(Thank you to Marti for the kind comment about “missing me” . I’ve been trying to juggle the full-time job thing along with my art, and the latter is definitely suffering; I’m falling behind on commitments and exhibition deadlines. Really sucks. It doesn’t help that we’re in the fast’n'furious part of agility season right now, which will soon subside.
News since I last posted eons ago: I am the current State of Montana Treasured Artist, which is a damn nice honor. Funny thing – I think getting juried/invited into big national shows like OPA, Western Visions, and so on are a much bigger deal, but so far for folks around here the Treasured Artist thing is more special. Go figure.
I also gave a lecture on my work the other night (“From the Field to the Gallery: the Journey of a Wildlife Painting”) to a local wildlife group, which was well received and thoroughly fun, and had about 5 times more attendance than their lectures usually get. Those of you who have been to my workshops would have recognized the 5 minutes I devoted to getting everyone educated on the foundation elements to a piece of art, and the subsequent critique practices we did. These lectures are only supposed to last an hour, and we finally had to kick everyone out after two hours of slides, questions, and demos. I highly recommend doing this kind of thing to get your name and work out there….plus, for most people, art is this Mysterious Thing that special talented people due in some secret location, probably involving incantations and byzantine rites.
Lastly, I’ve started playing around with scratchboard – something I haven’t used in a bazillion years – and WOW the boards available nowadays are nice!! I’ve started selling dog portrait commissions in scratchboard. The moody, dramatic nature of the medium is unlike any other. This is an 8″x8″ of my black sable GSD, Suka.