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Demo in Winter WC Issue
Demo in Winter WC Issue

I haven't had a chance to update this blog in quite a few weeks. Nope, haven't been sick or anything bad. In fact, I've been having a lot of fun writing articles and blogs, and one of the highlights of this summer was attending a workshop given by Donald Demers in Boothbay, Maine.

Next month, I'll be writing an article about that workshop for American Artist Magazine's Winter Workshop Issue. I took lots of great notes and step by step photos of Don's demonstrations. He is a super good teacher. I might add that his is the best landscape workshop I've attended thus far. I hope to return again at some point and paint along with the other students.

Boothbay is a delightful place to paint. Just like Acadia, there are scenes everywhere you look.

I'll need to write that article before the end of September, and my next article for Watercolor Magazine is due in early October. The WC magazine article will be the first in a series about "composing the landscape".. this one will deal with foregrounds specifically. I've wanted to write on this subject for many years, and I'm grateful to the editors at American Artist for allowing me to write my own instructional column.

Additionally, the Am Artist editors are giving me a bi-monthly blog along with their other editors. This is a dream come true for me. You might wonder why an artist would want to write... well... it's because I don't feel as good about what I do if I only spend time alone in my studio. I want to be a contributor and share my experiences with other artists - many who are just starting to paint for income.

Finally, I'm getting more involved with working for Clint Watson and Fine Art Studio Online... now called FASO.  In addition to writing for the fine art views blog, I'll be reading around the web and linking to interesting blogs and articles for artists' reading pleasure.

While I'm not getting as much time in the studio, I'm thankful that a few galleries are willing to take a painting or two for special exhibits. Since I'm spending a good part of my week with writing for art publications, I expect to paint only 10 to 15 paintings this next year. The ones that I don't sell at shows will be available from my website.

My wish is that I will be able to contribute to other artists' lives and careers in a positive manner. Please let me know if you have any ideas about how I might do that. I can't work with artists on an individual basis because I don't have time or really the inclination to do that, but I do want to talk about subjects that can make a difference.

PS You can follow my links on Twitter at: http://twitter.com/Loriwords






4 Responses to Back For Now


Just a note to let you know I like your work and enjoyed your article. My Website is brand new, but I'm really enjoying building it.

My blog address is artbyjerrylynne.com/blog. Now, what do I do with it?

What are some good online art groups to join?
I appreciate your input. JerryLynne

Lori, I have to say this is the first time I have been moved enought to look at your work. I think your painting are WONDERFUL. Your artical was great too. If as artist we do not work everyday in a way to better ourselfs we will for sure fall behind. I have been doing soft pastel for 6 years now, EVERY DAY! I love to plein air paint and have not really pushed the business end. I'm not sure of this site to put my work on, but I think I'm ready to try it. Thanks for sharing your wonderful work and wise words. I would work as an artist for EVER even if I never make a dime. I think I have passion for it.
Jude Galbraith

Lori, I've been reading your writings for Clint for some time, and it was the last article where you mentioned "Putney Painters" that got my attention and my visit to your website. Your watercolors are fabulous! I've had some facebook conversation back and forth with Molly Schmid, have a good friend who has been in Richard's auction for several years...and am subscribing to Katie's lessons...just wish I was in New England, and if I was, hoping to be 'in the group'. Keep your brushes wet! Can't wait to see more of you!

I read and enjoy your articles at Clint Watson's site and glad I found your blog, too. I'll also look you up on Twitter.

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