Bubbles, Bubbles Everywhere

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Hello again! While the business side of my life is slowing down, my tasks at home have increased ten-fold. This week marks the start of my third and final trimester! There’s so much to do to get the house ready for baby, and yet the holidays are fast approaching too.
The project I’ll be sharing with you today, completes my final order until next Spring. I do have a couple more wedding gift portraits to do for family. I’m crossing my fingers that I’ll be able to squeeze those in before baby comes… somewhere between construction projects, baby preparations, and Christmas decorating, baking, and shopping.…

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Kids On My Mind…

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Wow, it’s been a while since my last post! Since then I’ve had the pleasure of painting two adorable kids for a client in Wichita. He was the first to find me through CustomMade. It’s a website I joined a few months ago, where you can browse portfolios from makers across the country and select one to make your custom project. Because I was so new to the site and a portrait is quite an investment, I was honored to be chosen for the task.
From start to finish, this painting took a solid month to complete. Paintings can be much more time consuming than drawings any day.…

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My Pricing Revised

 
So, for the past 6 months I have been tracking my income, expenses, and profit on Outright.com. If any of you are planning to start a small business out of your home or already have, I highly recommend signing up for an account on this site if you haven’t already. A basic account is free and it has been an invaluable tool for organizing and understanding my business finances.
Due to the unique nature of my business, these first couple of years have been all about trial and error. I am constantly learning from my mistakes, as well as my successes.…

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Red Velvet Cake: Finished

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All done! I finished the red velvet cake painting this past Friday. I gave it a few days to dry before photographing it, to cut down on the shine. I’ll pick up where I left off in the process last time and lead up to the finished product.
Here is a shot of my little studio space. The set-up for paintings is slightly different than for drawings. Once the underpainting is dry, I start to build each element (background, plate, fork, cake). In this photo, you can see that I’m trying to get the right ellipse shape for the plate. I’m also trying to establish basic shadows, highlights, and details. …

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Red Velvet Cake: In Progress

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Hi there! It’s been a while since I touched base. The last month, I have been working on a couple of portrait gifts and thinking a lot about where to go next with this art career I’m embarking on. More on that later, perhaps.
Some time in March, I started talking with a client about commissioning a small food art painting (my first!). She really liked the little pink cupcake painting I did around that time, but wanted something to match her kitchen. I gave her a list of ideas for foods, but she knew pretty quickly that she wanted to go with red velvet cake.…

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Ordering a Portrait: Part II

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I apologize for taking longer than expected to get this post up. It took me an extra week to finish the wedding portrait. I guess I’m not used to doing faces quite that large. Just to jog your memory… In Ordering a Portrait: Part I, I introduced my plan to redo our old wedding drawing and also discussed the process of ordering a custom portrait. We talked about reasons to order a portrait, how to figure out which size, medium, and price are best for you, and how to go about contacting me and sending a photo. At this point in the process, I take over and get started on your custom artwork, and also order the framing materials you have chosen.…

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Ordering a Portrait : Part I

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I did this wedding portrait of my husband and I back in January of 2009. I had just started playing with the idea of starting a portrait business. I hadn’t done a portrait in almost a year, not since graduating college in the Spring of 2008. I was happy with it at the time, but lately every time I look at it, hanging on our bedroom wall, I get the itch to redo it. As an artist, I learn so much every single time I work on a new piece. It’s normal to look back at artwork I did a few years ago and see the things that could be improved.…

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What It’s All About

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A lady called me at the end of January. She wanted to order a portrait painting of her late step-daughter for her husband for his birthday. The girl was only 18 years old when she passed away. These are the projects I live for. It’s a sad business, to be sure, but it gives me the opportunity to do something for a client that will be a treasure forever.
The picture I received to work from was an 8×10 headshot, probably a school photo. It was splotched, scratched, and had seen better days. This just made me look forward to this project all the more.…

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Thanks!

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A big thank you to everyone who made Friday night’s reception a success!  I had a great time sharing my artwork with friends and family who travelled from all over the area, as well as the friendly people who wandered in from Main Street and The Wildey.  We ate snacks, talked, laughed, browsed the shop, and I even made a few sales… woohoo!  I was overwhelmed by the number of people who turned up to support me and my work.  It reminds me of a quote from the end of one of my favorite movies, “Remember no man is a failure who has friends.”…

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