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     Hello! It is Wednesday and I promised to post on Wednesdays, however for this and next Wednesday, I will not be able to post any new paintings. My husband and I are in the middle of a special project that takes two weeks!  I am taking MANY pictures that I can use for inspiration for future paintings and already have many ideas rattling around in my head, but painting is off the board for the duration of the project.  I can't wait to tell you about it, but it will have to remain a surprise for now.

     As for painting tips..please remember that for Acrylic painting, you can and should use THICK gesso instead of white paint.  The reason is that it is much more opaque meaning you cannot see through it.  The advantage is that it takes less to lighten your colors and they show up more. Especially is this true of the more transparent colors such as red, yellow and blues. The best gesso is Grumbacher. It is so thick that you can turn the open jar upside down and it won't come out!  If your local art store doesn't carry it, you can buy it through Dick Blick Art supplies (dickblick.com) It is not expensive, actually less than white paint, another advantage! It comes in 16 and 32 oz. jars. Just remember to spray the jar with water fairly often to keep the gesso from drying out or you can put a pile of it on your pallet just like the other paints and close the jar lid.  Once you try it, you'll love it, believe me! My art teacher had never heard of doing that, but now she does it too!

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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 …