One More Workshop before France

Bruce Peil is an oil painter livivg in Texas focusing on the landscape with a wide variety of subject matter ranging from snow scenes, to mountain vistas, sky scapes, to pastoral scenes from his own backyard.

I have time to take one more workshop before I leave for France.   If you’ve ever seen original paintings by Bruce Peil, you will understand why I need to squeeze this in.   His paintings make you feel like you could reach out and touch the landscape.  I’ve never seen such remarkable snow.   Although I’m not a landscape painter, I think the principles will apply to city-scapes as well.   The description fits perfect for what I want to do:  “it’s about capturing a moment in time … capture the scene before the light changes…”   This sounds 37634_1798191x550like a modern day impressionist.   How could I resist?

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Help Fans Find You Online: Watermark Your Images :: Social Media Success for Artists

Patty Hankins is like the guru of social media.  This is a link to one of her articles.  If you sign up for her newsletter she will send you a report of how to size your photographs for various media formats.   She has done so much work; why should we struggle and reinvent the wheel?

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Becoming an Artist


I looked at my calendar and realized that I began this quest about 1 1/2 years ago.  Although I drew as a kid, it never became part of my life because of the perceived need obtain an education and earn a living … life intervened.  Now that phase is behind me and I am free to totally embrace the experience.  It took time to reach a certain maturity level and learn what truly matters to me.

Why do I paint?  Because it makes me happy.  Selling a painting is a very pleasant by-product but not the primary reason.  I love the process and I love sharing my art and touching someone to bring a smile to their face.

What do I love about the process?   I love seeing the image in my head take shape.  Usually I have only a rough idea of what I’m doing … I don’t sketch and do composition drawings; I just begin to paint.  Often, and understandably, I don’t like what I’ve painted so I paint over it.   Sometimes I get stuck and have to prop the canvas along the wall before the next step emerges.  I think the re-painting over a previous attempt gives history to the painting and documents/celebrates the process.

I sincerely believe that I channel my work from a greater source .. after all, where do ideas come from?  How do I decide to change a line or pick a color?   I think that given time and practice I will become more perceptive of the images that come to me and more skilled at executing them.   For now, I’m exactly where I need to be.

Why Paint?

Martha Erlebacher says “I think we recreate the visual world as a hedge against death.  Every time we make a picture of something, we are creating a parallel universe which will outlast us.”