Christmas in July! Painting inventory reduction sale

June 30th, 2017

I’m trying to free up room in my studio, but I have a back catalog of paintings dating as far back as 2003. So to clear my inventory I am selling select pieces at 50% off the regular price.

Brad Blackman "McGavock" 2003. Oil on canvas, 40 x 20 inches

McGavock, 2003 Oil on canvas, 40 x 20 inches
Throughout the month of July, I’ll post different pieces with their prices on my Instagram account each morning. If you’re interested in buying that day’s piece, just let me know.

I’ll be using the hashtag #ChristmasInJuly. I know it’s not terribly original and lots of other people are using that hashtag, but that’s okay! I think people have an idea what to expect from it.

Here on the blog I’ll post a weekly recap of what I’ve put up for sale the previous seven days. The same info will go out to my mailing list as well.

If you’ve been holding off purchasing one of my paintings, this might be the time to do it!

So make sure you follow me on Instagram and keep your eyes peeled for some art you may not have seen before!

The fine print: Shipping is not included in pricing. Prices good for the month of July 2017 only.

The Terrible Mistake I Made Working Late

May 31st, 2017

Late at night a few weeks ago, I was doing some website maintenance, and accidentally deleted my site’s database. Without a backup.

After I got over the horrible feeling in the pit of my stomach, I started devising a strategy for getting everything back online.

My first move was to get the basics online again — the home, about, contact pages, and the like.

Detail: Reaching, She Ascended, Descended. 2016. acrylic on canvas, 24 x 30 inches

Detail: Reaching, She Ascended, Descended. 2016. acrylic on canvas, 24 x 30 inches

The five years’ worth of blog posts will have to be added incrementally.

For those who want to know, I’m using a combination of the Wayback Machine and the RSS feed content that is still in my Feedly account to copy and paste the content into the site. Fortunately the files were intact, but the database was gone.

If none of this made sense to you, that’s okay. Just know that I don’t need to be doing a whole lot of “heavy lifting” late at night when I’m tired and my judgement isn’t so great. I might do something dumb like wipe out my site!

But — like I’ve said before, I have all the tools at my disposal to get out of a jam.

Hopefully in the next week or two I’ll start putting new stuff on the blog. See you soon.

Changing the World One Postcard at a Time

April 14th, 2017

I am thrilled to participate in the 2017 Twitter Art Exhibit! It was organized by my friend David Sandum and every year it benefits a different charitable group. This year, it benefits Molly Olly’s Wishes, a group that helps support terminally and seriously ill children and their families.

It opened April 1 at the Artshouse in Stratford upon Avon. Yes, where Shakespeare was born. It will run through the 19th.

This was my first time participating. All artists submit a flat, postcard-sized piece in the medium of their choice. I found some postcard-sized cardboard-backed canvases at Plaza and used one of those to create a piece similar to the gold and brown pieces I’ve done in the past 12 months or so.

Here’s my submission:

If you want to learn more about TAE, visit Also, check out this video from David about his art and TAE.

The 2018 Twitter Art Exhibit will be held in Australia!

Next time, I’ll ship in sturdier packaging.