No Time to Paint, but Time to be Inspired

Spring is the perfect time to collect future paintings. I’ve been too busy to paint lately, but I have been able to gather inspiration. This lovely pink water lily is currently blooming in my pond. Some day SOON, it will become a watercolor!

water_lily

 

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

Weezie
9″ x 11″
Charcoal on paper
2014

Just, Wow!

Leroy Neiman, Portrait of a Lion

The other day, I met a man who had been looking at my website. He told me that my latest work reminded him of Leroy Neiman. I’m embarrassed to say I did not recognize the name, so as soon as I got home I googled him. Just, Wow! What an amazing compliment! I LOVE his work! I only wish my work DID look like his! He will definitely become one of my inspirations going forward!