Saturday, August 23, 2014

What's Next?

Peconic River, oil on mdf panel
Stony Brook, plein air oil sketch plein air
House on the Lane  wip
oil on mdf board, plein air
Sunken Meadow
18x24 acrylic
My most recent work, from this summer.  Who said, the more you know the less you know? After working on my art this summer, I realize that this feeling is coming over me, that I want to learn more about painting and of course, want to develop my drawing skills.  There is no end to this wonderful journey that we are on as artist, mean to say, no end to learning.

This summer we have painted in so many locations on Long Island, but there is something missing.  I keep asking myself, What's Next?.. I think the answer for me is to start with life drawing workshops, long and short poses.  In the meantime I will continue landscape painting, but also want to go back to still life work as well, it's endless.

Don't want to stay in a comfort zone where it's too easy to produce the same old, same old work.  It is time for a change. Happy Painting everyone.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Summertime and the living is easy

Potted Plants oil 10x12
Bellport Marina
Stony Brook plein air  5x7 oil on RayMar panel
River Walk
Here are just a few of the works I have done this summer.  These are some of the lovely locations we get together to paint.  It's usually Tuesdays.  Today we are going to the Sweetbriar farm, I must get ready.  Happy Painting everyone.

Monday, August 18, 2014


Mike enjoying the continental breakfast, provided from the Sagtikos Manor staff.
Sagtikos Manor Show

First and foremost, dear friend Hilda, sorry I didn't give you a heads up on the show.  It would have been great to see you. Where does the time go, in spite of my good intentions to blog more often, there never enough time in the course of the day.

Yesterday was our yearly Sagtikos Manor show, it started with a sprinkling of rain then it was simply lovely all day.  I'm noticing people are out to buy original art rather than prints, of course, if reasonably priced.  Years ago an artist gave me a very good tip on selling art.  To have a selling range from high , medium and low.  Great advice that has helped with the sales of my art.

Doing these outdoor shows are very draining and time consuming, I only do a few every year, but I think it is time to try a different way of showing and selling.  My fellow artist and I were talking about galleries, even if they do take a 30% commission, it's worth giving it a try.

I do hope everyone is enjoying there summer.