Ramapo-Bergen Animal Refuge, INC. (RBARI) - $7 Sunday Raffle, March 7th - Win a Portrait by Eric Alexander Santoli
Hey everyone, I am writing to tell you about a raffle that Ramapo-Bergen Animal Refuge, INC. (RBARI) is holding tomorrow (Sunday, March 7th). The raffle is $7 to enter and the winner will get a commissioned pet portrait from me. If you donate more money then you get more chances to win, so if you donate $14 you'll have two chances to win. All proceeds go directly to RBARI. If you wouldn't mind sharing this information with others then we'd really appreciate it.
The raffle is open all day tomorrow (Sunday, March 7th) and anyone can donate through RBARI's platforms (social, online, Venmo, etc)
Also, I'm happy to announce that my portrait commissions will soon be available directly through RBARI's SHOP. 20% of the commission cost will go directly to RBARI and it will be a tax deductible expense. I'm proud to be a partner with this wonderful organization and to be using my art to help rescue animals.
So I was working on a commission today and really doing battle with it and it all became so clear to me. I've been looking for ways to make painting easier and I've realized that it's NOT easy and it never will be.
I was working on this commission and really struggling. I haven't done a pet commission in a bit and it seemed extra difficult. I kept pushing and sweating and it finally turned a corner and looks good to me. It's like the magic of a painting is buried somewhere in a pile of hard work and that's a hard thing to accept; I think the media in our society is always telling us ways to do something more efficiently and faster ("one weird trick!"), but that doesn't apply to the craft of painting.
I'm very hard on myself and I demand perfection out of my work. I don't mind walking through hell to get the painting done.
A list of a few principles of art that I want to remember for the future:
-Painting and drawing: Broad to narrow, big picture to detail
-Presence in the moment of creation
-Don't worry too much about technique
-Just draw or paint and enjoy
-Do my best
-It's difficult sometimes but that's okay
-Let the painting tell me what should be thickly painted and what should be thinly painted.
-Be myself and keep practicing <3
I think I'm about done with this current commission and I'm really happy with the way it turned out. I'm going to look over it one last time, but I'm happy with the way it looks. I was really inspired by Velazquez for this portrait and worked mostly wet-in-wet to finish it part by part.
I've been developing my recent alla prima painting ideas and I'm toying with the idea of writing a short ebook. This is a new idea, but it's something that I would love to do. As readers of my blog will know, I'm a huge fan of John Singer Sargent, Joaquin Sorolla and the original godfather of it all, Diego Velazquez. I was fortunate to travel to Madrid last year where I absorbed a lot of information about these amazing painters. For the book, I would inject a lot of my own ideas, but it would also contain a lot of information about alla prima painters of the past.
Have a great weekend everyone!