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As I posted a few weeks ago, in addition to acrylic painting on canvas, I am back painting watercolours including watercolour and pen / ink. Part of my goal was to do some outside drawing/painting (known as plein aire, a french term) and urban sketching.

This past week has been eventful for me. I got to attend a wedding on the weekend for my niece Sydney, received a bunch of canvas prints of some of my recent digital paintings. Lastly, I had some health issues that has me resting and recovering for a few days. But still working on art stuff!

Today’s post includes a digital painting I did based on my lake trip on the August long weekend. I took over 230 reference photos for future paintings. These will keep me busy this winter.

On the topic of reference photos, I took a bunch of old victorian houses while on a trip 3 years ago (before covid hit) on Vancouver Island and (ironically enough) Victoria, BC. I have been reviewing old photos for painting ideas. I use my camera on my phone to store ideas and concepts for future paintings and art / drawings.

It is very quickly coming up on September 2021 and fall is coming or starting in a few weeks time. So, I am planning on documenting lots of the fall colours as the leaves change colour. I think we are about at least a month away before leaves drop.

One of my projects I am working on is a short video to promote my art. I have always wanted to promote my art more, in the US and abroad. I used to sell a lots of original watercolours to the US but not as much when I started to do acrylics.

It (the video) will include images of my paintings, prints and drawings (some pen and ink). I am just assembling ideas and mocking up what this will look like. I need to pick some music to put with the pictures that I can use legally as I plan to upload on Youtube. They are very particular on rights (which I support).

Over the past year, I have been working on setting up an online store to sell my art. I want to take orders online and process credit cards. I have the experience to do this but its not a 5 minute job. The first stage for me a few months ago was to create a catalog that people could download. I accomplished this (catalog link). More to come on the online store and more updates.

Lastly, I am still planning on launching a course online on marketing and promoting ones artwork. I had hoped to launch this in May 2021 but my health challenges delayed this. Creating good, educational content takes a surprising amount of time and work. Recording / editing by itself takes time. Just writing the outline and marketing tips took me weeks. But I am getting closer.

Thanks for everyones kind comments during my recent health crisis. I am still focusing on my art and producing, just as not fast as I would like. But I will bounce back and deliver new paintings and art while promoting art and creativity!

Cheers

Gordon Currie

About Gordon

Gordon Currie has been painting watercolours, acrylics for over 15 years. Gordon has painted Digitally on an iPad for 4 years/ His work has been displayed all over Canada, the US in private collections.

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