Remember the deadline for free shipping is December 15 so what are you waiting for? They are going fast!
I know, I know. One of the things that artists keep cautioning against is reducing your prices or having a sale or anything of the sort. The idea being that it cheapens your work. I get that. I just don’t buy it.
You buy a work of art because (1) you like it and (2) you can afford it. If you couldn’t afford it you wouldn’t skip a meal to buy a painting right? Well, I mean if you do, I really need to meet you! There are certain time of the year when people are looking for small gifts and I don’t think it cheapens my art if I can make small works and sell them on these occasions for a lower price.
So, if you are still reading this post, I would like to share with you a secret gallery that I have put on my website where you can buy small works of art (5”x7” or 5”x5”) all priced at $45.00 and all matted and ready to put in an 8”x10” or an 8”x8” frame of your choice. I am adding new small paintings to this gallery daily… almost… and you should visit often to find the one you like. But here is the deal, you need to make your choice soon if you want the painting shipped to your address at my expense before Christmas. After December 15, I can’t guarantee that you will get it in time. At that stage you will need to have it shipped by courier and I will need to charge you for that expense. So if I may suggest, visit the gallery and make your choice as soon as possible.
Why am I doing this? Because I love the season and I really want to encourage art lovers to buy authentic art and avoid posters, prints and made-in-China art. At $45.00 these works are priced below what I would normally sell them for, but come December 25, the hidden gallery will go the Brigadoon way and will not come back until next year (I am referencing Brigadoon because most of you are too young to remember the movie!).
Enjoy REAL art! And Merry Christmas!
I was out at Scotsdale Farm last weekend. The weather was supposed to cooperate and get better as the morning advanced, but no such luck. It was cold and windy and I froze to the bones.
I managed to do this one before my fingers fell off and my paints froze. It actually started as a larger 14”x10” painting but when I got home and spent some time getting familiar with it, I decided that a lot of the peripheral extras had to go. It is now am 8”x6” but I like the composition much better this way.
It is amazing how when you are not comfortable, you tend to make so many mistakes. I always tell fellow artists to reduce and eliminate anything that is not material to a painting. Yet this weekend, I ended up adding so much that was not essential. Normally I would do three to four pencil sketches before I commit paint to paper.
I sometime do much more actually just testing different compositions and designs. Many of those would be duds and that is the whole point. You have to go through the duds to get to the good stuff. The bad compositions are somehow the ones that come first and as you do more and more rough sketches you get closer and closer to the essence of the painting. I always find that the more I sketch, the better the final result is.
Needless to say as cold as it was this weekend, I tried to cut corners, but after cropping and restating, I think this one is a small gem.