Not bad for a quick little painting is it? Some might argue that 5.97 hours is a bit slow for the 4″ x 6″ class but who’s racing?
I decided my first car painting would be donated to the Post Card Art Show sponsored by the Friends of the Arts at Illinois State University, my Alma mater. This will be my 3rd year participating in the show. My previous paintings have raised a good deal of money for the program.
Want to see the finished original before it gets snapped up by someone else? Then you best head down to the CVA Galleries on the 27th of April for the opening. You will get a shot at owning it or many other fine originals while raising money for the school of art. Your ticket to the show guarantees you will walk away with one original painting. Oh did I mention there is a plethora of hors d’oeuvres, wine, live music and yes a boat load of postcard art.
The first Lotus car painting is drawn out now and I’ll be starting that this week.
I’ll be attending the Skip Watts Memorial Exhibition & reception on April 20th in Springfield. This was a watercolor show open to Illinois artists only. Paul Jackson AWS, was the juror of selection and awards. Paul has had considerable influence on my work and I look forward to seeing him at the reception.
I will also be traveling up to the IWS 29th National opening in Dixon on May 11th at the Next Picture Show Gallery. One of my favorite pieces: ‘The Collector‘ was finally juried into a major show, by Ratindra Das AWS.
Even better than going to an art show in Dixon is driving there with Jenny, and having some dinner with our friends Tony Armendariz and his wife Virginia. Tony tirelessly keeps the Illinois Watercolor Society going and is a great painter and wonderful promoter of the art and the IWS.
OK now back to some 80’s Spotify and finishing this 57 MG Roadster. See you later!
Fourteen blog posts in 2011. Not bad I guess, but not good either:
New Resolutions: 1/5/2011
First Salvos: 1/20/2011
Losing Momentum: 3/1/2011
The Good the Bad & The Disappointments: 3/31/2011
Paying to Play: 4/15/2011
Small Watercolors, Small Steps: 4/18/2011
A Little Art Exhibit: 5/3/2011
Reading the Signs: 5/25/2011
Picking up the Pieces: 6/11/2011
Art that is Personal: 6/29/2011
A Short Break: 8/12/2011
Making Time: 8/26/2011
Art Galleries are they worth it? 10/19/2011.
I just skimmed over everything I wrote from 2011. Looking back I have to say it was a tough and expensive art year for me. My festivals were hit and miss, mainly miss. The exhibitions, contests and shows I applied to were mostly filled with rejections. I managed to complete twelve original paintings of which seven sold. I made it into the TWSA National and won a Juror’s Choice award at the McLean County Art Center’s first local watercolor exhibition. I even found an artist roommate to share the studio space with which has helped on costs.
Towards the tale end of 2011, I started teaching watercolor classes at the McLean County Art Center and also began individual lessons at my art studio. I have always thrived on learning from other artists and it has been nice to give back and teach others what I know about painting. It sort of feels like I’ve come full circle in some respects. I’m still clawing for success and validation with my work but whether that manifests itself now, later or never doesn’t really matter. It is the journey that is important right?
What will this year bring? An end to the Mayan calendar for sure! Other than that, probably more of the same, but maybe there will be a show or two I get into this time, or an exhibition I’ve been hoping for. Maybe I will be able to paint thirteen paintings this year and post more on this blog without letting almost ninety days go by without a word.
I want to thank those of you who I have interacted with over the last year. To my seven followers, you have my sincere thanks. I will always look up to Crystal Cook’s Blog for inspiration, she rocks the blog scene and does a great job of conveying the good artists message. Dan Vangeli, you’re the man and we are overdue for a phone call. May your 2012 be even sweeter than 2011 was for you. Many thanks to two of my mainstay supporters, Mr. Jackson and Mr. Stoeckley. You both have been great sounding boards for me over the years and I appreciate it. I also want to shout out to Doug at the MCAC, thanks for doing what you do and looking out for me this last year. I want to express my gratitude to Natalie and Bekah at The Pod for entertaining my son on his weekly visits and for selling my art! Last but surely not least, I want to thank my family for putting up with the trials, tribulations and moments of success I’ve experienced and shared since this all started.
Ok, let’s roll.
Sitting back at my command post, ‘the studio’, I ponder over my mental battle plan for this year. Spread out on my table in front of me is the arsenal I will use. My first offensive opens with a 22” x 30” still life watercolor. Flanking this rests an assortment of Kolinsky Kayak brushes (See Paul Jackson if you want a set), two Tom Lynch porcelain palettes well oiled and ready, each loaded with Winsor & Newton Artist Watercolors. Nestled between the painting and the paint rests three large vessels of water. The rest of the room is a mess: receipts everywhere, extra paints, folders, notepads, sketchbooks, pencils and just about everything else that has something or another to due with the business of making art.
Late last year, I began to formulate how 2011 would be a more successful year for me. This meant I needed to produce qualitatively better paintings, which exhibited something more than a journeyman’s grasp of mechanics. All my paintings are personal, but sometimes I think they are lifeless and don’t hold the attention of a viewer near as long as someone who paints more compelling subjects. We’ll see how that goes this year. My first painting, “Reflections in History” is hopefully a step in that direction.
Other elements of my battle plan are to schedule myself three times as many festivals, and participate in several national shows. I didn’t get into the AWS National, but I am waiting on jury results for the Missouri Watercolor National, the Transparent Watercolor Societies’ National, and Splash 13. Later next month I will be sending something down to the Louisiana Watercolor Societies National show and later this year my art will hit the jury’s of the IWS and the NWS. That’s seven contents that I can think of. I fully expect to get into three maybe four, which would be three or four more than I was accepted in last year. 2010 was a year of member shows for me. I tried the MOWS and TWSA National’s last year and didn’t make the jury cuts. I’ll keep painting, and keep entering… eventually something will give and my persistence will pay off!
In Progress image of my first painting of 2011
So far I’m on schedule. I will have this new painting done in the next week tops, and I will move onto two other pieces and start my drawing commissions finally. I wanted to get more into the process of this painting I’m working on now, but that will have to wait until my next post. For now, you will have to settle for a photo.