Studio Life

May 20, 2019
Sam Vance

I reconfigured my studio so that I have a couple of painting areas and a designated drawing area.
This is where you will find me with a cup of coffee around 5 in the morning.

First of all, I want to thank everyone who has been following the daily drawings on Instagram (samvancearts). I’m encouraged by the likes, the comments and of course, the sales of both original pieces and prints. Your commissions and purchases make a big difference in the life of an artist. A friend recently asked, “How can I support you?” “Buy some art!” You bring beauty into your world and help me to pay the bills. Thank you!!!

Old Chevys. My dad found this in a box of old photos and sent it to me.
Silos on the Palouse.
The Night Airstream
Red Sails.
Ghost Horses
Carters. Dancing! Grill! Bar!

From the Palouse to Florida, Crows and Circus Tents…

May 13, 2019
Sam Vance

This weeks’ visual journey has taken me all over the map.  Sometimes I find inspiration right out of my car window as is the case with the Upstart Crow.  He was just hanging out, posing for me and I took a bunch of shots.  My sister, photographer Joana Espinoza, has been sending me shots of her town Moscow, ID.  She’s right in the heart of the Palouse so there is ample subject matter all around.  I love the old tractors, trucks, silos and signs that are just rusting poetically on the roadside.

And then there is the matter of the circus which never fails to provide a sinister mystery… so much color and promise with a dark underbelly.  There are stories within stories…

Lastly, Clean Restrooms is a sign that we saw on a road trip from Orlando to St. Augustine Florida.  We laughed out loud at the irony of “clean restrooms” at what used to be a gas station?  Rest stop?  Who knows?  But everyone in the car was yelling, “You have to draw that!” So here you go.



This week of drawing and painting

May 6, 2019
Sam Vance

This week I experimented with taking a couple of the one-hour drawings and attempted to paint something with the same approach.  How fast can I bang out a painting?  Could I do it in under an hour?  The Windmill and the Motel with FREE TV! (I love that) are both the result of that experiment.  I’m also trying something new with the sky.  I’m working (laboring is more like it) on a larger painting with a lot of sky.  I find myself looking at cloud formations throughout the day, studying the various shades of blue.  The sky is a challenge.

A week of drawing

May 2, 2019
Sam Vance

I’m a couple of months into my “one-drawing-a-day” project.  I’ve been good about getting up and going to work.  Not so good at posting regularly.  So I will post updates as I can.

The rules are pretty simple: one drawing a day and it has to take less than 60 minutes from idea to finished piece.  When the hour is up, the drawing is done no matter what.  Here’s a week of drawing.

The reality is that there are more drawings from this week. But I’m not going to post EVERYTHING.  And I’m trying to get to some of the other work in my studio.  Hopefully, more on that next time… thanks for checking in.  ~SV

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