Monday, June 21, 2010

Back to the Cottage.

Cabin setup after coming of the back of the Flatbed Tow truck.
Free! From my neighbor! Love that Bob

Gotta get more done up there before I can move to the Studio to work.

Here are some pics of the inside of the studio.

More when I get back.

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Hauling Art

Well enough about my other jobs.

I have been working on 3 ideas for paintings and have started a series of Masked portraits of people I know. Bet they will not see themselves.

So here is the first in the works with 2 progrees pictures for today so far.

After a few more hours.

Now to start in on my Gin and Tonic and continue to define and edit the painting.

I have been following some of the posts from a LinkedIn professional group of artists and the one that has the biggest action and bile has been the question “Why Do Artists Fail?”

Lots of typical talk about being non-commercial, I create for me and I’m not going to whore myself out. Very few state the need to be able to make enough money to continue to make art. So I got to see a lot of the same stuff that I heard in College while sitting around drinking cheap wine and even cheaper beer. Seems that nothing has changed in the minor leagues of the Art World in 30 years or so.

Art is really a business and should be approached as such, you never hear this much emotional discussion on “Why do Farmers Fail? If you want to be able to create art as a carrier you got to sell your end product.

So when are you going to start buying some of mine so that I will not be a total loser?


Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Back from the Cottage!

Well the weather was nice and I got a lot of work done. It was great to spend an hour every night in the hot tub with a glass of whiskey. Live is good!

I’m going back up next week to do some more outside work, siding on the front of the addition, and then working on the electrical wiring. If there is enough time I’m going to work on the new addition floor to raise it by ¾ of an inch since the chuckle heads that started the addition did not line up with the original floor. More $ and time.

Here are some pics of how it all looks now.

Big addition!

Worked on the Truck yesterday and did the front rotors/pads on both sides. Getting new tires put on all around on Friday. Thanks to TireRack. Com. Best place to get tires.

Now back to painting!

More later.

Saturday, June 5, 2010

Doug is off to the cottage for the week.

Got to go to the cottage this week and work on the new addition. This will almost double the size of the cottage and make it easy for everyone on a rainy day. All the windows are in and now its time to do the front siding and drag the deck back in front.

Going to move my studio about 20 feet and add on a deck on the front with a roof of clear fiberglass panels. That will have to wait till late August for that to start.

I will have to take a picture of the Studio. Seems that I don't have one yet. Post when I get back since there is no internet up there. Elec and Phone  but thats about it.

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Landscape is done. Once its signed its ready for shipping. :-)

Worked some more on my big landscape (40 x 34 inches). If I worked on it any more I would just muck it up. So here it is.

You like? Well then contact me with a request.

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

More of my wrestling with landscape painting.

More musing on my issues with landscape painting.

Had a good day working on my landscape painting. So far about 8 hours in, but not all at once.

I now have the birches done right and now have to work on finishing it.

BTW if you click on any of my artwork pictured  in my Blog they will go to a full size view and you can even save them and print them out if you wish. I will still retain any copyrights, since this will have to make me some money soon. :-)

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Rochester Contemporary Art Center 6X6 show

Hey want to see Doug's art work in the 6X6 show at the Rochester Contemporary Art Center ?

Artwork number 61 - 68.

New Post

Well I have two new paintings from Surf City NC. One nice and one not so nice.

Here is the nice one.

Here is the not so nice one. We walked on the beach one morning and found lots of dead Sand Sharks on the beach from the gill net boats that were still off shore. Over 100 million sharks are killed annually. The shark existence of the east coast of the USA decreased in the last 15 years substantially. Millions of sharks die as non-usable catch (bycatch) in the nets and longlines of the swimming fish factories.

So along with the BP oil spill going in the Gulf on we have everyday enviromental disasters going on around us.

Thus the painting to point out that all is not good in the Ocean. There will be more since I also found more dead sharks and even pelicans.

Comments welcome.