Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Goals for 2017

I've spent time during the past week thinking about what my artistic goals for 2017.  In my business life, strategy and goal setting has been second nature.  In my art life, moving forward has not always been as intentional.  Here are the key things I'd like to achieve this year:

  • Participate in 3 Plein Air Paint-Outs  (my first is scheduled already in January in DelRay!)
  • Try to prepare my own panels 
  • Attempt representation by one gallery
  • Teach or lead one workshop in oil painting or plein air painting with my local art association
  • Become far more proficient in managing my social media platforms
  • Complete a collection for a solo show
Quite a list, I know.   A friend calls these 'BHAGs' - Big, Hairy, Audacious Goals.   However, I think if I plot this out to address pieces in different months this year I will come to the end of 2017 very pleased with the results.

What are your BHAGs this year?

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Having Trouble With Blogger

I've been having a bit of trouble with the Blogger interface when loading pictures lately.  I'm working to resolve, but in the meantime, I post regularly on my Facebook site- @debrakennedyartist.  Please visit and follow me there!

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Yachting Life


24x24 on Gallery Stretched Canvas

And yet one more large painting.  I often take great photo references in local harbors (I wish this was mine!). and began ithis painting earlier this summer. I the. Got diverted to some great Provincetown paintings and a commission.   It was a bit daunting, but last weekend I picked up where I had left off.  Below is the early sketch and you can see where I have landed so far.

Boats at rest-large


24x 24 Oil on Gallery Wrap Canvas

I am catching up on this blog after being a bit remiss in my postings last week.  I've been spending time working on larger pieces- some from my earlier small originals.  There is a different challenge in scale and color and completion-and a lot more paint.  I really love this one and it will likely enter in some shows later this year.


Gloucester Revamp


16x20 Oil on Stretched Canvas

This weekend I looked at a piece 8 had done several years ago when newer to working with oils in my transition from watercolor.  When I originally finished this one I was very pleased but now- not so much.  So I decided to revamp it,paint over it, brighten it change some compositional elements.  I am happy with it once again!

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Sail Away


8x8 Oil on Stretched Canvas. SOLD

This was for a friend and I love the way it turned out. Just a small piece, but it captures all that needs to be said about this bright sunny day on a sailing pier.  I was particularly pleased with the reflections and can't wait to work on a large version of this one.


Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Why I Like to Paint Small Pieces

For the past couple of years, I've been painting many, many small paintings- usually 8x8's.  I started as part of a 30 day painting challenge and have continued because they are fun.  I am also still working full time, so many evenings I have time to work small but not the energy to begin a large piece.  Many of my small paintings become larger paintings over time.  I'm currently working on several large paintings for a hopeful solo show sometime within the next year.  The other reason I love small is that it allows me to share my work and  many can buy real art to enjoy in their own spaces.  I get the nicest notes- great encouragement.  That's it for now!