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     It is interesting how things turn out sometimes... I didn't win at the art show, I got something much better!!   A visiting couple saw my painting and asked me to paint their historical home in Washington!  Wow, didn't see that one coming!  I will be receiving their photos shortly and I am looking forward to the challenge!
     Also, my other painting I had to enter,  "The Sentinel" has been sold.  It is traveling to New York.  Bon Voyage!
     Now, for the teaching.  As I mentioned in my last blog, UNDERPAINTING is MANDATORY!!!
Without it, the painting never quite achieves proper depth and the 3D effect we need and desire!  In the painting, "Top Hat and Tails" even the horse and buggy that are white,  ESPECIALLY WHITE, must be underpainted in a darker color. In the case of white, it is done with grey. You use either a warm grey (browns, reds or yellows) or cool grey (blues or purples with greens) depending on whether your painting is warm or cool.   Then when layering on top, of course, we NEVER cover all the grey.  That is how we achieve the  3D.  The grey remains as the shadows of the object. Again, in Acrylics, the colors always dry darker, so we go back several times lighter and lighter each time to finally achieve the brightness we want.  We also always tint the white with another color to keep white from looking chalky.  If we want a warm white, tint with yellow or tan, if a cool white is desired, then tint with the blue or green family. It takes very little to tint the white!!  Just enough to bring it down from stark white. Only the final highlights can be done in pure white and even then use only touches for "sparkle"
     Another important factor to consider is your composition!!  This is paramount in a painting!! Without proper composition, a painting falls flat no matter how well it is painted!  I will discuss some of the different composition types in my next blog!
     See you soon!

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THE" PROCESS" OF PRODUCING A PAINTING

     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.




     I painted the entire canvas a light blue for the sky including the sides.  After it dried, I went back and it was darker than I wanted (acrylics dry darker, remember) so I went back over the top third with a shade lighter…
GALLERY  REPRESENTATION!!

     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!  
     Following my own advice, I researched galleries and the artwork they carry.  I looked at all the artwork on …