September 15, 2015
“up/down, up/down, up/down”… is a funny saying we’ve had around the house for a decade now, coined by me on our honeymoon when my husband kept playing with the rental car’s controls for raising and lowering the convertible top repeatedly. Again and again – until he blew an electrical fuse and we were forced to drive around with the top stuck in the “down” position, sweltering in the Hawaiian heat.
Wet watercolor “elemental” squares.
Well, “up/down, up/down, up/down” is what I’ve been doing with my creative process in my studio lately. I thought I was on to something new and good with mixing oil paints and watercolor, but after lots of experimenting and thinking that I love what I’ve spent the last 3 weeks painting (up), the last few days I’m frustrated and angry with my results (down).
Instead of destroying paintings that I might love again tomorrow, I’ve been going back to my most basic and comforting work – painting my “elemental” squares. But even those aren’t going so swell… but there’s always tomorrow to turn things around.
August 26, 2015
I’m still getting settled into my new studio space on the northwestern edge of Portland’s Pearl District. My space is small – about 1/4 the size of my studio in Columbus (and more expensive!). For now, I’m making it work!
May 12, 2015
I’m following a 20-year dream and moving to Portland, Oregon!
I’ve soaked up lots of inspiration on my many trips and painting sojourns to Oregon over the years and am finally making the move in June. So, I’ll be closing my Columbus studio at the end of May and need your help to lighten my moving truck.
Through the end of May, all of my original art is available for 40 – 75% off regular prices.
- Purchase online at DavidCastleArt.com and use Savings Code “PDX” at checkout to instantly save 40%.
- Visit my Columbus Studio on Saturday, May 23rd (9am – 5pm) to browse hundreds of paintings at 40-75% savings.
- Contact me to schedule a private Studio visit anytime through May 28th.
“May Flowers”, watercolor and acrylic on canvas, 12 x 12 inches, $300 regular price ($180 after 40% savings!).
March 11, 2015
As a followup to my last post about my crumbling love affair with Daniel Smith paints, I’m sad to say that Daniel Smith has definitely discontinued their entire acrylic paint line. I’ve primarily used Daniel Smith acrylic paints (along with their watercolor paints) since the “beginning” for me over 10 years ago. The last time I visited their website to order acrylic, I noticed all of them appearing on web pages that contained “discontinued” in the title.
My acrylic drawer filled with now obsolete Daniel Smith Acrylics.
Well, after a few emails to them, I was told they were discontinued, but they failed to respond with any additional info. I couldn’t even find an official note from them to their customers and fans (lovers) to explain the what, why, when, etc.
I guess I could go on and on about my breaking heart, but seems I should just move on and start filling up my acrylic drawer with paints that are going to stay around!
December 2, 2014
It was kinda quiet around here at David Castle Art (and Chop Shop Wear) over the frantic Black-Thursday-Small-Biz-Saturday-Cyber-Monday shopping weekend.
Now that we’ve all survived the last few days, I decided to share some love with my fans and collectors who make a purchase from David Castle Art or Chop Shop Wear through the end of December. For everyone making a purchase, choose one of my mini fine art prints as your gift from me (while supplies last – I have about 50 of these mini prints in stock!).
Just visit www.DavidCastleArt.com and www.ChopShopWear.com (my one-of-a-kind pocket wear fashion site!) to browse lots of great gift options for those on your list. After you purchase, I’ll then be in touch to give you a choice of a free mini print (see a glimpse of some below)!
And, if you’re not on my very-occasional email list, be sure to sign up using the link on the top of my homepage!