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     I thought it might be fun to show you my first prize winning composition.  Her name is "Granny"
and I drew her in high school for my mom.  Mom made me take it to show my art teacher.  My art teacher then made me put it in the upcoming Bourbon County Art Fair.  Low and behold it took First Place!  Never in a million years would I have dreamed that a sketch would win anything, let alone my sketch!
     As it turns out,  sketching is a highly desirable venue to art judges.  it is VERY difficult to become a good painter without first becoming good at drawing.  Very few people draw any more.  The judges don't like that.  They really like to see sketches in art shows, my friends!  Keep that in mind, and you may have an advantage in the future!

     I always keep a small sketch pad in the glove box of my car and try to use it often.  Cameras have sadly taken over, but they DON'T hone art skills! ( except for photography and that's not what I'm talking about here)

     Anyway,  here is "Granny"  I hope you like her.  She is an "oldie but goodie". Uh oh, I just dated myself!   I didn't frame her for many years so she has spots and blemishes.  Don't YOU make that mistake!

6 X 9


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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.

     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…

     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 …