Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Gardega Art Show

Tomorrow I fly to Palm Beach for my August 27th show. I have completed 10 watercolors and 10 oils. Two of the oils have sold (one stolen) and 8 of the watercolors are coming with me for show so there is a total of 16 pieces. My goal was 10 to 15 pieces for the show as I only had three weeks to complete. Feels good to be finished save some minor last minute details.

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Watercolors by Gardega

Here are six of 10 watercolors for my upcoming show in Palm Beach

available for Pre-sale what does not sale will be up for sale post show as well.

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Three Palm Beach paintings by Gardega

                                                   Palm Beach Sunrise

                                               Oil on canvas   24" x 48"

                               available for pre-sale before art show August 27th

Noon, Palm Beach

Oil on Canvas 30" x 40"

available for pre-sale before art show August 27th

Meggy's Cloud

Oil on canvas 30" x 40"

available for pre-sale before art show August 27th

Monday, August 8, 2016




Photo by Gardega: Metropolitan Museum

Roald Dahl's writing studio

This is photo of one of my favorite writers, Roald Dahl. This is how he worked and created his genius. A piece of wood laid across an armchair, no typewriter just a pad and pen. As an artist you must learn to create with what is at hand, if you wait until the environment is perfect to your liking then you may never really start. Some artists keep there work space as simple as possible straight through their lives. I heard that Stephen King built an amazing studio to write in but had to go back to his old cramped office because he couldn't work in the new space. My bottom line is this--THE MORE ROOM THE BETTER. I never have enough room to spread my creative wings. canvases can be quite large, typing paper is always the same manageable size.

Friday, August 5, 2016

Marathon Training

I won the lottery to run in The NYC Marathon in early Nov. My training has begun, including diet. Lots of vitamins and amino acids and smoothies. Tomorrow I am running two loops of Central Park. 13.2 miles. Aside from a trick knee which occasionally goes south I should be able to finish the thing in November 6th. I think it is the 6th, I haven't even double checked...the 5th or the 6th...I even gave up alcohol which was not too hard, I am trying to quit my morning Red Bull/ caffeine routine now, Caffeine is a tough one to kick. I plan on that next.

Old Palettes

There comes a point where my palettes lose all usefulness, I can no longer find room on this one. This is usually when I give them away. Sometimes I paint on top of them...

When I studied with Odd Nerdrum in Norway I noticed he used foam core for his palettes. I have used everything as a palette in a pinch, I often use tin foil over cardboard for my mural palettes.

Thursday, August 4, 2016

Gardega Art Show Update

Six paintings in various stages of finish. I have 7 out of 10 watercolors done as well. Five more oils to complete after these are done.

Met Photos by gardega

I practically live in The Met Museum. I constantly sketch and take photos of things in paintings that interest me, sometimes I only use a small part of a painting as a jumping of point for inspiration or idea. Sometimes I ill put away for years and then find it in my files and use it for something. Here are some random things that interested me at the museum.

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Finished work

One down 20 to go...

Stolen Art

I put this in front of my mom's to dry in sun while I worked on another piece.Someone stole it. Joy. Not so much the art but the pressure to compete a show by aug 27th. soldier on...Glad I had not signed it

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Warercolors by Gardega

I am working away on an art show. My goal is to have 10-12 watercolors for show (aug 27th.) and roughly ten oil paintings of which three are roughly done.

Alice in Winter Watercolor

12  x 16 inches on arches paper to purchase https://tendollarart.com/products/alice-in-winter-watercolor