Monthly Archives: March 2012

More awards from Barebrush!

I was just informed that three of my paintings were selected as Barebrush calendar winners for April 2012. The curator is Sharon Way-Howard of Salmagundi Club. Despair (below) was chosen Nude of the Day for April 19, 2012. It was previously picked as Nude of the Day for July 30, 2010 and June 1, 2011.

Floating Leaves (below) was selected Best-of-the-Rest for April 10, 2012.

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Finally, The Winding Road was chosen Best-of-the-Rest for April 12, 2012. It was previously picked Best-of-the-Rest for December 1, 2011.

How I clean my paint brushes and palette knives

An artist should know how to treat paint brushes and palette knives with care. From the class of Ed Furuike in Honolulu, I learned how to paint with a palette knife and how to clean it. I first wipe off the excess paint in a newspaper or an old phone book page, then clean it with a baby wipe sheet. Works like magic!

When I’m finished painting with my brushes, I dip them in turpenoid and blot them on newspaper or paper towels. Then, I clean each brush with Lava soap, rinse it clean, and rub it on Octagon soap to soften the bristles. Rinse thoroughly and let the brushes dry upright in an empty container. Taking care of your brushes and palette knives will assure a longer life.

Spam Comments

I’m new to WordPress so, at first, I was excited to see comments coming in. It didn’t take me long to realize that most of them just want links to their company websites. Fortunately, I can control which gets published and which doesn’t. It is hard to judge, though, especially if they are well-written. I just hope that, eventually, I will get sincere comments (good and bad) about my art work.

It’s the economy, my friend!

I had an interesting conversation with a gallery owner I know. First, she asked me if I have shown my art anywhere. Not for a while, I said. The last time was in June 2011. I’ve submitted my work to galleries (online and otherwise) and have had my share of rejections and few commendations. The few paintings I’ve sold were to friends who have visited or stayed at my apartment cum studio. It’s been bad since 2010, I said.

She lamented how slow the sales are in coming and is at a loss what else to do to improve the situation. She has a beautiful gallery and, given that we were both not the aggressive salesperson type, we still discussed ways in which she could bring in income like renting it out to small receptions or to artists for group exhibitions. It’s been done (and still is) by galleries before. In these difficult times, why not?

Dune Shadows is home!

This is a minimalist piece, featuring the undulating curves of the dunes in the Skeleton Coast of Namibia, almost touching the endless sky. Looking at it takes me back to that moment years ago when I was standing on one of the dunes, feeling lost and small among the grandeur of nature.

A friend who lives in Oswestry, UK purchased this painting recently. It is now hanging on her living room wall and, I must say, looked very much at home there.