I logged into my redbubble account to check in and see how things were going. It was a nice surprise. I had entered "Fresh Rain" into a group contest called "Blue" and I found out I won. On top of that "Fresh Rain" had also been placed on the main RedBubble homepage. When your art gets displayed on the homepage like that the hits go through the roof. Not just on their site but my blog, website, keyword searches all went up like crazy. Then to top it off I just received an email that I will be the November Artist of the Month for Boundlessgallery.com I'm thrilled! My work will be featured for the entire month. I'm excited to see how that will affect the rest of my web stuff.
I hope too get out and get some painting done while the fall leaves are changing. Its so beautiful up the canyon I just want to grab a warm blanket and soak it all up. I will at least get my camera out. Stay tuned...
I thought I better do a quick update since my last entry said I was only going to be gone for a few days. My "vacation" turned out to be a permanent move and my time is now very limited.
I've been really busy and time constraints will now prevent me from painting as much as I'd like to but private commissions are still accepted on a limited basis and a few pieces are still available on my website.
Please check back for my not-so-daily-paintings periodically!
FYI: New York Traffic will be on the cover of "Handbook to Handmade"
I will be leaving for a much needed vacation in a couple of days and won't return until the end of March. If any purchases come in during that time, I have made arrangements for shipping. I hope to paint while I'm gone and will be posting the new paintings when I get back.
You asked where my inspiration comes from so here’s the smack down - there are other methods to my madness but for this bite its all about online searching. I'm a computer junkie and a perfectionist (shhhh! don't tell I might still be fooling people). When I sit down at the computer to get a creative buzz I usually start with google. I go to the images section and just start punching in nouns. As I search through the pages and pages of images for whatever reason, certain things just "grab". I feel something when I look at it and that's my first clue. I don't usually find an image and then blamo I'm painting. When I'm in the searching mode I just do a "save as" - in one of my many categorized hard drive folders - and keep going and going.
After I feel like I've added enough to my library of images I start surfing through my very full hard drive. Once I find something that really speaks to me I open it in Photoshop and play. I always combine several elements that I like in the multiple photos that I'm working with and add a twist to it. Although on a few occasions I loved the original photo so much that I've decided to ask permission to use it from the photographer.
After the Photoshop collage I print it out and take it to the canvas. As I push the paint around with my palette knife I will quickly get a feel for the piece. If it works then I keep going. If it doesn't - I've come to realize it never will so I just move on to the next piece and open up my hard drive all over again.
And that's that. At least when it comes to online searching. If I have time... I'd much rather hit the plein air circuit and feel the sun roasting my back.
PS. Thank you to the collector from NY that purchased "Landscape Reflection"!