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                                                WHEN DO I RAISE MY PRICES?

     You may recall a month ago (July 19th) I did a blog on pricing your artwork.  I mentioned that if your artwork is flying off the walls, you need to raise your prices.  Well, I just realized that in the last six months I have sold 28 paintings!  I would definitely call that "flying off the walls"!

     I must now decide how much to raise my prices.  Remember, most artists price by the square inch, so we think by the inch, not by dollar amount.  I have been thinking that I will raise my prices 15-25 cents per inch.  Now that may not sound like a lot, but when we apply that increase to a canvas that is 36 x 48, 15 cents equals a price increase of $260.  So the larger canvas will be increased 15 cents and the smaller 25 cents per inch.

     BTW, I picked up another location to show my art! I was at the doctor's office and noticed a large bare area on their wall. (it is a new location for them) I told them they needed art to fill the space and  I showed them a picture of my "VIEW FROM A HAMMOCK" painting saying it would be perfect for that spot.  She readily agreed!  So I delivered it with a nice card to place below it with the name of the painting, the price and my contact info. It has been there for a week now.  My son-in-law has there since and she told him that many have been admiring it, including her!  I will approach her about more art for her office now.  It can be very easy if the time is right.  Keep your eyes open for any opportunity.  Just be sure it is a good fit for your work.

     Well, the latest paintings I sold were another set of "PSYCHEDELIC PALMS".  Each set I paint has different colors and different type of canvas.  I always use Red, Orange, and Yellow, and this time the cool colors are green, blue and pink. The canvases were two 12 x 24 gallery wraps. See them below.  I enjoy painting these because they are quick and easy, and a lot of fun to do!  And they are "bread and butter" paintings, meaning they bring in good money and don't take months to sell like gallery paintings can. The same is true of my "Surfboard" paintings.  These are "tourist' type paintings for the area in which we live.  Perhaps where you live there is something you can turn into "bread and butter" paintings.  Think about it.   See photos below.

"PSYCHEDELIC PALMS III"
12 X 24 gallery wrap canvas
Acrylic

SOLD

The newest set I just finished  I used a light phthalo blue, green, but instead of pink I went with purple, plus the reg yellow, red, and orange.  This way each set is different from the previous.  Did I mention that I use a different size or type of canvas as well?  This time I used six individuals each 10 x 20 and 2" deep gallery wrap. These will be more expensive for the set due to the size and cost of the canvas, but they are more dramatic!  See photo below.





"PSYCHEDELIC PALMS IIII"
20 X 10 Gallery wrap canvas
set of six

AVAILABLE

Notice that I placed the complimentary colors over each other?  This makes for COLOR HARMONY!  Oh,  I also sold my last 'SURFBOARDS" painting.  That makes four of those as well.  I guess I need to get busy and paint more!  They are on gallery wrap burlap that has heavy gesso in the middle, but leaves the outer inch exposed as plain burlap.  It is a nice idea so I purchased them at Hobby Lobby.  You should try some paintings on burlap.  It can be fun!

"SURFBOARDS I, II, & III"
9 x 12 each
Acrylic on gallery wrap burlap

ALL SOLD!

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IT'S HERE!  THE BIG ART SALE!!

 PLEASE LOOK THROUGH ALL OF THESE AND CHOOSE AS MANY AS YOU LIKE!
Sale prices will be in effect until all these paintings are gone!

        I will accept cash..or a credit card.  If local, pick or or delivery has no shipping charge.  Shipping for 11x14  or smaller should be no more than $8-$15 (USPS priority) depending on where you live. Larger paintings will be more.  I recently shipped an 18 x 24 painting and the shipping (UPS ground) charge was very reasonable ($35) REST ASSURED I WILL SEND THE CHEAPEST ( while still safe) WAY POSSIBLE!

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     So I wanted to come up with a new series that I thought would be popular.  I decided they needed to be large and showy, but not too complicated.  Since we live in a tropical area, I came up with the idea of "Looking Up", literally!

     I took some pictures of palm trees from below and began painting them in a simplified form on canvas that is 36 x 48 ( huge!)  I love it!  I only have one done so far, but I know that they will be popular judging from comments I have received on social media.  Of course I have photos below of the first ones for you to see.

     I am not the first person to try this, but mine are different from other artists.  Mine are just a little bit more realistic, yet still fantastic and fun.  Larger than life, so to speak in a painting.  I focused in on the area at the top of the trunk where the palm fronds branch out making the structure very strong and making it easy to see …
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     It has been a while since I showed the steps I go through to produce a painting.  I am working on a large one right now, so I decided this one would be a good candidate to go through this process again for those of you that are not familiar with it.

     A friend posted a photograph on social media of a scene on the central coast of Florida.  I really liked it, so I asked her permission to paint it and she readily agreed.  This scene is of huge cumulus clouds over the sand dunes.  I knew I wanted to focus on the clouds so I chose a canvas that is 36 x 48 gallery wrap.  I have the photo below.  This is a really nice photo, but the painting will be done in lighter colors I decided.




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