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Well, I am here taking my turn sitting with the Art Studio at St. Augustine Beach.  I thought I would take the opportunity to show you some pictures of the Studio and the artwork here. There is quite a variety of paintings, jewelry, pottery and stained glass as well as other pieces of art. I have some photos at the bottom.

     As I sit here looking at the different paintings I realize that just because there are REALLY good artists here, it doesn't mean that those of us who aren't as accomplished are any less important.  We all have a place in the art arena.  Everyone has to start somewhere and as long as we keep painting, we keep improving!  So don't ever think "I'm not as good so I should stop and just let the others paint."  That is NOT the way to think, OK?

    On another note, I have a couple of great nephews ages 5 and 9 who on Monday the 27th, received a small painting from me as a gift.  They didn't have my phone # to thank me so they poste…
I hope you have been enjoying my teaching blogs.  I learned a lot by reading and applying what I read.  It isn't always easy to do and it takes lots of practice, but the results are SO worth it!  When you  paint daily, you can see your artwork improve right before your eyes!  An easy way to see your progress is to set a painting you did a month or even sometimes a week ago next to the one you just finished.  Sometimes the difference is dramatic! And other times it is more subtle.  But, trust me, there IS improvement!  Yes, there will be days of frustration when you feel nothing is going right. But at those times, you can lay down your brush and take a breather.  When you come back you might like it more than you thought, OR, you may see what is wrong and then proceed to fix it! But, NEVER GIVE UP!  Keep painting!

     Right now, I am applying this advice to myself.  I am working on a painting for my sister.  She is seriously ill and has requested a painting. A specific pain…
Well, we had the JACKSONVILLE BEACH ART WALK yesterday.  It was cold and windy and therefore not very many visitors or vendors.  Oh, well, it happens.  Not every month can go as well as last month.  I cannot be there in April as it falls on a very important day for me.  But I will be back on track for the May 9th Art Walk.  Looking forward to it. Oh and if you can see them in this picture, my son-in-law built some display racks for me.  They look like wood ladders and they fold down to fit easily into my car.  I put small hangers in strategic locations so I can hang large and small paintings on them. I couldn't use them here as the wind was too strong.  But, I think they will work nicely so that I can show more paintings than before.  Another nice thing is I have four friends who go there now too!  We are in separate locations.  I wish we could be side-by-side as their work is different from mine.  Their jewelry, photography, and crafts would be a nice compliment to my paint…
Hello again!  This time I want to talk to you about brushes and paints.  They are very important in your painting.   You can put a lot of love and effort into a painting and it still won't turn out right if you are using the wrong materials.  First let me discuss paint. Acrylic paint in particular.

     There are different grades of paint.  If possible,  ALWAYS use professional grade!!!  It has much more pigment and therefore much better paint!  Student grade is watered down and will almost always give disappointing results!  This is true of both oil and acrylic paints.  Gamblin oil is one of the best brands for oil and Liquitex Professional Heavy Body paints are one of the best acrylics to use! These are found pretty much everywhere but can be ordered through BlickArt.com for almost the same prices as Hobby Lobby.  Blick does have the advantage of large sizes in most colors that Hobby Lobby doesn't but that is only good if you paint a lot like I do or use large canvases…
Ok, I was able to go over to Back 40 A1A and get pictures of my paintings.  Also, Tuesday was the big change out of paintings that always occurs at the end of each month.

     First I moved around a couple paintings.  The large painting of CARNIVAL GRANDE" the Caribbean dancer was taken from the St. Augustine Art Association to the Beach Art Studio (TAS), where it will reside for a couple months.  They (TAS) only change out art every other month as a rule unless art sells or there is a special showing.  Then I placed my "SAN SEBASTIAN ESTUARY" painting (the 12 x 12 one) in the Miniature Works show at the St. Augustine Art Association (STAAA)

     One thing I realized is that with my art selling so well last month at the Art Walk and then hanging so much art at both of the Back 40 restaurants and the Avonlea Mall,  I am left with very low inventory for the March Jacksonville Beach Art Walk coming up on March 14th!  I only have 6 or 7 small paintings to take so I h…