Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Business Card Art

Several years ago I attended a seminar by Andrea Adler, where I learned great ways to market myself. This was my favorite. I was told to purchase business cards in a variety of my painting photos. I chose 8 paintings that fit the shape. When asked for a card I would have people pick their favorite. In doing so they were actually "choosing" their first painting of mine, possibly opening a door for future purchases. I love it- some people REALLY can't decide!

Thursday, April 3, 2014

I PAINT every day of the year. I'm a full-time artist creating acrylic and watercolor art. Most of my art is commissioned, and when I can find extra time I paint for myself. This week I finished my dining room chairs. It only took 6 years. I acquired 8 different oak chairs at garage sales, and eventually painted them in all the colors of my house. The butter and lavender walls are newly painted as well. Hmmm...I think it's time for a dinner for 8.

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Kor and the Blue Chair

This is Kor. He's a Great Dane puppy. He goes to the studio with me every day; sometimes we walk, sometimes we take the truck. This is Kor's chair and he LOVES his chair. I'll be posting photos of Kor as he grows up (or as he HAS grown up- he is 6 months old already).

Friday, November 29, 2013

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

How To Shoot Great Photos of Artwork in a Minute.

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I'M NOT a photographer. But I need good photos of my artwork to sell it. I've always had problems with reflection and glare. I bought 2 photo lights but it was a lot of trouble to shoot a picture every day. This is what I came up with.  Outside, in full sun, I put the painting on a chair top in front of my studio window. I put a piece of tape on the back so the painting leans toward me. It eliminates the glare, but distorts the shape. Then in Photoshop I reshape it.  Then finally I adjust in Filter, Sharpen, Unsharp Mask to finish. It takes about 2 minutes for each photo.

Sunday, March 17, 2013

Do you ship paintings? I discovered this really great way to cut down boxes to ship paintings.
   1. Make sure both ends are taped shut.
   2. Decide how deep you want your box (I want about 1.5 inch to ship canvases), take a box cutter and cut 1.5 down from the top, all the way around. Then do the same with the bottom.
   3. Throw away the middle and you have 2 exact pieces that fit one inside the other, for a perfect, strong flat box. I then mark the size on the box and store for when I need it.

Monday, October 22, 2012

#85 Fox Theater: 3

WORKED all day Saturday (top) and all day Sunday (bottom). I actually finished Monday morning. And by "all day" I mean get to the studio at 11am, break for lunch, go home to let the dogs out, break for a long dinner, back to the studio until 8.

Saturday, October 20, 2012

#85 Fox Theater: 2

I GET TO the studio Friday morning. Redraw AGAIN onto the watercolor board (Crescent Illustration Board) but I can't start painting. To avoid work I go to Facebook, post on my daughter's wall:

Me: Where are you when I need you? I have to finish a large watercolor by Monday- I've thrown 2 tries away and I CAN'T START on the 3rd. (I'm on FB again to procrastinate.)

Kelty: I wish I was there to motivate you instead of at work! Lol believe me. If it helps, I have never seen one of your "tries" that wasn't also exceptional. smileJust go for it you talented lady!

Me: I always remember when I couldn't paint the lion's eyes and you handed me a brush, gave me that "I know best" look of yours, and told me to "just do it". I've used that a hundred times. 

SO QUIT whining and use it now. Back to work. OK. I don't like how the board accepts my watercolor paints, but when I use Nova Color acrylics watered down, it bleeds like a dream. I start with the sky and by the end of the day the tree's first lay-in is finished.

HOME to the dogs and a movie...