Sunday, August 31, 2008

Tennesee Trip Update

After a beautiful drive through the Smoky mountains yesterday, we arrived in Tennessee. We normally stay in a private cabin, but are staying with inlaws at their Wyndham Resort Condo. We are in the Pigeon Forge Area, so it might be a challenge to find a quiet spot to paint because we are staying in an area that is really developed, unlike staying in a cabin in the back roads, but I will sketch when I can and post it here soon.
Be sure to check my website and blog soon as I will have many new paintings from my recent travels here in Tennesee and from our recent trip to Ocracoke Isalnd and the Outer Banks, NC.

Friday, August 29, 2008

Off to Tennessee!

Hello friends! I know I have been absent from the blog, but life has been pretty hectic lately! I have been painting and have some new work to post, but it must wait until I get back. I am off to Pigeon Forge, Tennessee with my wife and baby girl and my inlaws. I will be back late next week and hopefully I will get some quick sketching and painting time while in the beautiful Smoky Mountains. As usual, you can go to my website to see some avaialable work or visit the galleries listed on my website if you are local to see the work I have there. Be back soon with some pictures and paintings!

Monday, August 04, 2008

Back from trip and artist's life stuff

Hello friends!
I will be posting some new work and sketches I did on my trip to Ocracoke Island 2 weeks ago. I have been busy catching up on emails, and general studio cleanup. My studio is always a mess after a trip! I still have paintings that I haven't unpacked yet.
My time has also been taken up because I have switched positions at the non-profit ministry I work for, and so I am learning my new responsibilites. But you say, " I thought you were an artist?" Ahhh, I am but I am a young artist who still has not made the plunge to painting full time. Once my pricing gets higher, and I build my collector base a bit more, than that may become a reality. I have a daughter to think about, so at the current time my wife and I must both still work while I continue to sell my work through websites, exhibits, and galleries.
Most artists I know that paint full time, are doing so after "painting on the side" for many years and have built their clientele and gallery relationships. It does take time, but sometimes exceptional talent like that of Scott Burdick or Jeremy Lipking finds collectors very quickly.
If only I was full-time now, but I will keep on painting and doing my best to raise the value of my collector's purchases.
Anyway, hope to have more work posted this week.