Making Art + Artist Opportunities

It's been a while since I've blogged; I've been wandering.  A lot.  The new year started, and I stopped.  I didn't feel like making art, so I didn't.  Everything got dumb - making art was dumb, working - dumb. Dumb dumb dumb.  It lasted three weeks.  The dumb weeks.  I finally got smart last week and created several new paintings - including a few "Sketches At Sea", like the one below: 

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I'm working on a bigger ship series and made the sketches as an exercise with my acrylics.  At first, they felt kinda dumb, but then I finished them in a flurry and the dumbness went away.  I'm sketching with my charcoal as well, slowly working on the Presidential series... 

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I've also been working on several Studio & related things, including the CSArt Durango Program.  We're getting ready for our 2014 buying season and looking for 8 local artists to create 40 works of art for the 2014 season.  I did it last year, and it was a great way for me to push myself and create a significant amount of work under a deadline.  You can check out some of my art for the CSA here.  The call to artists is here, and it's a good way to get your work into the hands of new collectors and make a little bit of cash.   

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I've been enjoying my time with Hailey and Daphnie, wandering the woods and settling into our new place.  We haven't gotten any snow in Durango this winter; it's extremely dry here; kind of perfect for wandering the woods on a 50° afternoon...

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I started the painting below last Sunday too.  It's a decent size, 18" x 24" I think - I haven't measured it - in a fit of dumbness I cut the panel and gessoed it and threw some paint down.  Now I just need to put a ship in there and rework that sky.

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At the risk of contradicting myself, I haven't been as productive as I'd like, nor particularly inspired.  Pretty sure it's got something to do with that pesky day job of mine.  For now though I'm just riding the coattails of the new year, painting ships and walking in the woods...

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And that feels pretty fantastic.