the left comes from one morning while painting; light came through the window and hit my brush ferrule and produced this wonderful effect which was a really nice moment! I grabbed my cell phone and took this pic, and hope you've had a nice moment this week as well with more light in your life.
Art quote: “During that period of my studies — around 1846 — when progress was slow or almost nil, and when no one was willing to provide the explanations my soul craved for, I experienced (it was just after my arrival in Paris) many discouraging weeks. I was in this state of mind one day when, strolling through the Louvre, I saw the casts of the Parthenon pediment. How can I describe the emotion I felt? A veil fell from my eyes. Never had I experienced such a deep and intense joy. What was it I saw in those wonderful plasters? I understood that the subtlety of accents, in contrast with large planes, is what makes a drawing great. This truth, which I have yearned all my life to express and which still drives me on, is the secret of art. It applies to composition as well as to drawing proper. It is the principle that must guide both the young beginner and the fully developed artist.” - William Bouguerau
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I left this 20x16 oil portrait painting at the nearly there stage over a week ago. There are some things I want to get back into on it, just a busy time right now beginning some other work. One thing I know for certain, it is time to order some paint and brushes which is always exciting, like birthday presents. I will leave you with a wonderful quote: "When people think of portraiture, they think of traditional portrait sittings. I'd like my portraits to look contemporary and still maintain their classic beauty." ~ Chin-Cheng Hung
One thing I always find helpful before a final sitting, and working the last passes on a painting, is to upload a photo and circle specific areas I wish to iron out. Because I juggle 400 things a day and have 800 interruptions, and wear three pair of glasses, each seeing the painting a whole new way, this helps much in the same way as holding a painting up to a mirror - little time is wasted searching for problem areas during a final sitting. I will post a pic of the completed painting later. This morning found us at least ten degrees cooler than we've been use to; my thoughts keep straying to the flooding in Colorado. My hope the situation there stabilizes soon! Thank you for your emails and for checking in. My best to you and yours.
I love working fast and often use Pan Pastel, see left and right drawings above. The center drawing was created with graphite which one can easily see the difference between the mediums. If I wanted a more realistic look with the Pan Pastel pieces I could add charcoal and white charcoal for varying tones and values which would produce a less illustrated look. Next piece I do with Pan Pastel I will illustrate that option. I have no hard core rules with mediums and papers, other than to have fun with them. Experiment, and enjoy!
It has been eons since I have posted, but we did get moved. So glad that is over. It took a little longer than I anticipated, but it is done. Unfortunately in the middle of it I took a bad fall when I stepped backward without realizing a floor fan was behind me. I will leave out all the pleasantries about all that because I am not the first one to take a bad fall. I've gotten some work completed, and for anyone interested materials used here are Pan Pastel, sponge applicators, and messes corrected with eraser. That's about it for now, hoping life is treating you and yours well. Best~
(drawing, graphite - TSL)
Art Galleries, Art Sales and the Internet: A Survey, contains interesting statistics regarding a survey of seventeen fine art galleries in California on the percentage of their online sales. Below is a portion of the article from ArtBusiness.com to whet your whistle, and if this is a reflection of what is going on globally it is quite impressive:
"While older more established galleries said online sales generally accounted for 10-35% of total business, younger galleries consistently reported making 60-85% of their sales almost exclusively online. One gallery owner said that sales made either largely or entirely online account for over 90% of their total business, and estimates that they've never personally met 65-75% of their collectors. Two galleries reported that pretty much 100% of their sales have some online component, either major or minor (both of these galleries are somewhere in between younger and older more established). A number of galleries mentioned that they have multiple collectors who buy regularly from them online, but who they have never met in person. One gallery stated that one of their biggest collectors buys totally online and that if the collector walked into the gallery, no one there would have any idea who they were."
For me nothing is more exciting than art galleries and artist studios for viewing works of art, but regardless if one purchases through a gallery, through artists via their studios or online, or via a broker or art collective, fine art continues to be cleverly sought out and highly collectible!
My best as always!
Thank you ArtBusiness.com for your informative piece.
|Natalie - graphite on paper - TSL|
I have been considering that what separates us in life and in the arts is our individual strengths and flaws which enable each person to bring something UNIQUE to the table. If we were all perfectly rendered we'd be robots. Keeping the life in your art is imperative, after all that is what separates the great works of art, not how perfectly rendered a piece is, but how well it exudes the soul of its creator.
|work in progress|
Anyway, for painters reading this blog I will get back to painting on the little still life; there are some drawing issues and perspective issues I need to correct, hopefully a few more passes on it and I will be through. It is a little piece which would have more meaning to me than anyone else, it is the jar I keep walnut oil in for painting. Take care, keep warm and dry, spring is nearly here.
I was just about to order some oil paint and was delighted when I discovered a box of unused tubes. Eureka! So as I have a little time to spare I'll post on my palette.
My general palette is titanium white, yellow ochre, cad red, cad orange, cad yellow light, burnt umber, ultramarine blue, viridian, cobalt blue and alizarin crimson.
If you are starting out you could purchase some of the less expensive grade paints and once bitten by the painting bug invest in higher quality paints. Find what brand suits YOU and your style of painting, there are no right or wrongs in colors and brands, whatever suits your needs.
The winds are howling outside this morning, I've quite a full day, so I will take a pause now and bid you a happy and productive day.
I encourage everyone who puts their work "out there" in the world to not be discouraged. Truly understand that just because one individual turns down your book, your play, your research, your song, your design, your performance, etc. doesn't mean it isn't good; if something isn't right for someone it probably isn't, but it may be perfectly good for someone else.
The above painting, Sorbet, is the only painting that didn't make it through a review in a gallery selling my work. I took it to another gallery and it sold straight away and has since been one of the most written about abstractions of mine on the web. Just remember, everything is subjective to the moment, keep doing what you love, and godspeed.
This image is from a file from the Wikimedia Commons.
Nikolay Nikanorovich Dubovskoy - December 1859 - February 1918.
Be still my heart - how I love the Russian masters.
Makes me want to schedule a traditional landscape piece. I think I will put it on my agenda.
Have a beautiful day.
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