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Winter Coat-Update

I added a post yesterday about my newest painting experiment with pastel mat and showed you the stages. After I thought I was done, I still kept fooling with it and rubbing the pastel on the right side with more blue.

As I did this a flaw in the surface began to appear. This flaw would not be covered with pastel–no matter how much I added. Since I was unfamiliar with the surface (this was my first painting on it), I was unsure what to do to fix it and how to proceed. It looked like I would have to start over. I was not willing to sacrifice my wolf and all the time I put in to its creation. So where do you go to get answers?? The internet.

After searching, I took a paintbrush and wet it and then brushed over the area with water and let it dry overnight. This morning I awoke to a large even spot on my painting. The flaw was evened out but now I had a spot:(  I added more pastel and guess what? My flaw returned. I then tried brushing off excess pastel(outside) and then spraying the area with fixative.  After it dried , I applied more pastel. Guess what?? The flaw returned.   Sigh….

Then I decided that since the painting was probably a goner, I added a darker color over the blue I had used on the right hand side. I brushed the blue off first so as not to have too much pastel dust on the painting. It worked very well!! I was relieved and glad to save my painting.

It also looks much better to have darkened that side. The wolf now lives in the space and the dark adds depth to the painting.

Pencil Wolf 4

New Painting with Pastel Pencils

I have been experimenting with pastel pencils this week on a different surface. I wanted to offer something new in classes this year and also be able to have a class at World of Color Expo that would introduce participants to pastel painting.

Instead of using velour, I used pastel mat as my support. This was really different for me. I also used NuPastels  as  base colors and then Stablio Carb Othello pencils. Here was my original drawing:

Pencil Wolf 1

This was different and fun. I base coated the main colors with the NuPastels and then added his gorgeous coat with the pencils. Here’s another picture of my progress:

Pencil Wolf 2

I continued working and was very pleased with the results. The pastel mat holds lots of pastel. The pencils make it easy to make gorgeous fur. It was a fun way to get a realistic representation of the wolf. This will make a fun project for a one day class in March at my studio. Here’s the finished painting!

Pencil Wolf

How to Price Your Art

There are many aspects to pricing art.

Alan Bamberger provides answers in the following article.

We I have used his methods with much success. Let me know if you liked it.

Steve

http://www.artbusiness.com/artists-how-to-price-your-art-for-sale.html

Best Way to Sign Your Art Work

Your name is the primary way people find you.  A readable name on your art work  is one of the best marketing tools you have.   USE IT!

If people like your work and can read your name, it gives them a chance to find you on the web. If they can’t read your name, the opportunity is missed, perhaps forever.  Many artists don’t do this and think people will somehow magically find them.  Don’t count on it.

A world famous artist friend actually prints her name alining it using a ruler.  It is very readable, consistent and recognizable on her work.  She sets a great example for us!

I suggest printing your name on your work!!!!!!!!!!!!

I wish you the best with your marketing challenges!

Steve

Make the Most of Your Art Shows

Here is an excellent article on making the most of your art shows.  http://www.artbusiness.com/career.html

We use shows as an opportunity to meet new people and expand Kay’s art career.

We are always looking for new students for her pastel workshops.  During art shows, we talk about Kay’s art and give people  something to remember us by.  We try to give out more than just a business card.  We usually have pastel workshop fliers with dates 6 months out.  The fliers are on a backdrop of a painting, and include our Facebook and web site addresses.  We print our own on Costco photo paper.  We go for high quality, because this may be the only piece of information that people will ever see of Kay’s work.   We also have 5×7 folders to give out to people that are very interested in following Kay’s artwork.  We also hire a real graphics person at a local newspaper that helps us with flier content.  It’s great to know people that know stuff.  It’s well worth the price to get it done right!

The important thing is to start local and show your best work.  Be sure to attend the Opening and have lots of great, high quality information to give out.  Don’t be stingy.  Also, go out of your way to be friendly, because people like doing business with people they like!  My opening line, “Hi, my name is Steve, what do you like about this piece”.  No pressure.  No hard sell.  “If you would like to see more of her work, I have some additional information.  You see, I get to live in the same house as the artist.  I’m her promoter and husband”.  This usually gets a laugh.  I like shows because I love talking with people and getting their input.

Shows have produced sales, promoted Kay’s name and workshops.  We have even gotten workshop sign-ups on the spot,

Attached is a sample copy of one of Kay’s workshop fliers for your review.

Hope you enjoy and can use some of this information.  Let us know what you like about this post.  OK.

Thanx, Steve

Kay Witt 7X5 Flyer 6-14