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Moving My Blog

March 17, 2014

Moving My Blog

I won’t be updating this blog anymore. It’s moving to a new address in my website: http://www.artandsurf.com

Thank you for following my art!

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I’m Done…

November 25, 2013

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I’m offering a holiday discount on prints and sales items (www.artandsurf.com), which lasts from now until December 25th. When you checkout, use promo code: “holiday” for 15% off. I also have a sales area where this code can also be applied. The piece featured is titled “I’m done…”.

Color Palette

August 13, 2013

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I was recently asked about the color palette I use while painting. I thought it would be a good post for the blog. Here’s what I told this person:

Thanks for writing! I’m really excited to hear that my artwork has inspired you to paint! I think that could be one of the best things someone could tell me.

Many painters have a well thought out color palette that they use on a regular basis. By creating those parameters for themselves, they essentially create within a box. This gives their art continuity. They’re able to in their own way master certain aspects of those colors. I’ve always envied artists who can stick to their guns like that. I lack that sort of discipline. I don’t have a well thought out palette. When I visit the art store I say, “ooh, that’s a cool color!”, and usually buy accordingly. I do use certain colors more regularly than others, and I’d be happy to share those with you. My brand of choice is Gamblin oil paints. I think it’s a quality brand, better than most, but maybe not as good as some others. Some brands and pigments are too expensive for me as well. I use Winsor and Newton’s Liquin as my medium. Many people think I use paint pens, but I don’t. I use script, pinstripe, and numerous other brushes. 

I try to buy artist grade paint whenever possible. It has a higher pigment load. I find student grade frustrating on many levels. I sometimes use student grade to initially coat my wood surface. Since most of my artwork is labor intensive line work, the higher pigment load helps me not have to repeat my lines as much. The colors I use frequently are all of the Gamblin Radiant colors, Brown Pink, Ultramarine Blue, Olive Green, Cobalt Teal and Violet, Burnt Umber, Permanent Green Light, Quinacridone Magenta, and Cadmium Red and Yellow. According to the label, the Cadmium colors give you cancer in California, so I wouldn’t use them there…just kidding.

Color is very dynamic, and for me it’s probably the most interesting part of being an painter. I don’t claim to have any mastery of it, and I still learn a lot every time I experiment with it. 

SoCal

July 25, 2013

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Here’s a couple paintings I’ve made in my spare time while down south.

New Website

June 28, 2013

Screen Shot 2013-06-28 at 8.45.41 AMFor the past few weeks I’ve been working on a new website that has most of the functionality I’ve longed for. It’s now up and going! The address is still the same: www.artandsurf.com. There’s a lot of new art, so it’s worth a visit. I’ve also begun setting up a Facebook page for my artwork. Here’s the address: www.facebook.com/artandsurf.

 

A Short Interview with A. Ell Atelier

May 16, 2013

spencer_07Here’s a link to a quick interview with A. Ell Atelier on Kauai. My artwork has been on display and for sale there since they opened. I’m so happy to see the success that my friends business has had. It’s also exciting to see the saturday art walk she started is now a big deal on Kauai. She had me show at one of the first art walks.

 

Art Buying Simplified

February 20, 2013

Screen Shot 2013-02-19 at 8.30.18 PMI’m excited to reveal my latest project, a new shopping cart for my website! It’s not integrated into the site yet, but if you’d like a sneak-peak, follow this link. The best part is I’m able to offer several different print options for each piece. Now you can order anything from an archival print on premium quality paper to a large canvas print, stretched and ready to hang. Of course I still do custom orders if you don’t find something that suits your needs.

 

December 2012

January 2, 2013

6December was busier for me than I had anticipated. There were planned events like parties, and traveling by train (no, not the one pictured) to see my wife’s parents. It was also a lot busier month of art sales than I’d planned, being that I didn’t plan or promote anything. That was a real bonus for me!

The highlight of the month would have to be the trip by train to see Stacey’s family. I recommend traveling this way, if you don’t mind getting to your destination later than scheduled. A mudslide put an 8 hour delay on us in Spokane, however, this also meant that we were able to travel through Montana and Glacier National Park in the daytime. Which I guess is something that rarely happens; usually you travel through at night. It was hard to take in all the beauty, as it passed by it so quick. I absorbed as much of it as I could, with my face pasted to the window.

My son met a lot of friends and family for the first time. He’s not shy, loves to dance, and makes everyone laugh. Where does he get that from? Stacey had the opportunity to see a lot of people that are very dear to her, and I was brought along to eat Lefse and sugar cookies. I did my part.

2013 is off to a busy start. Many things planned. Lots of new art to be revealed. Stay tuned.

SIMA Waterman’s Ball Calendar 2013

November 27, 2012

I was excited to return home from a weekend away and find the latest Waterman’s Ball Calendar waiting for me. This is the fourth year I’ve been included in this calendar. To learn more about SIMA, you can follow this link. I was happy to see that when you open the calendar, the first page features my artwork!

It’s an honor to be amongst so many artists and photographers that I admire. My art shows up seven times in the whole calendar.

This year they honored Shane Dorian as Waterman of the Year, Jean-Michel Cousteau as Environmentalist of the Year, and Sean Collins they gave the Lifetime Achievement Award.

 

 

Raise the Roof!

September 6, 2012

My studio was in desperate need of a new roof. I got one this week, thanks to my friend Kyle. I helped a bit, but he did most of the work. Now I need to get back to work. See ya.