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Notes from David Kassan Drawing demo

Up at Whidbey Island this week taking a workshop from David Kassan, put on by Carry Juriens and WIFAS - It's so amazing and wonderful to have this resource here, Carry is doing such a great job bringing these fantastic artists to the Northwest. 

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Successful BGAA Art studio tour - even sold a painting!

On Saturday our local arts group - Battle Ground Art Alliance - held our 2nd annual studio tour.

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Really love this portrait breakdown

http://annawakitsch.blogspot.com/2013/09/final-stage-of-tessa-portrait-f...

By Anna Wakitsch.  It's a remarkable job, great description of how she takes a painting to the finished stage.  Working for several weeks!  I'm still amazed the painting is only 6"x6"..  not sure why anyone want's to paint that small!  Great explanations though - saving this one for future reference.

working on a painting of clouds

Finally getting a chance to work on my new easel.. well I should say - finally went out and bought a new easel! I used to have a pretty big wood easel that I built with a friend while we were in college.  He was a hobby wood-worker, and he wanted to learn painting.. I needed an easel at the time, so we decided to make our own.  We came up with a pretty decent easel that lasted for years, not bad for a couple college kids. 

Something a little different

Here's my latest painting - with a little help from Bailey on the finishing touches.  I've been thinking about clouds lately and want to do some more cloudscapes.  Maybe not quite this intense, it's definitely a stretch!  These colors I think will probably knock people over.  But my kids sure love them! 

And Bailey was helping out with this one too..

She's getting into it! 

Getting those Facebook Likes

Related to pride & humility which I spoke about in my previous post, I sometimes wonder as I post whatever new painting I've done up to Facebook and eagerly anticipate the comments / compliments that might come..  if I'm not just trying to show off?  Am I just trying to gratify my pride?  Is posting up artwork just a way to fish for compliments and seek praise and validation?  Perhaps. There's probably some of that feeling there.  How is that different from putting up work on in a physical gallery and inviting everyone you know to come to the art show?

The glory belongs to God

In my personal scripture study I've been reading lately about the importance of humility and the dangers of pride.  I think I probably haven't done the best job in the world of giving God more praise for what He has done for me.  When people give me compliments about my work, as they sometimes do - I usually just say "Thanks very much". I never deflect any of the praise to God, or even bring him up.   Even though the truth is, He has helped me in so many ways. 

PeaceHealth is buying 2 of my paintings

I got a call on Saturday from an art locator / buyer who is responsible for finding art for the new PeaceHealth hospital in Vancouver WA.  She said they've been looking for Nortwest artists to show, and really like my work.  Today she came out to Battle Ground and visited me at my studio, and plans to purchase 2 of my paintings, possibly a 3rd.  I'm pretty excited about it!  It's nice to know that people are interested and appreciate my work.  I think the river and rock scenes will fit very nicely in a hospital environment.  They need to have a lot of room and space - I'm thrilled that they

Small Pools and mossy rocks of a Northwest river

Took almost 2 months to paint, and I tried to work on it at least 2 hours every day.

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