Recently I discovered a website that allows artists to upload their work and make it available for the public to buy as prints. They will even frame it! They will do giclee prints on stretched canvas as well as paper prints and there are a number of good quality papers to choose from. The frame selection seems limited, but it could be that I haven’t seen all they have yet.
My page has three galleries – Landscape, Still life and Animals. If you click on the gallery link on the right you will be able to go there and see what I have so far. If there is anything anyone would like made available, just let me know either in the comments or via email and I’ll see if it’s something that can be done.
If you are interested in making your own gallery there, it wasn’t hard to do [and it’s free], but do recommend that you get your images ready – they need to be higher resolution than 800×800.
The reed pen is a very simple instrument that van Gogh used to perfection during his time in Arles. Vincent made his own pens and after buying some I see why. The pens that you can buy at art supply stores are made of bamboo and the ones that I bought were marked small, medium and large – all the same price. It took me a little while to figure out what the sizing meant. The sticks were similar in size and it was actually the points that were different sizes. After using the pens, I’ve decided to modify them to suit my needs because I find that the finer points aren’t very useful.
Drawing with a reed pen is fun and requires a mark making language. Mine needs more development. The paper I used was a heavy weight, 140 lb., hot pressed watercolor paper. van Gogh used laid paper and I did find some at Staples but haven’t tried it yet, other than to scribble and see how it feels. The reed pen flows better on the stationery than the watercolor paper. I’ll keep trying other papers until I find one that works best for me.
Yes, of course it’s another beach painting from Hobe Sound Beach. But, this time it’s done in pastels. Finally, I’ve gotten around to trying out the pallet of John Pierce Barnes to see how complete it is. Here’s the link to the older post:
It was very complete, just needed to go back to the big box for one stick of a darker tan and one better mid tone flesh color. It was nice to be limited to the smaller selection of colors and yet I felt as though I had plenty to choose from. Makes for a very portable pastel kit. If you do any plein air painting you know that’s a huge plus.
More beach paintings! This time I’ve included a picture of each painting in their frames. These are small works, all 6×8 – oil on panel, and look great in wide white molding frames – the width of the molding is about 3 1/2 inches.
The brilliant blue is compliments of Gamblin – go to www.gamblincolors.com and click on Torrit Grey to see the paintings that were submitted. This year all Torritt Grey participants (remember the Torritt Birds http://hobesoundartist.com/2012/09/29/torrit-bird/) received a free tube of “Cote d’Azure” along with another tube (mine was white). The backstory is that their master paint maker, Matt and his wife Liz went to France for their honeymoon and the water inspired this color. The color is perfect for Florida, hope they keep making it!
The paintings are all down at a small, new boutique in Hobe Sound; Juno Shoe Girl on S. Dixie Hwy. The shop has a beachy theme and my beach paintings have sold well there. You can find more information about Juno Shoe Girl here: http://junoshoegirl.com/
My apologies for not keeping up with my blog however I started the year way under the weather and it really put be very far behind in every aspect of my life. Plus, there have been way to many non art activities that I’ve been forced into by people who don’t appreciate my time nearly as much as I do.
But the good news is that there have been more sales that I’m happy to report and hopefully, I’ll get back to painting soon.
Each year the Gamblin paint company cleans their filter and makes paint out of the pigment they collect. They put it in a tube and when you buy their paint, you receive a free tube of this random grey paint. The color can be different every year. They call it Torrit Grey. (I believe Torrit is the filtering system.) Also every year Gamblin paint company holds a contest and you can see the rules for yourself at their website: www.gamblincolors.com. There is a link there to see past shows and winners.
Basically you must paint with the current year torrit grey paint and you can use any white and a black.
My Torrit Bird paintings were painted with just the torrit grey and white – Gamblin’s Flake White Replacement.
Even though they allow you to enter 3 works, I only entered the top bird – he was my favorite.