Sunday, 30 June 2013




2.5" x 3.5"

To view my Gallery or purchase this painting please visit Daily Paintworks. Larger originals or prints may be available by contacting me. You may also view ALL my available ACEO in my Facebook Gallery here.

This is an exciting blog for me. Marla Laubisch, a fellow Artist with Daily Paintworks, asked me to join a 22 Artist CARNIVAL. I feel honoured to be included in the illustrious list. A BLOG CARNIVAL is where people link their blogs and address a certain subject. 

The subject chosen for this CARNIVAL is MY STUDIO. Have you ever wondered about the mysterious artist studio? Now you can tour them online. Go BEHIND THE STUDIO DOOR and see where we work! Read on for my contribution and click the links at the end of this blog, to see the other 19 Artists studios and a sampling of their work. 

Please comment and share with anyone who would enjoy reading about the studios of 20 active Artists.

Like me, some artists are offering giveaways or special prices for the Carnival.
The funny thing is that I don´t have a studio. Yes, I´m a professional Artist and yes I paint and blog about Art every day, but as my sole income comes from Art, paying for a dedicated studio is the last thing on my list.

When I started painting seriously the only place I could find to set up my rather bulky French Easel was behind my couch and so that tiny sliver of space became my studio. French Easels were popularized by the Impressionist who loved to paint outdoors. The easel is part of the top of a box that opens into a table affair, with three adjustable legs. French Easels sometimes include straps so they can be worn like a backpack when hiking. See my type of easel under the Pochard link below.

As time progressed I moved my trusty easel into an alcove in my bedroom. It wasn´t until later that it became a traveling studio which I set up for outdoor shows and even later I used it when I volunteered as a greeter at the local gallery, painting between visitors. The beauty of the French Easel is that once you have filled it with everything you need, paints, brushes, palette, canvas panels etc you can always grab it and take it wherever you go. The downside is that being made of wood, they are very heavy.

I have multiplied my output greatly a since becoming a daily painter, and now I create on average 5 paintings a week. You can´t of course produce 5 large works regularly, so my sizes have shrunk and in natural progression, I no longer require a large studio. I can and do squeeze by with a tiny desk or lap-desk as a work surface. I have had to become creative with setting up paints at easy grabbing distance.

The frustrating thing about studio painting is that I´m very much an outdoor person. So this spring I checked out a series of Pochades for plein air painting. I came up with some lovely smaller options, but unfortunately the weather has been so atrocious that I haven't given them a trial run yet. I have decided that a solution would be to drive to a location and paint PLEIN AIR EN AUTO so to speak. It sounds feasible and I could even roll down the windows to create a more natural experience. Follow my blog and I´ll keep you posted on how that evolves.

A rare flash auction of some of my favourite paintings. 

My paintings usually go on auction only once and then they go to my galleries and sell for far more than the Daily Paintworks price. Luckily for you, to celebrate my one year collaboration with Daily Paintworks, I`m holding a flash auction of selected paintings starting June 30th for the longer auctions and July 1st for the shorter ones. I wanted to give my loyal patrons an opportunity to see what is on offer before anyone else has a chance to bid. Grab yourself a lovely painting at a great price, but be quick, because some are only on auction for 3 days.

Here is a list of the 30 paintings ranging from miniature ACEO to 8 x 8 Canvas Panels all with low auction starting prices. If you don't see your pick, contact me and I will see if I can include it.

As always if you purchase more than one painting, I´m happy to combine shipping. Just pay with Paypal as normal and I will refund any overage once packaged and weighed.

Check them out in my Daily Paintworks Gallery here.

3 day Auctions starting at $11
12065 Home and Native Land - 8 x 6 Canvas Panel
13003 Above the Crowd ACEO - 2.5 x 3.5 Archival Substrate

13017 The Beach ACEO - 2.5 x 3.5 Archival Substrate
13037 Magenta Tulips ACEO -  2.5 x 3.5 Archival Substrate
13038 Promise Rose ACEO -  2.5 x 3.5 Archival Substrate
13042 Sunny Pot ACEO -  2.5 x 3.5 Archival Substrate
13055 Southern Sunrise ACEO - 2.5 x 3.5 Archival Substrate
13070 Spring Tulips ACEO - 2.5 x 3.5 Archival Substrate
13090 Spring Visit ACEO - 2.5 x 3.5 Archival Substrate
13094 Deep in the Forest ACEO - 2.5 x 3.5 Archival Substrate
13123 Convergence ACEO - 2.5 x 3.5 Archival Substrate
13126 Tree Family ACEO -  2.5 x 3.5 Archival Substrate
13138 Tunnel Vision ACEO - 2.5 x 3.5 Archival Substrate
13139 Comma Butterfly ACEO - 2.5 x 3.5 Archival Substrate

Access my DPW Gallery and Auctions here

7 day Auctions
12104 Parisian Promenade - 6 x 4 OSWOA Collectible Postcard

12105 Sunny Glade - 6 x 8 Canvas Panel
13074 Power and Majesty - 5 x 7 Canvas Panel
13081 Cosy Penthouse - 6 x 4 OSWOA Collectible Postcard
13083 Crimson Petals - 4 x 6 OSWOA Collectible Postcard
13085 The Red Chapeau - 4 x 6 OSWOA Collectible Postcard
13091 Spring Visit - 6 x 4 OSWOA Collectible Postcard
13092 Rocky Vista - 8 x 6 on Strathmore Windpower
13097 Spring Light - 8 x 6 on Strathmore Windpower
13101 Betty Boop Roses - OSWOA Collectible Postcard
13105 Morning Trees - 6 x 8 on Strathmore Windpower
13117 Walking in Light - 8 x 6 on Strathmore Windpower
13122 Riverbank - 4 x 6 OSWOA Collectible Postcard
13124 River Flowers - 6 x 8 on Strathmore Windpower
13133 Purple Emperor Butterfly - 8 x 8 on Canvas Panel
13145 Rain Forest Trees - 6 x 8 on Strathmore Windpower

Access my DPW Gallery and Auctions here.

Marla LaubischCarol SchiffKaethe BealerJo MacKenzie
Michael ChamberlainCharleen MartinSally BinardJacklyn Karabaich
Sharon GravesSea DeanJohnna SchellingTaryn Day
Julie Ford OliverSarah SedwickKim RempelCindy Michaud
Joanne GrantCarmen BeecherCindy WilliamsCathy Engberg