My latest magazine article with paintings

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I have written an article for the Breeze Magazine of the Low Country, the April edition just now online.  Click here to read my article called “An Artist Paints Bioluminescent Creatures.” Please turn to page 32.  Paintings of five creatures are included with the text.

Cedar Waxwing

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Every year a whole flock of cedar waxwings flies in to eat the berries from the Photenia trees in the back yard.  They stay for several days and when they have stripped off every berry, they are gone!    This is a small painting, 5 x 7 inches.   A frame that will hold a  5 x 7 panel can be found in nearly every store as it is one of the most popular sizes. Click here to learn more about this painting.

A Tangle of Tulips

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This 8 x 10 inch painting featuring yellow tulips has already sold, but you can see more paintings by clicking here.  Interesting art can be found in online galleries.  Fantastic collections online allow you to by-pass galleries and dealers who mark up art over 100%. Don’t ignore online options when you shop for art.  Fantastic collections can be found in many places.

Garden Tulips

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These garden tulips originally came to me from a florist’s shop planted in a painted bowl but in full bloom!  I enjoyed them immensely and painted several canvases of them.  This painting is sold but you can see others by clicking here.    This painting is on a panel.

Panels were used by many of the Old Masters and are often preferred by many artists because of the rigid, smooth surface.  A  panel is easy to fit in almost all standard frames and framing a panel can be a do it yourself project.  It can also be mailed easily.

Stretched canvas, on the other hand, can fit into standard frames only with special clips. Many people hang stretched canvas without a frame.  “Gallery wrap” canvas is stapled to the back of a two inch wooden frame and hung just as it is.  Artists often paint the sides of gallery wrap.

Cat on a Quilt

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This painting is 8 x 10 is part of a series of cats and dogs I have painted.  To see others click here. I have offered pet portraits as a donation to the Pulaski County Humane Society for a number of years and will be showing you some of them later this year.  Two commissioned portraits  sold at their November fund raiser, Reigning Cats and Dogs.  The Humane Society is a wonderful organization and a no kill shelter that operates entirely on donations.

Here are a few ideas to think about as you begin or develop your art collection.   Think Small!!  Why should you start a collection of small paintings?  Small paints are easy to carry, to move, or to mail.  They are more affordable.  You don’t need a big space to showcase your collection.   You can easily hand many small paintings in one area, making that area a focal point for a room .   Frames for small paintings are often easy to find and less expensive than frames for large paintings.  Next week I will write a bit more about small paintings.