I'm doing some studio cleaning and changing some of my on-line presence for 2018. My art making has been in the back seat a bit for the past couple of years due to a number of reasons. But I'm excited about the changes and am looking forward to getting back to (almost) daily painting.
Many of you know that I left my Provincetown gallery a year ago. I'm very happy about that. This past summer, I showed my work at the Red Inn and at my little shop, Northern Lights Hammocks.
I imagine that will again be the case for the next summer season.
I have left Daily Painters online gallery. I'm grateful to Micah and all the other daily painters for 10 fine years of being a part of the daily painters gallery. Trying to create a small painting a day improved my work tremendously. And I highly recommend it to any new, aspiring painters!
I'm staying with Daily Paint Works and will be continuing to sell older pieces, studies and sketches at very affordable prices through their auction and my online gallery there. Look for pieces like the one above. Low Tide Dinghy was started in 2006 but never finished until yesterday. Some serious portfolio cleaning is in store from now until the end of the year!
I'm getting my new FASO website ready to launch in just a few days. There you will find my larger pieces and gallery work.
I'm in Gulfport, Florida for winters now so expect to see some tropical vegetation and some hotter colors in my work during the winter months. Perhaps some sky view pieces painted from my hammock!
Finally had a little time to get out on the water in my kayak and to make some art. Late afternoon light on MacMillan wharf with calm water. In real life this piece is a touch warmer and a little brighter.
Still raining in Provincetown so continuing to rework these older pastels. I brush them off with an old toothbrush, leaving a ghost image and working from memory, I try and capture the mood of the time of day that I created the original but adding a bit more saturated color and highlights to make a more "finished" piece.
I'm really enjoying going back through some of my older plein air pieces and reworking them a bit. I try and recall the day, time of year, etc. The dunes are a favorite place to pastel. When I'm painting outside I try and realistically capture the colors but if it's not one of those magical times of the day the end result may be a good study to work from but maybe not an exciting finished painting. So in reworking, I push the color a bit, perhaps change some shapes and add some more exciting highlights. Hope you like them!
We're back in Provincetown for the summer. Haven't had time to get out in the dunes with my pastels but brightened up this older plein air piece a bit to add to Daily Paintworks. I'm going to continue going through some of my older work, perhaps freshening them up a bit and offering them through Daily Paintworks auctions. Check it out. You might get a deal on something you like!
This one is from out in the dunes near the visitor center of the Provincelands, Cape Cod National Seashore, looking toward Race Point. It will be available tomorrow at Daily Paintworks. Opening bid only $50.
Did this little sketch while selling hammocks at the Green Bench Indie Market in St Pete. Clouds from life but water from imagination. Will be auctioning these little sketches through my Daily Paintworks gallery.
I'm having my first ever portfolio thinning sale. When we travel back up north in May, my portfolio must fit in under our pop-top roof in our VW van and right now it is too fat! I'll be putting some of my plein air pieces up for auction on Daily Paintworks site.
You'll be able to bid on this piece starting tomorrow, Thursday, March 16th. Here is the link.
So, I guess it's already time to start making some art for this summer in Provincetown. Ruby is my favorite sailboat to pastel in Ptown harbor. Hope she will be back again this summer. Thinking about doing a series of red boats as people have been asking for them. Not sure where I will hang them perhaps at the Hammock Shop. We'll see.
View from my Ticket to the Moon Hammock at Hammock Con 2017, a hammock "convention" at Doe Lake, Ocala National Forest in Florida. I brought my 60 half stick set of Great American pastels along with some small scraps of Wallis paper. My art supplies along with my hammock weighed in at less than 2 pounds. Planning many sky studies in the near future!
This is the view when we walk from our little home in Gulfport, Florida to the beach at the end of our street. Gulfport is a sweet, little town without the highrise condos and strip malls that you find in much of Florida. Quiet, friendly, bike-able, artsy and close to all St Pete has to offer. And did I mention the sunsets?
Happy New Year! Working on Empty Boat and emptying my boat. Many people have used my empty boat paintings on their blogs along with different versions of Chaung Tzu's parable. Here is Thomas Merton's interpretation..
“The Empty Boat
He who rules men lives in confusion; He who is ruled by men lives in sorrow. Yao therefore desired Neither to influence others Nor to be influenced by them. The way to get clear of confusion And free of sorrow Is to live with Tao In the land of the great Void.
If a man is crossing a river And an empty boat collides with his own skiff, Even though he be a bad-tempered man He will not become very angry. But if he sees a man in the boat, He will shout at him to steer clear. If the shout is not heard, he will shout again, And yet again, and begin cursing. And all because there is somebody in the boat. Yet if the boat were empty. He would not be shouting, and not angry.
If you can empty your own boat Crossing the river of the world, No one will oppose you, No one will seek to harm you.
The straight tree is the first to be cut down, The spring of clear water is the first to be drained dry. If you wish to improve your wisdom And shame the ignorant, To cultivate your character And outshine others; A light will shine around you As if you had swallowed the sun and the moon: You will not avoid calamity.
A wise man has said: "He who is content with himself Has done a worthless work. Achievement is the beginning of failure. Fame is beginning of disgrace."
Who can free himself from achievement And from fame, descend and be lost Amid the masses of men? He will flow like Tao, unseen, He will go about like Life itself With no name and no home. Simple is he, without distinction. To all appearances he is a fool. His steps leave no trace. He has no power. He achieves nothing, has no reputation. Since he judges no one No one judges him. Such is the perfect man: His boat is empty.”
Late afternoon light on Gulfport palms. I used a warm sand colored LaCarte paper for this piece as I like the softness of LaCarte for movement. And speaking of warmth, I'm grateful for our little home in Gulfport, Florida that allows me to get out and pastel at this time of the year!