Monday, July 25, 2011

Watercolor house portraits ...

Two finished house portraits

I've been busy working on the house portraits that were commissioned during the Art Show and Sales event that took place on the 9th of July.  Above are two of the house portraits I photographed this afternoon.   I finished and delivered another but forgot to photograph it.    

I like the presentation package I came up with.  Each 5" x 7" painting is matted with a 8" x 10" white matt and foam core backing and encased in a clear envelope.  The package of 6 note cards is in a clear package and attached to the front of the painting with a small piece of double stick tape.  Both are then placed in a larger clear envelope and a bow of raffia encloses the whole package of note cards and painting together.  A nice presentation for the owner of the house.

This is the first time I've really done house portraits. Do you have experience with this type of commission?  Would you consider doing house portraits?  

Monday, July 11, 2011

Saturday's Art Show and Sales

7" x 5" watercolor sketch, matted to  10" x 8" with matching note cards

Remember me telling you about the Art Show and Sale ?  Well Saturday was the day and the weather was perfect for such an event.  It was well attended and a huge hit with both the vendors (aprox. 20) and attendees.  

Lunch could be purchased for a $5.00 donation, proceeds going to a local school.  The menu consisted of a glass of wine, sandwich wrap, 2 salads, 2 asparagus spears, and a huge strawberry,  all served on a small clear plastic plate with a paper doily.  It was a masterpiece in its self .  Attendees could help themselves to dessert of either a lemon bar or brownie or both.  As you can imagine the food was a huge hit.  

I usually try to come up with something new for each of these shows and this year I offered a 5" x 7"  watercolor portrait of the purchasers home, matted to 8" x 10" and a free pack of 6 matching note cards.  I felt I could only offer it to 5  buyers because my schedule from August through November is very full and wouldn't have time to finish them after August.  I sold out with-in the first hour.   And, it was so fun to offer something that so many people were interested in.  I even took two more orders from people who swore they didn't need the portrait until after the first of 2012.   

The show was well advertised and it showed that those in charge had worked hard to make it the great event it was.  

Now time for me to get back to work and get some painting done ....