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Artist Growing Pains



As an Artist I strive to grow and my paintings and art mark that growth.  Now, as a business, it is time to grow and stretch also.   Over the past month I have really put thought into what direction I want my art to go in.  It has taken much time, but I want to make sure that I lay the foundation down that is necessary  not only to be a successful artist, but also a successful entrepreneur.

Over the next month, new changes will be happening with my website, and my blog – I am excited to be taking the next steps on this path.   I will be creating some new art, and I will be presenting you with an opportunity to participate in this artistic journey with me – so stay tuned. . . . there will be some nice surprises coming soon as I work my way through this process.  You definitely don’t want to miss out, so if you haven’t already done so, sign up now and you will automatically receive updates from me.   It’s really easy to do – just type in your email address and click “Subscribe” and like magic my next update will appear in your inbox .  Hurry, subscribe now.

What a Night

What an amazing night.  First a big Thank you to everyone who came to the New Member Art Exhibition.  144 people attended the show.  I also have to say, that all the artists set the bar very high, it was so well put together.  Thank you everyone.

As for me, I am so happy to announce that my painting “This Little Piggy” found a new home last night!  There was a big snafu with the cash register crashing, but the client came back this morning and made the purchase.  Thank you Carl, I hope Katy loves her new painting as much as I loved creating it.

My Painting This Little Piggy Found a New Home

My Painting This Little Piggy Found a New Home

On top of my sale, I gave out lots of art bookmarks, and had at least 25 people signup to receive Brushstrokes by Tatum’s Newsletter.  Other exciting news, is that I will have my painting and an interview published in the UWF Newspaper.  It was truly an exciting evening.

The icing on the cake, were all the good friends that came out and supported me.  It was so nice connecting with everyone.  What a night, who could ask for more?

With lots of help from all the artists, we managed to get the entire gallery cleaned, and locked up by 8:30.  Excellent job everyone!

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Tonight’s the Night . . . .

Tonight’s the night….the opening reception for the “New at the Q 2014” New Members Art Exhibition.  It is going to be fantastic and I hope that everyone will come out and support local Pensacola artists.

New in the Q 2014 New Members Art Show

New in the Q 2014 New Members Art Show

Naturally, I will be there and will be taking pictures to post tomorrow.  If you can’t make it out tonight, then you can at least get a taste of what your missing by signing up for the next blog post.

Organized Chaos in the Art Gallery

The first phase of putting together the New Members Artist Art Exhibition is to hang the paintings.  We have 12 artists displaying their art works with each person contributing 5 to 7 pieces each.  Basically, that comes down to about 66 to 70 works of art that needed to be placed on the wall in some reasonable fashion.  Sounds easy, but, it’s not.

My Paintings Waiting to Take Their Place

My Paintings Waiting to Take Their Place

Before I move on, I do want to shout out a big, big Thank you to Dan, Manuel and Patricia for their unwavering patience and help.  The show would not have been hung without them.

Sadly, step one was to make several phone calls and harass some of the artist who had not dropped off their work yet.  After much begging and pleading, everyone managed to get their art to the gallery.  In order to see what we were dealing with, around the walls all the different paintings, drawings, and photography received, was propped up against the walls.  It was a lot.

Lined up ready to be hung on the wall

Lined up ready to be hung on the wall

The most difficult part of the hanging, was trying to merge 12 different styles of art to work together to create one cohesive show.  With lots of climbing up the later (Dan) handing over paintings (Manuel) and then adjustments (Patricia) the art exhibition was hung in 4 hours.  I felt like I had run a marathon.

Even Dan Went a Little Crazy After Hanging Art all Day

Even Dan Went a Little Crazy After Hanging Art all Day

The great news is, the show is up and it is fabulous.  You don’t want to miss the first Quayside Gallery Art Exhibition of 2014.  Opening reception is Friday, January 10, 2014 from 5:00 until 8:00.  There will be white sangria, delicious food, and of course – terrific art.

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How to Pick the Right Mat & Frame for Your Next Piece of Art

 Why does matting a framing a painting or a print have to be so difficult?  It is overwhelming when you walk into a framing shop.  First there are hundreds of mat colors to pick from.  Do you pick a mat color that matches the painting, or maybe you should match your sofa?  Do you want one mat or two? Once you agonize over what color mat to put around your newly acquire painting, the fun doesn’t stop there.  Next you not only have to decide on a frame color, but also a framing style.  Yikes, stop the insanity!

This short tutorial will help you pick the right mat for your work of art.  Just like you I struggle with the agony of making a decision when it comes to matting and framing art.  I find it difficult to envision what the painting is going to look like, when the framer only places a right angle corner of the mat and frame on the print so I can “see what it will look like once it’s framed.”   To make your life a little easier when it comes to matting and framing, I’ve created this short tutorial on how to pick a mat.  I think you will find it helpful.


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Time Crunch

With the New Members Art exhibit fast approaching, I thought it would be nice to give everyone a behind the scenes look at how much work goes into a show or exhibit.

At this point, I have four large paintings ready to be hung.  I would love to get five art pieces up on the wall, but I am really going to be pushing tomorrow to get my last painting done.  Not only does it need about three more layers of painting, but I also need to mat, frame and put the backing on the piece.  It is making me tired just thinking of all the work that is waiting for me upstairs in my studio.  Yikes!  Nothing like waiting until the last minute.  But, I have said it before, I work pretty well under pressure.

It is so frustrating for me when I have a vision in my head of how a painting should come out, and then I can’t translate what is in my head onto the paper.  It is important for me not to get frustrated, and to be able to step back, and enjoy the process rather than be solely focused on the end result – the painting.  I have found that if I am happy and enjoying the process, then usually the painting turns out well.

The title of the last painting is Skinny Dipping and the subject matter are Koi.  I have painted these fish over and over again.  The first version was done in acrylics, just black and white; while I was still living in Puerto  Rico.

Koi painted the first time in Puerto Rico

Koi painted the first time in Puerto Rico

 Then I painted it again as a batik.

Batik Painting of Koi

Batik Painting of Koi

After that, I painted it as a watercolor as a standard watercolor painting with a paint brush.  The last three versions I have been pouring the paint, and I am hoping the last of those three paintings will be framed and hung in the show on Tuesday. You will have to come down and see if “Skinny Dipping” made it into the show : )question

I have always heard that you should paint what you love, I don’t particularly love fish, but I am captivated by the way Koi move in the water, their brilliant colors.  Isn’t it such a nice surprise to see them come up to the surface with their mouths opening and closing begging for food?  A flash of orange, white, red or gold!   Although, I can’t say Koi are my passion, I must confess that I have enjoyed trying to capture their color and movement in my paintings.

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Christmas Cherries Acrylic Painting Complete

Woot – Woot…..the acrylic painting of the Cherry Blossoms is completed.  In case you can’t tell, I am super excited to have finished this commissioned piece as promised by today.  That means the client can give this beautiful piece of art to his wife/girlfriend as a Christmas present.  I will say it again, there is nothing like giving original art as a gift.

I thought people might be interested in seeing the processes . . . .

Step 1:  I needed to make a mini painting of the work, to show the client and get his approval.  Obviously, this is not a triptych, but he basically needed to get an idea of what colors I would use and the layout of the painting.

Acrylic Sample Art Painting

Acrylic cherry blossom triptych painting sample.

Step 2:  With the mini sample painting approved, it was time to move on to the real painting.  First, I applied layers of brown, gray, black and white acrylic paint and put in my background.

Acrylic Paint

Acrylic paint layered for background.

Step 3:  After the first layer of paint is dry, it is now time to complete the background.  The client wanted something more modern than the traditional Japanese Cherry Blossom Painting, which is typically done on a light blue, or pinkish/orange background.  I added quick strokes of brighter, earth tone acrylics to give movement to the painting.

Strokes Earth Tone Acrylic Background

Quick strokes of earth tone  acrylics completes the background.

Step 4: With the background completed it is time to put in the branch of the cherry blossom tree.  Once the branch is put down then I painted in highlights in gray and white acrylic.

Acrylic branch painted

Painted in the cherry blossom branch in black, gray and brown acrylic paint.

Step 5:  With the tree branch painted in, next, using a large paint brush, I spattered in different shades of pink to indicate the profusion of Cherry Blossoms showering out from the tree branch.

Spatter Acrylic Painting

Using a large brush, I spattered the Cherry Blossoms into the painting.

Step 6:  With minor tweaking I completed this triptych acrylic cherry blossom art painting.  Job Done.

Triptych Acrylic Cherry Blossom Painting

The completed triptych acrylic painting of cherry blossoms.  “Christmas Cherries”

Hoping “Christmas Cherries” adds lots of sparkle and happiness to someone’s Christmas.







Painting Commission for Christmas

Hard at work painting, today on a commission of  Cherry Blossoms done as an Acrylic Triptych painting.  There is nothing nicer than giving original art as a Christmas gift, don’t you think?  Anyway, I am excited to have gotten this commission for a painting!  The client walked into the gallery on Thursday looking for a specific piece of art.  He wanted a cherry blossom – the traditional paintings you see all the time done on three, four or even five panels.  He would like three – a triptych.

Acrylic Cherry Blossom Triptych Painting Sample

Acrylic Cherry Blossom  Painting Sample

Well, given that we are in Pensacola, there was nothing even close in the gallery.  He asked if I could do a painting like this in time for Christmas…. my answer, “of course I can!”  Unfortunately, I was out of town over the weekend in Atlanta, for a funeral,  so this morning was a real push to produce two painting samples and then meet the client downtown at 2:00.  But, it is done.  I am now waiting for his final approval on color selection, and tomorrow after working at the gallery, I will be painting, painting, painting.  The plan is to be finished by Friday –


Artists and Creatives – Pen Women of Pensacola Christmas Luncheon

This Artist made her way, to Dharma Blue Cafe, on a windy, blustery day for PEN Women  Pensacola Chapter Christmas Luncheon.  I had never been to the Dharma Blue Cafe, which I must say was a lovely venue for the lunch.  For inquiring minds, I had the quiche which was excellent, but all the food looked delish.

The presentation was on creating Poetry, which I must confess is not my forte – I am a visual Artist and sadly not an Artist of words.  But, it was interesting none-the-less.  I think you can always learn something.  The afternoon was filled was laughter, good food and sharing.  However, the sharing went a little too far, when the lady across from me ordered a yummy looking mimosa and decided to share it with me when she knocked over the glass and it promptly ran across the table into my lap. . . . not so pleasant.

Christmas Luncheon at Dharma Blue for Artists of PEN Women of Pensacola

Christmas Luncheon at Dharma Blue for Artists of PEN Women of Pensacola

Unfortunately, I had my brand spanking new hand painted silk scarf on which got several splashes of Mimosa also and as we all know Mimosa and silk don’t mix.  Any suggestions on how to get the spots out?

All-in-all it was a wonderfully delightful afternoon spent with fellow Artists and Creatives.