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Good Day in the Studio

Good Day in the Studio

A great day painting today, one of those days when everything just seems to work and time seems to fly. No music today, I listened to several videos from some of my favorite Youtubers concerning art philosophy and/or business. “Listening” is not a typo. Since I use the computer for reference photos of the painting I’m working on and watching a video would be way too distracting anyway, I selected vids that are for the most part just the individual…

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Painting Again…

Painting Again…

Back to painting in the studio today.  Working on a commission that is to be a Christmas present.  I really appreciate the amount of time the buyer gave me to complete this job.  I finished the rendering yesterday and will start blocking in the color today.  The rest will go surprisingly quickly.  As my wife says, after the picture is drawn, it’s pretty much like a paint by number thing. I’ve opened Pandora on the computer and have one of…

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Prairie Flowers

Prairie Flowers

Returned a book to the library and discovered their prairie flowers are in full bloom. Several pollinators had discovered it too. So I chucked the book in the slot, parked the truck and took photos. Paintings to come later…#prairieflowers #wildflowers #wballenart

July solo show? Not so much.

July solo show? Not so much.

A bit disappointingly I found out this morning that the July solo show at Scottish Rite Park in Des Moines, Iowa is delayed due to unforeseen construction. Right now the tentatively rescheduled date is January. As this is dependent on construction, it is a bit up in the air right now. I will give more details as I have them. Back to painting…

New Painting

New Painting

The Robin, such a perfect bird for April, is the star of this painting “Spring Harbingers“.  I took the reference photo for this piece while sitting in the truck after finishing my weekly shopping.  In addition to the robin, the quintessential harbinger of spring, there is also those leaf buds popping open in the warm spring temperatures. Please go to the Originals page for more information about “Spring Harbingers“. Thanks!

Cardinal Print Sales Deadline

Cardinal Print Sales Deadline

Just sending out a reminder to anybody still considering purchasing prints of the cardinal paintings, “Winter Cardinal” and/or “On Alert” I will be ordering the prints from the printer on Friday morning February 15th. So I need to have your order and down payment by then. I do still have a few matched sets available for $90 and of course the individual prints for $50. To those of you who have already ordered, thank you and I should have the…

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Got the Proof(s)

Got the Proof(s)

I now have the artist’s proof prints for both paintings, “Winter Cardinal” and “On Alert”.  I’m amazed at how good they look.  The printers have done a really good job.  I’ll have both of the proofs at the meet and greet this Sunday morning.  If you can get dug out and have a mind to, stop on by the Unitarian Church on 1800 Bell Ave, Des Moines between 10:15 and 11:00 and take a look.  Hope to see you there!