I have started on a new venture. I now am making prints of my art. Not all of it, just the ones I particularly like and I feel are my best work. I started by ordering them from Zazzle.com. This is where one of my mentors gets her prints as this company is reasonable and does quality work. If you ever want to try it you will want to order the prints on archival heavy-weight poster paper. Then you must order backer board, mats and clear sleeve bags. These can be purchased through Clearbags.com. Again, this company is reasonable and has quality products. Two things to keep in mind are you must keep the price low enough to make a profit and when you order the bags or sleeves, they must be just larger than the mat and backer board. The "fold-over" sleeves are the most professional looking ones. The advantage of doing this is that people can purchase your art at a more reasonable rate when they get a print AND the painting can be sold multiple times. More bang for your buck, or work. In other words, you make more money and get more satisfied customers!
I have made a lot of progress on my second painting for the Nature and Wildlife show. It is a salt marsh scene as I mentioned before. I have it set in the late afternoon and the sun is giving that golden glow as I mentioned before. Like the horse painting, I am taking it slow and putting in a lot of detail. So it is sitting for now and I keep looking at it. When I see something that needs work, I pick it up, Acrylics dry darker so I am waiting to see if my Sabal palms darken or if I will need to darken them some. My husband thinks the front tree is too light. Ever the critic! LOL!!
While it sits, I have started on the commissioned painting. It is a "paradise" scene with the family in the scene. I am working differently on this painting. Most of my work consists of painting the entire canvas with underpainting and then building on that. On this one, I am working from the top of the canvas to the bottom. Many artists do that, but I don't normally. No particular reason, it is just the way I started out. I have a photo below so you can see what I mean.
|"A WALK IN THE RAIN"|
|This is the preliminary or roughed in painting that I posted last week....|