This week included a couple of head studies in oil, and an unexpected field trip.

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9X12″ Study Oil on Canvas

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9X12″ Study Oil on Canvas

I had a meeting to go to this week in Garnett, KS.  You can imagine how pleased I was to see that their Public Library also included an impressive Walker Art Gallery.

I did not plan ahead and only had my cell phone to take pictures. And well my cell phone takes terrible pictures due to the lens being scratched up. The collection includes Manet, Chihuly, John Stuart Curry and Robert Henri. Pretty impressive for our little corner of Kansas!

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Yes, THAT Manet.

Next week I will have the fourth installment of the “Painting in Oil Series” :0)

This week’s studio update is a bit different. I took a couple of days off to help move our oldest daughter and her family to Wichita. On the drive back I meandered and found a few interesting sites :0)

It does a spirit good to get out and explore a bit from time to time!

Yes Toto, we ARE in Kansas!

"Needle in a Haystack" Note there is actual rope (thread) hanging from the needle. :)

“Needle in a Haystack” Note there is actual rope (thread) hanging from the needle.

Taken at "Jurassic Art" in Rose Hill, KS

Taken at “Jurassic Art” in Rose Hill, KS

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Taken at “Jurassic Art” in Rose Hill, KS

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Taken at “Jurassic Art” in Rose Hill, KS

I also ventured past “Sculpture Hill” which features the art of Frank Jenson. Sadly, I did not get any pics due to my own poor planning and my selfish desire to not get ran over by a roaring semi. But you can see his work at the Sculpture Hill website. And of course you can see a couple of his sculptures in front of one my favorite places, the Chanute Depot. The depot houses both the Safari Museum and the Chanute Public Library.

Frank Jensen Sculpture in Chanute, Kansas

Frank Jensen Sculpture in Chanute, Kansas

Meanwhile, inside the studio there is a new item on the easel I will share next week.

Two commissions are being painted at the moment. The plan is to wrap them up by the end of the month.

In about six months time I think we need to look at increasing prices. So just a heads up!

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Underpainting 8X10″

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Oil on Canvas 9X12″

I have an obsession with chandeliers and things sparkly.  I took some time yesterday to take a few reference images for a future project at a local shop. The last one, the little black chandelier, I am thinking would look cute in my studio/office. 🙂

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So, what has happened in the last week?  A small local exhibit of paintings began with a reception on the 12th. It will run until mid Feb. See pics/post of reception here.

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Current piece (commission) on the easel – Underpainting 9X12″

I have also managed to do some boring but necessary office work: New letterhead and decided upon a new basic bookkeeping system. Other than that the focus has been to adjust to a work schedule that allows me to get things accomplished, but also have my lazy time 🙂

Getting the new year rolling along. Made new brochures, ordered more art supplies, touched up work for, and hung a small exhibit.

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After touching up the edges of the oil pieces, they were left for a few days to dry before hanging. I had them all over my work area.

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……more paintings with wet edges.

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Hung a small show, in local gallery.

I sent a “heads up” email to everyone that mentioned on facebook they were interested in setting up commissions this year. If you are interested and we didn’t get an email sent to you, drop us a line!

Next week = Images of new paintings. 🙂

I began making a long list of things I could cover in this blog: proportions, mixing colors, stretching canvases etc… But I eventually realized you could find that information elsewhere from perfectly capable people, so why would you come here for it?

So what will make this blog different? By focusing on the more personal aspects of being an artist it will make it somewhat unique and still provide information you can use. A lofty goal? Perhaps.

There will be one or two posts here each week discussing what is going on in my studio and surrounding topics.

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