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     It has been crazy getting ready for this art show!  One would think that it's not that big a deal.  We just put up a tent and hang art, right?  That's kind of what I thought but I was wrong!  I have been working for two to three months at least getting paintings done, finding and buying all the necessary supplies without breaking the bank, and then getting everything prepared and assembled for the show.

     I had to go to all the locations where I show my art and remove the paintings I wanted for the show, while replacing them with others. Then I had to paint more paintings!  In the meantime, I located and purchased display panels and all necessary accessories, not to mention the tent and carpet.  I ordered a banner, and painted a sign for the tent and made flags to draw attention to my art tent over the 100's of other white tents that were there.  I painted an old plant tower to match my theme colors of b…

      We as artists all need education.  Now, we can teach ourselves or we can be taught by others. But when it comes to motivation, it MUST come from us!  No one can teach us motivation.  I had never really thought much about this until I read a recent report.  And after I thought about it, I realized that this was absolutely correct.  Motivation cannot be taught.  It comes from within us.

     We can be encouraged, given reasons to be motivated, but the actual motivation to get out and actually DO something has to come from us.  We must want to create, want to sell, want to promote our art. We cannot be forced.

     If we aren't motivated, then it doesn't matter how many years we study, or how many books we read, or how many classes we take.  We are wasting our time and money.  So the question becomes, how do I get motivated?

     Motivation is what causes us to put forth the effort to move, create, sell our art.  We need to sit down and ask ourselve…

     There was a time when we went to a printer and had a physical book made of our paintings.  Then we changed to making up a CD that we gave out.  Some still hand out a USB drive with their portfolio on it.  However, most places will just toss those out, worrying about viruses contaminating their computers.  So, what do we do to get their attention?

      We can give the gallery our website, but quite frankly, most will not look at them because they don't have the time it takes to navigate the site. Then, what do we give them?  Most gallery owners want to see a brief PDF file.  If professionally done, they are quite effective.  There are apps we can purchase like Adobe Maker, but it is expensive because you pay for the year, all up front.  On a month-by-month breakdown, it's not so bad. As for the PDF format, it is recommended that we only have one painting per page with the name, size, medium, and price bel…

     You may have seen some videos on YouTube of this technique.  That is how I got interested in doing it.  I was searching for something new to depict my ocean scenes.  There are a lot of videos to choose from, and they can get confusing to say the least.  The best advice I can give you is go through them paying attention to the person doing the video.  Each one has a different approach and if you see a style or method you like, then take note of that person and look for their videos.  That way you learn a specific technique and it is not as confusing.  The three people I recommend you follow are AnneMarie Ridderhof from Holland, Carl Mazur from California, and Caren Goodrich.  Each of these is skilled and are good teachers.  They also use sound methods that can be used to learn the technique.  Others are easy to watch, but are more for entertainment than actual learning in my opinion.

     I learned from these three…

     I told you I would post a follow up on my art show for the month of March.  On March 2nd, there was a reception with snacks and music.  A nice crowd came to see the artwork and visit with the different artists whose work was on display.  I had the large room and enjoyed meeting and speaking with many new people.  There were lots of questions about how I "paint" these new fluid acrylics and how I "came up" with this new method.  There were several that showed serious interest in my work, of course, most do not make a large purchase on the first visit.  It may take two or even three visits for the actual purchase of a painting, especially if it is a larger one.

     I managed to get a few pictures during the reception and here they are for you to see.  I was not able to get them during the peak time as we were too busy, so it's not too crowded in these photos. But at least you can see some of th…

     I have been very busy of late.  First I am teaching another six-week acrylics class.  Second, I am getting ready to be the featured artist at OCEAN ART GALLERY for the month of March.  Third, as part of being the featured artist, I am giving a demonstration of fluid acrylics on March 10th.  Fourth, I have been trying to get juried into the OLD TOWN SPRING ART SHOW.  Whew!  I'm tired just saying all of that!

     Each one keeps me busy, but all four at once is crazy!  But, so far, so good, as they say.  The class is smaller this time, so its easier to teach 8-9 people rather than 12 or more.  I am really busiest getting enough paintings done to have for both the art gallery and the Old Town show.  The gallery wants me to fill a 12 x 20 room with paintings. At least one wall has three openings, so I will just have one stack painting between each opening. However, across from that is a solid wall that will hold quite a…