Wednesday, August 28, 2013

sketching...

I've painted and I've scraped, painted and scraped some more these last two days. UGH!  My schedule has been a bit chaotic, full of meetings and appointments and I've been trying to fit in painting time (unsuccessfully!) in the middle of it all.
  
I've discovered that I am more a creature of habit than I had thought.  I prefer to paint in blocks of time and first thing in the morning.  An hour here or there is not my cup of tea.  Sometimes I can pull off a successful painting but I'm more likely to rush one along because the time is ticking away.  

So this morning before my meeting, I decided to sketch instead.  I've been thinking about ideas for my upcoming "30 Days Hath September" series (a painting for every day in September). I thought I would put pen to paper and sketch out some ideas. Very productive and very relaxing way to start my day.  And I can head to my meeting this morning feeling like I accomplished something instead of wasting time.  The best part.....NO SCRAPING!  However, when I get into the studio later today, I have an nice pile of lovely neutral gray paint to use :)


If you haven't had a chance to check out my summer newsletter and see what I have been up to, here is the link:  Summer Newsletter

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

busy, busy, busy...

This week has been a little of this and a little of that and a lot of everything!  I am finishing up a commission, (which I promise to show when it's done..) painting for an upcoming competition that I want to enter, and doing a LOT of framing! Framing is not my favorite part of this job....by far.  It always takes me twice as long as I think it will, not to mention I always injure myself somehow.  I have this wonderfully long antique work-table in my dining room that I always use to spread out all my framing stuff on and right now you can see that my dining room has been taken over...
 and there is always the bubble wrap....yards and yards of it:
Most of these paintings are headed to a brand new gallery I am in called "Olive's" on main street in quaint downtown Ft. Mill, SC.  I can't wait to see everything hung at the opening on September 6th from 6:00 - 9:00. Please stop in if you are close by, I would love to see you!

Thursday, August 15, 2013

"sunset over cockspur" and "To Blog or Not To Blog"

And here you go....the second blog in a week's time!!! Amazed? You should be, due to my sporadic blog posts this year.  If it hadn't been for the "30 Paintings in 30 Days" back in January my numbers would look SO much worse!  It has been a strange year for me, so I am giving myself a pass....of sorts.  The truth of the matter is, blogging is on my "to-do" list, like a lot of other things.  And I haven't made time "to-do" it!  

Several times a year I co-host a blogtalk radio show with my friend Leslie Saeta called Artists Helping Artists .  The topic today is "To Blog or Not To Blog".  It is something that I have been struggling with, because I already devote so much marketing time to social media, I have often wondered if blogging was worth the extra time.  I'm not going to lie to you, while doing the research for the show, I was hoping I was going to find that out.  But without giving too much away, I found out exactly the opposite.  I hope if you are an artist, you will listen to the show today and hear what we have to say.....it convinced me to recommit myself to a better blogging schedule!  Here is a link to the show if you want to listen:  "To Blog or Not To Blog"  .

Enough preaching.  Here is a painting that brings me home whenever I look at it.  And so much of what I paint is memories or places and feelings that I want to preserve and the physical act of putting brush to canvas does that for me.  This little lighthouse is off the coast of Tybee Island in Georgia.  In fact you see it as you go over the bridge to the island.  At low tide you can see the rocks and the little bit of land it is built on, but at high tide the water is lapping at the base of it.  It always reminds me to stand strong.  The lighthouse dates back to the early 1800's and much has been done to shore it up and restore it.  If you'd like to read more about it here are a couple of links:
http://www.lighthousefriends.com/light.asp?ID=324
 http://tybeeisland.com/place/cockspur-lighthouse/

"sunset over cockspur"
12" x 12" oil on gallery wrapped canvas
©2013dottietleatherwood

Monday, August 12, 2013

"sunrise from the balcony"...

This year has been one full of twists and turns for me.  Some good and some not so good.  I guess that sums up life but it seems that I have had more than my normal share so far this year.  Sort of like having five years of ups and downs crammed into eight months.  I am always searching for the calm in the storm.  This painting is from a photo I took early one morning at the beach.  I even made it the screensaver for my phone so I can get that instant zen at a moment's notice.  (and there have been plenty of moments lately!)  Sunrise is always so full of hope and as they say..."everything looks better in the morning light".  I wasn't sure that it would translate well into a painting.  Sometimes sunrise/sunset can look so cliché.   But I think it worked out. It actually made me feel peaceful just painting it... hope it does the same for you :)
"sunrise from the balcony"
12" x 9" oil on panel
©2013dottietleatherwood