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Nan Henke
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Texas Hill Country Artist
Texas Hill Country Artist

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LOCAL FOLKS: I need your support Friday evening. An artist has bowed out of her role as July's Featured Artist at the Fredericksburg Art Guild, so we were going to have a big empty wall and no one to fete at First Friday Art Walk on 7/1... Therefore I am madly putting together a show that I am calling "Big Texas Skies" and will step into her shoes for the good of the Guild's reputation. (Normally, it takes weeks or months to put a show together)
We were able to cancel her press release in time, but do not know if mine made it in under the wire. So, I am calling in favors: please make this the Friday that you bring your sweetie to Fredericksburg to enjoy art with free wine and nibbles. I'll be there from about 2 pm on (doing demos) and all of the galleries in town are open until 8.
Please.
Pretty please.

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What Happens When You Commission a Painting?  Update: I just emailed these sketches to my client. I'm hoping that they will help her to choose the scene for the painting and that it will open the dialogue about what she likes and does not like. Never worry about hurting the artist's feelings at this stage: they are desperate for information on what the painting in your head looks like. Give them all the input that you can throughout the process.
On the other hand, if you say you don't like something when the painting is all done, and you never mentioned that thing while it was in process, maybe you should duck!
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2016-01-25
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What happens when you approach an artist about commissioning a painting? Are you committed from the first conversation, or can you explore it together? Is it OK to see if your dream painting is a match for their skill level and style, your budget a match for their requirements and your timing a match for their pace? To demontrate the answers to these questions, I am inviting you into a conversation that I am having with a woman who has a favorite Texas Hill Country spot whe...re she chose to be married and is now interested in having it painted. Step 1 was to give her some ballpark prices for different sizes and to talk about if this piece will be "landscape" or "portrait" orientation, if it would end up framed or if it should be gallery wrapped canvas (that is where the art goes around the edges of the painting about 2 inches deep.) I prefer to do commissions in acrylic as it is more forgiving than watercolor. I want my client to be able to say, "Those greens are way too bright!" and be able to fix them.
She sent me some photos and today I played with them in my photo editor, so that tomorrow I can start doing some sketches of possible compositions. That should help her to determine the size that she wants and it is good for me to start solving some of the artistic problems that the scene presents. Here are some of my altered photos. The black and white ones are particularly helpful in determining how I will slightly exaggerate the lights and darks.
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2016-01-25
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I fell in love with this photo when I saw it as the cover of an invitation.  At the event concerned, I was fortunate enough to meet the photographer, David Jackson (Jackson Photo Studio on Facebook, hightoneguy on Flickr) who gave me permission to paint it.  (David, I forgot to tell you that your kind permission means that you get a free print of the painting, if it turns out!)  So I am off and running with my usual studies in black and white, plus one where I inverted the colors, to help me to see more of what this photo holds.  I'm not sure if this scene "Ready for Bale'n" will look best in watercolor or acrylic, but I think I will start with watercolor.
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2015-06-01
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Painting at intermezzo
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I love it when the paint mixes. This is my first catsup bottle experiment on canvas, so I will probably have to continue to the wash-off step... or maybe start a second experimental canvas!
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I learned about catsup bottle art from an artist who sat next to me on an airplane recently. (Bill, if you are out there, know that I am having fun but I do not have the patience to do art like yours!)
My impatient twist on drop by drop art is to move and swirl the paint a little, let it dry a bit, butnot all the way, then rinse off all the paint that has not dried. Here are photos of steps 1&2: drops and swirls. Stay tuned for the rinse-off!
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5/22/15
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Painting at Intermezzo: playing with paint in catsup bottles. This is messy fun!

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5/22/15
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Looks like I am behind one posting on my gigantic landscape- I painted over the sky and redid the clouds in more subtle colors and shapes. I had to stop because the sun went down.
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Too cold and wet to work on my big painting (has to be done out doors because I am messy) so I started playing with ink, outlining every little color on a sort of blah looking sunflower watercolor that had good composition.  Now I love it!
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