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                                          PULLING OUT THE "OLDER" ARTWORK

      Remember that I said to put away a painting for a few months or so while you keep painting and when you pull it out you will be amazed and pleased with your progress as you compare the old to the new work?  Well out of the blue, I just received a photo of a painting I did in 1989 from the friend who has it. She just purchased another painting from me, and I had asked her to send a photo of the painting hanging in her home for my portfolio.  She sent two, one of the new one and this one. When I saw the photo I was thrilled, but I laughed when I studied the painting.  Just as I told you,  I saw a tremendous difference in my work from that time to now, and it was a true eye opener!  I don't even remember if it is in oils or acrylics.

     When I painted it, I was so proud of the work!  It was a snow scene, very hard to do, and add to that a horse and sleigh heading towards a house in the distance.  It wasn't easy but I thought at the time that it was great.  Now,  I just laugh because I see all the mistakes I made.  Don't get me wrong, it's not too bad, but it could be so much better.  I am very happy that it came and I will keep that photo forever as a reminder of where I used to be in my work.  You need to do the same.

     The photo is below.  I don't know if I gave it a name, and I'm not sure of the size, but it seems like it was between and 11 x 14 and a 14 x 18.  Anyway enjoy the photo and be sure and save at least some pictures of your "older" artwork for comparison later.  It will be good for your psyche!

    I'm going to name it now!              "OVER THE RIVER"


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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 …