Been a while, sorry.


It’s been a while, but I’m still at it.  I heard one of my fellow painter tell a demo crowd on the subject of painting success  that  “. . . it get easier after twenty-five years”.    I guess I agree with that, although twenty-five years of painting also has it’s own issues.  I just work with the thought that I can’t afford the luxury of only painting when I’m inspired.  Most of the time inspiration only occurs after the painting has started.  So press on.

Two weeks ago I participated in the Canaveral Paint Out for the fifth straight year.   I had a great time.  Stayed in a nice condo on the beach.  Got up in the morning and walked out on the beach to paint sunrises.  Got to learn a bunch from some really good painters.  Sign me up again.  I love the event.

This weekend I’m back on the art festival trail.  I’m at Ocala Art Festival in downtown Ocala.  I’ve been wanting to try this event for a while.    I have a lot images from Marion County and I’m looking forward to showing them off.  Hopefully, some of them will find new homes.  If you are in the area, I’m in booth 78 which is near Harry’s Restaurant.  Hope to see you there.  The weather report looks fabulous.  What else do you have to do.

Thanks for looking.

“Do, or do not. There is no try”


Wise words from Master Yoda.  “Do, or do not.   There is no try.”  Does that apply to painting?   Does that apply to creativity?  I guess you were expecting an answer, or at least some kind of analysis of this issue.  Sorry.  I’m definitely in the “do not” category lately.  Can’t say why exactly.  A lot of  “stuff” going on.   Interference.  Static on the line.    But it is time to buck up and move on.

  • Avoid the distractions.
  • Make plans and goals.
  • Take some action.

Do, or do not.  There is no try.   Thank you Master Yoda.


Thanks for looking (and listening).



Far Northern Recap

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Last week was my trip to the far north.  Well, not the far north, but Washington DC  is a far piece.  As you may know, I participated in a two art festivals on two consecutive weekends in Greenville, S.C. and Reston, VA.  In between I stayed in a beautiful house on the top of a mountain in Maggie Valley, N.C..  Life is tough.  Yeah . . . right.  Here’s a summary in bullet form of how it went and what I learned:

  • Greenville, South Carolina is a nice town with an incredible downtown area that has been rebuilt with a fantastic park built around a beautiful waterfall.  Yeah Greenville.  I was impressed.
  • I got my first real taste of bad weather during an art festival.  Greenville Saturday was overcast with impending clouds almost all day long until about 4:00 when the sky opened up and the front moved through.  It only rained about 20 minutes and then it was pretty good after that.  It really wasn’t that bad, but that’s the only excuse I have for why Greenville was my least productive show of the year.  I did sell two smaller paintings, and I did cover my costs.  So that’s not so bad.  It was probably karma catching up with me for getting to stay on a mountain top.
  • Maggie Valley is a beautiful place.  Enough said.  I feel like I’m bragging.
  • When driving down a very steep road from the top of a mountain it is wise to use the lower gears of your car to slow your descent rather than you brakes.
  • The Shenandoah Valley of Virginia is beautiful even in a rainstorm while sharing an interstate highway with many many large semi tractor trailers.  I am embarrassed to write that I have never been there that I can remember.  [I think I did go through there one night on the way to snow skiing in West Virginia.]  But really. . . I’m a landscape painter who likes rural scenes with barns and I never painted that place.  Come on man!
  • I should plan a working trip to the Shenandoah Valley.  (See above)
  • Reston, Virginia is a neat place with a lot of activity and the appearance of a lot of wealth.  Big buildings with names of big corporations.  Fancy dogs (you don’t bring a mutt to downtown Reston.  Purebred only please.)  Fancy restaurant with fancy food.  The wait in the Starbucks line was forty people deep.  Forty people I’m not exaggerating.
  • Art Festival artists are just trying to make a living.
  • I had to go all the way to Reston, Virginia to meet a very talented artist who lives in Tallahassee.  Debo Groover is a mixed media artist who does funky, colorful, well-designed work that I thought was great.  She was two booths down from me and when I walked in her booth and saw the sign saying she was from Tallahassee I just smiled.  I got to get out more.  Here’s her website:  Check her out.  She killed in Reston, and it was well deserved.
  • The trip home from Northern Virginia was long.  L          O          N           G.
  • People actually read my blog.  That was really amazing to discover.  I should write more.  I will.
  • If I’m going to do seven shows in a season I need more inventory.  THAT IS A GREAT THING TO WRITE.
  • The painting above was taken off the wall in Winter Park.  It’s in a happy place now.
  • The life of a vagabond artist is not so bad.

Thanks for looking.

Vagabond Artist Life? (You’re not feeling sorry for me)




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This is my set up in Reston, Virginia at the Northern Virginia Fine Arts Festival.  I’m in booth 907 on Library Street.  Reston is east of Washington D.C.   It is an affluent area.  [Spell check just gave my first attempt at that big word “flatulent”.  I wonder if that is a commentary on affluence?]  Anyway, lots of cars, lots of commuters, lots of big buildings with names of big up and coming companies, lots of fancy dogs with fancy dog sweaters, lots of nice shoes, and so far lots of really nice people.  Yesterday was the first day of the show, but we were only open from 5 to 8.  Have a couple of couples looking at the big cow painting, so its a good start.

And below is the view from my vagabond-artist’s-life-in-between-shows stopover.  Really beautiful place and I am so grateful to get the chance to chill there.  I will say that contrary to my usual manner I was able to chill.  At least compared to my normal vacation agenda.  Bottom line –  the artist vagabond life ain’t bad.  Let’s just hope I can sell some artwork today so that I can continue the adventure.


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Thanks for looking.

More Adventure


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The Art Festival Life continues.  So far I’ve not done any back to back weekend festivals.  These next two weekends are my initiation into that experience.  Please be gentle.

This weekend is Artisphere in Greenville, South Carolina and next weekend is the Northern Virginia Art Festival in Reston, Virginia.

Artisphere is in downtown Greenville.  It has  a great reputation.   Every artist I’ve told about getting into this show has been jealous, so I feel really lucky.  It’s a Friday afternoon, Saturday, Sunday show.   I’m in Booth 65. The next weekend is Reston, Virginia.  Yes, that’s a long haul.   But remember I live a charmed life.   Just so happens I was talking to a neighborhood friend who asked how the art business was going.  I told him about getting accepted into both of these shows and trying to decide about the turn-and-burn driving I’d have to be doing when he suggests:  “Oh, you should spend that in-between week at our place in Maggie Valley”.

Well I’m not a smart man, . . . but I know a good thing when I hear it.   So I will be waking on a mountain top in North Carolina (and calling back to the office to keep other things running) and enjoying a semi vacation while I’m also “kind of” experiencing the vagabond, gypsy life of an artist.  [In real art-festival life the artists come from far away places.  They apply to a number of different festivals, then they pick their schedule and plan a number of weeks of them so that they avoid multiple transportation expenses.  A lot of artists I have met camp at state parks during the week between shows.  They have small sleeping areas in the back of their un air conditioned  cargo vans.  They stay with other art festival friends.]

Reston is just outside of Washington D.C..  The show is one of the highest rated shows on the east coast.  Again, I feel lucky to get in.  I’m in Booth 907.

Above is a marsh scene from North Florida, . . . or is the Low Country of South Carolina?  I can’t seem to remember.  Feels like it should be South Carolina.

Thanks for looking.