It's been a tough couple of months. So tough in fact I've been tempted to walk away from my art business.
This week I had a chance to visit with Charlie Frye the folk artist who runs the Folk Keeper Gallery in Lenoir. Read more
My most recent painting developed from a desire I had to try my hand at painting clouds. As with much of my work, sometimes subliminal ideas bubble to the surface when I work. What I ended up with was a very surrealistic looking painting.
Artist’s who have been through several selling seasons learn when the busy season is and when the slow season is. If you can gauge that you’ll do well to stay ahead of the game.
I'm back from vacation in Colorado and feeling generous so I've put some of my handmade artisan glass gifts on sale. Read more . ..
Many people go their entire lives without owning an original piece of art. One of the reasons is the cost...
In my last post I promised I would talk more about how I made my mixed media mountain painting.
There are artists (not just visual artists) who have what I call the genius quotient. It sets them apart from the average artist...
In my last blog post I promised to talk more in detail about the new mixed media shrine series I made.
Last week I posted the first of this two-part series about protecting yourself from online fraud as an artist.This week I complete the topic talking about art scammer and how to avoid them.
I hadn’t planned to write on this subject but it has consumed my life over the past month and touches on my art business. What I am talking about is FRAUD.
New designs and artwork take a considerable amount of time as you figure out the process. If you are doing a series, the first in the series, the prototype may take more time, money and effort ...
Most non-artists don’t realize what artists go through as they perfect their work. Along the way there are trials and mistakes as they learn new techniques and figure out processes. I have a great example of that with a new mixed media artwork I made called Butterfly and Poppies.
Every artist dreams of selling artwork that will bring in hundreds of dollars for one piece if not thousands. Unfortunately most artists don't sell high ticket artwork that often. It's the less expensive products we create that help us support ourselves...
I FINALLY finished two mixed media mosaic shrines I have been working on for several weeks. These are for the upcoming Caldwell Visual Artists Competition which will run June 22 – July 28th.
After several years of trying to make if fit, I realized I really needed a group focused on helping professional artists succeed. Read more. . .
Drudgery of doing tasks I didn’t like was sucking me dry. My time for creating was limited and I was actually avoiding making anything new. Like the writer with writer’s block, I had artist’s block. Read more . . .
I haven’t blogged much about the glass and artisan gifts I make so I thought this would be a good time to show you some of the fused glass landscape artwork I do and explain how they are made.
Every artist has art and artisan gifts that don't sell. What do you do with the surplus? Read on...
Today I'm sharing via video about the making of my Red Dog mixed media art painting. Learn more.
I have a strong focus on animal-related art and artisan gifts.Recently I realized this was the first of two needs I wasn’t meeting. The second was offering something personalized with a pet’s name.
Last Friday while I was gallery sitting at Trade Alley Art,the Hickory, NC gallery I had a chance meeting with reknown artist Eddie Hamrick. Read more.
I’ve written several blog posts with tips for artists on how to succeed. In this blog post I wanted to share thoughts regarding the negative things I’ve seen artists do that might harm their art career.
I don't do videos too often so you won't want to miss today's post. Learn how I made my new Animal Pattern 1 painting.
Today's blog features an interview with and the beautiful photos of Hawaiian photographer Robert Abbett.
What are the top selling art subject mattters? Find out in today's blog post.
This year I decided to venture into art influenced by Mexican folk art. Read on to view two new paintings I created based on this and learn more about how they are made.
Marketing gurus stress that using the caveman approach for selling anything is not very effective and this is especially true when it comes to selling art. Here are a few insights into how you should approach selling art.
Why do some artists succeed while others continually struggle? You can’t necessarily chalk it up to talent. What gives?
How do you get more traffic to your website or online shops? How can you determine what types of art are in demand? Today's post looks at using Google's keyword tool in order to boost your art business.
Artists, what should you be focusing on this year? Here are some suggestions for finding and defining your niche.
How do you as an artist determine direction for the coming year? Here's one method of measuring what's working and what's not and how to use it to determine what to make this year.
I Will Not Chase Rabbits reads the original mixed media artwork depicting a rabbit running away. There's a reason I have this over my desk. Like many creative people I have a problem with chasing rabbits. Today's blog post on staying focused can help you be more successful.
Are you riding the runaway Christmas train, trying to get it all done? You're not alone. Here are some tips for de-stressing during the hectic Christmas season.
Even if you don't have a lot of excess cash, you can still develop your "generosity muscle."
In honor of Shop Small Business Weekend I'm offering 20% off every artistan gift I own. If you are local you can shop at Serendipitini Studio or if you can't make it, shop online. Here's more info
Ever wished you could get more sales as an artist? You can. Here are some seasonal selling tips.
Today's blog post features the delightful artwork of artist Jennifer Ahern.
Have you ever thought about teaching art and craft classes for extra income? Here are some suggestions for how to do so successfully.
Today's blog post, Part 3 in the series of Promoting Yourself as an Artist, looks at the importance of websites
This week the dicussion on How to Ger More Exposure as an Artist continues with Part 2, a focus on business cards
What is an artist co-op and how do they operate? Today's blog post looks the ins and outs of co-op galleries.
How should artists handle special commission requests from prospective clients. Here are a few thoughts based on my experience.
Have you ever walked by something in a store and stopped because it immediately spoke to you? Today's blog post looks at how color has a big impact on appeal to potential customers.
Have you ever heard the term giclee print and wondered what that was? Today's blog post discusses giclees.
Have you ever looked at a finished work of art and seen room for improvement? I have. In fact, recently I reworked a couple of signed, finishe pieces of artwork...
As I worked to develop art that can be put onto products, I began creating collections of artwork. Today's blog post looks at art licensing and my first collection called Cat Antics..
There's something spritual about wine. Maybe because it represents communion (in the sense of gathering together and the unity it brings). Wine is the theme of my new Wine Club painting series.
It's time to clear out some of my handmade inventory so I'm offering a 15% off special deal on select items. Hurry, these one-of-a-kind gift items won't last long.
Artists seem naturally inclined to creative reuse and concerned for the environment Today's guest blog post gives some great tips on being a Green Artist.
The Artist Statement, the Artist Bio, and the Artist Resume. What's the difference and why should artists even care about them? Here's what I learned at a recent workshop.
Over the past few months I've been researching ways to get my designs on merchandise.There are several benefits for artists who do this.
Ever the entrepreneur, I figured if I was going to be snapping pictures, I might as well take some I could possibly resell. Here are some tips on how to sell your photos.
Every day we pass by architecture, art and artisan made elements. Because we've seen them numerous times, they often become invisible.A recent trip to Great Brittain opened my eyes to many artisitic wonders. I thought I'd share a few.
Two weeks ago I invited people into my home and studio as part of the Art Around Caldwell Studio tour. Here's my input on the ins and outs of studio tours and why both artists and art lovers should participate in them.
While researching tutorials for alcohol inks I stumbled across info on Yupo which is sometimes used by artists who paint with alcohol inks. Curious, I ordered some and then tested it out with acrylic paints. Here's my video tutorial review.
As a cat and dog owner I know the animal traits of each so I can't resist capturing them in artwork. Cats are fond of crawling into things, an open drawer, a suitcase, a box, or a bag. My latest painting of a tuxedo cat (black and white) captures this cat-ness.
I'm participating in the Art Around Caldwell Studio Tour this Sat., June 24, 9:-4 pm. Here's your chance to see my art, handmade jewelry, glass gifts and more a look at my home and studio. Here's more info
I don't often offer discounts on my specialty glass gifts but right now I've decided to give my patrons a 15% off deal. Here's more info.
I use Photoshop frequently for editing photos of my work. I recently had the opportunity to review Photoshop: Real Life Project Examples of Creating World Class Photos Using Photoshop Manipulation Techniques. Here's more info.
I saw an awesome cartoon on http://theoatmeal.com and just had to share it in today's blog it because it really resonates with me. A word of warning, there's an expletive I don't particulary care for at the end. But the point made is so on target I couldn't pass it by.
Most of the designs I sell are my own. But sometimes you just can't improve something that's already great. Right now I've discounted my pet ornaments to 20% off. Here's more about them and how you can grab your code.
I knew I wanted to paint another dog painting and I liked the idea of a dog sleeping on a weathered wooden porch. As I searched for inspiration online, I fell in love with a photo of a cat sleeping in front of an old door, more because of the coolness of the door than the cat. One thing led to another...
When making art, trying new mediums and techniques requires patience and a trial and error process. What you have in your head may not be what ends up on canvas and it may require some do overs. Today's blog post includes a video documenting my creation of my new Wild Horses painting.
Today's artist spolight features ceramic artist Virginia "Gin" Hurley from Taylorsville, NC. Gin describes her styles as "utiliity" and "historic recreations." Her beautiful work is featured in today's article.
Save 20% on select small slumped bottle spoon rests. Here's more info.
Many artists including myself are big on recycling, upcycling and eco-friendly living. Today's post by Jackie Waters is on eco-friendly cleaning especially when it comes to your arts and crafts areas.
Just finished this bay horse head painting and now it's available for 20% off prints and original. Here's more info on how to get your coupon code and how it's made.
It's finally here, the mate to the Purple Cat artwork I shared a few weeks ago. Right now you can save 20% on prints and the original artwork.Here's more info.
I'm always experimenting with my art to learn new processes, so while trying to find a way to add a texture resist to paintings I began playing with Flo Expressions bottles and my own mixture of texture paste medium. Here's a video showing the results.
I'm offering 20% off on these fused glass high heel shoe necklaces and earrings. Here's more info
This year I've been focusing more on animal art and artisan gifts. My sales to animal lovers has made me realize the deep ties people have with their pets. When someone loses a pet, it is the equivalent of losing a family member.
I've had a growing fascination with alcohol inks, having used them for making alcohol ink ornaments and alcohol ink coasters. There's a wealth of other things you can do with them so my recent painting(s), purple cat and orange dog, are the results of my playing around with them. I'm offering purple cat right now at 20% off. Here's more info on how it's made.
I was talking to a friend who asked if I had wine bottle candles. The answer is, "yes." Though this is no longer my focus I still carry some and I'm offering them at a great discount. If you are local in Hickory, NC and want to pick up contact me. (Email firstname.lastname@example.org) Non-local, order through my Amazon Handmade shop
20% off hanging and table top in a variety of styles: etched, embellised, plain, colored, clear. Don't see it in your style, just ask.
Coupon Code: 8REJSOLV
Offer expires March 25 at midnight
This morning I woke up with a great deal of anxiety which created problems focusing. I decided to write an honest post about coping with "overwhelm." Maybe you can relate.
Saint Patrick's Day is almost here.Ok, I'm not Irish, but here's a special saving's coupon for prints of my painting, "My Ideal Life," my greenest painting.
While researching ways to add texture to my paintings I decided to try Real Life Studio Texture Paste. Here is my product review.
Now that've switched my blog over to my Art Store Fronts site I am starting to do product reviews again. The blog focus is on artists, art lovers, and pet lovers. If you have a product you would like to have reviewed, please visit the following link for more info
Subscribers, if you have a particular product you would like to see reviewed on this blog, you can email me with that suggestion.
Doggie Internet is my newest painting. I'm offering 20% off prints and original through March 3. Here's more about the painting and how to purchase it
I'm offering 20% off these one of a kind hand-tooled copper lion head bookends. Hurry, offfer ends 2/24.2017
The Christmas season may be over but you can order these pet ornaments (more than 170 designs) year round. I'm offering 15% off on these right now...
My latest painting, Run, Spot, Run, wasn't meant to be a realistic painting. I wanted a nostalgic nod to the old reading primer books like Dick and Jane. Read to the end to get your discount on this new artwork.
Upcoming art classes for February at Serendipitini Studio in Hickory, NC include this fused glass mountain scene and a mosaic glass tile picture frame. Here's more info.
Last weekend I went with a friend to the Hickory Museum of Art's opening reception for WOMAN MADE: WOMEN ARTISTS FROM THE HICKORY MUSEUM OF ART COLLECTION. It features art by women from the museum's collection of women artists . . .
Time to treat yourself to some handmade jewelry goodies. Get 20% off select jewelry items in my Amazon store...
Just in time for Valentine's Day, I'm offering 20% off on "Forever" my romantic art print. Here's more info.
I don't normally do movie or book reviews on my art blog (used to on my writing blog) but I make exceptions when I think it relates to art, which of course, is my focus these days. This weekend my husband surprised me with dinner and trip to see the musical movie La La Land...
One of my New Year's Resolutions is to share videos on how I make my art. I just finished this video of a new mixed media painted horse painting. Here's more info. . .
Don't miss this special end of year jewelry clearance sale on my handmade jewelry. Here's more info...
Just finished this small mixed media contemporary painting. I'll be offering a class in February. Here's more info.
Since my focus is concentrating more than ever on art and gifts for animal lovers I wanted to share a Facebook group that focuses on equestrian art . . .
There's still time to buy that thank you gift or gift for a gift exchange. December 13-14 only I am offering 20% off a selection of handmade glass ornaments. . .
This year I'll be teaching some fun art classes which include working with glass, mosaics and mixed media. In January I'll be offering this slumped wine bottle class. Here's more info . . .
I'm offering 20% off all my handmade jewelry in my Amazon Handmade shop. Hurry, offer ends 12/9/2016. More info . . .
It's not animal art, but I wanted to share this huge savings in time for Chistmas.
You can save 25% off my handmade large wine bottle spoon rests (clear only) and divided wine bottle party dishes. Hurry, offer ends Dec. 3 . Here's more info . . .
I enjoyed attending a local pottery show and fell in love with this horse ring jug ...
Don't miss these Black Friday Deals. 25% Off. Hurry, Expires Sunday, Nov. 27 at midnight
People love their pets and personalized pet gifts are especially popular for Christmas gifts. I developed a line of dog jewelry, cat jewelry, and horse jewelry based on specific breeds...Here are a few examples...
Last night I held an alcohol inks ornaments class at Serendipitini Studio. We literally had a blast making these colorful ornaments using alcohol inks and compressed air ....
At left is a mixed media painting I recently completed of an Appaloosa horse. I love animals, and horses have always been my first love. For a brief while when I was a girl, I owned a pony which was given to me by my doctor whose son was going away to college. Our house in Virginia had a horse farm behind it so that fed my horse fettish too ...
Here's a recently finished mixed media painting of a red dog. My rescued hound dog Aggie inspired this piece.
We are not sure of her breed but we believe she might be Redbone Coonhound. She's actually a golden color but I couldn't resist doing a tongue in cheek red dog.
If you are strapped for cash and need money to bring your art to the next level, grants and scholarships might be the way to go...
I, along with Anne Fredley-Nuccamendi, will be representing Uni4Artists at the Catawba Valley Women's Show on Oct. 1-2. We'll have artisan jewelry, prints, ornaments, handmade glass gifts and more.
A few months ago I spent time evaluating where I am selling best, what I am selling best and working on narrowing my focus which has always been a struggle for me (and is for many artists.) I’ve focused on artisan gifts for the most part and have had success selling pet ornaments on Etsy and handmade glass gifts and jewelry on Amazon Handmade. I’ve had a growing awareness that selling online is my best area for sales and that I would be smart to sell on my own site instead of hosting my art creations on other sites.