Well, I established my studio, painted, did some screen printing, had some health issues, got well, and am focused on an art career. There are no manuals for this, so you have to figure it out for yourself. Art interests, income, where to live, and friends & family make the challenge different for each of us. Here are 3 totally different examples of what works!
Our daughter Samantha became an art teacher, which is a wonderful thing. She is free of money worries, but probably doesn’t get to do as much art as she would like. Sam’s made time for painting and jewelry making, and working daily in art is a gift. With summers off, I expect she’s do even more.
Justin (he and Sammy married last autumn) is an architect and working at an international firm. Obviously he has found a way to make a living in the arts. I’m pretty sure he would like more free time to do those projects that architects always dream of doing. I’m sure that will happen.
My daughter Carin is a well-known web designer. Doing design as well as development of sites, plus her own projects, such as jewelry boxes covered in pieces of CDs gives her an opportunity to express her creative side. She also opened an online store for tees, mugs, etc featuring Edwardian images.
Compared to these three, I’m on the slow side. I completed several paintings. The brightly painted Drongo let me do a fun project in acrylics. Greg’s jacket warranted the use of interference oils. They go on over a dark base layer and interfere with light passing through and back. If you can get it right, they appear different from different angles.
Greg with the Extraordinary Jacket
Using a different approach, I completed “Bicycle Boys”, which was the largest and most time consuming. That was oil over acrylic. Days of Death was minimal use of oil on an acrylic background.
Days of Death
I’m currently in a show at the Weston Art Gallery, Cincinnati as well as doing screen printing. It always wears me out because it is so exacting. I am getting better at it, but still….
Meanwhile, with the invaluable help of Carin, as well as advice from Sam and friends, I have created an online store to sell Fine Art and Fun Art.
Check it out: danvanceart.com
My next post will be about screen printing, so if you’re interested, turn on, tune in, and space out!