Art-A-Whirl and Commissioned Paintings

 "Fish On!, Tarpon"  20" x 16", Acrylic on Canvas

"Fish On!, Tarpon"  20" x 16", Acrylic on Canvas

Springtime is always a crazy time.  In addition to finishing up the school year, I have the biggest art event of the year, Art-a-Whirl. Art-a-Whirl features over 600 artists living and working in NE Minneapolis.  I usually don't plan on selling very much during Art-a-Whirl as it has moved away from a chance for collectors to visit studios and become more of a music and beer festival.  This isn't necessarily a bad thing (I like beer and live music as much as anyone else).  My studio is above Indeed Brewing and they have a great line up of bands each year.  Our studio is always hoppin' with people and we usually sell a few little things here and there.  I sold several stickers and a few small works.  I think I'm learning that I need to have a lot of little artworks that are under $50 for this event.  Or not.  Part of me wants to not worry about sales and just create what I want to create.  It is always a bit of a struggle.

I haven't had a lot of time to prepare smaller works as I'm busy working on several commissions.  As of now, I have five that I'm working on, and many of them are due in June.  This means that once school is done, I'll need to be in my studio most every day.  For now, I just finished up this Tarpon painting (see above) for a client who already owns one of my major works.  It was a lot of fun to paint and certainly much more dynamic than my other fish paintings. I'll probably continue to create more action paintings in the future.