Saturday, February 28, 2009

Fairway Flowers 3x4 inches

I did the flowers again in my regular size mainly to see about the composition. I wasn't crazy about the flowers just being splayed out so evenly. Not liking this comp much better. Gave up when the flowers gave out. I do like the spots of orange and the vase.

Monday, February 23, 2009

Another 8x10

Fairway is a large grocery store in NYC. They have great organic produce and practically anything else you can think of. They always have flowers also. Now that my husband is retiring I can shop during the day instead of weekends when it is unbelievably crowded. We also got some cheesecake which was superb. Better than Juniors! (Famous diner in Brooklyn.)

Friday, February 20, 2009

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Questions from the Netherlands

I received these questions in an email a couple of days ago and thought I'd answer on line so everyone could benefit.

How long does it take to finish a painting, a small one, I mean do you stop to let the paint dry??

I hate it when the paint dries. I like to start early in the day and work until it's finished.

Do you work on several paintings at a time?

No, definitely not.

Do you work in layers?

No, I work wet in wet.

Do you let them dry in between?


I think it is hard to paint over a spot that already has some paint there. Is that your experience too?

Use a palette knife and scrape it off. Since I work wet on wet it's also scapable!

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Friday, February 13, 2009

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Friday, February 6, 2009

New Workshop in Rising Sun, Indiana

I'll be giving a 2 day workshop in Rising Sun, Indiana on August 15th and 16th, 2009.
Get this; the cost is only $75 for both days! It's being sponsored by the city. Contact Vera at to register. I'm sure this will fill early. Also, send me your email if you'd like to be on my personal email list for early mailings like these!!

Monday, February 2, 2009

How to Price Small Paintings

I’ve been asked how I would recommend pricing small paintings. . Pricing is such an individual thing. There is no formula. I suppose we’ve all been thinking about this as long as we’ve been painting. This is what I’ve come up with after thinking about it for the last few days: use your head, your heart and your stomach.
You have to be realistic in your pricing. Maybe the best thing to do is treat your paitnting as you would a piece of real estate; get estimates from three different professionals (ie. Gallery owners). Also you can do comps as they do in real estate, ie look whats on the market and compare yourself to them and price accordingly.
Next, check in with your heart to see if you agree with their consensus. Make any adjustments you feel necessary (either up or down).
Finally, your stomach needs to be fed so if this is an issue you might need to make further adjustments as most of us need to make sales to sustain ourselves. Keep in mind that as your reputation grows so can your prices.
After reading this over I realize I have treated pricing small paintings as I would any size paintings. I guess that's because I think of them that way. I can get very defensive about small paintings being just as important as large paintings. What it boils down to is reputation and quality no matter what size.
I'l love to hear your thoughts either on the blog or personal email!!