Charles Keenan's
~ Weekly Art Journal ~
July - December 2008
Friday, June 6, 2008
Worked on sketches and themes for new paintings. Began to feel constricted by my limited number of remaining panels so I bought a new sheet of wood and cut a half dozen more panels...that still need to be prepared.
Friday, June 13, 2008
Began a new painting - a good one, that captures a likeness well. Telephoned the gallery that I sent a proposal - left a messsage on the recorder. 
Friday, June 20, 2008
Found out that the gallery I sent my proposal to closed 6 months ago after my package was "returned to sender". Dropped off the same proposal to another gallery. Almost finished my new painting.
Friday, June 27, 2008
Finished my new painting.
Sent out a Newsletter and received some nice responses. The gallery considering my new work did not want to show them.
Friday, July 11, 2008
Developed sketches, made 2 panels, looked for a third gallery to submit my new work to. Contacted the American Philosophical Society downtown about my Stephen Crane paintings.
Friday, July 4, 2008
Happy Independence Day !
Relaxed after a vacation on the beach of Wildwood, NJ. 
Friday, July 18, 2008
Ready to start painting...took some photos of my studio first.
Continued looking for venues for my work.
Friday, July 25, 2008
Began a new painting. Wrote a follow-up letter to a gallery. Began developing proposals for 2 more galleries. Considering submitting to a local exhibit in September.. 
Friday, August 1, 2008
Continued working on my new painting.
Began 2 small paintings for a group exhibit in September.
Friday, August 8, 2008
Almost finished my new full size painting.
Almost finished 2 small 8x8" paintings for a local exhibit to benefit breast cancer.
Mailed a proposal to an area gallery.
Friday, August 15, 2008
Finished Near and Far and unveiled it with a Newsletter that received a half dozen responses. The Newsletter included remarks about a day we recently spent at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Finished 2 small entries for an upcoming exhibit. Followed up my gallery proposal with an email.
Friday, August 22, 2008
A full week. Called the latest gallery reviewing my work, but they see nothing opening in the next 6 months. Contacted our Free Library system about the procedure for getting a book accepted. The Alumni Office at The University of the Arts requested a copy of 100 Oil Paintings. Visited another local gallery and spoke with the manager. Worked hard on a new painting. 
Friday, August 29, 2008
Worked hard on my new painting. Corresponded with the Free Library about getting my book accepted for their collections. Sent UArts and the Free Library a copy of 100 Oil Paintings - my last 2 copies.
Friday, September 5, 2008
Unveiled "At the River of Tears" through a Newsletter, receiving some very moving responses.
Friday, September 12, 2008
Received a few more responses to my Newsletter. Dropped off my 2 entries to "BreastStrokes" at the Cheltenham Arts Center, speaking with the staff. Worked on updating our Musings book - almost finished.
Friday, September 19, 2008
Spoke with an owner of a gallery/yoga studio about a possible show - we are both thinking about it.
Finished an updated version of our Musings book titled Musings 2008, although there is one idea I am considering that I did not include as yet - what if I included one small original painting in each book?. 
Friday, September 26, 2008
A week of soul searching, intense computer work and mind boggling publishing concepts. While expanding/updating our desktop Musings book last week was hard work, it was straightfoward. Developing a new book for offifcial publication is quite a challenge. I had to put "100 Oil Paintings" off to the side as I develop a bigger book.
One of my small paintings was sold at Cheltenham Art Center's BreastStrokes Exhibit on Sunday
as a donation towards Breast Cancer Awareness.
Contacted the gallery/yoga studio about a response yet. Contacted the Free Library and was told my 2 books are being reviiewed by their Art Department. Only 'thought' about new paintings this week.
"Cool !"
Friday, October 3, 2008
Worked all week on my new book.
Friday, October 10, 2008
Spent more time on my new book, which I finally finished and released through Lulu Publishers.
Over 100 Oil Paintings
Charles Keenan
Weary of looking at a computer screen for so many days, it was wonderful to spend a little time at the end of the week developing ideas for paintings in my sketchbook. Next week: back to paint and brushes!
Friday, October 17, 2008
Began 2 paintings. Rearranged parts of my web gallery. 
Friday, October 24, 2008
Finished one spooky painting for Halloween, "Doors are Closing", and unveiled it with a Newsletter. Worked a little on the second painting I had begun last week.
Made a short video to promote my new book "Over 100 Oil Paintings".
Friday, October 31, 2008
Worked hard on my new painting. Sent out more copies of my Halloween Newsletter, getting some encouraging responses.
Happy Halloween !
Friday, November 7, 2008
Worked hard on my new painting, finishing up by the end of the week. Have a good idea for some smaller paintings, and started sketching. Volunteered some time at the Cheltenham Art Center.
Friday, November 14, 2008
Finished my painting "Symphony" and sent out a Newsletter that included it together with a photo collage of some of my patrons. I received so many responses to the Newsletter that I am making this entry on Sunday. Began a new painting and volunteered a few more hours at the Cheltenham Art Center. 
Friday, November 21, 2008
Sometimes when I finish a painting I feel washed-out, but not this time. I spent the week developing a few small sketches and making more panels. Gessoed some heavy paper...not sure if and how I will use them. Volunteered a few hours at the Cheltenham Art Center. Received a thank you letter from UArts for donating my book to their library, and some nice responses to my Newsletter.
Friday, November 28, 2008
Spent time on 2 paintings. Volunteered a few more hours at CAC.
Relaxing a little over the long Thanksgiving weekend.
Friday, December 5, 2008
Spent more time on my 2 paintings and started a third small painting on paper. Made a few improvements to "Over 100 Oil Paintings" - very gruelling. Spent a few more hours at CAC.
Friday, December 12, 2008
Really getting to know the procedures for improving my book, and spent time making some changes. Worked on small paintings for Christmas. Spent a few hours at CAC. 
Friday, December 19, 2008
Finished "Evergreen", a small 8x10" painting on paper, and sent it out with a poem in email as a Holiday Greeting - had a little trouble with a red email background, but received some nice responses. Finished another 3 small paintings for gifts. Spent just two hours at CAC because of a teacher meeting. 
Friday, December 26, 2008
Worked on my small painting on paper using only brushes made from my wife's hair. Spent a few hours at CAC. Worked hard improving my book and rearranging this site. Had a very merry Christmas - hope you did too.