The Painting Blog

Started as a daily painting blog but this is easier to live with-
the once-in-a-while blog of a painter who also writes.

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

The resolution

It's the end of one year and very soon will be the beginning of another. Not long ago, as I was interviewing a man for a feature story about his home, we walked from one area of his home to another. What struck me was the display of bold original art throughout the rooms. It hit me that I had waited through the years of raising my children for the time when I could devote long hours to my art. And here I am, at that point in life, and in the last year I've only painted when someone has commissioned a work. Time to change that. And that calls for a resolution. In the calendar year of 2010, I will paint a new painting each day. Yes, 365 paintings in one year. Can I do it? Of course I can. In all those years when I painted outside at 15 to 20 degrees, I learned to paint fast. There's no luxury of standing back and pondering whether each brush stroke is properly placed when the paint is crystallizing with frost and the painter's fingers are freezing. Nor can the painter frequently back up to analyze the work from a distance while on a scaffolding or within a wind shelter with a propane heater at backside level. Outdoor painting calls for decisive moves as does a resolution like this.
In addition to painting daily, I'm going to post each day's painting here and invite comments from viewers. Let it be my daily art show. As is true with most art displayed in galleries everywhere, these pieces will be available for purchase with a unique pricing system. Day one's painting will be $10. Day 2, $20 and all the way up to day 365 which will be $3,650. Shipping and tax will be extra. Paintings will be acrylic on pressed hardboard. All paintings will be in standard sizes and unframed. If you purchase a painting it will be easy for you to find a frame. Can you buy on reserve? Sure. If you want the painting produced on July 10, just e-mail to reserve it and send a check for, let's see, $1,910 plus tax and shipping. If you want the one on January 3, reserve it and send a check for $30 plus tax and shipping.

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