Grape Gallery in Truth or Consequences

Has SIx of my paintings

Every place I stopped liked this

I’m so pleased

Today I put 6 of my best paintings in my car determined to find where I might display them but the first place I stopped has a waiting list for a cubical to sell all kinds of art, they referred me to a place next door that was opening a gallery soon but had all the artists lined up but she took my card, Then off to another gallery that was full but took my card maybe in the Spring, took photos, something I was told he should not have done, but anyway at my 4th stop she took all my paintings, I couldn’t believe it and asked “so you want me to leave my paintings here now” and that was that! It’s maybe not the finest gallery I’ve visited but she (Grace) has a great space, many artists and art work of all kinds. Even though she takes %50 I’ll still have enough to buy more red paint.

Well Darn it anyway

I’d hope to be able to sell my art somewhere but I am not having any luck finding a venue.

Los Cruces is out because I don’t live in the right county and the farmers market here doesn’t start until next month and they may already have as many arts and crafts allowed vs farmers items.

So now I have my paintings in frames ready to sell and no venue until Spring. There may be more opportunity then.

I guess I’ll just keep painting and maybe add note cards here one of these days, amazing I can keep myself busy all day long doing the same things over and over without much progress in anything attempted.

I’ll go to town tomorrow to find out what is going on in the park because I saw people selling stuff there a few weeks ago. I’ll see if there is space for me at a shop where you rent a cubicle , similar to what my sister Shar and I did for a while in RIchardson, we didn’t do well there, hope this place is busier, their location is good and I always see people in there when I’ve been there, I suspect they are fully staffed and cubicles full. I need to go to town anyway because I have nothing to snack on, no chocolate no ice cream nothing sweet which was the plan when I shopped last! I bought snacks for Charley and not me. He is getting a little chubby so I need to keep him slim and trim.

I have new news but I’ll put it in a new post….excited!

Can I Resin in my RV?

I had some small panels to paint on and thought to see if the old resin I have is still good. So I painted some of my fanciful flowers on the panels

Resin is tricky, at least for me, needs the right temperature, not too cold and if too warm starts reacting to fast. My small space is tough to find a level place where I don’t need the space to move them until they dry in about 12 hours. I see bubbles. None are masterpieces to be sure but probably sell-able at the flee market for a couple $$ or $. The painting of only colors I like and it’s a good size for an RV, I’ll probably keep it, looks nice on my cubby, maybe that is what I should do, just paint colors.

My green thumb is getting itchy. Not that I have one, it’s more of a wishfull-thinking-ness on my part but I do try. I feel I must. Not sure but I think I’d better get to planting my few seeds before it gets too hot, not sure what a summer is like here but I’d love to see some morning glories climbing up my RV. I need to get another long pot and I’ll use my paint esel (sorry I can’t spell right now) for them to climb on.

And oh yes I want another Mexican pot to use inside, I think I wrote about my idea to use one between my bed and my kitchen but now I’m thinking why not put another one along side the window for more stuff in an L shape. Maybe with a plant light I could even have some plants or herbs right there. Need to go back to Mexico soon……………when I have money. Anyone else still waiting for their tax refund?

Chinese Painting Brushes vs GIGI Upgrades

I’m practicing using the Chinese paint brushes, deciding if I want to invest in another project with it’s own implements. I like the way I can make tree trunks and branches with this brush but I don’t’ think I’ll succeed using them for flowers. I’m not a delicate painter, I need wide swoops of color, but I’m interested in watercolor, I’ve never tried using it before, thought it would be too hard as I’m not much at drawing and keeping white spaces. I never got too far in the drawing course I haven’t finished taking. And I still have painting courses I can work on.

Now that I have GIGI kind of figured out I want to spend more time learning art techniques. Much to learn, I add these photos here only to show you how much I have to learn! A little bit of wine helps release the inner muse.

But GIGI needs a new sink and faucet asap, well it’s not urgent it’s just old and ugly and is the first thing you see when you come in the door, after you see all the bright red colors and expect something ………clean and more modern. I am sorely tempted to go to amazon and order the sink and faucet, I see just what I want and it seems very reasonable but then I’ll need it installed and what if I get the wrong parts and how difficult would it be to install, because rv’s have different plumbing issues I’ll have to get some rv help….I wonder if they’ll take a credit card? (thinking out loud here). I may just do that, then I’ll have things on the inside looking very good ……..after I repaint some areas that need touch up or really need a second coat of a green I hope I can match……….yeah, I’ll never really be done will I. Soon to get started on the outside, soon as the weather permits, today it’s chilly but not windy, I have some issues to work on on my roof too, not leaks but some potential problems. Probably a priority.

One step at a time is boring.

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Simple way to change Tile Photos

Today I changed the tiles I’d put above my fridge and microwave because the abstract images didn’t look like they belonged. But instead of removing the tiles I just added new pictures up with Elmer’s craft bond spray. Because I printed the images with photo paper they are glossy so I think I won’t do anything more to them as I can change the photos whenever I want to. That blue flower looks lonely up there but I’m leaving it for now.

You can make tiles using your own photos , or you can order my mine

I’ve been asked if my Art Tiles are for sale.

Maybe at some time I will be able to sell them but now it would complicate my life just when I know what’s next.

Making the tiles is very simple. Just glue your photo to a tile and finish it with resin or polyurethene or varnish.

Use your own photos, or I can number the photos that I have so you could order just the photos and do the rest yourself. That would be a lot more cost effective than getting the tiles in the mail, and a fun project.

Send me an email if this interests you. I’ve made pages for the different images you can order and will have this listing put together soon.

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What is it about Giclée Prints?

  

What are giclée prints?

(pronounced zhee-clay)

This is a type of inkjet printing meant to produce a product at a higher quality with a longer lifespan than a standard desktop inkjet printer.

Three basic criteria

  • The print needs to be 300 dots per inch to insure the sharpest detail
  •  The paper used must be of archival quality and acid free.   Professional series papers are more expensive than plain white copy paper. Epson papers are among the finest papers to use.  If you are buying a giclee print confirm the type of paper it is printed on.
  • A giclee print  is printed on a large format printer using pigment based inks.  Pigment based inks have a longer lifespan, can last from 100 to 200 years without significant fading

The advantage to artists producing their work as a giclee print is that is can be created ‘on demand’.  Only printing one print at a time.

They are more expensive to produce, and more expensive to buy.

  •  Ink is more expensive, a new set of inks cost $140.00 for my Epson Artisan 1430.
  •  The printer is more expensive, $350 instead of $89. (still a good deal but I use it only for prints and use my hp for other needs)
  • The paper is much more expensive.

I have the Epson Artisan 1430 and can print up to 13′ x 19′ prints and I use Epson inks and Epson art papers

I sold the printer, too heavy to take with me

This Information is taken from an article at Creative Blog Art and Design inspiration.  creativeblog.com

Tomorrow’s Market & Kira Ishi Rocks

Tomorrow will be the first time for me to manage my TailGateArt market by myself.  Thankfully Shar will be able to help me get set up and take down and all I have to do is sell. Hoping for a nice day, the weatherman says yes, no snow or rain expected and temps in the 70’s.

My paintings will be on super sales as low as I can go to decrease my inventory.  I want to paint more landscapes and play with different techniques, there are so many options for the artist now, so much to learn.

I’m excited to start making prints of my paintings to sell.  I  bought a  printer that can make prints up to 16 x 20 (almost).  Expecting it any day now, I’m hopeful because I have a  had problems with my  printers.  I guess I’ve had about 6 or so printers over the years and they have all been a source of frustration,  I am a little concerned but determined to give this a try and if it works out as I expect I’ll sell my prints and note cards here too.

I’ll have Shar’s  kira ishi (small shiny rock in Japanese) rocks for sale tomorrow,  they have been a popular item especially for kids.

Some people think  “$5 is too much for a rock” without thinking about the skill needed to produce these beautiful rocks.  Depending on the size of the rock they cost from 50 cents to $5.00.

Costly and exotic Japanese, Thai, Indian and Nepalese papers are used to create her Kira ishi rocks and she finishes with multiple layers of varnish.

All the papers have a name, the Japanese Yuzen papers have names like Jewels, jasmine, Happiness, Midnight crane and Panda bear and many more.

The Nepalese papers are made from the Lokta bush.  Lokta paper is strong and durable and Eco-friendly and called the Nepal paper plant.

The Thai papers are made of the most luxurious Kozo momi papers that are hand marbled with stunning color combinations including metallic gold ribbons.  They have names of earth events with appropriate colors as noted below.  These are the rocks I was making but Shar makes them better than I do so she is the rock maker master.

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And that’s my story for today!