Thursday, March 31, 2016

Farmer's Flowers - Show Tip #21

Farmer's Flowers, 24 x 30, oil on canvas, L. Daniel © 2016
Sold in Solo Show, "Chasing Color, Finding Light", Davis Gallery

In this painting, I revisited a favorite plein air day from last year at Boggy Creek Farm. This local, natural farm is always welcoming to artists and is a fabulous place to paint. They also have a beautiful farm stand with all organic, delicious vegetables. The day I was there, these rows of zinnias were ready for picking, and painting! I loved the scene, especially with the little yellow house at the end of the row. 

Show Tip #21 - Frame Incrementally

I am a painter who pretty much frames everything. I do it all myself and it's a big job. Here again, I recommend tackling this in small batches. When I try to frame a lot of pieces at once, I inevitably hurt my wrist or tweak my shoulder because it requires repetitive movements and muscles I don't use every day. To avoid that pain and the subsequent weeks of recovery, I try to space the task out (it's a great weekend job). This works well with my other systems... after the paintings dry and are varnished they land in the framing queue. With the show just 23 days away, it feels very good to see my "framed and finished" pile growing! :)

Here are links to other Show Tips:
Tip #4 - Work in Series
Tip #6 - Be Kind to YOU
Tip #8 - Stay Flexible
Tip #11 - Take Notes
Tip #12 - Know when to Quit
Tip #13 - Stay Updated
Tip #15 - Assign Tasks
Tip #16 - Step Back
Tip #17 - Sign As You Go
Tip #19 - Celebrate Growth

Painters - join me at this Plein Air Workshop:
April 28-30, Anderson Fine Art Gallery, St. Simons Island, GA
Contact Info: Mary Anderson, 912-634-8414


Unknown said...

Had to say that the flowers along the path are BEAUTIFUL! It's how I imagine home.

Laurel Daniel said...

Thank you, Darrell! I so appreciate your comment and kind words! This WOULD be a lovely entrance for going home!