Monday, October 6, 2008

Where did the time go?


This is the time of year people start asking where did the year go? And then they realize Christmas will be here before you know it...

So this year get a jump start on your shopping and Christmas cards, so you aren't frantically looking for your presents at the last minute. I have already listed some of my best sellers from last year in my shop, so take a peek...

Thursday, October 2, 2008

Just a Block Away

Do you have that one place in your house or office that is too small to decorate, but looks like it needs something there? I always seem to have those spots. So I came up with a solution for them.

Introducing BLOX ART - mix and match squares that you can hang in any configuration you want. Each piece is a unique one of kind art piece that you can mix and match with other BLOX or other pieces already in your own collection! They will range from $5-$20. Some will be painted, some will be mixed media and even some pen and ink. The BLOX are made from scrap 1x4 cut into squares.

Here are just a few of my new ones that I will be listing in my shop after this weekend.



Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Almost 50!

I am one sale away from having 50 items sold in my Etsy shop! So to celebrate I am offering 50% off the 50th sale!
USE THE CODE: 50th sale, in the notes to seller and wait for a revised invoice!
It's that easy! Happy shopping.

**This offer is only for my blog readers and is only good on the 50th sale. 50% off does not include shipping prices.

More from Arlington


So I wanted to share a little more from this past weekend with you. I had the opportunity to meet some other great artists including Cindy Norris, an amazing Christian artist. She was originally an art teacher and with the support of her husband made the jump to creating art full time. On her website you can see some of her paintings and giclee prints that she has available. She is a wonderful person to talk with and I enjoyed meeting her!

I also was able to meet Cheyne of Cut Out and Collect , who is also a member of Etsy Dallas with me. She makes some fab handbags and wallets be sure to check out her site.

This weekend I will be the Farmers Market in Coppell from 8-2 with my good friend Cherry from Cherry's Creations . Hope to see you all out there!

Sunday, September 28, 2008

Weekend Recap

I wanted to thank all those who stopped by my booth this weekend in Arlington. My family and I had so much fun meeting all of you. I launched a new line of crosses at this show, which were well received by all. I have a couple below that were not snagged this weekend that I will be adding to my shop later this week. If you didn't get a chance to stop by this weekend be sure to come see me this coming Saturday at the Coppell Farmers Market from 8-2.

Friday, September 26, 2008

Arlington Front Street Festival

So this weekend I will be at the Arlington Front Street Festival. They will have live entertainment, a car show, living history demos (great for the kids) and an art show. What more could you want? Food you say they will have that as well. Looks to be a great show. If you have been there before please leave a comment and let others know what not to miss.

Remember to stop by and mention my blog for a special gift. And also don't forget the giveaway on Funky Finds! There are some great prizes to be had there, including TWO of my photographs.

Thursday, September 25, 2008

This Week's Sale



This week I am doing FREE chains with every scrabble tile pendant you buy! And if you buy 3 or more they are just $8 each instead of $10! Double the saving, how great is that. If there is one that you see that I have not listed yet, please convo me and I will make a listing for you. You will need the code: BLOGCHAIN and you will need to let me know if you want a silver ball chain or the black rubber cord. Happy Shopping.

**This Sale will run until Oct. 2

Monday, September 22, 2008

Giveaway on Funky Finds

It starts today! Funky Finds has opened the giveaway up already. Just visit Jessica's site, check out all the shops and leave a comment with the items and artist that you love. See her blog for complete details!

Saturday, September 20, 2008

Funky Finds

If you are an avid reader of Funky Finds then you already look forward to the giveaways each month. Well this month's giveaway contest starts tomorrow and I have given 2 8x10 photos from my series "My Way Home". All you have to do to win is leave a comment on the giveaway post tomorrow and wait till the end of the week! It's that simple. You have all week to do it, but don't wait too long or you might be like me and forget. If you would like to see what other artists have items in the giveaway click here . Have a great weekend!



Friday, September 19, 2008

Wearables

Have you been looking for a new outlet for your creativity? Try making some mini art that you can wear. Jewelry is always a good seller and the more unique the better, so why not create some based off what you are already doing.

Do you paint or take photos? Try shrinking down your art and putting it on dominoes or other game pieces.


This one of kind pendant is from Lonesome Road Studio

Or try using some scrap wood to create pendants. One of my favorite artists Pamela Michelle makes some of the coolest necklaces out of wood, like this little guy


What ever you do make sure to keep consistent and make sure to show the rest of us.

Thursday, September 18, 2008

NEW ART

Here's a sneak peek at some items I have been working on. I will have the with me next weekend at the Front Street Festival in Arlington. Stop by and see them in person.




Don't forget my sale on photos is running through today!

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

It's Wednesday...Time for a SALE

Today is going to start the first of my weekly sales. Each Wednesday I will list a new item or items that will be on sale in my Etsy shop for 2 days, Wednesday and Thursday.

I thought I would start this off with a BANG! 50% off any photo, any size.
That's right 50% off today and tomorrow ONLY... (CST).

I will be listing some new photos today, if you see something but want a different size let me know and I will be happy to list a new size for you. Use CODE "WENSALE" Happy Shopping !

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Coming this FALL...

So with the beginnings of fall starting to show around here a bit early I thought I would share some things to come...

First off some changes that will be made to my blog! Yup I figured it was time to get you all involved around here so I am going to start announcing contests here on my blog and the winner will be chosen from the comments left on the Contest Entry. The first contest will be held next month, so be sure to check back for that.

The second item add to my blog will be weekly specials that you will only find out about here. I will not have announcements in my store about them so to find out what's on sale you need to check here.

And lastly I will be giving sneak peaks to my faithful viewers as to new art that I am working on and may or may not be listing in my etsy store. Why do I say may not? Well that leads into my next announcement...

SCHEDULE OF FALL SHOWS!

We all know that there are some many festivals and art shows happening this time of year and I have booked a ton. So as I make new art it goes out with me to the shows first and if I don't sell it there it will go into my shop. Of course if you see something posted here you just have to have you will always have first dibs on it. Just leave a comment or email me.

So here is my upcoming schedule of festivals...

September
27 - Front Street Fair in Arlington

October
4 - Coppell Farmers Market
11 - Kessler Pumpkin Patch in Dallas

November
1 - Trinity Craft Fair in Euless
22 - Etsy Dallas Jingle Bash at the Sons of Herman Hall in Dallas

December
6 - Denton High School Craft Fair
13 - Sanger High School Craft Fair

If you are in the area for any of these please stop by and let me know you read my blog, I will have special gifts for all of you! See you soon.

Thursday, August 14, 2008

No lazy days here

Usually when you think of the summertime you think, lazy days by the pool. Sitting under a tall oak tree sipping Lemonade. Watching kinds play baseball.

What you don't think about is, the kids are out of school so for the next 3 months I need to find something for them to do and once you find something for them to do then you spend your time running them from Billy's house to practice to the sleep over to music lessons and the 5 trips it takes you to do all that because somewhere in between they forgot at least 2 items they need when in reality whatever they forgot is actually sitting right next to them in the van.

Now although I don't have any children that are at that age yet I do have a brother who needed help to plan his wedding. Now I know some of you would love the details to this grand event, especially since I did 90% of the planning that will have to wait until I write the book or at least another post. Some things that I did learn from their wedding was;

there is a reason you plan...so you are not trying to figure out who is walking down the isle with who as you are coming down the stairs.

there is a reason you have a rehearsal...so the day of you are fully aware of what is going on and all the details are figured out then and not as they are happening the day of.

book your rehearsal dinner, don't just show up there and expect that they have room for you 20+ party...

make sure you have one person (at least) that knows what's going on and make sure they are reliable.

On that note make sure you have someone that is reliable and can read a watch if they are in charge of getting the father of the bride to the wedding and especially if they are suppose to be in the wedding as well...

always have alternates...in case 1 (or 3) of your groomsmen flake out on you at the last minute or don't show up until the end of the service...


And last but not least do NOT shop for you rings, the groom's tux and a pastor the week before the wedding...you never know what you will end up with!

(Yes this all happened and yes they still got married) It was probably one of the most memorable events our family will ever have...




But the bride was beautiful! And she is one of my best friends so I can't really complain too much! Congrats you guys, I love you!

Thursday, May 29, 2008

A Treasury of Artists

So on Etsy you can create a treasury of your favorite sellers or art, if you are lucky enough to be around when a treasury opens. I am never around...well I should never say never! I finally got one! I decided to find artists/art that depicted Chicago at night. My home town!



You can check it out HERE

Please click on all the images and leave a comment or two. I would love to get this on the front page!

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Everything is Coming Up Roses

So for once I set out to create something for a contest and I actually got it done in time for the deadline. Lord and Taylor was holding a contest for a new look for their rose, which has been their iconic symbol since the 1940's. They asked artists of all mediums to submit their designs by midnight last night. (I got mine in at 10:30pm!)

They will be reviewing the entries for the next few weeks and June 9th they will reveal their top 60 choices and open the voting up to the public! I will keep you posted on what I hear back and if I am picked I will let you know where to vote.

Here's a sneak peak at my design I sent in.

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Beer-B-Q Recap

First off I want to give a huge THANKS to the LD Team for Etsy Dallas! They worked their tails off to plan this show and it paid off in a big way. We had all kinds of press and people came from all over to see what we had going on. It was fantastic! Check out our website to see some of the press and pics from the event. I had the pleasure of talking with so many great people; including Jessica from Funky Finds who = was kind enough to write a little about my painting Rich in God's Love that I am using to raise money for the Vanessa Whitwell Scholarship Fund. I also met a couple members of a new local band Watching Cars, and got to talk to them about maybe designing a T-shirt for their band...I will keep you posted on that. Until then, check out their website for upcoming shows and some downloads of their songs.

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

THIS WEEKEND


Welcome the Summer Season with Etsy Dallas

On Sunday, May 18th Etsy Dallas will kick off the summer season with a festive trunk show at the home and studio of The Kessler Craftsman.

Etsy Dallas’ first annual Beer-B-Q will boast over 30 local artists and crafters selling their handmade goods. Shop for jewelry, stationery, photography, bags, hair accessories, glass art, soap and bodycare, clothing, home d├ęcor, and so much more!

Customers will also be greeted with the delicious smell of grilled meats and veggies, cold beer on tap, Punchy Party Punch, and live music – all FREE to the public!(While supplies last) The first lucky 25 customers will receive a goody bag chock full of promo items and coupons. You don't want to miss these. There are so good that several of us in Etsy Dallas are talking about how we can snag one.

Etsy Dallas will also offer a free Make-&-Take crafts booth for all ages. Customers can explore their creative side for free and experience first-hand the joy of the handmade way! All unused supplies will be donated to a local children’s charity.

Please bring plenty of CASH as many of our indie handmade vendors will not be able to accept credit cards. (BUT I WILL)

So bring your appetite, your creativity, and your support for local artists and crafters, and get ready for a day full of handmade food, music, and fun with Etsy Dallas!

Where: 1027 N. Windomere, Dallas 75208
When: Sunday, May 18th
Time: 11am-5pm
Music by: DJ Modchap and the Garrett Heinrichs Band

I am bring some never before seen art with me as well. And I will be taking orders for the Rich in God's Love print where 50% of my proceeds are going to the Vanessa Whitwell Scholarship Fund.

You don't want to miss this!

Monday, May 12, 2008

Rich in God's Love, the story behind the painting



For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, so that you through his poverty might become rich.

2 Corinthians 8:9

After talking with several people about this painting I came to realize that I should be sharing the story behind the painting with everyone.

This painting was painted right after I found out that a friend of mine, Vanessa Whitwell past away from a brain hemorrhage at the age of 34. I say friend, even though I never hung out with her outside of work, because after meeting Vanessa you could not help but call her anything else. She was one of those amazing people you meet that light up a room with their personality and style, and envy that you could have that much drive and determination. I had the pleasure of working with her at Fellowship Church. She started at Fellowship as one of our worship leaders. Singing every weekend with one of the most beautiful voices you will ever her. Soon after began to lead in other ministries as well, like the women's ministry and our C3 conferences. She touched thousands of lives with her gifts and her love for God. She accomplished more in her short life than most of us would ever hope to in a hundred years. She had a love for life and her work that showed in everything that she did.

Fellowship church said it best in this press release, "Vanessa approached her relationships with a sincere kindness and with a genuine heart for those in need. Known as an encourager and a consummate cheerleader, Vanessa lived with a passionate ferocity for life spreading joy and laughter along the way. She had a strong faith that dictated her choices, and sense of self that empowered all who came in contact with her."

The first show I had it at I sold it. I spoke with a women at the show it for what seemed liked hours. She loved it and was thinking of buying it for her brother who just got married and was starting a new job at a camp their church was opening this summer. Her brother just happened to work at Fellowship and worked closely with Vanessa. I knew him as well and knew he would love it. She did buy it for him as a wedding present. So the original painting found a home not only with someone who could appreciate it for it's beauty but also love it for who it symbolized. For those of us who had the pleasure of meeting Vanessa Whitwell you will understand just how "rich" we have become just from knowing her.

God sure has a great way of bringing us all together.

I am releasing a limited edition print of this painting (only 100 will be made). 20% of the proceeds will go to the Vanessa Whitwell Scholarship Fund. This scholarship will afford many students and young women the opportunity to attend various camps, retreats and events where they will experience the hope and love of Jesus Christ. If you are interested you can contact me here on my blog, or check out My Shop

Recap on TVC Show

Well you can't win them all. After 2 great shows this one was terrible!

There was no traffic, due to the lack of advertising, there were too many non-handmade companies there (Cookie Lee, Homemade Gourmet, etc). Half the booths were jewelry vendors. I do have to say that Debi who was in charge of the show was very nice, but it didn't seem as though she cared one way or the other. Out of the maybe 25 booths that were there only a handful made sales and of those even less made back their booth fee. I had some people make some great comments about my art and my display - but I had no sales.

Debi's way to make it up to us...a discount at their fall show. No thank you! This show was at a church and when you don't even have the support from your congregation to come out, you know it can't be good! So my recommendation...

JUST SAY NO to TVC.

Monday, May 5, 2008

Art Going Green

So I never really considered myself to be an artist that recycles, just one that uses what's around me (aka resourceful). But after doing several shows lately that were about keeping the environment clean (Earth Day Inspired), it dawned on me that I am helping keep "trash" out of the landfills. And all this time I just thought I was being thrifty!

To give you some ideas on how to keep your environment clean, take a look at what's around you and see what you can give new life.

Lately I have been using cabinet doors, yes cabinet doors. They make a great canvas for paintings and mixed media pieces. A little sanding and priming and wala! A new canvas, and you don't even need to frame the piece, most cabinet doors have great trim giving your new work of art a unique look.

I have also found that old skeleton keys make some great crosses. And come with a second meaning. Jesus and the cross are the "key" to salvation and peace. What a wonderful way to display your Faith!



The one above was created using a cabinet door, scraps of scrapbook paper, skeleton keys and acrylic paint.

And it's not just my finished products that are "re"using materials, I even do it when I am painting to get some unique textures. I have used, old seran wrap, netting, fencing, popcicle sticks, disguarded wood pieces...pretty much what ever is sitting in front of me at the time is fair game.

So what are you doing to keep you environment GREEN?

Friday, May 2, 2008

Home Town Chicago

For those of you who don't know I am originally from the suburbs of Chicago. So anytime I run across something from there I long for pizza, hot dogs and a day at the ballpark (Cubs, of course). So yesterday when I ran across Gemini Studio it was no suprise that I felt a longing to go home, it got even worse when I saw this painting in his studio.



What is even better about this is he made some great notecards with this design so I can share it with all my "Rangers" friends down here in Texas!



Of course if baseball is not your thing he has other great works of art ranging from food and drink to animals, pop culture themes, and destinations, like the Shedd in Chicago another one of my fav spots.



If you get a chance check out his shop you won't be dissapointed!

Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Arbor Daze in Euless

I had another show this past weekend in Euless, Arbor Daze. It was a small show in my opinion considering the large tent they had us set up in was not really half full. I would say at least half of the vendors were jewelry and not everything was handmade like it was suppose to be (at least in our tent). They did have other events going on throughout the day and had other tents for businesses and food. It was a great family event. Saturday was a bit chilly in the morning so our traffic flow was little but as it warmed up the traffic flow increased. I didn't have any sales until after 1pm, but in the end I did rather well (on Saturday). Sunday was a different story. Not only did I not have any sales, but the traffic was little to none. After talking with the person in charge to see what he thought of the show, I was a little concerned...he said that this was one of the better years! All and all I am not sure that I will be doing this show again.



Recap:
Total made: $307
Booth cost: $50 (but I split this with another vendor)

Monday, April 28, 2008

Deconstructress - A New Look

Steph owner and creator of Deconstructress Designs contacted me 1 week and a half ago ago in a panic. She had a show coming up in 2 weeks and wanted a new look for her shop. A new logo, business cards, hang tags and a new brochure. She wanted to know if it was possible to have me design and print everything in time for her upcoming show. I said yes, and why not, I love a challenge. So less than a week and a half later here is the finished products!

Monday, April 21, 2008

Oak Cliff Earth Day Recap

Yesterday I had the pleasure of setting up a booth at Oak Cliff Earth Day. We had great weather, nice people and some fab artists from all over the metroplex. I had a great time meeting some new artists and customers and sold some of my very favorite pieces. My booth pictured below was one of the smallest sizes I have had to squeeze my stuff into so far (but this was my BEST show ever, so I am not going to complain).



I also had the pleasure of having my step dad around to help. This was the first time he has been to one of my shows and he was really excited!



He really was, he actually enjoyed meeting all the people and seeing all that was going on.

All in all it was a great day to say the least. I look forward to next year's event. The pictures below are two of the pieces I sold yesterday that I never got a chance to share with you all. I hope you have a great week!



Friday, April 18, 2008

New Promos

I just got these new promos and I wanted to share them with you.



These buttons were made by DonnaPool. She has a great shop and is wonderful to work with! The image for the buttons were taken from this painting I just finished. I haven't even listed in my shop, but it's already one of my favorites.



If it doesn't sell this weekend at Oak Cliff Earth Day, then I will be listing in my shop later next week.

Thursday, April 17, 2008

How to Promote Yourself

With all the different avenues you have to promote yourself it's hard to decide what to spend your time doing and what to bypass (at least for now). If you are just starting out it can get overwelming!

First thing you should do is find other artists in your area, either by joining some groups or by searching the internet. Look for local galleries and openings, art/craft shows and other events. Go to them talk with the artists, most are willing to share some of their secrets on how they got started. Make sure to have business cards with you to pass out.

If you are selling your items, make sure to have an online store so people can see your items. Try starting a blog too. Give tips that you learn and share what works...(wonder where I got that idea from...) A couple other ideas for you...if you can't start an online store. Try Ebay or even better Craigslist (it's free). Get your name out there. People aren't just going to fall in your lap (per say) It's all about promoting!

Good luck out there, let me know what works for you so I can share it with my readers!

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Week 1 - Workspace

So my challenge for you all was to clean up your work areas this week...Have you started. No, I didn't think so. Well here are my pictures of my workspace. (Before clean up, although this is pretty obvious) As the week goes on I will be taking pics of my progress. Let me know how your's is going and what you want to accomplish.





Friday, April 4, 2008

SPRING and NEW FOUND COLORS

Well this spring has been super busy for me so far! My computer crashed! Not so good since I was in the middle of 3 CUSTOM ORDERS. Yes Spring woke everyone out of their winter slumber all at once, and I had the pleasure of working on these wonderful pieces the last couple weeks...



This sign is a great way to get visitors attention to knock instead of ringing your doorbell when babies are sleeping!



And this colorful sign was for the front door of a Child Psychologists' office.

Of course these are just 2 of the items I have been working on, but the colors came out so wonderful I just had to share them with you! I hope your spring is colorful this year and brightens your day.

Thursday, March 6, 2008

March Madness

With the show quickly approaching this weekend I wanted to share with you a few more details about the show.

There will be...
 Handcrafted Jewelry
 Make it Take it Ceramics
 Handmade Candles
 Wood Crafts
 Sewing Crafts
 Quilts
 Sculptured Clay
 Kettlekorn

PLUS a consession stand where the proceeds go towards Guyer School. Meaning you can eat and not feel guilty (well sort of). It's at least a great way to support a local school! Plus you can do your Easter and Mother's Day Shopping.

And I mentioned Cherry and I were doing a givaway! Here is a picture of the wonderful items you could win.



From me: One mirror (your choice of Faith, Hope or Love), a set of 5 blank notecards and from Cherry a lovely wall cross and a necklace with matching earrings! Overall a $47 value!

To enter: Visit both of our booths. At the first booth (either mine or Cherry's) fill out an entry form, take it with you and drop it off at the other booth. It's that simple! We will be picking the winner at the end of the day and contact the winner that evening!



March 8, 2008
9:00am – 4:00pm
Benifiting the Guyer High School Choir

Guyer High School
7501 Teasley
Denton, TX 76210

Hosted in two gyms, a large cafeteria, and a wide hall
Local groups performing throughout the day
Visit their website for up to date details


http://www.guyerchoir.com/CraftShow.shtml


Look for me at booth 3 in the cafeteria.



Several other Etsy Dallas Artisits will have their own booths as well, Rustique Art #119, Menagerie #81, Cherry's Creations #99, and Treasured Trinkets #35.


Stop by and see all their wonderful work !

Tuesday, March 4, 2008

SHOW THIS WEEKEND

For those of my readers in the DFW area I will be doing an arts and craft show this weekend at Guyer High School. The show called March Madness is the first one Guyer has ever hosted and proves to be great already. There will be over 160 booths with mostly handmade items! They have live entertainment scheduled throughout the day. This is one show you don't want to miss!

If that is not enough for you, my friend Cherry of Cherry's Creations and I will be doing a giveaway. For a chance to win over $40 of handmade products from us you just need to visit both booths and fill out an entry form. It's that easy!

Hope to see you all there!

Guyer High School is located
7501 Teasley
Denton, TX 76210

Sunday, March 2, 2008

Comments

I wanted to let my beloved readers know about the comments that have been left on my page that say "click here" or "warning". Please do not click on the links attached! They are viruses! I have already contacted Blogger about this and the given them the profiles. I just wanted to let you all know this.

Also because of this I will be screening my comments from now on. Thanks for understanding and your support.

Saturday, February 23, 2008

My Son's First Birthday

So March 9 my son will be turning 1! I can hardly believe that it has been a year already. For his birthday I want to do something special for him as all mom's do. So I decided to create a birthday invitation for him like no other. Inspired by one of his photos I came up with this invitation.



If you haven't already figured out, I am not the most conventional parent, but my husband is so when I pitched him the idea, I didn't think he would go for it. Of course I forgot he is a man and it is the Godfather. It was actually his idea to add the horse head! So always I just finished it and wanted to share with you what I created. Enjoy and have a great weekend!

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

I am a Banana

So I don't usually do surveys, but this one was too cute and was only like 8 questions....




You Are a Banana



You are mellow, easy going, and a total softie on the inside.

People find it really easy to get along with you. You suit most tastes.



And while you're very sweet, you're not boring or ordinary.

You have an attraction to the exotic, and you could show up anywhere... doing almost anything!



You are spirited, energetic, and a total kick to be around.

You're also quite funny. Your sense of humor is on the goofy side, and it fits you well.

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Getting the Most Out of a Custom Order

I would say 75% of my business is done through custom orders. I am no expert but I do want to share with you what I have learned through my years of doing them. There are 2 parts to consider in the custom order process. (Yup there are only 2) The customer and the artist. I am writing this more for the customer's side, but artist please read too, it may help save you from further headaches.

The customer actually has more to do than the artist and has more responcablilities. First the customer needs to know what it is they are needing, see if they can find it and if after searching the internet, magazines and stores they can't quite find what they are looking for it's time for them to consider have something made custom.

My suggestion for the customers is to really know what you want, if you are not sure comb through magazines, pick out pictures, colors, patterns, any ideas that you think will help the artist understand what you are looking for. Now I say this with a warning, please do not pick something out of a magazine and ask the artist to replecate it exactly!!! I will not do that and most artists I know won't either.

Now that you have a better idea of what you want it's time to find an artist that can do the work. Most artists have a style that they work in, it's what makes their art unique. Some artists can do several styles, but keep in mind that you are wanting something custom so finding an artist that can create in the style you are wanting is critical to the success of the piece. There are several places to look: craft fairs, galleries, even online. Etsy is a great resource if you don't know about it, you can look through 1,000 of different artists and see their work and convo/email them right on the site.

When you approach an artist about doing custom work don't be upset if they say no, some just don't like doing them. You can ask if they know someone who might. If they say they do custom orders, explain what it is you are looking for in detail and see if they are interested in working with you. If you clipped out your ideas, email them to the artist or see if you can meet face to face and go over the details. Let them know size, quanitity, style, timeline (if you have one) any details you know already. Don't be afraid to ask questions! Especially if you have never had a custom work of art done before.

Look to the artist to start filling in some details of their own: their timeline for drafts and delivery, what to expect from them, how to get a hold of them. Ask how they work, if you will be able to see progression in the piece as they work on it. Ask to see samples if they have something they have done similar. Get a quote from the artist on cost and how they would like to do payments. Most artists want up to 50% up front to cover costs of materials, in case you back out at some point in the process. You can ask to push back the first payment until after you see the first sketches, so that you can see if you like what they come up with. If you don't that is the time to walk away from the deal, but you will still have to pay for their time of drawing up the designs for you. If you talk about this ahead of time, you will know what you owe instead of having sticker shock later.

Expect the artist to put their own spin on the custom order, if you did your homework you will love the artist's work beforehand and therefore love the ideas they bring to the table. Ask for drafts before they start working on the final piece so you can see how they invision your vision.

If you do your homework right you will end up with a custom piece of art that you will truely love without the headaches of misunderstandings. Good luck.

Monday, February 18, 2008

New Art, Looking for New Venue and Others Tales from an Artist

Well I have really been doing quite well at making new art this year. I have done one show already this year and have gotten a great responce to my latest creations. Here are a few more for your viewing pleasure!






In other news, I am no longer at Brownstone Village. They decieded to make some changes in how they collected rent and such and I just couldn't see spending the amount of money they were asking. It's ok, it's actually a blessing - it was getting hard to get over there and make changes to my booth since we only have one car at the moment. So I am currently looking for a new venue to house my art. If you know of any places in the DWF area that are a great place to show off handmade goods such as mine, please share here or email me.

And lastly I wanted to share with you one of my latest custom orders. I have been working on some wedding invitations for a wonderful couple in Chaicago. The picture you see below was actually the first round draft, when I get the final ones printed I will repost so you can see the changes - Altough there were very few.



I love weddings. Every one of them is different, and you really get to see the personalities of the bride and groom come out. I love doing custom work on invitations - because it's really about them and who they are, not what they can find that is close. If you know someone getting married let them know that they can get custom invitations for just about the same price as what they find in those giant books of predesigned invitations. If you are interested in prices or how the design process works let me know.

Friday, February 15, 2008

The Trinity on Holy Land

Well for more than a week of not being able to get into my blog, due to my internet being all kinds of messed up. But I am back! And I decieded to share with you some more of art that I have been working on (I have had nothing better to do without the internet) haa haa

So the next few pieces I share with you are a series of 3 watercolors that I did of the missions in San Antonio. There is just something about being there that reminds me that God is all around and that his peace is always with us, we just need to look for it.


Faith

Hope

Love


The name for this series is The Trinity on Holy Land. Love is already in my shop on Etsy. The next 2 will be in there sometime during the next couple weeks. The colors are inspired from the sunset and the way all the colors seem to be drawn to this Holy Land.

If you ever get the chance to visit these missions they are beautiful in their own way and I hope you feel the same sense of peace I felt when I visited. Enjoy and have a great weekend.