Cherry Blossom Debut

cherryblossoms.jpg 9.5 by 13 (inches)Watercolor on paper 75.00

I hadn’t painted on paper in a while and kind of missed the way paper feels and looks. So here is a good old fashion watercolor. Last week the Cherry trees bloomed and the pink color was so engaging. I was sad to see the blossoms starting to turn brown and fall to the ground so quickly, you would think they would last longer.

Of course being an artist has its rewards by painting one, I can keep them around a bit longer

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Wandering

wandering
5 inches by 5 inches
watercolor on gessoed illustration board. 35.00 plus shipping

This landscape was painted with thick watercolor and very little water. The colors are naples yellow, primary red, indigo, pthalo blue and pthalo green .

Velvet Meadows

SUNSET ll

watercolor on gessoed masonite 5.75 by 5.75 $40.00

This would look great in a thin black frame with a wide white mat. Or on an easel.

I need a good word smith to help me name these paintings. I called this “velvet meadows” because when wet, the textured gessoed masonite (especially on the green portion) reminded me of velvet.

Meditative Sunset

Meditative Sunset
5.75 by 5.75 watercolor on paper. $40.00

I squeezed this painting in between dinner and errands. I had only one hour so I had to really paint fast. I like sunsets and trees but sometimes I feel that everyone paints them and I should concentrate on other things….but if you think about it.. you can say that about anything.

The golden Hour

The golden hour

6 by 7 inches watercolor on 140 lb artist grade paper. $44.00 I was taught to paint snow by Zoltan Szabo and my snow paintings are not half as beautiful as his because in my estimation, he painted the most beautiful snow paintings ever.This little piece of paper was cut from my ten foot roll of paper when I was preparing my large 35″ by 35″ piece. Its an odd size but would look great in a square mat and frame. If you want it framed in a black frame ( 6 inches by 6 inches )with a white mat, I could do that for you for an additional $20.00 plus an additional $3.00 shipping and handling.

The Struggle

Most artists struggle. Either they can’t seem to get down their vision of what they want or they don’t know what they want, (they’ll know it, if they see it). I think this struggle is part of the process. Its too bad because of this constant push/ pull it sometimes seems not to be worth the effort. Its why some people give up doing their art. Also, I see people giving up their art because they don’t have enough buyers. Buyers equate “good artist”. No buyers (not counting family and friends) means not a good artist. This definitely is not the case.

We live in an age when people will buy a Persian rug for their dining area, cover their sofa in silks, and import tiles from Italy to decorate their home tastefully and expensively, yet these same people will have pictures of art rather original art on every wall in their house. They will pay more for a custom frame and mat then for an original piece of art. Go into any model home these days, same thing, prints everywhere. (Please, I have nothing against prints.. so don’t write me justifying your print purchases) Most from 18th and 19th century artists. I guess they feel pretty good or safe rather, that this art cannot be denied as good art. It has stood the test of time. The truth is… I think people don’t trust their own judgement when it comes to choosing art. They need someone to tell them what is good art. All they have to do is trust their inner voice that says “I love this” but they don’t trust that little voice so they listen to experts…But who? do you trust Gallery owners? Especially when they are getting 50% of the profits? Do you trust your own decorator who is going to choose a piece of art because it matches a sofa? You have to admit, even I may not pay some of the high prices for some art, especially when it appears to have been painted with a stick or a rag. People don’t like to be taken advantage of and they don’t like to admit they don’t “know” art. The other problem is a simple one, people don’t appreciate original art in the US as much as in many other cultures around the globe. Now as in the past, Art was OK as long as it was something to do as a hobby but not as a career. It isn’t real work. We have a very strong work ethic in this county and some parents often put creativity in the back seat while encouraging productive hard work, left brain thinking.

So, if we don’t buy original art and we encourage our kids to do anything but become artists, and we don’t support the arts in schools what we are we saying?

Its no wonder today’s artists may feel as though it isn’t worth the effort, that the struggle to produce good art is just that, a struggle. As an artist I’ll remind you, of a few important things.

1. Its takes a very long time to become proficient at something as complex as art.
In fact, if it were easy, would you still even want to do it?

2. Don’t take the advice from lay people. They won’t help you, even if they have good intentions.

3. Be a lifelong student, don’t plan to figure it all out right now. It really is about the journey not the destination. Its a journey for one, just you.

4. Do whatever you enjoy doing, even if no one buys it. Hey, its cheaper than therapy.