I know right? Everybody got used to me blogging like twice a month. But my busy season is done and the creative juices are flowing, so I’m going with. Be aware I may drop off the radar from time to time because I’m fickle like that.
But for now …
I couldn’t stand that background being so far off so I hurried up and finished it, then profiled it and made prints and note cards. This is what the background was supposed to look like.
I do have two different sized prints available at my Etsy store. Notecards will be posted just as soon as I take a picture for the listing.
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BTW: The blue on the right side is far to bright and tourqouise-y than it is in reality but I couldn’t adjust the one side without throwing off the color on the other so it is what it is.
Decisions … decisions
So my plan for this sweet little doe was to finish the original piece but not go overboard into the Christmasy side of things. I have found my Christmas themed original paintings like Fleece On Earth and Snow Bunny don’t sell nearly as easily as the rest of the work. So I’m on the fence about adding snow to the original piece. I have the option of adding snow digitally when I’m done for the notecards.
On The Other Hand …
The two aforementioned Christmas card designs sell fabulously as cards and have in point of fact both sold around 10x the dollar amount that I would have sold their original painting counterparts for so … maybe I need to just add the snow and get it over with.
We all know men like big racks
I seriously pondered making her into a him. Again for increasing the selling factor. Had I added some horns her … ahem I mean his … sale would have been assured. Keeping her antler-less means mostly she’ll appeal to women, which is fine. Most of the collectors of my work are women.
Even if I don’t act on these thoughts I think it’s a good exercise to consider them. What elements would make this piece more popular, more likely to appeal. The artist for art’s sake would think it ridiculous to factor in marketability but since I pay my bills by what I sell, knowing and considering what sells is important. I don’t necessarily follow through on it, for instance She is still a she, but I ponder it none-the-less.
I have taken way more in progress photos of this piece than was warranted for it’s size. But I have been so bad at doing this on so many of my other pieces that I made it a point to stop and take photos. So expect a very long multi-photo post as soon as I figure out the whole to add snow or not to add snow.
Yup … I think it needs snow.
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Despite the fact that the next Cowgirl exhibit is only 6 weeks away I am doing something else. If it works out this is my design for this year’s Christmas card. (I know right! Usually I’m cranking it out sometime in mid-December) . It’s somewhat small at around 12 x 16 inches and so in theory should be rather quick. And then because I just love pressure I’m thinking about a rooster and then … maybe another cow.
The Octagon art center community gallery (which is their ground level gallery) is a beautiful space but very small so there’s a possibility that what I’ve got now won’t all fit. So we’ll see. I definitely need to get a least a couple of dairy breeds in the mix though.
No title on this yet and I don’t know whether I’ll add elements of whimsy like I have in the past with Snow Bunny and Fleece On Earth. But I’m pretty sure I’m gonna add some glitter on the cards because the world needs more sparkle.
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