Monday, November 28, 2011

Magic in the Meadow

I am working to keep things bright and happy as the daylight get shorter over the coming days. Dreaming of a long hike in spring while Christmas lights are going up around the neighbourhood, and the fireplace log DVD is running 24/7 on TV, but in just over three weeks the days start to get longer! Double YAY!

Saturday, November 26, 2011

I Dream in Colour

This is my offering for today...and for the past week (or three?). It is another small oil painting (6" x 6") and will be posted for sale on the Dailypainters.com site. Two big events (The Eastside Culture Crawl and the Perfect Strangers portrait challenge) are now over and I will be back to more regular painting...and striving to do more regular posting. Tomorrow I'll post the portrait I did, which was under wraps until last night's show opening. The subject, who was not known to me, seemed quite pleased at the unveiling. Yay!

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Working...selling...

The Eastside Culture Crawl is next weekend in Vancouver and, as mentioned before, my studio space is included. This brings back memories of getting ready for three and four day craft events when I made dolls. Yikes. But we will be indoors with heat, lights and other creature comforts (counting blessings here!) The economy is a concern for many of the over 300 artists who are participating in this three day event. Do you keep your prices 'steady' or adjust them for these challenging times? If you adjust them, are you being fair to previous clients who have purchased your work? Lots off issues to consider. As for myself, I try to price my work so that if someone loves it and wants it - they might actually be able to afford it. Sounds silly, but I would rather have someone buy a nice painting for $300, than keep it stored for $600. I know many artists who feel otherwise as the true value of a piece of art is a combination of many factors but we each have our own approach to how (and why) we sell our 'work'. I hope some of my pieces find happy homes and make people smile. This 6 x 6 oil painting was recently sold. My small paintings like this are priced at $50. The buyer was happy.

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

A Walk in the Woods

It's been awhile since my last posting but I am finally freed from my post-operative sling. Being trussed up and in recovery mode certainly gave me a renewed awareness of all I have to be grateful for.
I am working to get ready for the East Side Culture Crawl here in Vancouver on November 18-20. Much to do to get the studio ready for a few thousand people walking through. Cleaning, packing up, hanging paintings. It will be a great weekend.
This is an interpretation of a photo I took while walking in the woods in Scotland.