As I’ve been painting more and more, and trying harder to get my name out there, I’ve been thinking that I should grow up and get a real web site under my own name for my art. I recently bought my domain name, cynthiagilmer.com, and I have rehosted my blog on that URL. I’m excited to have a real art website and hopefully will be doing some enhancements to my gallery in the near future. The old site should redirect to the new location for now. I will be cancelling that service and eventually the domain name will expire and potentially be resold, but for now you should be able to find me using either URL.
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I also have an update on my 6X6 post from a few weeks ago. I am a member of a social group here at Wintergreen called Mountain Women. They have a handicraft group and I decided to go and paint with them. It was being held at my friend Sallie’s house, and she was the impetus of me painting my series of 6×6 paintings because she had a small wall where she wanted to hang one of my paintings. Because of that, I took the series of paintings with me to the event.
They were a hit! I sold two (Afton Mountain Vineyard, and our backyard stream) to Mary, one of the attendees, who will frame them herself.
I also sold two to Sallie. One was the cub creek barn and the other one was a redo of the spring stream running through a nearby field, which I started at the crafting meeting. I like this version so much better than the first. I did a lot of the detail with watercolor and a nib pen, a technique that I started using recently and really like.
I framed these for Sallie in the frames I had. Since we are social distancing because of COVID-19 I’m not sure when I’ll get to give them to her, but the look very nice sitting in my studio in their frames.
I’m always so flattered when someone likes my art enough to buy it. It motivates me to keep painting.
Finally, I have been taking a weekly class on using ink and watercolor together from a local artist named John Hancock. I attended two sessions, both of which were excellent, but now it is on hold until coronavirus is no longer a threat. I will blog about that when I finally get a chance to complete it.