Workshop Joy & Hell

So I took a two day Plein Air workshop this weekend. I was very excited about it until I found out it was going to be in the 90’s in April! Both days! The first day wasn’t too bad but then that’s at least partially because I felt fairly successful by the end of the day. My piece was not complete and not a masterpiece, but had some good parts and I felt progress as both a new plein air painter and new oil painter. You can see it even in these pictures of the painting through out the day. Note that in the last image the large logs don’t look as much like tootsie rolls and the distracting building in the back on the right is gone. The instructor complemented me on the barn (there is some glare on the photo that detracts from it).

Alpine Barn betaAlpine Barn p2_edited-1Alpine Barn View_edited-1Alpine Barn_edited-1

But on the second day I was totally demoralized by the instructor telling me “Learn how to draw”. UGH! you mean after over 40 years of this I still need to learn how to draw!? Well yes and no. I need to take the time to draw and yes we always need to be practicing it and fine tuning the art of seeing. The piece from this day actually started better than it finished. I can make excuses by saying I got hot and tired but …  Mostly I just lost the painting by “noodling” around too much.


It’s been quite a while since I sold a piece. Maybe that’s something I shouldn’t admit, but it is a reality of life for many of us in markets where art is under-appreciated. It is…

Source: SOLD!


It’s been quite a while since I sold a piece. Maybe that’s something I shouldn’t admit, but it is a reality of life for many of us in markets where art is under-appreciated. It is just such a lovely thing to have some one like one enough that they want to bring it home. Or to have some one say “It will be perfect for him” as my customer did today. All the Honorable Mentions, all the places, and even all the Best in Shows, really don’t compare to the feeling of selling a piece. It is so much more “human” and “heart oriented”, as opposed to the judges head bent calculus. NOT that I don’t LOVE having my abilities acknowledge by fellow artists who are often more accomplished than I am.


“Ode to Emil”

The wonders of learning

I took a workshop this weekend put on by one of my favorite local art groups SOMMA (Society of Mixed Media Artists) Carol Neslon was “the bomb”. It was a well organized and fully packed 3 day workshop. Carol is a fun and informative and giving instructor. It’s often a “crap shoot” shelling out money for an expensive workshop. This one was well worth the risk. These are some pieces that were started there and finished in my studio:

20 or so drawings

It was fun to do these out of my head rather than with a reference. Of course, they aren’t by any means perfect, but then I’m not sure that was what this challenge was about. . . not for me anyway.


Multi Tasking

I don’t multi task much anymore. I find I can’t do as well at it as I use to. However, while I was doing the 30 in 30 Painting Challenge, I also did a 40 Day Drawing Challenge. This was put out there by one of our local groups Local Artists Coming Together on their FB page. Since I joined the challenge a week or so late and I was busy painting, it was 22 days before I managed to post my drawings….Up Next.


New Process Writing

Make sure to check out my “Process” page. I finally added something new. I hope to continue to do so as really I have been more and more interested in and aware of my process than I ever have before. I think this comes with doing more and more work and dare I say “maturing” as an artist. Here’s a peak at on of the sample pieces on that page: Before and Afterkoi-vii-org-n-redo


So I actually had some pieces that I never posted for the challenge. They were kind of like my understudies, in case I didn’t finish what was intended for the day:

Day 30 a strong finish?

I’m pretty happy with it, though tomorrow I will probably see some things that need tweaking.


Day 29 Glad I have extras

Good thing I’ve been able to do some editing of older work to fill in when I can’t manage to get into the studio. It hasn’t happened very often during this month’s challenge, but today is an example. Trying to play catch up on my accounting which has been neglected since September, plus the daily things that did not get done this week since we babysat the grandbaby all week. It’s been hard to adjust to the new routine with him around, but we will get it done.


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