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Sunflower Groove

Notes From My Town Studio

I have been struggling along with the acrylics for a number of days but I'm not having much success in getting back up to my former skill set with them. I have put them in a box here in the town studio for a bit and have gone back to my oils for some work. 

I know some  painters who seem to switch back and forth with two mediums regularly and successfully, but I don't do that very well.  I have to focus hard on one medium at a time for extended periods. I am ADD, so I have to really discipline myself and focus on one thing at a time. 

This year has been chaotic, with the studio move, lots of travel, all distracting. I am looking forward to my summer schedule where I am in my painting studio Monday-Thursday and here  at the town studio on Friday and Saturday. More time to lounge around with Henry and wear old shorts and flip flops. More time to work on my champion trees paintings and work a little in the yard and tend to my herb garden. I'll be working in the Fair Oaks Studio through the hot months on Sunday, waiting for cool weather to go out in the fields. 

Life is good for an artist!

Who Knew?

The Taylor Family. That's me on the left.

Notes From My Town Studio

Just when I resigned myself to selling small paintings only at the new space, along came a lovely family from Virginia to choose this 20x24 oil. They were great fun and I enjoyed spending time with them while they made their choice. They took their time, choosing just the right painting for their home.

They found me through my web site online, which shows that the time spent updating constantly pays off. Thanks a million to my new collectors.

Sale Bin

Old Orange Tree
12x16 inches
Oil on canvas

Notes From My Town Studio

I've been selling quite a few paintings out of my sale bin since I moved my studio. It is helping me to clean out my studio of older paintings. Alas no new paintings are selling. This is a low price point neighborhood. I miss the deep pocket collectors who visited me next to Fresh Market but in some ways, I like this space better. I have made the transition and adjusted after 6 weeks. This is a pretty space and I am on the same floor, integrated into the store and able to meet many more visitors than in the old place.  I hope that more affluent collectors will find me again but it is a waiting game. 

If nothing else I am practical. I am making adjustments in my personal budget and my business budget to live with more sales at low price points. I won't lower prices on my framed work. I have bumped those up slightly in price. I am doing more small work and continue to keep the bins full. You can't be inflexible when you are a painter. You have to make the best of your sales points. 

I also put some inexpensive tutorials on the web site to spread my experience to others and generate income. This is simply a correction in my market, due to a relocation. I will be patient and all will be well. 

In the mean time I am still struggling, trying to rebuild my acrylic skills in my studies at this studio each day. It is filling my painting bin with small paintings. 

Still limping along


Notes From My Town Studio

I am still trying to get rid of the cough that started as pollen allergy some weeks ago. Everybody I know has suffered this year from allergies. I feel run down and the cough is annoying. I'm trying to paint too. I did fine on Sunday out at the park with my friend Tim, but have felt quite tired for a couple of weeks. I'm drinking green tea and extra vitamin c to try to keep my immunity good. I'm not feeling sick like a cold but definitely not myself. 

Meanwhile, I am limping along doing acrylic studies. I have lost a lot of my skill set with acrylics, so I am working to get it back, but this time I will continue with my oils regularly. Acrylics just for my small browse bin paintings.

Organizing for a day

Tim and Linda with some painting fun.

Notes From My Painting Studio

I'm feeling run down and slightly ill since returning from Bird Island. I've been coughing from the high pollen counts this time of year and I'm trying to avoid the bronchitis that my sister ended up with. Lots of people have been plagued with this problem during this season. I'm drinking green tea and have been taking a tablespoon of lime juice twice a day trying to ward off more troubles. 

I decided to slow down a bit today and clean up my painting studio and sort through stuff. I did my laundry from my trip, addressed some cards to send out to art consultants, swept and mopped and did some framing. I opened up a box of linen on gator board panels and will give one a whirl tomorrow after I deliver the bread. I make bread on Tuesdays. 

Artist in Residence Project: Mini Residency at Cellon Oak Park

Artist in Residence Project: Mini Residency at Cellon Oak Park: Cellon Oak 9x12 inches Oil on panel My painting for the day. 9x12 inches Oil on panel My friend Tim Malles with his p...

Browse Bin Fun

Paint box browse bin

Acrylic on panel

Notes From My Town Studio

I always have paint boxes sitting around because I keep buying new ones. I decided to turn some old ones into display bins for unframed paintings. They make a wonderful display unit. What better way to show Plein air work than in a Plein air box? I use a sheet of card stock between each painting and it works wonderfully and is eye catching. 

I use an ancient plaid suitcase for my sale bin. I love recycling. My dog Anchor used to love to sit in this suitcase. I have a photo of him in the case somewhere. 

Henry the Studio Dog

Henry the Studio Dog
Studio Dog Wears his Fashion Accessory