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 have waited for a while now to say these words, “I am now accepting commissions!” For more information go to information on lining up a painting commission.

So what other interesting things will this year bring?

  • For starters, I will present a series of posts on oil painting. The method that I use, and that I find now works for me. These will be posting those every other Monday, beginning on Jan 7th.
  • There will be a weekly post showing current projects and challenges faced in my studio. The first will be Jan 10th.
  • Ever other Sunday will be a sale or special of some sort associated with Artist-How-To/Barton Studio. Starting on Jan 13th.
  • Each month there will be an interview with an artist. This is tentatively scheduled to post Jan 20th. So if you know of someone YOU would like to see interviewed, let us know.
  • Giveaways and contests of course!
  • This blog and website are all new, and will continue to change and grow as we do. So be sure to look around and let us know what you think.
A corner work area.

A corner work area.

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A side area with designated piles.

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Painting spot ready to go!

You're probably wondering why I chose to include this shot? I am considering doing some quick still life studies and my silver items were in dire need of cleaning. What can I say? I love shiny things!

You’re probably wondering why I chose to include this shot? I am considering doing some quick still life studies and my silver items were in dire need of cleaning. What can I say? I love shiny things!

 

I stopped painting for a number of years.  While I was taking a hiatus from painting I was working in polymer clay, mixed media and creating eBooks.

I have a Master’s Degree in Art, I chose to not teach. Instead I chose to have a part-time day job in an area Public Library. When I started there I said I would do it for one year… that was going on ten years ago.

For a few years now an area gallery has been talking of me having an exhibit. It finally dawned on me that I could paint portraits of my four grandchildren, have the show, and still have the paintings for posterity.

This eventually became me rebooting my painting career. To use the term “career” sounds a bit pretentious – but there ya have it. For the last seven months I have been painting again.  It seems natural to me to choose to focus on portraits and the human figure.

I have a small exhibit in January 2013 at “Works of Art Gallery” here in Humboldt, that I am preparing. They only need about six pieces which is not a problem. Another exhibit is lined up for September of 2013 at the Bowlus in Iola, KS.  At this point it gives me nine months. Would equating it to giving birth be too obvious?

Also as part of my re-boot I have completely overhauled the studio website along with our company site Artist-How-To where we offer various artists eBooks for sale. So please be sure to look around and feel free to leave comments and suggestions.

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