Deleting Instagram posts!

I’ve been on Instagram for several years now and generally post pictures of new work there, and sometimes images of work in progress or random interesting things.

In an attempt to cull and curate my Instagram feed/profile I’ve decided that I’m going to go in and delete a bunch of images that don’t need to be there. Instagram isn’t an archive, nor is it a portfolio – but I think I’d like my profile to be more like a portfolio.

I did the same thing with my Facebook account not too long ago, it was easy since I wasn’t on Facebook much anymore. It’s not that I want to delete social profiles, but lately I think I just want to reduce the noise.

I’m in the midst of posting a series of drawings that I made in Albuquerque, New Mexico last week. I’m posting them about one every other day or so. I’m not sure how long they’ll stay on Instagram – I think new stuff will get posted and hang out there for at least a week. What are your thoughts?

Find me on YouTube

I’m on YouTube now. I have been for a long time, but I actually started a channel for uploading art videos, and uploaded a time-lapse video of drawing last week.

I’m working on my second upload now, which should be posted today, tomorrow, or the next day. I’m hoping to post about one video per week, sometimes older drawings, sometimes brand new things.

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After Market Art Soirée: August 25th

Sunday, August 25th I’m inviting collectors, artists and friends to join me in an afternoon of food, drink, friends, and art. Work from 20+ years will be on view and available for purchase: prints, drawings, sketchbooks, paintings, mixed media. The event is at a private location in Claremont, CA. If you’re interested in attending please email me, there are a limited number of spots available.
John Otter After Market Art Soirée 2

connecting the dots

I realize I’ve been a bit quiet here lately. It seems to take a lot of work to create art and promote it at the same time. I’ve been working in my sketchbook the past couple weeks, experimenting and exploring. There’s a lot of freedom and no deadlines. johnotterart008.jpg

I’ve been posting these new sketches and drawings to Instagram, you can find my feed here:

This weekend I really want to come up with a schedule for my newsletter, which is currently posted very infrequently, maybe once a month. You can sign up for my newsletter here: John Otter Art Newsletter – free to sign up, no spam & you can unsubscribe anytime.

And if you haven’t liked my Facebook page you can find it here:

I look forward to sharing my process, progress and ideas a bit more frequently, hope you’ll come along for the ride. If you have any questions feel free to ask in the comments below.

A peek inside the (travel) sketchbook

I recently returned from a week of travels which began in Seattle and ended in Portland. I took a sketchbook and some new supplies: conté and charcoal pencils.


drew a Calder at the Olympic Sculpture Park,


in the Willamette valley I sketched at a couple vineyards – Domaine Drouhin


Penner Ash (and a couple more)


the only sketching I did in Seattle was at the Portland Japanese Garden.

It was a great trip and I’m happy I took my travel sketchbook. I really enjoyed the feel of conté, I haven’t used it in years. I wanted a medium that was somewhat loose but not too messy.

In other news: I’ll be showing some (abstract) works on paper in the beginning of August (opening reception: August 6th), I’ll post more information about that soon.