Notes From My Painting Studio
I've been working steadily on the Fields and Grasses E-Class for November. I think we are going to have some good fun with this subject for study, and I have been doing field paintings all summer this year. Which came first? The Class or the subject? Definitely the subject. That is almost always how I teach. I get interested in a subject or a method of painting and study it for sometime. Then I decide it is worth sharing with other painters, either in a virtual E-class or in real time with a one day Workshop. One day workshops are ideal for me. I like to limit the subject to a major area of painting and study it all day. Most all of my students love the one day format. It is pleasant and not too taxing physically or mentally. I don't like multiple day workshops. There is only so much you can absorb on any given subject at one time. I would rather teach several one day workshops a year. My E-classes are 5 weeks and we have a more leisurely process of discovery. I love E-classes.
The sky studies continue. I have done four so far, trying to fit other things in between so it is a fairly slow process. I will continue them, fitting them around the field paintings I am processing through right now.
I have been sending out Ebay post cards to my collector list and I have run out of cards. I'll order more in a few months with different images on them. I definitely think this was an excellent idea and worth the cost. My ebay paintings are getting more attention and bids are slowly climbing. I put about 100 postcards in the mail today so I expect in a few days they will get even more attention. I am getting collectors used to going there for my small work now. By the shopping season, my paintings will be well established on Ebay and people will be used to going there. I think Ebay works very well if you are a fast painter and can keep up with the demand for constant listings, I'm doing about 8 paintings a week now, if you can work in a 5x7-9x12 format, are willing to let them go for little for a month or two while you build a following, and offer free shipping. You must tend the Ebay garden, with promotion and attention to your collectors. I know a lot of artists poo poo Ebay, but it has been good to me over the years. It allows me to do a lot of studies, and experiments, which help me to improve my technique for larger paintings, and it gives me regular income and cash flow for very little effort. It also leads me to many new collectors, who sometimes make it to my web site for large expensive paintings. I use it strictly as a venue for small work, entirely separate from my serious body of work.
Posted by Linda Blondheim at 10:51 PM