|Edge Painting Day in the Studio.|
Cake Shop, 42" x 42", triptych, acrylics
Yesterday was 'Paint the Edges' Day for my pastry triptych, which has been leaning against a wall in the darkest corner of my space for months. I've decided to hang it. I really like painting in units. I like pastries. Hang the rest of the world, except for Thibaud. I put on the finish coat of a mahogany colored mix of acrylics. I used the Dick Blick brand I had bought months ago and hated it. I had to use more colors to get just the right color I wanted' and there was something about the consistency that didn't have the same quality as Golden Acrylics. Obviously, you can't save a buck. But the paint was good enough for edges.
It is a pity that there isn't a full range of colored 1 1/2" edging tapes out there and I don't like carrying the painting around the sides of the gallery profile canvases. The designer in me thinks that looks like stretched fabric.
I also finished my self portrait in hood #2 and initialed it. This charcoal taught me a lot. I prefer Willow to Vine. I adore my knead eraser more than stubs. I adore my mahl stick. And I still want to find a blacker black. I also started a charcoal on canvas. Sharon Wright's work enticed me.
|Self Portrait in Hood #2, 9" x 11" Charcoal|
Learned my charcoal supplies need to be expanded.
All of my industry has been sparked by my visit to the Lawrence Street Art Gallery to pick up the notebook from the Art and Business workshop I missed. I took a look around and knew I had talent and should stop dabbling and get busy. I knew I was a gallery artist first, online, perhaps second? Honey recognized that also and was extremely interested in the pricing. It jived with what we thought. I 'hired' him as my agent and he accepted. His first job (and I will probably tag along) is to investigate the other galleries in the various communities around town. Saturday mornings will suit us just fine.
I have always thought that artists needed an agent--someone who knows business, isn't invested in the production and can analyze the product's spot in the marketplace. Artists can be too emotional about their work--the time spent, the problems that popped up and had to be solved, the high cost of supplies make it seem priceless. It is not. Honey knows that. Honey has years of business experience. Honey's my guy.
Reading the notebook over the weekend, I realized the truth: I'm not ready to go to market. I didn't get past number one in Laura Hope's workshop synopsis: Make art your job. Till today, I've been a part time dabbler, albeit regularly, and my subjects and mediums have been too varied. Aside from setting aside regular hours, I also decided acrylics for landscapes; oils for portraits; charcoal for value studies. Professional artist is my goal. As I told Sharon Wright, I WANT TO PAY TAXES.
Post Script: Make sure your photographs are all signed with your name. People who use Pinterest like to gather graphics for their graphic boards. Noticeably signed, pinned work could serve as an advertisement?