Out with the old…

For friends who have visited, they know I don’t have a great, large, wonderous studio in which to create great artworks.  Actually, I never have, and its not really necessary to produce good art.  One of my favorite paintings is this one from around 1981, painted entirely at night in a small motorhome with just a  dim 1/4 watt 12v light bulb overhead.

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The short story is, I used to paint in an empty bedroom, until I got married, and shortly thereafter became a nursery for my newborn son.  Around that time, I sold about $7K of paintings to a local company for their new building.  That money was enough to turn one of my three car garage stalls into a studio.  We installed a wall,  skylight, and other items.  It eventually turned into a general workroom and storage area, but still my studio.

I have been cleaning out the studio this week and going through old paintings.  Many artists periodically purge old paintings, whether finished, abandoned, etc. and I do every once in awhile.  Artists, even famous ones, will also paint over an old painting.   I generally don’t like to paint over an old canvas, but most of my small paintings are on canvas board, and lately I just scrape it down, and paint right over it.   The old paint can also give a nice texture to what I paint over it.  

After sorting thru everything, I now have over 250 canvas boards, worth probably $2K, to paint over which will last quite awhile!  

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