I’ve returned from two weeks on the road. I got back just in time to catch peak color of autumn on the Blue Ridge Parkway. I taught a workshop, attended my reception for my one man show and visited with a new gallery owner in Florida.
The workshop was small but I had a good group of students. The weather was perfect. The reception for my one man show was well attended and sales were good. The show will continue through the end of the month.
Here are some outdoor paintings. The first three I did as demos during the Saint Simon Island workshop. The last are some fall color paintings from here in VA. All are 12×16 inches.
Clam Creek Inlet
Christ Church Afternnon
Old Rag from Skyline
Pinnacles Picnic Grounds
I was unable to finish this painting. I started it in heavy fog and rain but the sun came out and stopped me from finishing it.
Working in the studio right now on paintings for my Small Works: Still Life and Flower Show. The show will be on my website starting Oct 15.
peppers 8 x 10
I will have 15 small paintings ranging in size from 11×14 to 8×10 oil on linen. The paintings are from life in my studio and outdoor flower paintings from earlier this year in the spring and early summer.
silver vase and rose 9 x 12
The show will be up for two months until December 15 and we are offering free shipping on all purchases.
It’s a new year and with the rainy foggy weather I have spent the last two weeks inside. Here are some new paintings from the studio.
Winters Hush 16 x 20
Early Spring 24 x 30
Eaton Canyon Afternoon 24 x 30
Autumn Tuscany 20 x 24
I’ve just finished a corporate project for a resort here in Virginia. The Salamander Resort and Spa
will have two of my originals in the public spaces of the Hotel and prints of my work in each of the 165 rooms. I licensed the prints for a one time use.z
I have been lucky to get these kinds of projects every year or so. This is the largest so far. Most of these projects are for smaller boutique hotels and Bed and Breakfast inns where they are purchasing originals for the rooms instead of prints.
With jobs like this it’s important to have contracts in place. You will be dealing with groups of people during a usually long approval process and a contract protects and informs both parties about what is expected and required by them to complete the project.
Your contract should include an upfront deposit of 50% of the total project and milestones for payments and kill fees if the project is cancelled or the client changes their mind about the direction of the artwork. Just because they change their mind or the project falls through doesn’t mean you don’t get paid for any work you’ve already completed. That can’t happen without a contract in place.
Just a week after Illuxcon, I was off to Colorado to paint fall color for five days with my friend Arthur. The weather was perfect most of the time although we did have one snow day which gave the peaks a nice dusting.
We timed it just right with most of the spots being at peak or a little before peak when we arrived. I finished eight paintings total and got plenty of reference for future studio pieces.
We had rooms at a bed and breakfast in Ouray and we made day trips to a predetermined place, splitting our time between the Cimarron Range and the Sneffels Range to get a morning and evening painting. At night we returned to town for a meal at one of the local food establishments .
The area boasts 10 peaks above 13,500 feet with 6 peaks above 14,000 feet. Unlike the Eastern Sierras which also has quite a few 14ers but prohibits vehicles in the back country, most of the close views of these peaks are accessible by forest roads and four wheel drive vehicles.