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by PAT QUINN on 10/27/2008 12:07:40 PM
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  I"m now just about finished painting the sky on my commissioned painting. I'll allow the sky to dry and then I will remove the contact paper and masking tape covering the drawing. After this I'll be able to go in with some colors and set up the largest shapes to start setting up the color relationships. This is very important when you are working with three or more elements like this painting so that it all looks like it "belongs together". I also worked some more on "Bellevue Avenue" and that should be finished soon. Looking back this painting would have been great to [...]

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by PAT QUINN on 10/26/2008 12:11:04 PM
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  Today I have some good news to share with you. I have been commissioned to do a vacation photo for a new collector. It will mean that I will have two commissions going at the same time so I'm very excited!   The first one now has a finished drawing and masking tape along with contact paper covering it up so that I can paint the sky freely. This is a handy trick so that you don't have to worry about losing some of your drawing and/or being "fussy" around it as well. If you follow my blog regularly, you know [...]

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by PAT QUINN on 10/22/2008 6:17:38 AM
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  As you know, I have two oil paintings in progress that I'm working on now. One is "Bellevue Avenue" which may be done by the newsletter this Sunday. The other is my commission that I can't say too much about as it's a Christmas present. I plan on starting a pet portrait of one of my cats as well. I want to "spread the word" in my community that I'm an affordable competent artist that can get the job done, frame and all.     I love my website and what it has done for my business, but you would be surprised [...]

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by PAT QUINN on 10/19/2008 3:24:00 PM
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  Today I thought I would bring you up to date on some things. First I'm now starting on my commission that is going to be a present for someone so I'm still being careful on how I talk about it here on my blog as well as the newsletter. What I can say is that it combines three different related elements, and I'm going to put them together into a nice composition. It will all be a matter of getting everything the right size so I'm studying that now.     Another thing that I've been doing is finishing the year out with some [...]

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by PAT QUINN on 10/16/2008 5:50:49 AM
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  This past Sunday I went out on my annual fall foliage hike. You couldn't ask for a better day as it was eighty degrees and not one cloud in the sky. I decided to start in North Park on The Rachel Carson Trail and head toward the spur going into Hartwood Acres. I crossed the railroad tracks as I left North Park and walked along them for about a quarter of a mile and then headed up Sample Road for about a another quarter mile where the trail cuts back into the woods.     As Far as how the trail is [...]

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by PAT QUINN on 10/12/2008 8:40:16 PM
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  On Friday evening I went to the Florence Benaquista Memorial Art Exhibit as I mentioned on Thursday. I'm happy to say it was a great evening! In the window before I even walked in was a great landscape she did that had a barn, a pond, and some ducks going in for a swim. It showcased all the things she taught me all in one painting it seemed.     I went in and after saying hello to the people I knew including one of my collectors, I got to meet some members of her family. I talked to her son and told [...]

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by PAT QUINN on 10/9/2008 5:19:53 AM
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  This Friday starting at 6:00 P.M. is the opening reception for the Florence Benaquista Memorial Art Exhibit at the Matthew's Art Center. As some of you know by now, "Miss B" (as she was known) was my art teacher back in the day. You can click here to read her story about her life and how she got involved with teaching oil painting.     I have friends, family, and a couple of collectors of mine coming to see the work of my teacher. Some of these paintings I've more than likely seen before as she liked to put her work in the window [...]

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by PAT QUINN on 10/6/2008 7:18:57 PM
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  It looks like I have a new commission to do before the holidays. I want to give you a bunch of information about it but I can't as it's going to be a Christmas present. I'm going to touch base with the person again today, but I want to make sure that I don't blow the surprise.     What I can tell you is that it's something that I have never painted before and that it will be my "bread and butter" 18"x24" painting, ready to hang, frame painted to match painting. I got the painting "booked" and I'm working hard [...]

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by PAT QUINN on 10/2/2008 7:20:53 PM
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  Here it is, the english tea cart slightly modified to serve as my painting taboret. At the last minute I realized that there isn't much contrast in my carpet compared to the tea cart so the large rear wheel might be hard to see.  You can see the used brush holder made from two heating/ac covers that you would mount on the floor. I got myself a piece of 16"x20" glass which I painted gray on one side to serve as my palette. I gave myself a shelve on the back to place my tubes of paint as I use them and decided [...]

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