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i saw a guy online who used a chop stick holder to keep his brushes from rolling off his palette when he was painting. he said he wished it was bigger. i love to make things useful from scraps of everyday things so here's my "newer, improved brush caddy"
took a piece of painting panel masonite and scored it several times so it would bend into a round shape and put tape on it to help it hold its shape.
its off center i know! i then glued a piece of cardboard to keep er from rockin' around. works like a charm! you can just throw used brushes down in it and they dont roll around getting into the paint or bumping into each other swapping colors. thanks to the guy (cant remember who it was) i got the idea for this from.
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Some houses lit up in the november afternoon sun on the swansboro waterfront. the light was beautiful today and afternoons in the fall are glorious to paint.
Just got back from the big Art of the Carolina's gig i was doing last week in raleigh teaching workshops, doing demo's at the Lukas paint booth, doing meet and greets at the dvd booth, and shooting a bunch of free art lessons for Jerrys Artarama Online.
a funny thing happened to me and its thrown me for a loop, as we say here in the south.
i got recognized everywhere i went and the dvd's were selling like hotcakes. workshops were well attended, and i was on a high during the whole thing. i felt like a rockstar. i left and headed home on cloud nine and i kicked back sunday and took the whole day off thanking God for my fifteen minutes of fame.
monday morning i hit the proverbial "WALL". i'd heard of this wall from other artists on their blogs but had never experienced it or even knew what they might have been alluding to.
the sense of letdown, doubt and exhaustion. wow! i couldnt even paint that whole day. its as if i had forgotten everything i knew, the complete struggle to even get paint down. i had several wipers that day,that morning i couldnt get my hands to stop shaking, the drawings sucked, compositions worse. i couldnt believe it! nothing was working. then a double dose of confusion and doubt hit me. came home and immediately started double-dosing my St. John's Wort to even out my mood. Today was not much better. did (above) November Glow, feeling like i was painting for the first time. ive never experienced anything like this, and dont know whats going on.
if having people know who you are does this to you, count me out. i'd rather paint away in complete obscurity than go thru what i've just gone thru. its terrible.
any other painters who've gone thru this let me know what's what by commenting below. i'd love to know what you did to knock down the "wall".
this is the very beginning stage of a 30x40 i'm working on. it'll be a knifed piece using a prior one i did smaller as the reference. this baby will be going to a nice home in Philly when its finished.
i'll lay more realistic colors over this bright underpainting a la cape school technique. By the way i have room in my friday and saturday classes at the Jerry's Artarama Art of the Carolina's Expo if you want to call them and sign up. Tomorrow's class on Cape Cod Underpainting is filled.
I especially like this one. kept the shadows on the road light but they still look like shadows. lots of neat "cape cod" underpainting glowing and peeking out in just the right amounts. I did one like this 9x12 too but didnt get a photo of it unfortunately.