Tuesday, March 1, 2016

In Search - Show Tip # 13

In Search, oil on canvas, 17 x 9, L. Daniel © 2016
Sold in Solo Show, "Chasing Color, Finding Light", Davis Gallery

I love these birds. They roost and watch and pounce in their hunt for dinner. It's fun to watch. I painted a smaller version of this guy for my "Paint the Flying Spirit" challenge on Daily Paintworks last year. The challenge was based on a quote from painter Robert Henri which bears repeating, "Paint the flying spirit of the bird, not its feathers". That was my goal in painting this, to not get bogged down in the details but to try and catch the spirit of the great bird in flight. 

Show Tip #13 - Stay Updated
When I am completely focused on painting this new body of work, it's very easy to forget about other tasks. Things like updating my website, blogging and writing newsletters is hard when I've been painting all day. But here is what I know, if I keep things updated, I am saving myself from a last minute rush that is usually wrought with system failures, operator errors, and all around frustration. This is about survival. But this tip has a marketing value. In addition to staying ahead of the panic curve, I am also getting the work out there where it can be seen and previewed! I can direct interested collectors and friends to my website or blog to see what I am doing. I am not always successful with staying out in front of this stuff, but when I do it's a win-win! 

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

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


Sharon L. Graves said...

Excellent post. Love the idea of capturing the flying spirit of the bird, which you most definitely did, and also about blogging, posting,newsletters, etc. Lots of truth in few words. Thanks

Sue Marrazzo Fine Art said...

LOVE the colors

Barbara Muir said...

Love this.