Here is my new winter garden flag from Lowes. It certainly has been chilly and snowy around here!
Wednesday, December 14, 2011
Saturday, October 8, 2011
Thursday, September 8, 2011
Thursday, August 18, 2011
In the meantime, check out this ad from Easy Quilts magazine for my Wilderness Park fabric line. I usually paint very feminine paintings of birds and flowers, so doing the Lodge look is always a fun change, and people seem to like it.
Speaking of feminine looks, here is a new puzzle! My mailbox has been overflowing with samples lately, so soon I will post some cards and coasters. Right now we are so busy with family things. My son moved out into his very first college apartment, and next week my daughter starts eighth grade, so you can imagine all the excitement around here!
Thursday, June 9, 2011
I love to paint birds, My paintings for licensing tend to restrict themselves to the birds that everyone know and loves, like chickadees and cardinals. I would love to paint some of these new friends, but I am not sure how they would be received by the people who buy my work. What do you think? Should I add some new critters to my repertoire?
Wednesday, June 1, 2011
Tuesday, May 17, 2011
I have been trying all sorts of new things, but I can't seem to settle on what fits me best, so then I think I should go back to my usual work. Then I worry that the clients are bored with that, so I am all in a muddle these days! I am looking forward to getting feedback from my agent when Surtex is over, so I can see which of my new pieces our clients responded to. Meanwhile, I will continue to paint what is in my heart, even though that changes from day to day!
Friday, April 29, 2011
It's that time of year again when most of the artists I know are in panic mode. That's right, Surtex is just around the corner! Surtex is one of the biggest shows for licensing artists. It stands for "Surface and Textile" design and all the manufacturors will be there looking for art to put on their products. My agent Debby will have all my work up in the Blue Sky Art & Design booth, number 564, so be sure to stop by! The National Stationery show is at the same time and in the same building: the Javitz Center in NY, so that is a chance to meet with all the clients who make cards and stationery products too.
I'm lucky in that I don't have to prepare my own booth, but I am trying to get as much new work done as possible. It's a busy time here as well, because Ian is graduating high school and there is all the excitement that entails! There are so many things to do; scholarships to find, housing to check into, proms, activities, it never stops!
Sunday, April 24, 2011
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Saturday, April 2, 2011
Saturday, March 19, 2011
We went to the Boulder-Dushanbe Teahouse for lunch. Here is Sharyn, coming out with a full tummy! The teahouse is built in the traditional Tajikistan fashion. The parts were shipped over, and Tajik artisans came and put it all together. The tiles and painted ceiling are beautiful.
The food is beautiful too! This is what I had: Tajik Plov. It was delicious. I am trying to figure out how I can make it at home. Sharyn had a lamb kebab, and Les had stuffed grape leaves. Sharyn said it was some of the best restaurant food she had ever eaten, so I was so glad I had picked a good place!
Don't we look happy?
We spent the rest of the day on Pearl Street, wandering in and out of the cute boutiques and talking, talking, talking! What a great day.
Sunday, March 13, 2011
Here is a very Spring-like kitten image garden flag, also from Carson. They have quite a kitten collection of my work!
This floor mat is from Evergreen Enterprises. This is one of my favorite paintings. There is a matching garden flag from Evergreen, and it is also available as a puzzle from Karmin.
Here are just a few of the flags I did for Evergreen. I still need to take photos of the others. It is fun to see evidence of my hard work! It makes me feel like I have proof that even though I feel like I am playing in the studio some days, I actually am achieving something! Back to the drawing board for me now; I am working of fabric designs this week, as well as a new puzzle. Variety is the spice of my life!
Thursday, March 3, 2011
Saturday, February 12, 2011
My job is kind of weird, I know that, and other artists understand the peculiar struggles that this career entails. I go to the meetings to cheer on my friends' successes, and seek answers for my (many) questions. I get inspiration from seeing their beautiful work, the colors, the compositions. It's all so exciting! I also belong to a couple of online groups for licensing artists. I usually spend a part of each day "chatting" about the issues facing us. Most of these discussions are business oriented: dealing with clients, legalities, making presentations, that sort of thing, although there is also a lot of cheerleading too!
Speaking of getting inspiration from other artists, there has been a lot of discussion in the art community lately about plagiarism and copyright violation. I think for certain parts of the community, it is very easy to get swept up in your admiration of someone else's work. You might think, "I want to do that!" when you see that someone's success. But the thing is, the key to having really appealing artwork is to have it come from your own mind and heart. My agent and I talk about this sometimes. We'll see art that maybe isn't as technically proficient as the piece next to it, but it is so much more beautiful because of the heart that shines through. It's been said before, but the real answer is to just be yourself.
Now I'm off to hit the highway!
Monday, February 7, 2011
How do you divide up your time? That is a question I have been struggling with. As a self-employed artist, I don't have a boss who sets a schedule for me. It is up to me to try and figure out the most productive use of my time. Time, there's never enough! How do you balance creating paintings that you are pretty sure will sell, and making time to try different, more experimental works? I know it is important to do both. If we all did the same thing year after year, we'd become pretty bored and stagnant. Yet the clients are always asking for the "same thing you did before that sold so well, except give it a fresh twist!" And are you like me, with a head that is just absolutely bursting with ideas that are crying out to be captured on paper? My agent says I should learn to paint with both hands at once!