How About a Little Art in the Morning?

"Sunday Morning," Acrylic on paper, 12 x 18, 2012, $200

“Sunday Morning,” Acrylic on paper, 12 x 18, 2012, $200

I’ve been trying to figure out how to work painting back into my schedule. I have a part time job, a freelance career as a print/web designer, and a family to take care of. Lately, I’ve been reading a lot of articles on how successful people spend their mornings. The common theme seems to be that they get out of bed and get going instead of lying around lamenting the fact that they must soon leave the comfort of their nighttime cocoon.

This morning I tried it. Of course it helped that the dog needed to go out! But normally, I would let him out and back in again, and then slip back between the sheets. Not this morning. At 6 a.m. I got up and stayed up. I unloaded and loaded the dishwasher, got the clean clothes out of the dryer, and did 120 jumping jacks…all before my first cup of coffee.

While nothing I did was life-changing, it did give me a sense of accomplishment, It also got me thinking. Why couldn’t I head for the easel after I let the dogs back in each morning? I could easily get in 30 minutes of painting. Before I head for bed tonight, I’ll set out everything I will need for a morning painting session. Stay tuned for the results!

Getting Organized!

"The Crossing," watercolor on paper, 9" x 12", 2013, $100

“The Crossing,” watercolor on paper, 9″ x 12″, 2013, $100

After years of piling up paintings, I finally started getting organized! First, I contacted a local printer to inquire about making some limited edition prints from some of my athlete paintings….more to come on that. Next, I sorted and (badly) photographed most of the paintings that are stacked in my workspace…and I posted them all on my “Available for Sale” page!

I’ve always been a little hesitant to post my work, but it’s time! If I am going to paint more, I need to sell more, which means I must “put it out there” whether it makes me a little uncomfortable or not. So, if you’re interested in anything that I’ve painted in the past couple of years, contact me via the form below! Thanks!

Too Busy!

I have quite a few paintings bouncing around inside my head, but nothing has made it to paper or canvas yet. I’ve just been too busy! I guess that’s better than being bored, but I would love to be able to set a side a few hours each week to paint. Maybe next month…

For now, here’s a quick drawing that I did for a friend. My buddy, Weezie! She’s a sweet mix who came from a rescue.

charcoal drawing of a dog

9″ x 11″
Charcoal on paper

Slipping Nicely Back into My Comfort Zone with a Painting of a Sled Dog

I guess this goes with my recent athlete paintings! After all, is there any creature that is moire athletic than a sled dog? These animals run for hundreds of miles in the freezing cold. I think I have probably painted or drawn this dog, or some version of this dog, at least fifteen times, if not more. I love the image of a sled dog doing what they love most and do best. It’s like painting pure joy.

Iron Dog: The Runner Acrylic on canvas board 16" x 20" 2013

Iron Dog: The Runner
Acrylic on canvas board
16″ x 20″

Mermaid Painting for My Daughter

Over the past year, my daughter has become a bit obsessed with mermaids. We’ve been slowly redecorating her room with a mermaid theme. I had a little extra paint on my palette after I finished my swimmer, so I painted a little gift for her…

Nic's Little Mermaid Acrylic on canvas board 24" x 18" 2013

Nic’s Little Mermaid
Acrylic on canvas board
24″ x 18″