Monday, May 1, 2017

DailyPaintworks contest

Back in March, I had a sudden impulse & entered my painting "Strings" into the DPW monthly contest. The contest is judged each month by a different artist - with 1st, 2nd & 3rd place winners receiving a money award. In addition, the judge also picks a group of artists who win the "judges pick" - which gives them a month free membership plus a month being a featured artist.

"Strings" - March DPW Judges pick winner
This is sold but contact me if you'd like something similar done.
Featured artists on DPW have their work displayed at the top of the daily "what's new" page, as well as in the email blast they put out daily. Featured artists are usually established artists with sales & followings. So being a judge's pick moves your work up in the list!

 I have entered their contests previously but had never won anything. It is only $10 to enter, and each month there are, on average, around 100 entries.

I am very happy to say that "Strings" was a judges pick! And I was a "featured" artist for the month of April. But to enjoy this featured status, I needed to have a painting that was considered "new" each day of the month. Once I received the email that I would be a featured artist I went through my work that was still available & on DPW, and set their "view" dates. I selected roughly 28 paintings & had each one "new" on the next consecutive day. I also set their auctions to match so that each day, a new painting would be on display on the face page as well as had an auction on it.

I am even happier to say that I sold 6 paintings last month, and I believe it had to do with being a Featured artist. Online sales in 2017 started off very, very slow - perhaps the slowest I had ever seen. I kept doing commission work, but the online sales seemed to diminish rapidly from the volume last year. So imagine my surprise at selling 6 paintings in 1 month suddenly! I am thrilled (not to mention I can buy more art supplies!!!!)

I did not enter the DPW contest for April - I just did not have enough "new" work to display had I won a featured artist spot again. But once I have inventory again I will definitely enter the contests again.


Artists Note: I read some suggestions on what to do with art that doesn't sell, and one artist suggested to ask your viewers - your followers - what they didn't like on some of those pieces. I like that idea of feedback - not the artists critique necessarily, but what did the art viewer think & why they wouldn't purchase it. I will be setting that up here on the blog, but also on my Facebook page - and asking for feedback! What a great idea!

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

More Slices!

A few more "Slices of Life" paintings are up on auction
and these are my acrylic ink & washes!
These little bird pieces are selling fast so don't wait & miss out! 

All have a very "friendly" starting price on them & all have free US shipping!

Click on the images to see it larger.
Click on the Titles to go to the DPW auction & happy bidding!

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Slices of Life auctions

I have some of my "Slices of Life" series going up for auction
These 3 were the first & are now active. 
They are 6x12 in size, ready to hang as is 
or can be displayed on a shelf to in a frame. 
All have a very "friendly" starting price on them & all have free US shipping!

Click on the images to see it larger.
Click on the Titles to go to the DPW auction & happy bidding!

I will be adding others, 1 each day
including some of my birds as well. 
I will try to post them here as they become active. 

Sunday, March 26, 2017

House down the Road

"House down the Road"
8 x 8 acrylic on canvas
Available through DPW gallery/auction

This little painting did not start out so little - or so square! This has been a lesson and a half!

I painted this some weeks ago, for an older Virtual Painting (I can't remember which) - but - I was not happy with the painting. I put it aside, next to the easel, and would look at it from time to time. It was "off" for me, but I could not place how. Since I have a tendency to not "push the darks" I just assumed that was my problem. 

Here is the original painting, as a 9x12. It did seem to work, sort of. But there was something I didn't like about it. I felt there was too much of the same green in this, too much yellow, and not enough contrast. 
I belong to a Facebook painting group where artists help one another with critiques. I posted this image, and asked for help & feedback. 

I didn't get a lot, only 2 or 3. General feedback was to go more painterly, less detail. Once person said the horizon line seemed to be in the center of the painting, which can hurt the overall look. 

Working more "painterly" is tough for me, I am so dependent on details. Also, although I love the painterly look I see in other artists, I am at a loss as to how to achieve that look! It's a tough one for me.

I thanked the artists & sat down with my painting to rework it, best that I could. I deleted my post, thinking I would post the new work. (I have discovered I am out of the group somehow, not sure how or why. I asked to rejoin, but I haven't heard back. Maybe I hit the wrong button?).

Anyway, I worked with the trees, trying to achieve a painterly look. And as I worked it, the top of the painting got darker, and darker. Here is the painting with the reworked trees. I could not get into a happy place with the painting, and was about to scrap it. Then I remembered the first artist's comment about the horizon line cutting the painting in half - and I could see that there was quite a large amount of the dark trees on the top half. 

My solution was to cut the canvas (not the first time I've done this). I repositioned the house & horizon line by trimming the canvas down to a square format, 8x8. And now, to me, it works! 


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