acrylic on card stock
Mounted on a 4x6 inch board
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I'm a big fan of using services from others to save time. I like to focus on my work as much as possible. I'm not particularly good at computer techie stuff and have no interest in it. I have a web master who runs my web site for me and I have a blog master who does the blogs. Most of the time I can do the updating myself, but for major coding, I need them. They always come in and fix it when I really screw up the blog or web site. It also gives them great satisfaction to laugh at me.
The same goes for materials and equipment. I'm not going to spend my time making paint or gessoing/stretching canvases. I use reliable companies like http://www.frenchcanvas.com/ for that. I also have a local master carpenter who does panels for me and builds some of my studio equipment. I have Judson Plein Air http://www.pochade.com/ make my paint boxes, I'm not a carpenter.
My printing is done by printing companies, not my home computer. That is their area of expertise, not mine.
Though I admire the folks I know who meticulously make gesso/ build their own paint boxes, cut their own panels, stretch their own canvas and so forth, I wonder if their focus is in the right place? Painters should paint.
When you consider that an 8x10 inch painting takes about an hour to hour and a half to do and brings in 200.00-700.00 depending on your market, shouldn't we be painting rather than making panels?
At some point I will be willing to turn my marketing over to someone else too but I like that part of my job and it allows me to make many friends.
The key to me is to keep doing what you really enjoy about your job as a painter, and turn the stuff you don't like about it over to someone else.