Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Sketching the Blue Boat

Blue Boat sketch
oil on gessoed board

Initial drawing, 6"x12"

The blue boat as it went round and round.

I had some fun on Sunday painting from the town landing in Yarmouth. My favorite blue lobster boat was in the water and made a great subject. I'll show you the first painting I worked on in the next post. This was some fun sketching afterwards. I'd hardly gotten started when the wind picked up, the reflections of the trees were gone and the blue boat was turning around on her mooring. I lost the right hand sketch as I tried to finish it. All in a days work on the water.

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

10 Minute Apples in Pastel

The final apple

10 minute apples
Pastel on Sennelier black sanded paper

Pastels on the boat

As readers of this blog will know, I've been experimenting with pastel, and enjoying it a lot! There's so much to learn moving from one medium to another.  And I'd like to be able to include pastel painters in my upcoming daily painting class at River Arts, in Damariscotta.

It took about 11 minutes for each of the first 3 apples, and about 15 for the last one. And for even more fun, I did this on a boat, while taking a short cruise in Penobscot Bay.

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Progress on "Blue Boat in the Yard"

Blue Boat in the yard 8"x10" oil (in progress)

Do you have a favorite car, house, or boat in your neighborhood? I do, and this beautiful blue lobster boat is the one. I've been wondering where she was, as more and more boats appeared in the harbor, then a helpful lobsterman pointed me to her winter home. Her owner was kind enough to allow me to stand in the yard and paint her. Still some work to do, but I like it.

Sunday, June 1, 2014

New Website II - Comparison of Artspan and FASO

Home page

Paintings Page

Large view of an individual painting

About page

Events page

To reiterate, I've built my new website on both Fine Art Studio Online (FASO) and Artspan to do a comparison.

Both have all the features that are most important to me:
- A platform purpose built for displaying and selling artwork
- A large version of each artwork image, as well as thumbnails
- A built-in newsletter signup and sending platform, with images in the emailed newsletter that include links back to the website
- All of the tabs I could possibly need
- Ease of set up - with the content in hand, it was straightforward to build a draft for either in a couple of hours
- Ease of adding new artwork - YES!
- A free trial period

In this post I'm showing the FASO site, see my previous post for the Artspan version.

I like these things about my FASO site:
- Fabulous customer support - I work with software companies a lot, and this is support beyond what I've ever seen, even answering support questions on Sunday!
- Well laid out templates, and a willingness to change them for an individual site
- Most pages can include images
- Very professional looking email newsletter

Do take a look at my FASO site, where you can see all of each page and poke around. And here's FASO's pricing page, so you can see what their various plans cost. If you're looking to upgrade your website, I think you can build a fine one on either of these platforms.

I'd love to hear your thoughts on which one I should choose. And I'm happy to answer your questions about building the two sites, just comment or send me an email. Thanks for your help!