Paintings With Soul

Since October 2006 I've been a daily painter, creating a new pet portrait at least 5 times per week. Over the years I've expanded my offerings to include a variety of animals, pets, race horses, children and other treasured heirlooms. In addition, I accept a limited number of commissions each year.

In 2015 I am honored to be the Kentucky Derby Artist.

You may use the links below right to receive my daily paintings via email or to follow my blog with a feed. I post additional info, including in-process jpgs and other related information, on the studio Facebook page as well.

Meanwhile, thanks
so much for your continued support of my artwork.

Friday, September 14, 2012

Eating Bon Bons

 

From May 2012, "Sweet Spot I," 8" square, a little portrait of my studio muse Mona Lisa which is still awaiting a home of it's own - she can be yours for $399. Inquiries may always come to me.
 

The glamorous part of my job is painting (it's even amazing to paint in my jammies, that's how marvelous painting is!).  Painting is also the most fun bit of my work day. I am so very lucky to be able to support my family with my passion.

 
However, don't buy the misconception that artists sit in their studios and paint paint paint, our work sells itself, and we kick back to eat BonBons and watch the paint dry. 

 
Here's a handful of just a few studio tasks I complete, in addition to painting:

 
Inventory management - of paintings and materials
Marketing strategies - development and implementation
Web design 
Materials design
Client communication
Budgeting and paying bills/taxes/etc
Continuing education - ensuring my own personal growth
Teaching - mentoring, leading, and encouraging others in creative endeavors
Volunteering - with various groups, sharing my talent and helping others discover theirs
IT Dept - keeping my equipment in working order, updating software, researching and implementing new technology
Shipping - packing and sending purchases out into the world
Exhibitions and demos - planning and preparing for opportunities to share completed works and my painting process
Research - explore a variety of business practices, exhibition opportunities and educational options
Archivist - photograph and catalog all work
 

For those contemplating quitting day jobs to become artists, be prepared to spend 80-90% of your time doing the above tasks, and the remainder creating.

 
Otherwise hold onto that paycheck. You might get more painting time carved out of off hours!

 
Fondly,
Kim, who spent the majority of today on the majority of above tasks
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