This week’s PleinAir Podcast guest is landscape painter Richard McKinley (PSA-MP & HFH, PSWC-PL). He tells us to ask ourselves, “why am I painting,” and then to relax and not necessarily worry about the answer, but instead to focus on the simple pleasures of creating art. He explains how art “is a visual vocabulary of trying to make a connection with another living soul.”
Listen as McKinley shares the following:
• Why sometimes the longer we paint, the harder it becomes
• Advice for painting for oneself versus painting for galleries and collectors
• Why there’s more to art than creating a good product, and the importance of finding something beautiful in the mundane
Concerning induction into the Pastel Society of America Hall of Fame, McKinley says, “I am humbled to be in such company, and grateful to my mentors for the opportunities that have come my way. Every blank surface provides the same intimidation and every day spent painting, a new challenge. My goal is to capture a piece of the spontaneous dance of light across the palette of nature. I hope my pieces are like a glance when we see something that makes us linger for a moment.” (from mckinleystudio.com)
Bonus: This week’s PleinAir Podcast includes a Marketing Minute!
• What to do if your chosen medium (or subject) is “taboo” for most galleries and collectors
• Why galleries don’t provide the name of buyers to the artists and why you should address this upfront in your initial agreement
Listen to the PleinAir Podcast with Eric Rhoads and Richard McKinley here:
Learn from Richard McKinley in person at the 8th Annual Plein Air Convention & Expo, also featuring Joseph Zbukvic, Kim Lordier, and many more!
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