I started a practice at the first of the year to force me to hone my skills and bring me into the studio and away from the office. I have found that this art business of mine renders me more time in the office doing marketing than in the actual studio. I must get an assistant, but I digress.
I call this practice my early morning 10 to 15 minute study. I have a pad of Vellum that I use strictly to create quick studies. I work the first 10 minutes of the morning laying down on the paper what ever comes to mind. This practice really is a marker as to how I am thinking that day and the mood I am in. I never finish the study in one sitting but instead put it aside and pick it up again the next morning. The next day my mood may have changed and I may go in another direction with the study. Eventually I finish it and may find I like what I have created so I will mat it and sell it way below what I charge for a normal acrylic painting done on gallery wrap canvas. The customer ends up with a Boutique Art Original at a much lower price. That is how many of my new customers have started their collections of my work.
This practice loosens me up and allows me to experiment with new techniques so I am constantly getting better. It also quickly gets me ready for a day of work in the studio.
So what do you do to start your day?
“Spring Time On The Mesa”
9″ X 12″ original acrylic painting on vellum paper, matted to 12" X 16" and ready to frame.