Back in the studio, working on a whole new series. Happy to be painting steadily again.
Just finished this little oil portrait of a very sweet little baby Miles – just in time for Christmas! Just click on it to see an expanded version.
Just click on the image of the workshop to see an expanded version with all the info!
In Mixed Media Madness we will focus on Acrylics and collage, pouring, splashing, knifing, embedding – lots of cool fun techniques.
Painting Kids Portraits is just that – we’ll be looking at how kids proportions differ from adults, composition and of douse mixing skin tones. Come on out – you will have lots of fun and learn some things too! suitable for either acrylics or oils.
Check it out at http://www.swintonsart.com/instruction/workshops/item/mixed-media-madness and
Way back in 2005 I received a lovely letter from a lovely lady from California. She was starting up a new kind of company for the time, an exclusive online venue for selling fine art prints. She had seen my website and thought my work would be a great fit for their initial offering. It was very exciting, offering a whole new way for my work to reach the public and offering the possibility of secondary income. Fantastic. High end photographs were taken, cd’s were burned and we embarked on the new thing. The quality of the reproductions was excellent. I think I sold one print over the 4 years that these dear people kept their new company afloat. They called it quits in 2009.
By this time online print companies had proliferated, there were plenty to choose from. I chose Imagekind. I’ve been a member since 2009. Imagekind was a wonderful way for my family to purchase prints from the exhibit I did about my folks – Marg’s Museum. And they have purchased a few others. One of my friends bought one. The quality of their reproductions was excellent. But that was it. 2010 was the last sale. Could I have done more to market this – sure. But I am a painter and I prefer to spend my time painting – after all, you want to keep up production, so you always have fresh new things.
Until a couple of months ago I had never been asked by a serious collector or a gallery if my works were available as prints. No one seemed concerned about it. Then I had a conversation with a collector who told me they wanted to feel secure in the knowledge that the image in the painting they bought would not be available to anyone else. And just last week I lost a sale because the collector had seen the image of the painting he was considering on Imagekind and apparently did not believe it when the gallery told him that there were no prints of it out there. [ I did have knowledge of every sale. ]
Now while I could have a discussion on the pros and cons of whether or not the collectors idea is a fair one for the artist, I’ve decided to go with the exclusivity that these collectors want. I am not an alla prima painter, my work is time consuming. And in light of the lack of print sales I feel that the best decision is to withdraw all my work from the online print venues. Goodbye Imagekind.
Now – hopefully – prospective collectors will feel more comfortable.
I hope everyone is excited about the New Year as I am. I’m feeling such appreciation for my life and everyone and everything in it, I’m certainly very blessed. I’m also anticipating many wonderful things coming about this year. So here’s to my wonderful life and yours. Happy New Year to all!!!
Celebrating the Christmas season with a new addition to the portfolio – Little Buggers – or Lottie and Apple the Dapple. So cute. Oil & alkyd on canvas, 12″ x 36″.
Here is the latest portrait. Young Chloe is a dear, often introspective girl.
I was playing around again with my ground here. Drawing directly onto illustration board and then isolating the drawing with clear gesso. Not a bad way to go. This one just painted itself – not hard when the subject is so lovely.
I’m really pleased to announce that I’ve been represented by Just Imajan Gallery in Cochrane since August. And while I’ve been a distracted so & so not mentioning it on here at all, my friend Janet Armstrong has been steadily selling my paintings. I AM THRILLED about that. The latest painting to find a new home is Scaredy Cat – posted above.
I should also mention here that Just Imajan is also representing my husband Luke Lukasewich, sculptor, whose work you can see on his own website - http://www.steelstonebone.ca/Steel_Stone_Bone/Welcome.html. – I’m in the process of updating that site.
So thanks Janet,
I couldn’t be happier! Go check out the gallery – Just Imajan – online - http://www.justimajan.com/ and in the flesh next time you’re on Cochrane – #3, 320-1Street West, Cochrane, AB.
Here are the other paintings she has sold for me:
I’m happy to announce that I’m now offering Portraits by commission. My summer foray into painting my sweet little grand daughter has led to enquiries and commissions from interested folks and I thought – why not – this is pretty fun to do. People and pets! So – voila!
I’m offering 3 different options, mediums and price points: oil paintings, acrylic mixed media paintings, and charcoal drawings.
You’ll find the new section directly to the right of this post. You’ll see lots of portraits and all the information you need to get the ball rolling. I’ll also be updating the galleries as I finish new commissions – so there will be more to see as time goes by.
When you decide that you want a painting of a near and dear one, you can get ahold of me by going to the Contact link up in the header of this page – next to my name, and simply email me for a more specific conversation about exactly what you want.
I’m thrilled to be embarking on this and enjoying the beauty and personality of each person I’ve worked on so far. And I hope you like what you see.