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CM Summer 2014_Final

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Comedy on Canvas C armel Valley painter Will Bullas starts his day early, drinking coffee as he reviews the journals, sketchbooks and Post-it notes where he jots down ideas for his work. By 9am, he has sketched thumbnails and picks up his brushes. Bullas starts with the most difficult part of a painting, stopping periodically to answer e- mails or talk with clients. At lunchtime, he and his artist wife, Claudia, take a break to watch "Days of Our Lives," a tradition they've kept for years, and by the end of the day, he reviews his lists and prepares for the following day. "There's are several directions that I'm going all the time, but never in a crazy, unor- ganized way…The older I get, the more I real- ize I have to make more succinct lists," he says, with a laugh. Bullas' sense of humor shines through in his art, and he's used his strong marketing and busi- ness skills to build an international following. Licensees worldwide choose his playful paintings for greeting cards, clothing, posters, book covers, calendars, totes and other products. He has cre- ated more than 1,800 paintings now stored as high-resolution files in his digital archives, and he can make quick recommendations when clients call looking for images. Collectors snap up Bullas' work, as well, and he frequently donates prints to local fundraising efforts. The artist has been painting since his mother gave him a set of professional watercolors for W i l l B u l l a s P u t s H i s O w n S p i n o n F i n e A r t B Y R E N E E B R I N C K S C A R M E L M A G A Z I N E • S U M M E R / F A L L 2 0 1 4 209 Carmel Valley artist Will Bullas has a quick wit and his art brings a smile to many faces in Monterey County. He is often at local art events.

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