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Golden Gate :iconmaccski:maccski 52 12 Winter Birches :iconmaccski:maccski 16 10 Take a Left :iconmaccski:maccski 50 12 First Snow Redux :iconmaccski:maccski 15 5 Jacques and John :iconmaccski:maccski 21 6 Leaving Les Eboulements :iconmaccski:maccski 48 13 Notre-Dame-des-Monts :iconmaccski:maccski 24 16 Shore Thing :iconmaccski:maccski 13 16 Shore Thing WIP 2 :iconmaccski:maccski 1 0 Shore Thing WIP 1 :iconmaccski:maccski 2 2 So Inclined :iconmaccski:maccski 14 6 Cruisers :iconmaccski:maccski 24 14 Harris Lake Trees :iconmaccski:maccski 8 4 Rue St Domimique 2 :iconmaccski:maccski 13 0 Rue du Village, Les Eboulements :iconmaccski:maccski 25 14 Parc du Mont Tremblant 4 :iconmaccski:maccski 19 5


Yellow Fields :iconart-dewhill:Art-deWhill 148 55 Divergence :iconbeautysurroundsyou:BeautySurroundsYou 19 3 Autumn Reflections :iconbeautysurroundsyou:BeautySurroundsYou 27 5 Last Light :iconbeautysurroundsyou:BeautySurroundsYou 29 5 La Distillerie 2 :iconduytter:duytter 143 110 Watercolor Toronto2 :iconduytter:duytter 25 16 Watercolor Montreal2 :iconduytter:duytter 57 32 Watercolor Montreal3 :iconduytter:duytter 43 33 WoolWorth Building :iconduytter:duytter 100 92 Le journal - Block LXXXIV :iconbwiti:bwiti 92 11 Watercolor NYC2 :iconduytter:duytter 26 29 Le journal - BLock CCXXXIX :iconbwiti:bwiti 206 15 Le journal - Block CLXXXII :iconbwiti:bwiti 146 13 Le journal - Block C :iconbwiti:bwiti 335 34 Autumn Beauty 8 :iconkidspatula:kidspatula 4 2 Autumn 08 :iconkuschelirmel-stock:kuschelirmel-stock 570 149


After a long hiatus the TILAAOP series is back (at least for one post). Thing #22 is:

The more you do it the better you get at it.

Yes, it’s obvious, but it goes a little deeper.  The reason I’ve chosen this “thing” is because I have been and continue to be working very hard to produce art for a solo show coming up next month.  For almost a year I’ve kept an aggressive schedule of putting paint to canvas. I’ve been keeping count of my paintings while keeping my eye on the calendar.  

There have been some dogs in there, but in general I feel the quality of my work has improved. My confidence has been boosted and, as a result, my speed of execution has increased. Even if the viewing world out there has a hard time perceiving any discernable improvement in my art, I feel better about the way I paint.

The key to this improvement is not just because I’m painting more, but that there is little to no break between each painting.  As one canvas goes on my rack to dry the next one is being prepped. I joke to my friends that the art factory is going full tilt, but sometimes it really feels that way. I am in an almost continuous state of creative production – it’s immensely gratifying, but it’s draining.

Once this current phase is done (i.e. by my show’s reception), I‘ll be happy to take a break, but I’m confident that the benefits will stay with me – even if I’m not painting so much. I started this whole crazy art ride back in 2011 by painting 50 small works in 95 days for no other reason than to improve my skill level (see Thing #6). This current exercise has had a similar effect, but with full-size paintings.

Over the next few weeks I’ll post some of these new works.

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Why am I posting this stuff?…

Take a look at my Facebook page...if you like it, please "Like" it!…


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David Kelavey
Artist | Traditional Art
I'm an oil painter with a cubicle-bound day job. One day all that will change... Check out my web site here.

Current Residence: Montreal
Favourite genre of music: Electro-punk-jazz-disco
Favourite style of art: Contemporary impressionism



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ClairObscur16 Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2017
 No news from D.K. What's going on for you?
ClairObscur16 Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2016
 Hello David! I guess that you have been ordered a lot of paintings,  and too busy to let some on DA ...
  Since a long time!  I miss your snowscapes!  !Please, take one minute to let some works on DA??!!
touchofthesoul Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
maccski Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2015   Traditional Artist
Thank you!
CrimsonMagpie Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
Merry Birthday! :iconbritishplz:
maccski Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2015   Traditional Artist
ClairObscur16 Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2015
 I hope you'll have a nice birth day, and a lot of trees in your sky line, all year long!
maccski Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2015   Traditional Artist
hazefeather Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Your style is absolutely gorgeous ^-^
maccski Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2015   Traditional Artist
Thanks very much!
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