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Timmery, I'm giving acrylics a try. I like the richer colors and it's easier to cover up a mistake .
Well I'm definitely admiring your ability with watercolors! They scare me. When I tried it before I was always worried because I wouldn't be able to remove anything, or even cover it up very well. Mainly I just didn't know what I was doing!
Thanks Timmery! Yeah I want to try some new angles to keep things interesting. I'm trying to get braver with my backgrounds . Sometimes I have trouble with composition and things just not looking right.
Oh wow Deby--your painting looks so vibrant and full of joy and life! I can't wait to see more progress!
Thanks for the info Jim. It sounds like you're putting a lot of energy into your art and your plan. I think that's great since you clearly have talent. And Chicago seems like a place that encourages the arts. How exciting.
Nice truck, Chris! I like the way you did the grass at the bottom instead of just covering all the white space down there! Have you ever considered another profile or vantage point? Keep going man, I love to see your progress!
1954 Chevy truck. I tried to add a simple blue sky and some grass.
Thanks for all the kind comments.
Timmery, I self promote. I've almost got my web site completed. I want it up by my first show this year. I started art shows last year and found it to be productive, if you get in the right one. I'm staying in the local Chicago area to try and become known more locally and regionally. I also do oil painting and I'm doing them in a smaller format and trying them on ebay. I'm not sure if I want to go the gallery route. My goal is for this to be my career within 3 years. Here's the link to Jack White's books; http://www.senkarikstuff.com/books.htm. The one on the Mystery of Making it is his first and he recommends reading them in order. I've read 3 and have found them very helpful.
Ed, the art shows are great, but you have to find the right ones. I'm trying to steer clear of the craft shows and aiming for the fine art shows and the more high end ones that attract the higher income earner who is still buying art.
Bonnie, the 2 posted are basswood (horse head) and butternut. I also carve in maple, mahogany, walnut, and cherry.
Debbie, I'm trying to link up with some of the local equistrian clubs. There are quite a few of them in Chicago. I was quite supprised. Thanks for the tips and the link.
Very colorful painting Deby !
After many years of photography I'm finally painting. Here's a preview.
Jim, have you thought of teaming up with some horse clubs, or advertising in Western Horseman magazine? It would be great to write an article about your work and the horses that inspire you. Pitch it along with pictures of you creating. It might get some attention to folks in your market. Your carvings are awesome!
There is an artist here who paints horses and she has been asked to represent the Steeple Chase.
Billie Wells, I'm proud of you! You are taking all the right steps to be the best at what you do. Never stop growing and learning! Great job!
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