Seven Truths About Being an Artist

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“All About The Journey” (24×24) Acrylic on Canvas (12/2017)

To be an artist is to know what it is to be terrified and thrilled about what you do all at the same time.

To be an artist is to understand that every time we share a tangible form of our creative expressions we risk being judged and ridiculed.

To be an artist is to know that the sting of another’s criticism pales in comparison to the bite of our own.

To be an artist is to understand that embarrassments are temporary and dreams are relentless.

To be an artist is to comprehend that continuing on with our quest is not an option, it is something that must be done.

To be an artist is to know first hand how good it feels to grab a thought from the universe, work with it until it materializes then release it back into the universe. .

To be an artist is to understand that we no longer strive for a destination, we simply accept that the journey is what it is all about.

If you like this one please watch the Two Minute Video to see how I did it.  The original painting and giclee prints are available in my Etsy Shop.

 

Paint Me A Moon

 

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“Pulp Friction” (20″x20″) Acrylic on Canvas

For me, Ski Season has become a time of year that images of winter dance in my head and materialize onto canvas with little or no real effort.  Remember “Close Encounters of the Third Kind”?  Think of me as a crazed Richard Dryfus painting moons rather than molding the Devils Tower.  My Studio is beginning to resemble a Super Moon Factory and it is time for a year end liquidation sale so I can make room for more.  Keep an eye on my etsy shop for details.

I’ve often read that when you are on the right path composition wise, you can look at a painting upside down and still think it works.  This tidbit of advice is finally starting to resonate with me on a personal level for the first time since I started painting some ten years ago.  The revelation came to me as I flipped this canvas to paint the sides.  Perhaps it has to do with the fact that I’m focussing more on anchoring my compositions with fewer and larger objects.  Perhaps it is because I’m having so much fun.

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Show And Tell

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The older one gets, the faster time seems to move. Do we all agree? Holy Cow It’s mid-October and I find myself refusing to believe that the autumn leaves are really falling to the ground. Where did those long summer days go?

I’ve been a busy boy. After returning from the annual late summer sojourn to the great northwest, I’ve been working around the clock to prepare for my first ever outdoor art festival. I completely underestimated the amount of time and energy that would be involved in purchasing and outfitting a show tent with marketable photography prints. Finally with a successful show behind me I have a chance to do some show and tell.

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The show was a complete success and the response to my work was overwhelmingly positive. I’ve been marketing my photography commercially and online for a number of years and it is super exciting to now have a tangible show space as well. I’m already beginning the process of establishing a show schedule for next summer. Michael Scott Studio is born.

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Necessity is the Mother of Invention! For me, the biggest challenge of the preparation process was to design and produce a framing system for my work printed on metal. I’ve had success in the past creating a wooden backboard on which the metal prints are mounted and they look great. The problem with the backboards is that they are heavy and therefor difficult to hang and expensive to ship. The answer came after a number of prototypes in the form of a lightweight solid wood shadow box . I’m now building these pieces by hand and on demand and I love the way they complete the art. What do you think?