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      A few months ago I contacted a local St. Augustine gallery about representation.  We emailed back and forth, went on vacations, the gallery remodeled etc, and finally got back in touch.  The owner wanted to know if I was still interested and if we could set a date to meet.

     Well, the end result is that I began my official representation with this gallery!
It is called REMBRANTZ  GALLERY and is located in St. Augustine, FL.  They have been established here in the Ancient City for many years and are a very popular destination for both locals and tourists.  Owners Kimberly Hunt and her mother Lynne are so kind and have a good eye for beautiful objects.  The shop is gorgeous and inviting, offering many delightful pieces of art for the discerning eye.

     Just as I have said previously,  do not be disappointed if it takes a longer period of time to land a gallery.  They are very busy people and they are impressed by…
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     I and several of my talented friends decided to have a sale.  Like a yard sale, but offering Arts and Crafts instead of leftovers and cast-offs.  We started out as four people, but I asked the others to pass the word on if they knew anyone who had a craft and thought they might be interested in joining us.  Well, as word got around the group grew, and grew.  Thankfully I have a large yard, a long driveway, and plenty of street parking!  Our street is a dead-end country lane ( in town!) and we only have two neighbors, but I went to each one and told them what we were doing so they wouldn't be alarmed by all the cars, and I gave each one a small painting, and asked them to tell their friends about the sale.  Good neighbor relations, right?

     I started making up flyers, advertising on Instagram and Facebook and finally put an ad in the paper.  I also had each participant send me photos of their work and added those pho…

     The St Augustine Beach Art Studio and Gallery is the smaller of the two art associations here in St. Augustine.  They only have 800 square feet of display space, but the membership of 130 + is very loyal and everyone chips in and helps out where they can.  They were in need of a new sign for the building since they changed their name.  (It used to be called The Art Studio at St. Augustine Beach)
Anyway,  I volunteered to paint a new sign if they could pay for the materials.  The old sign  is about 2 x 2 ft.  The new sign is 6+ x 3 ft.  It is much nicer, much larger, and will certainly catch the eye of people going to the beach!

     The building is a turn of the century hotel that was turned into the City Hall years ago.  When they built a new City Hall, it became an arts center for St. Augustine Beach.  Today the space is used for a dance studio and the Art Studio & Gallery.  It is a cool old building that is ri…

     When I was unloading art for the Art Show, one of my pieces had a spot of "white" on it.  I  assumed that somehow moisture had gotten under the varnish, turning it white.  How does one repair that kind of damage?

     This particular painting has a heavy coat of varnish on it which could actually be the reason for the problem.  You see when I originally coated it, I noticed that the varnish was uneven.  Heavier in the corners than in the middle.  So I tried to go over it with another coat heavier in the middle to even it out.  It looked ok at first, but when I took it out of the packing material one corner was white as though something had spilled on it.  Needless to say, I couldn't hang it at the show.  Now what?

     I will sand it down lightly with a very fine grit sandpaper 220 or higher.  Then I will recoat the varnish LIGHTLY!  A lesson to be learned here is DO NOT use too much varni…

     I got a phone call from the St. Johns County Education System the other day.  They asked me if I would be willing to be the judges for an Art Show for middle school students.  It is being held at the St. Augustine Art Association here in St. Augustine.

     Since I teach art to both youths and adults, I decided this would be so much fun! I really enjoy children and their creativity levels can be through the roof, so to speak.  It was very interesting to see what each one came up with.  There were quite a few categories of art to be judged, ranging from drawing, painting, and photography or graphic arts, to 3-D art, or sculpture and paper mache.

     Held on Thursday, April 5th, it took a while to go through all the 128 pieces of art and narrow it down to the winners, but in the end we (me and the 2 ladies at the art association helping me) made a decision.  The winners are...I took some photos and posted them below fo…

     Some artists paint individual paintings as they are moved by a subject or feeling.  Others work in a series of paintings.  Is one better than the other?  Should we as artists work in "a series"?  Good questions indeed!

     Let me start by saying, Yes!  That is exactly what a gallery likes to see!  It usually means more followers, collectors, and sales for the artist and the gallery that represents him or her.  It represents consistency to the gallery, and we all know consistency is a good thing for an artist.  It is the foundation of our work.  We want to tie our work together, or make it cohesive through our style, colors, theme, palette, medium or subject matter.

      Most galleries will choose to represent an artist based on their consistency.  Strength in composition, style, and quality of work is the most important factor in getting representation.  But, working in "a series" can also be a …

     We want to present our paintings well and often that means putting them in a frame.  But, frames can be very expensive.  So what do we do?  Learn to make a frame! Now, I'm not talking about fancy ornate frames here.  I'm speaking of making the float frames that are so popular these days.  And, thankfully they are not difficult to make if you have the right tools.  This frame is for a 3/4" deep gallery wrap canvas, not the 2" deep gallery wrap.  The directions for the 2" deep canvas are at the bottom.

     My husband and I purchase 1" x 2" x 8' SELECT PINE boards at Home Depot.  These run $5.82 per piece.  For a 36 x 48 painting, it requires 8. I save the leftover wood for smaller paintings.  So let me run you through the process.  To do this you will need:

enough wood for your frame (according to your measurements: it takes 2 pieces of wood per side)
Power saw or compound mitre s…