The Fine Art of Contemporary Impressionism

Art Fair at Queeny Park, Best in Show-2-D
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Down Route 3


Finally back on the blog

Djuana has been on me to get back on the blog.  We have it so why not??  And as in most cases she is very right.  After all, as she says, I write a ton of something every day.  I get up from bed, clean myself up as needed, get a cup of tea, and then sit down to check on what is going on… with things. Then I write emails, check on art websites, manage a few files, and then really get the day started by heading to studio.

These days I am working on a variety of things with anticipation of the art fair season.  Most pressing is producing enough inventory to be ready for the big crunch in April.  Simply making inventory really negates much of what I think this endeavor of making art is all about.  Although I never want to be making ‘chairs’, in the end it more or less comes down to that…at least with the art fair booth in my head.  I have a certain amount of wall space and I need to have enough to go around to fill the thing.  After all that is the point. At the same time I am obligated to make good work.  The up side is that I am pressed to keep on task in studio.  Nothing wrong with that.

So…next order of business.  I have an ongoing project.  Over the past few years in the booth I have had a bin with ‘prints’.  Photo reproductions really.  They are matted and priced affordably.  Sales have been OK.  At some shows it was the print sales that made it possible to come home without a total loss.  But I have never been comfortable with the reproduction aspect of the marketing.  I showcase originals on the walls…and this season I will be doing the same in the bins.  I have been making these 8×10 oil paintings on paper to be matted.  Two things have come from the work.  One is an inventory (again that word) of small works for the booth and the other – perhaps more importantly – is an opportunity to put out a lot of work.  A lot of work translates to growth.

Spring shows and events

March 23-25                Bayou City Art Festival, Houston, TX

April 18-28                    Augusta Plein Air Art Event, Augusta, MO

May 11-13                        Art Fair at Laumeier

May 19-20                      Broad Ripple Art Fair (on wait list)

We hope to see you this spring!

Lon Brauer
Djuana Tucker

‘Body Figure Nude’ show opens this Friday at the Lexington Art League

Lon and I are going to Lexington, KY for the opening of the ‘Body Figure Nude’ show this Friday night at the Lexington Art League.  If you’re in the area come out and see it.  Lon has a couple pieces in the show and its a fundraiser for a good cause.

Plein Air at The Confluence Greenway, Jan 10

Lon did some plein air painting at The Confluence Greenway yesterday.  They’re about 12″ x 14″ or so, both in oil.

Here’s the second one.


Paintings, 12-7-11

Painting from 11-7 draw group

Here’s the painting from last night’s draw group.  20″ x 16″, oil on panel.

The Latest

New works from the Big Cedar Lodge Paint-out

These were done at the Big Cedar Lodge Plein Air Paint-out, Oct 12-15.

Done with one weekend, on to the next!

We had a lovely time at Art in the Park in Highland, IL, especially since Lon won the award in the oil/acrylic category.  That’s always fun!  Sales were slow but they were about what we expected.  The organizers were great to the artists, and we had a great time hanging out with the friends we’ve made the past few months on ‘the circuit’.

Now we’re getting ready for the plein air event at Big Cedar Lodge in Branson, MO next weekend.  A couple days of painting for Lon and a couple days of  lolling about for me – what could be better??!!??  The show is on Saturday evening from 5-8,  so if you’re in the area be sure to stop by and visit – andy maybe buy a painting or two.  :)