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     It's Done!!  I have submitted the three paintings and the photo submissions look good!  It is my first time submitting photos instead of the actual painting, so I was really nervous about making sure everything looked right.

     As I said before, the competition is very stiff, so any photos that aren't perfect probably won't be accepted.  And the entry fee of $45.00 isn't exorbitant, but not cheap either.  It just means a lot to me,  so I wanted to make sure I had the best chance possible of making it in with one of the paintings.

     I made a copy of the entry and the photos so you could see how they looked and how the entry form looked filled out.  Now I will be on pins and needles for the next month waiting to hear if I was accepted or not.  Oh well, if it's not one thing, it's another, right?

     One more thing.  Remember my post about branding?  Well, in this entry, they asked for our statement.  This is where we state our "BRAND".  I had decided that I would become the painter of peaceful places, so my brand is "Painter of Tranquility." I am also playing around with a design for my canvas' to see if I can get a unique look.  If it comes out as I like it will become my trademark.

     The entry form and the photos are below so enjoy them and as I said, I am proud of how well the photos turned out.  All I can say is thank goodness for digital photos..I must have taken a hundred of them to finally get the ones that satisfied me!  LOL!!  At least now, I know how to do it, and I can say I am an experienced photographer too!

     These all had to be varnished, left to dry a day, then mounted in their frames, and all hanging wires attached.  I don't know if I have mentioned this before, but for paintings to be exhibited, they cannot have sawtooth hangers on them.  You know, those little metal bars with teeth that hold the nail.  They are required to have the proper hanging wires on them.  I have a photo of the back of a painting to show you what I mean.  If we take paintings without wires they get sent right back home! I have a photo of the back below.  Notice the  fasteners used to hold the canvas in the frame.  These are actually the best to use.  They are called offset clips, and they come in several sizes to fit different thickness of canvas to frame. I use the 3/8" more than any other though.  This painting does not have it yet, but I always write the name of the painting, the inventory number, my website and sign my name on ALL my paintings.  I usually place a business card on there somewhere too. It is up to you if you want to put a date on there as well,  some do and some don't.  I choose not to, it's just my personal preference.

       This came out dark because it is a photo of a photocopy. The actual photos looked very good!


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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 …