Tuesday, May 10, 2016
Read more about the process and see in-progress stages in this blog post I wrote just after completing the drawing.
Click here to see a "zoomable" version of the drawing.
Over the years, I've had a number of on-line sales venues & shops, including eBay, Etsy, Bonanza, Fine Art America, Zazzle, and CafePress. Earlier this year, I decided to take the plunge and create my own shop with Shopify. With this set-up, I can consolidate all my merchandise into one location, and include links to my print on demand shops on Fine Art America, Zazzle, and CafePress. Shopify uses the WordPress platform, so it's familiar to me and easy to navigate.
I still have plenty of art & merchandise to add, but I've made a decent start. Shopify just introduced the "Buy Now" button, which is a nice option to add available art on my website or blog. See the example below with my latest mini scratchboard.
I also list all currently available originals in an album on my Facebook business page. If an original is in my shop, there will be a link along with the image.
Quite a bit more has happened since my last post, and I was lamenting to my Facebook friends how I haven't been keeping up with my blog. It's time consuming, but I really enjoy posting. So I headed over here to take care of some business!
I'll limit this post to the story surrounding this drawing of Ronin, a handsome and impressive K9 with the Sacramento County Sheriff's Department K9 Division.
Plenty of artsy things have happened since my last post (long ago in November!), but for now, I'll share a drawing I finished earlier today. This is one of the two scratchboard drawings I've submitted to the International Society of Scratchboard Artists' 2015 exhibition. I'll find out next month if my entries are accepted. Update: the drawing was accepted and has since traveled to Frederick MD and back.
|This is the "all scratched" version, just before I added color.|
|Roughly 3X actual size|
|Roughly 3X actual size|
|Roughly 2.5X actual size|
This weekend was the annual Lodi Sandhill Crane Festival - a celebration of the annual return of the impressive and beautiful Cranes to Lodi and other areas of the central valley of California for the winter. An art show is part of the Festival and I entered 3 pieces this year, 2 photos and a scratchboard drawing. I'm happy to report that the drawing won a 3rd place in the Fine Art - Crane division and it also sold! I didn't scan many stages in the process of this drawing, but what I did scan is shown below. "Grassland Grace" is 5" x 5", colored with ink. I will eventually make prints on metal of this drawing, but I have to do a thorough job of cleaning up the scan before that happens.
Time sure flies, and that time has been full of assorted creative and wonderful things!
Here's a list of some of what's happened since I got back from the ISSA gathering in NC (I wrote about that in the last post):
1) I completed a drawing I had just started and taken with me to NC. It was accepted into the Art at the Classic art show as part of the 2014 Draft Horse Classic and received a first place in the "Anything Goes" division. Below are some photos of "Fuzzdorable" in progress along with the finished board, it's a 5" x 5" board, colored with inks.