Art, real estate and teaching

Friday, March 9 2012 It is another sunny day in Minnesota. March is already here and in two months the first show of the year. I am trying to figure out how many paintings I need to make for the Lake Minnetonka Arts Tour and for Gallery Artisan in Lancaster, PA. Right now I have 22 paintings completely done, 5 in progress and about 7 in concept stage. I think 35 paintings should do it. My latest projects have been making lino cuts, which has been a revelation. To simplify one’s style is sometimes helpful. Bringing it back to b/w or one color is liberating. I keep experimenting with styles and shapes. I really could use a bigger printing press, but they are hard to find second hand. A new one that goes up to 30”x 60” is going to cost me close to $7000. So I better sell some paintings. Tuesday I start teaching again at Blaine City Hall. I look forward to the evening. It is exiting to get feedback from people who truly love art. This time it will be working with pastels. Well, that has been a long time ago that I worked with pastels. It is always messy and dusty. But I love to use the vibrant colors. Nancy and I are looking to buy or starting a “creative vacation art school”. We are still interested in acquiring the school in Castelnau de Montmiral in Southwest France, but to date the sellers and us have not come to agreeable terms. The housing market has changed and the economy is still going downhill. So the...
Artist at work

Artist at work

Jan Willem Painting The artist in his studio.  “The ability to paint my inspirations would not be possible without the overwhelming support of my loving wife.  She has always been my biggest fan and has encouraged me to pursue my dreams of...
Painting away

Painting away

Painting like Vincent van Gogh going out of his mind = Lots of new work, soon to come.

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