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New Small Oil Pastel Paintings

I have been painting very small oil pastel paintings. Having to cover a very small surface, I am able to work quickly. This exercise has allowed me to visualize my idea before I commit to a large, time comsuming painting. These exercises also give me small original paintings to offer for sale at hard-to-resist prices.

Please feel free to comment on which ones you think “work” and don’t.

little Lake
a little lake with a little riverfront real estate undeveloped.

two Houses On Hill
Little house on hill with outhouse in backyard.

cow On Hill
Small Oil Pastel painting of a cow enjoying the view from the top of a hill.

bicycle
I was missing the warm weather when I could take my bike for a spin, and painted this small oil pastel

dog In Yard
little dog in the yard

two Boats-tiny
A very small oil pastel painting.

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Tiny Oil Pastels

Now that I am out of school, and must use my art to pay bills, I am getting serious about making art my daily grind. I am going to try and make a new habit of painting a small painting each morning before starting my daily work.

These tiny paintings are about 5 inches tall, and matted to fit an 8″ x 10″ frame. I think they will sell prety well at shows for a couple of bucks each. I want to offer a few on Etsy. I have just joined, and already sold one print, but this would be my first original painting to sell on Etsy.

For those who have some experience, which of these 4 do you think would be the best to put on Etsy?
TinyLittleTreeTinyLittleSheeptinyLittleHousetinyLittleCow

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Clay Sculptures

Spent 1/2 the day working in the sculpture studio.  Thought I’d try and make an interactive presentation of them in their current state.  Roll mouse over the images to spin for a 360degree view.  Let me know if you run into any kinks.
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peace

ken

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A snapshot from my clay studio

clay studio

A snapshot from my clay studio at the ORVAG building. These are works in progress…you must have some vision to appreciate. The rear will be a horse, with a small human riding it’s back…feeding it an apple. On the left is a boy holding a chicken. I still need to add the boy’s head. On the right is a boy feeding birds.

They will make better sense when they are done. I just wanted to share what I’ve been up to!

peace
ken

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Happy new years!

kenWithCoffee
2007 has been a great year!   I am looking forward to 2008 being equally productive.

I have wanted to stop taking caffeine, and figured the new year was as good a time to do it as any.   I will most likely start the new year by sleeping in since I will not have my morning coffee to greet me.

peace

ken

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I need to quit meeting people like this

I did it AGAIN!!!

As you all know, I was very excited about the open house  at Artcroft.  It is a farm outside Carslile, KY offering a residency program for artists.  I will do a residency there next month, so I was particularly interested in visiting the farm.

To make a long story short, I mixed up the times of the open house.  The open house was from noon to 5pm, and somehow,  my brain thought that meant it was from 5pm to 8pm.  So when we arrived at 5:45pm to see very few lights on, and 2 vehicles in the driveway, I was sure that I had come on the wrong date.  Robert and Maureen Barker were very friendly, considering the circumstances, and we were shown the farm and art studios…met the artists in residence and had the opportunity to see their work.

I regret that my first impression to the folks at Artcroft was the stereotypical role of a scatterbrained artist, but I get the impression that they are used to dealing with creative people on a regular basis and they understand how we get lost so easily in the time space continuum.

peace

ken