Thursday, June 30, 2011
This is a piece I finished awhile ago, but giving it a second look felt I could do better. So, I spent a couple hours yesterday completely reworking it, putting in more detail and contrast. I have a few more that I want to redo. "Jolly Geranium" 8" x 6" oil on gallery-wrap canvas available at Daily Paintworks auction
Wednesday, June 29, 2011
Monday, June 20, 2011
I so admire all those artists who create a painting everyday. It really takes a commitment. I sold 10 of the 11 paintings I posted on eBay last week. Thanks in part to some of you. Thank you! I did alright money-wise on most considering the bidding started at 1 cent. One lucky buyer got in just at the last minute and won the potato painting for one penny. They told me I could cancel the sale if I would prefer. I told them a deal is a deal. They are writing a book and asked if I would doodle something on the envelope. The book is about all the mail they receive with artwork on the envelopes. They got a mini little potato painting on the envelope. So, they got two paintings for one penny. Sorry penny bidders.... I'll be raising the starting bid :-} "Three Amigos" oil on canvas, 5-3/4" x 7- 7/8" available Daily Paintworks auction.
Sunday, June 19, 2011
"Sunshine Sisters" today's daily painting. Took a break yesterday to go to the La Jolla Arts Festival. Great to see so many artist friends who also exhibit at the Indian Wells Arts Festival. Wonderful ocean breezes and a slight sunburn made it a great day. Got home in time to finish the sunflowers. "Sunshine Sisters" oil on canvas 10" x 8" SOLD and "The Happy Doughnut" 6" x 8" oil on canvas available at Daily Paintworks auction
Thursday, June 16, 2011
Another cupcake...no calories. This one took forever. I say again that it is easier to paint larger. I could have easily done a 12" x 12" in the time this 6" x 8" took. Painting alla prima...all in one session....sometimes makes it difficult to add shading, etc. When the paint is still wet it's difficult to layer. When trying to darken an area the brush can actually pick up the underlying color and blend for a not-so-dark result. Tricky business this business of art. This piece is available at Richard Danskin Galleries in Palm Desert. Contact gallery to purchase. "Connect the Dots" Oil on gallery-wrap canvas, 8" x 6.
Wednesday, June 15, 2011
I painted this while watching "Cupcake Wars" They invented that show just for me. I just signed up for a new auction site created just for Daily Painters by Carol Marine. The charge is only 3% for sales compared to eBay's 9%. eBay is now even adding your shipping costs to the total amount they use to calculate the percentage. Carol is a very successful daily painter whose works sells daily for well over $150. You can see my auction here. To see other art in the auction click here. I think the quality of work is higher in general than eBay
"Rose on Top" oil on canvas 8" x 6"
Tuesday, June 14, 2011
If you recognize these grapes it's because I redid a previous piece. I wasn't quite happy with the original so worked on it more. I'm going to do that with several pieces that I now feel could be better. The dragonfly was done on request. I didn't have a very good photo to work from so I'm not happy with it. Also, my smallest brushes for the detail just didn't have enough stiffness to paint a line. Very frustrating. I'm going to try another dragonfly later. For those of you who paint miniatures I applaud your detail work. I think it's much easier and maybe even faster to paint large. In studying how to be successful on eBay I've read that it's important to have the listing end at a time when most people are home. I'm listing at 6PM PDT so it's not too late for the east coast. It's also better to have the auction end on weekends, I believe. I'll probably limit my listings to Thurs, Fri, Sat, Sun. endings. SOLD For other work Click here to go to eBay auction
Sunday, June 12, 2011
I'm doing the daily paintings again. I so enjoyed it when I did them before. Don't know why I stopped. It's good to get the creative juices flowing and stir up some business. I'm listing them again on eBay at the scarily low listing price of $.01 ....Marketing articles I've read said it's a good way to get people to start bidding. It may result in some low sales at first, but eventually will pay off. Let's hope so :--) "Two Potato, Three" 5-3/4" x 7-7/8" oil on gallery-wrap canvas. To see the listings go here on eBAY