First impressions

I have been fortunate beyond words that my art has made great first impressions with a lot of viewers.  From day one when I visited a gallery in Canada’s capital to show my work and it was bought instantly by a customer just walking in.

First impressions are lasting impressions in all aspects of life and art should have a great introduction and leave a viewer with either questions, thoughts, or just feelings all from looking at art. I can still recall visiting the Prado museum in Madrid and seeing the most stunning paintings from so many years ago, to visiting Ottawas National gallery and always leaving ith wonderful impressions from other artits.

 There is so much talent out there,,art evokes so many feelings to different people.  I see young artists now at my art supply store and I am left with great first impressions from their work that they proudly show me now.  I can see some of them making a great career from their talent.

One of the greatest rewards fom me is the vast interest from all age groups towards my art.  From young children gravitating to the colours or simply feeling like they have been captured in happy moments, ones they can see themselves in, to grandparents going down memory lane. I hear so many stories that sometimes make me happy, sad or just reflective..and all from someones first impression of my work.  It’s a wonderful feeling for me to see and hear what people say when they see my work.  I believe in each piece being as good as the last piece I painted if not better.  Everyone deserves a great piece by me and I always keep in mind that actual people will buy the work and share it with others and I want them to have a lasting good impression from my art.

 I can only hope to continue making good first impressions with any new gallery visitors..

Back at it!

My one day trip to Tremblant was so refreshing and just what I needed to come to  want to paint more and more.  The skiers were amazing, such talent, such speed and such creativity in outfits. 

The condos, stores, restaurants all brilliantly painted was such eye candy for me.  The whole scene there was so dreamy and the snow covered and glistening trees sure were a sight!  Completely magical and not so different than the world I try showcase in my art.  Happy, bright, cheerful, dreamy. 

Went on the gondola ride a few times just to see it all and get a different and complete view of the beauty we have in this country of ours.

Came back from the day trip and jumped back at it, that is  into painting last night so I could still keep fresh the movement and colours I saw again.  Love this land of ours even in winter. 

Counting all my blessings!

 

Frame Change

Years and styles come and go…not for art, not for well done art but for some furniture, clothes, cars,

A simple way to spruce up your home and give it a fresh look is a simple frame change of your existing art.  Something small like that can really change the appearance of your walls and fit nicely with new furniture, and new wall colours.

Walking into a great collector of my work home a few weeks back, literally took my breath away. This family had changed all the frames of my work and her display in the dark brown wood of my art gave my work a new “look” .  This was a beautiful home and the furniture had been changed to a more current style, white tufted leather sofa, glass rectangle coffee table, off mauve walls and pillow to bring the wall colour into balance and there was my work. Colourful as ever, with it’s cheerful content all dressed up in the same dark wood frames. 

Since seeing this uniformity and seeing that all art can fit anywhere if you display it right and frame it right.  Art lives forever, it won’t break down, wear out, lose colour but a little Frame Change might do the trick to re invigorate your amazing homes and show my work the love it deserves. 

Now, I am off to re frame some of my artwork too, and I have a great collection by myself and other artists that I love.

Dollars and Cents

What determines art pricing? 

Well, you might never consider the cost of the canvas,paints, brushes, spatulas, varnish, cleaning solutions, gesso, markers, tape and much, much  more.

A quick visit to an art shop would surprise you at the cost of tubes of paint, brushes and the like.

 However, as an artist I can attest to the fact that it is very expensive to buy these supplies.  I make weekly art purchases and many times many more visits to my favourite art supply store.

I guess you can say that’s the cost of business.  Yes it is!  I personally would never talk about this to prospective customers at my galleries, but it’s something for people to consider.   

Many people look for bargains from artists, perhaps making the artist feel it’s a favour towards them to buy their work, and ask for lower prices or those never ending donation requests.  It is an honour for an artist’s work to be liked and even a greater honour to be bought..

So, If you like an artist’s work, and see a good fit for your home ,and know what the price is ahead of time, it would save the artist awkward moments of feeling they have to give a deal.  Or a freebie.. 

Art is unique. and one can’t say ” but I can find something similar for a lower price.. ” to an artist..It’s not like buying a door that many stores carry and you can choose the lowest price.

If you like the artist’s work and you have predetermined you would like to buy it, once a price is given it would be nice if the buyer respected that, or move on. 

 I am happy that my paintings are sold at  galleries and I don’t have to deal with the embarrassing requests about pricing.  Thank goodness for great salesstaff!

 But, many artists are not in galleries, many are beginners and even the seasoned artist can be put off by someone trying to lower the price .

Personally, I feel it undervalues the artist and can lead to resentment.  Painting for a living is, after all painting for a LIVING. 

 Yes, artists love their job, I know I do, but respect would go a long way toward the hard working artist who hopes to please you with a great piece of art. 

Do you agree it’s demeaning to haggle for prices with an artist? 

 

Best thing that happened to ME is YOU!

Let me repeat that,  Best thing that happned to ME is YOU!

Why, you may ask.

 

  You are the reason I paint, I paint for you and you and you…It’s all the you’s out there that look at my art, think about my art, see what I see and then finally buy it. 

 

You buy it for colour, for looks, for feelings, for your kids, for the kid in you, for your parents, siblings, co workers, friends, wives, husbands, cousins, and, for yourselves.

 

How did I become so lucky? 

 What led me down this path of full time painting, and loving it for 20 years now.  It might have been my art appreciation since a child, it might have been that I said “yes I can” over and over and read and taught myself and believed that I would do what I loved no matter what…Maybe someone was smiling at me from above and showed me the way. Who knows..

  

What made me so determined?

  Passion that is what did it.  Even when a teacher told me NO I said YES, even when reality was saying stay in a desk job I said NO.  Even my well meaning father told me YOU WILL STARVE I said NO way..

All I can say is thank YOU! All of YOU!

Hoping my art is making YOU happy and, YOU are making me happy. 

May you all find the best thing that happened to you one day!

 

Treasured Gifts

It’s the time of the year when many people show their love and appreciation of others by wishing each other Merry Christmas or Happy Holidays.

 

  It’s certainly my all time favourite holiday! 

 

I start my shopping every year way too early and end with way too much!  I truly love to give more than to receive. 

 

During my art shows I often sign the back of my works to the recipient of the painting and more often than not the paintings are bought to give away at Christmas.  I think that buying artwork for Christmas is a good idea for many reasons.  Artwork is not like a sweater that will be out of style in a year..it’s a lasting gift.  One year I surprised my husband by commissioning an artist to do a portrait of one of my daughters at Christmas.  We still cherish that piece of well done art.

 

Everyone has different budget allotments but the great thing about buying one of my pieces is that they are affordable and just about anyone can buy it.  Galleries also deliver, install and have lay a way plans too.  Also you can find my prints for sale in case an original is really not in your budget.

 

So, before you go hopping from store to store do check out my galleries for that perfect piece for one of your loved ones for this wonderful season coming up. 

 

Happy shopping!

 

Looking out the window

I can recall looking out the window as a young girl and being joyful at the sight of snow covered grass, I loved the look of it, and the smell of snow.  It was beautiful!  Today my girls told me their children were also delighted when they were looking out the window.  So glad, for them.

 

Today, when I was looking out the window, I was sad that I could not be joyful when first seeing the snow.  What happened between then and now?  Must be knowing that it’s going to be a long winter and thoughts of my car getting stuck and being pushed by neighbours out of snow piles, or having to pay the snow plow people every single year to clean my laneway because I just can’t do it, and don’t wish that on my husband either.  Worse yet, freezing right through any winter coat I have bought.  Now, I even worry about the kids freezing, all kids, mine, my grandkids and the other little Canadian children, but if God is good he has made them weatherproof until they too get older…

 

I also know that I have to fork out the money to go south now because I just can’t handle the thought of no break from winter.  Oh well, for all the skaters, skiers out there sorry for not loving the snow.  However I do paint beautiful scenery with snow, as a matter of fact all my children in my art seem happy and warm in their coats and full of joy as they play hockey, or ski.  I must be painting the child I used to be…Happy winter everyone.