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     Greetings!  I went to an art show Last week and sold 3 paintings!  Lots of fun and very productive!  Now, I am busy painting again. There is an art show for members only at the St. Augustine Art association and I want to enter 2 paintings.  One is ready the other still being finished.  the first is "The Sentinel" of Long Key State Park, FL, a 9x12  acrylic showing a dramatic cloud formation at sunset with, of course the lone Mangrove tree that is the sentinel. (pictured below)
"The Sentinel"    available 9x12 Acrylic
My daughter took a photo of this sunset while we were camping there last year and it was begging to be painted.  This is my second painting of this subject but with a slightly different perspective.  The other one sold and the photo is on my gallery page.  I painted the atmosphere differently.  You can see when you compare them how a painting can change completely just by varying the colors and details slightly. I will post the other painting when it is done.  I have to submit them by March30, so I must get to work.  I will post the other painting hopefully in a few days.  It is of a street scene in St. Augustine, FL.  I took the picture on a "scouting" day of St. Augustine landmarks.  Just after I snapped the pic of a beautiful of house on Bridge St, one of our horse carriages came by.  I snapped that pic too, and now I am combining them into a painting.  A photographer I know of posted a beautiful photo that was a composite of 12 different photos he had taken.  It was GORGEOUS!  It made my head spin and think at the same time!  That is essentially how we artists think too!  Creating a painting is essentially just that.  Combining different scenes or photos to come up with an original, right?  Or putting a new twist on an old subject.  It works my friends!
     The lady who purchased the similar painting "Long Key State Park" posted about my work on her blog.  I added a link to her blog on my site.  She makes beautiful jewelry!  Her studio is called  KANNA GLASS STUDIOS www.kannaglassstudios.com Thanks for looking!

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     It has been a while since I showed the steps I go through to produce a painting.  I am working on a large one right now, so I decided this one would be a good candidate to go through this process again for those of you that are not familiar with it.

     A friend posted a photograph on social media of a scene on the central coast of Florida.  I really liked it, so I asked her permission to paint it and she readily agreed.  This scene is of huge cumulus clouds over the sand dunes.  I knew I wanted to focus on the clouds so I chose a canvas that is 36 x 48 gallery wrap.  I have the photo below.  This is a really nice photo, but the painting will be done in lighter colors I decided.




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     Over the past months I have been giving you information and suggestions on how to approach galleries for representation.  Hopefully you have been putting this information to work for you. I had been too busy painting to actually do it myself.  I wanted to have enough work built up (20-25) that I felt was gallery quality before I applied.  Finally, I felt that I was ready and started researching galleries that were in line with my art style.  
     I decided to approach a gallery outside of St. Augustine because galleries here are large and have many national artists.  This makes it more difficult to get representation.  So landing a gallery outside this area first gives me more credibility in the St. Augustine market down the road.  Keep in mind that many artists are represented by multiple galleries!  
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