Wednesday, March 28, 2012


Each day is a new step in the process of making art. Making the time to create the piece is only a small part of the art. Protecting the surface, framing or finding a unique way to display the work. Then applying to shows to hang the work for people to see. Along with adding it to web sites and other social media. The business of art. I have often said if lucky an artist has 6 months to create new works and the other 6 are spent doing the PR, social media, delivering, hanging, applying to shows.

Shows are coming to a close here in AZ. This weekend the works I have been doing each Saturday at the Botanical Gardens will go on display & sale. The show goes up on Saturday at 8:00 am and closes on Sunday at 6:00 pm. It will be a long couple of days but a great way to spend a beautiful weekend. In between I drop off work that got into the juried pastel show in Sedona. That show opens April 14th with artists reception from 2:00 - 4:30. It is at the Art Center of Sedona.

Today and the next couple of days I will be putting the finishing touches on the Garden works and getting them ready for the show. The works for Sedona are complete. What's next, maybe some plein air painting in Sedona or right outside my backyard. In the meantime here are the 3 pieces that got into the Sedona show.

Wise Man (pastel on Arches Black Paper)

beep-beep (road runner pastel on Rives BFK paper)

Blue Rocks & Eagle Feather (pastel on Rives Blue paper)

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Birds & Bees

It's March and each Saturday I go to the Desert Botanical Gardens with a group of artists from the Scottsdale Artists League. March in AZ, a great place to be the wildflowers are blooming, the cactus are starting to bloom the weather is generally wonderful for painting outside. Committing to do this is a way of making sure I get some painting time in, when in the midst of so many things to do it can be easy to let studio time slip away.

This past Saturday I was tucked away in a part of the garden were they often have weddings, special events, musical performances. I was joined by hummingbirds and bees. They were happy to share the space with me, flowers were blooming, it was a warm but not too hot a day.

I can not find my reference book to identify the plant and there was no marker. Will have to research that more later. I worked in pastel did a drawing of the flowers and started putting a hummingbird into the scene. Since the birds do not stay more then a few seconds here and there. I pulled out the camera and just sat there a while waiting for them to come around to me.

I will use these reference photos to put in the details I could not capture while sitting there. Even though I could not finish my painting while at the gardens, it was a wonderful moment in time to relax and enjoy nature.

Honey bee heading into the flower

Hummingbird at rest


Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Starting Over

It has been hard to keep up with the on-line business part of art. It has been hard trying to even get into the studio. We have moved into a house in AZ with a nice space for a new studio. It is getting there I now have a place inside to work. The nice part about being in AZ in the winter is there are also lots of wonderful places outside to work. More on that tomorrow...until then I will keep working on getting the studio set up.

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