Trades, Big Canvas, Photography Woes


Sometimes I want to talk about something that might not be substantial enough to take up an entire blog post, so these mini-thoughts comprise one article.

Benefits of Trade

Recently one of the teachers at the yoga studio I attend and show my work wanted to buy one of my lotus paintings. This teacher is also a massage therapist and offered to pay part cash, part trade for massage. I agreed to this arrangement, because I really wanted him to have this piece of art that inspired him so much, and getting some massage sounded wonderful! So the deal was three massage sessions, plus some cash.

I met him for the first time a few weeks after the sale when he arrived at my home for the massage session. We chatted quite a bit; I felt immediately comfortable, and he was all good vibes. I got to know my collector and build a relationship.

This is the main benefit of trading work. While I believe that good ole currency is a HUGE validation of someone’s appreciation for your work, the trade gives even more human interaction. I found out how much I have in common with this person, and that I plan to take some yoga classes from him in the future. We developed an ongoing relationship and I also discovered I want to help boost his massage business through more endorsements and referrals when I can. Relationships, man.  They really are the key.

Bigger canvas arrival!

Last week, Blick art supplies had a sale that was for free shipping on orders $89 or more. So I bought some stretched canvas – four of them! They are the biggest ones I have ever worked on, but are probably considered medium-sized. They are 30×40 inches, and it looks enormous in my tiny studio area in my corner of the kitchen. But I know that once I get it up on a huge wall, the perception of size will shrink substantially.

This comparison photo shows you how big a 30×40 size would look over a sofa.


I already have an idea for my first painting on this size, but it won’t fit into any of my already-established themes, like my Namaste hands or lotus paintings. But it sure will look good in a yoga studio, so stay tuned.

Sometimes I will become obsessed with one kind of theme, like traditional Japanese style subjects,  and then a week later I will be inspired by something completely different.

I don’t know what artists are “supposed to do”  – do artists fully explore one theme at a time?  I delve a little bit, then move on to something different, and at some point I will return to that original theme. If I have themes A, B, C and D, I can jump from B to D to A, then back to B for a little while, then start on theme C and back again to A. That way my favorite topics never get boring, yet I can explore them in depth enough to fully express the topic through painting.

Photography frustration

I don’t have a fancy camera, just a point and shoot camera. I simply don’t have the kind of money I’d need to get something really good, although maybe with the sale of my next painting I might look on Craigslist or something. Anyway, I wanted to take photos of the painting I just finished and get it up in the shop, but the glare is too awful.

This is the photo I set up to take as the official product shot. But once I got it into Photoshop, I saw that even a little tweaking here and there would not help it.


I don’t mind a little bit of light bouncing off the texture – that highlights the texture and brings more depth to the painting, but if you look at the cliff you can see a sort of whitewash of glare covering the entire area. The top right also has too much glare.

So my husband Golf and I have been looking at setting up an indoor lighting area. We just have to a proper white sheet for a back drop, black card sheet to block reflective light and two good lights to shine onto the painting. Oh and a good camera would be key.

He has had success with taking great product shots when he sold watches and Walkmans on eBay a few years ago, so I consider him the expert!


Til next time, I bid you Namaste my friend.



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