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New York Times photo

New York Times photo

After being considered a fake for almost 100 years this painting has been declared authentic.  Exciting news for art lovers and especially Van Gogh enthusiasts.  You can read more about it in this New York TImes article.

The value is probably tens of millions of dollars.  It will be exciting to see what happens with this one.  Hopefully it will end up somewhere where we  can see it in person rather than in a private collection hidden away.  Guess we will just have to wait and see.

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Commission Dock 3 Finished the commission painting of the Dock yesterday.  Here it is!

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Commission Dock 2 I have been so busy painting ball parks that I haven’t let myself paint much else over the last few months.  Yesterday I decided I needed a break from the ball diamonds to do something else.  I started a nice little painting of a dock by the river that is a commission piece for a lady who is having it done for the owner of the property.  I am painting in oil on an 8″x10″ canvas.  I got a good start on it.  Maybe I can finish it up today.

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Llama painting with reference photo

Llama painting with reference photo

A few weekends ago I took an art workshop in Staunton at the Beverley Street Studio School.  What a neat place!  The workshop was all about painting animals.  So, of course, the week before I went to the workshop I took photos of animals I have been wanting to paint  — like a llama.  I have some friends with all kinds of animals and they allowed me to come and take pictures.  This Llama, I think his name is Tony, was a real character.  He kept photo-bombing every time I tried to take a photo of the other llamas that were there, especially the baby llama.  He and the other two adults did  not want me to photo the baby.  So long story short, I got lots of cool photos of Tony but no good ones of the other three.  Here is the first painting of Tony.  It’s a 6″x8″ oil on canvas.  It is available at Delilah’s or by contacting kwalker@doubledogdesigns.com

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Before

Before

After

After

We had a fun lesson yesterday with my young artist.  We transformed an old canvas that had been painted as an abstract and turned it into a fun post-impressionist painting in the style of Matisse.  Take a look at the before and after.  What do you think?

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wpid-CAM01476.jpgSeveral weeks ago I blogged about painting on location with a group of artists to help with a fundraiser for Blue Ridge Hospice.  Read about it here.  The Winchester Show House and Gardens opens this Saturday and I hope you will plan to see it.  The photos in the article in The Northern Virginia Daily and on their website does not do the house justice.  Go see it.  It will be a wonderful outing and you will be helping a very good cause.  Thanks!  Here’s the article:  http://www.nvdaily.com/news/2013/09/winchester-showhouse-and-gardens-fundraiser-honors-headley-homes-history.php

 

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Stolen Delacroix

Stolen Delacroix

41 years ago today the largest art heist in Canadian history took place including this Delacroix.  Armed thieves made off with $2 million (approximately $11 million in today’s dollars) in art from the Montreal Museum of Fine Art including works by Rembrandt, Corot, and Gainsborough.  The three thieves set off an alarm or they would have made off with even more art.  No one has ever been arrested for the crime.    You can read more about it here.

When I read stories like this I always wonder where is all that art???  Is someone enjoying it somewhere or is it stuck in a storage unit???  What a shame.

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Great American Ball Park Cincinnati Reds

Great American Ball Park
Cincinnati Reds

The 22nd ball park in the series of Painted Diamonds is The Great American Ball Park – home of the Cincinnati Reds.  See all the paintings in the series here.

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Art in Bedroom

Art in Bedroom

Art in Living Room

Art in Living Room

Art in Studio

Art in Studio

Yesterday I was thrilled to meet a delightful couple who have been collecting my art for a couple of years.  They live in Maryland but have a second home in north Georgia which gave us lots to talk about since I am from Georgia.  When they told me they were going to be in the area this weekend we made arrangements to finally meet.  And I am so glad we did.  It was great fun to hear how they have been following my blog and where they are hanging the pieces they have bought from me as well as other painters that they have collected.  They are subscribers of the Daily Painter Movement and collectors of local art.

I love hearing people talk about buying what they like.  When people ask me about collecting art that is what I always suggest.  Don’t try to predict the future and what may be of value down the road.  Buy what you like.  Buy what you want to live with and look at now.  Buy what gives you enjoyment.  And mix it up.  Group art and fill up the walls.  You don’t have enough until your walls are sagging from the weight of it.  (At least that is what I think.)

I buy art from painters I admire.  I buy art in order to study their technique and learn and hopefully become a better painter.  The art I hang in my bedroom is often what I like best because I see it first thing in the morning and last thing at night.  And I can sit and look and study it, which I often do.  And I move art around, rearranging it from time to time in order to be able to study other pieces.

So collect original art and buy what you like.  And meet the painters if you can.  If they are like me they will enjoy hearing your stories and sharing theirs.

 

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Storage Box for Wet Panels

Storage Box for Wet Panels

I was recently asked why I paint on panels rather than stretched canvas.  The answer is that I use both but I do prefer panels for several reasons.  When I first started painting I always used stretched canvas mainly because I didn’t realize there was any other options.  I had just started painting on my own, without instruction, so I relied on what I found at the art supply store.  As I read more and studied painting I learned about panels as well as other supports for painting.

Storage Boxes for Wet Panels

Storage Boxes for Wet Panels

Ray-Mar Wet Panel Carrier

Ray-Mar Wet Panel Carrier

Stretched Canvas

Stretched Canvas

Canvas Panels

Canvas Panels

I have nothing against stretched canvas and I still use it mostly for larger paintings.  But when I began daily painting about 7 years ago I turned to panels out of necessity simply for the need to store so many wet paintings.

Stretched canvas is anywhere from 3/4″ – 2″ in depth while panels are about 1/8″ – 1/4″.  At that time I was painting something new every day so having a hundred wet oil paintings lying around the house did not work.  Storage became an issue.

With panels I devised a storage box system using plastic tubs and bolts where I could store many paintings in one storage box.  I made storage boxes for each size I use regularly – 8″x10″,  9″x12″, and 11″x14″.  These boxes allow me to store up to 25 paintings in one small space without concern of damage.  Oil paints can stay wet for several months so having a safe place to let them dry is important.

The other reason I prefer panels is  for their ease of use when traveling or painting en Plein air.  Painting outdoors presents its own set of challenges so having a way to transport wet canvas easily makes it more enticing to paint on location.  There are several good wet canvas carriers available on the market.  I prefer the Ray-Mar Plein Air Wet Panel Carrier.  They are not expensive and hold up well.  I have had mine for over 10 years and it’s as good today as when I first purchased it.  And they come in a variety of sizes too.

And lastly, just for the number of blank canvases I keep in my studio for use, it would be difficult to store so many stretched canvases.  They take up about 3 times as much space as panels.  So for me panels are the best option.  Plus I enjoy the firm support of the canvas as I am painting rather than the give you feel with stretched canvas.

Hope that makes sense and clears up that question.  Soon we will discuss the different types and brands of panels.  That is a whole other thing.

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