See you in 2014!
Have A Safe and Happy Holiday Season :0)
See you in 2014!
Have A Safe and Happy Holiday Season :0)
Today was spent boxing up all the work that is ready for a show that will be hung Monday. I also updated inventory lists and made sure marketing materials are up to date. There are still three paintings I could not pack up as they are still drying in some fashion. But they will be ready to go and walk out the door by Monday.
Below are two items that will be included.
So the big question now, what is next?
But for now, I need to get this studio back into shape. Every surface in here is covered with books, photos, notes and painting supplies. Then I want to just sit down and knit for a few days, without interruption. To clear my head and further challenge the analytical part of my brain…..while eating chocolate. Who knows maybe I will design a thing or two while I am at it. :0)
1. Time – To relax, dream and breath a creative flow.
2. Security – This can either work for you, or against you. Too much security and you may get lazy and not produce work. Not enough and you may be tempted/forced to focus on things besides your art.
3. Tools – No matter what you do you need some sort of tool, even if it is your finger. If money is really tight and you can not got your hands on the ideal items, we can learn to use what is available to us, if it is important to us.
4. Space – Even the space between our ears. Perhaps most important the space between our ears! If you can have a physical space to work this shows a priority both mentally and physically.
5. Drive to Create – You HAVE to want it as an outlet and/or as a business need. It is difficult enough to be a creative individual in the world, without a drive to create….forget about it.
6. Discipline – There are a lot of things to juggle when you are an artist: your time, priorities, finances, marketing to name just a few.
7. Passion – An indescribable love of what you do.
8. Support – You need people in your corner, even if it is only the voice in your head.
9. Ongoing Education – You must continue to challenge yourself in order to grow.
10. Guts – (chutzpah) Take the road less traveled and not produce more of the same takes an inner spark. Some days more than others….
The reality is most artist work a day-job of one kind or another. Finances, time management and self expression require continual juggling. The myth of the artist working as he or she chooses, not needing to concern themselves with finances and always staying creatively challenged, is difficult in reality.
In the next two posts I will explore the pros and cons faced by artists in having a day-job. First let’s look at the pros:
To have a day-job can be a tough personal choice, one that needs to be weighed by an individuals situation. Next we will explore the cons.
So supposedly the ideal image to have on Pinterest for marketing is vertical. It helps to gain more exposure due to the layout. But HOW do you go about making one fast and inexpensive?
I have Photoshop and Gimp, both of which can do pretty amazing things. But I prefer to use PicMonkey these days for quick edits that do not require more complicated results.
Looking at JUST creating the layout that is necessary, lets get started!
TA-DAH! Now you can upload the image you just made to your Blog or Pinterest.
In an attempt to get to know the readers better, let me fill you in a bit about myself.
So there you have it: A fifty year old out of shape hermit that paints, writes and blogs. And I am sure some would say a twisted sense of humor. It will surly rear its head before long!
A pochade box is a portable small painting box you can take with you when painting plein air. The one I made has a small palette that fits inside, holes to insert paint brushes while working, and room for storage of supplies.
If I were to buy a pochade box new it would cost at least $150. There are a number of blogs that show how to make one of your own with cigar boxes and I have a friend that smokes cigars and is generous with giving them away. You can also find them online or from smoke shops for $5-10. I gathered my supplies over the course of a few months, here and there. In the end it probably cost me about $30 in supplies. As I said the cigar boxes were free and I already had the tripod. You could also look online at as http://www.freecycle.org/ in your area.
The first thing you will want to do is to replace the hinges and closure on the box you use. The ones put on cigar boxes are almost always weak and break easily.
Take apart the third odd ball sized cigar box and with skill saw, cut a square palette that will fit into the bottom of the other boxes.
Draw out the placement for the thumb hole. Use a Dremel Tool attachment or drill to make a hole in the center of the marked area. Using the Dremel Tool or Skill Saw cut out the shape desired. Note: Of everything, this step probably took me the longest.
Once you have the size correct of palette and thumb hole sand the edges down smooth with either sandpaper or with the Dremel Tool.
Inside of all the cigar boxes were thin strips of wood that could be pulled out. I took three strips and layered them together with wood glue, clamped them with the bull clips until dry. It should be plenty dry in a couple of hours.
This create a piece of wood approx 1/2″ thick. I then used the skill saw to cut an approximately 2×3″ shape.
Drill a hole in the center of the wood with a 1/4″ drill bit.
Insert the t-nut into the hole and tap it down with the hammer until the larger flat side is flush with the wood.
Attach the piece of wood with the T-nut slightly more to toward the top of the box as shown. Due to the wight of the lid and a small canvas it will help to balance it when on the tripod.
I put the mending strips on one side only. But you can put them on both if you want. I may wind up later doing that myself. Attach them as shown.
When the box is open, remove the wing-nut, use it and the small screw to connect the two strips. This will give you the ability to choose the angle of your lid, or easel.
I used several layers of thin linseed oil on the palette to seal and season it before using. I think it gave it a nice aged looked :0) To do so you simply rub in a thin layer of oil and allow it to dry, and repeat a few times.
This also shows the mending strips in use.
Figure out how tall to make your scraps of square wood to enable the palette to rest inside of the box and not sit taller than the edge. Glue each in a corner with wood glue.
Carefully take off the hinges off the other box that is the same size as the one you are using. On one of the half drill holes to insert the handles of your brushes, while painting. You probably will not be taking too many brushes with you so if you have a variety of sizes of 5-7 holes that will be more than enough. Test them out with the brushes you know you want to use and make necessary adjustments.
You need to do something that will keep the lid from smacking up against the inside of the lid. Especially when the palette is covered in wet paint, and you don’t want to have to clean it off each time out in the field. To help with this I put four thick buttons, one on each corner area to act as spacers. I plan on also using a piece of wax paper, to keep the lid and palette from sticking together during travel.
Three layers, one with holes for brushes, the box you just created, and the other side of a box. Wrap all three with the small bungee cords to keep secure. Inside of the two outer boxes you can store your paints, brushes, rags, 4 bull clips etc…
Consider cutting down the handles of a paint brushes that do not already fit.
I chose to have a designated plein air kit:
When out in the field attach the box to your tripod, take the two extra halves and attach them with the bull clips and use your lid as an easel.
NOTE: I have seen ones with special attachments for the easel portion. And I may try something similar in the future. Right now I plan on working fairly small and as portable as possible so this should work for now.
If you decide to build your own or have already and want to share, let us know! Either post links below or email us at email@example.com
How to have an even sheen on the surface of your oil painting without using varnish.
To remedy this problem you do what is called “Oiling Out”.
Oiling out will accomplish two things:
You CAN do the same thing with a coat of varnish. But there are advantages to oiling out vs. Varnish:
So how do you do it?
Ah, it is January 2013, time to start gathering all your tax information in preparation for filing. But, of course you were getting all this information together throughout the year so that you didn’t have to do it all at once, and to help ensure it is accurate! Cause artists are known for being super organized and harbor a deep love of doing all things paper-work related. (Cue sarcasm)
Below is a list of ten items that you should be aware of when going through those receipts in drawers and boxes you have stashed over the past year.
*Note- I am not a tax attorney, so be sure to contact a legal professional if necessary