Friday, October 8, 2010

Sneak Peek Friday

Welcome everyone to Sneak Peek Friday.   I just got a very cool book from Amazon recommended by one of my friends.  I don't know too much about the artist, Elizabeth Peyton, except that she did a lot of portraits of some famous English people, ie Prince Harry.  Anyway as you see by the cover,  her use of color and the simplicity of her portraits is what's so appealing to me.  So that will be fun to explore .
A Place In The Sun,  5 x 7 image on 6 x 9 watercolor paper

 Another work in progress is establishing an Etsy site.  I been working on 2 possible ways to sell prints.  The first above is printed on 140 lb. watercolor paper, which I've seen some other artists do.  I've signed the bottom in pencil.  The weight feels nice in the hand.

Surfer Chicks,  8 x 10, frame
 The other idea would be to print on Epson Luster photo paper and I would sell it matted.  Love to hear any opinions on which way to go.  I was ready to order mats and then loved the print with the signature, too.

"Hesitant Pooch", 5" x 5", watercolor on aquaboard
I also worked on this little cutie patootie. yesterday.  He looked a bit frightened and was being led (dragged) back into the ocean.  I think he was done.  He's so cute.  I got so frustrated with painting on aquaboard that I'm going try the same picture with oil, which I haven't done in years. Wish me luck.

Anyway, if your wanting to participate to Sneak Peek Friday, just visit Jennifer at  "In the Studio"  and give it a try.


Artist Terri Smith said...

Hi your pieces for the week! Especially the Cutie Patootie! :)) Precious! Hey..good luck with the oils. I can't seem to work with anything else. Would love to try my hand at watercolor. Have a great weekend!

Carola Bartz said...

Diana, love the cutie patootie. About the prints - I think I like the watercolor with the signature a little bit better as this also gives the buyer the option to choose his/her way of framing the print.

Jennifer @ Studio JRU said...

Looks like a great book! I love looking through new books... love Amazon! :) Love these watercolors. I like the mat... maybe because that is what I chose to go with. ;) But really, either way is great! Love the pooch!

Odd Chick said...

I love the watercolor paper. But I've seen some artist leave a border around the print and then sign it directly under the print:give the title of the piece on the left and signature on the right. I know that is very good paper (epson). I just bought a whole pack and then realized my laser printer would not like it.

You are so friggin good it blows me away.

jacqueline said...

Dearest Diana, your paintings are realy gorgeous! I really adore that "Hesitant Pooch"! I am looking forward to your etsy shop! Have alovely merry happy weekend and love to yoU!

Heather said...

I think watercolor paper would be lovely. I like the signature on the bottom right, too. Do they make it for ink jet printers? keep me updated.
I think your etsy shop will do great. your work is fabulous. It's so colorful and i really like your fresh style.cute doggy, too is that pastel or paint. have a great weekend. xxoo

Kelly Berkey said...

hi diana, your artwork is beautiful and i'm excited for your etsy shop to open. i like the watercolor paper signed but either way would probably sell your paintings are so beautiful.
i'm excited to see what you do in oils, they are a bit trying for me but i'm having fun playing!

Roban Studio - Rhonda said...

Hi Diana,
Awesome work. Loving the light you put into your paintings. I have an Etsy shop too and it's tough figuring out what the buyer wants. I have lowered my prints down to rock bottom and can't seem to sell any. I think you need to have originals for sale too as buyers are informed as to how things are made and just aren't willing to pay big bucks for something printed on a home printer. You may try a few of each as a test and see what happens. Let the customer decide what your store offers. Just a suggestion!
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Have a great week!