Monday, August 16, 2010


Rosebud by Joyce Brandstetter Couch
This is not just a ''oops'' but a major ''oops!'' I have been working hard,'' taking advantage of the world wide web'', to get my art seen. I built a website, took to blogging, got on Facebook, entered Facebook art groups. Now, I find out that it is not appropriate to use the word ''gallery'' in an artists website or blog. As I have used the word ''gallery'' in both my website and my blog. My website and blog are also on my business cards. I have some major decisions to make and work ahead of me if I decide to give them both a new name. I can either act innocent and leave things as they are or make all the changes that are necessary to be appropriate. While I want to appear professional and do things appropriatly, if I change my blog name the result will be that I loose my followers. And there is the wasted business cards. I think I will need to think this over and weigh the pros and cons. I would like to hear what other artists and galleries think about this.

Saturday, August 14, 2010

A Quiet Place

A Quiet Place by Joyce Brandstetter Couch

Here in Texas, there are little hidden streams on every country road. Dry streams most of the year, but after a rain they come alive. Small and overgrown they are hidden from view by all except for the most curious passerby. I found this one in San Saba County, Texas. The bright sun seemed to cast a golden sheen on the rocks and water and a small patch of blue reflected from the sky. A Quiet Place is a 16x20 acrylic painting.

Saturday, August 7, 2010


Painted from a photo that I took in the spring. This is a crossroad in San Saba County, Texas. 16x20 acrylic painting. I knew something was not quite right with this painting, so I posted it to be crytiqued on an artist magazine site. I got a lot of ideas on improving it, some negative remarks and also some positive ones. The negative remarks brought me down for a while, but I will not let them keep me down. Eventually, I will work on this again and see if I can improve it, if not it will not be a wasted cause as any painting I do can still be a learning experience for me.