Sold my last remaining matted print of this painting of Enchanted Rock, from my early representational days of painting. I still have 2 unmatted small prints left, and I imagine those will sell eventually, too.
This has been my most popular image for selling prints. And I still have the original. 🙂
I am considering whether I will resume printing giclee prints of any of my work, as my office space is likely to be completed within the month, and I’ll have access to my good printer again.
If I choose to make any more of my images available as prints, I prefer printing them in small editions only on good fine art paper and signing and numbering them, rather than offering unlimited, unsigned prints that can be printed on any old kind of surface through any online printing shops. I really can’t imagine any of my work on metal or plastic, for example, and FAA (for example) doesn’t give the artist the right to veto any media.
This framed print of Enchanted Rock just sold to a couple who recently got engaged there. Enchanted Rock is a magical place, the largest pink granite monadnock in the United States, and has a history of human visitation going back at least 11,000 years.
There are numerous myths about the rock, such as it was “revered by native tribes as a holy portal to other worlds”, that “anyone spending the night on the rock becomes invisible”, and that there exist “many spirits in the tunnels” under the rock. (source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Enchanted_Rock)
My favorite myth, though, is that in the 70’s, hippies used to hang out there doing psychedelics (so I am told), and grooved on the eerie noises of the sun-warmed rock cooling at night. 🙂
I’ve visited several times, but as yet, I haven’t wandered through the caves under the rock. Putting it on my local bucket list.
I have a painting featured on the Finding Fine Art blog, in a post titled “Giving the Gift of Art – Part 1,” written by another wonderful artist, Jessica Torrant. Several artists were interviewed about their experiences in giving art as a gift, including yours truly. Your can read all the interviews and view the art at the Finding Fine Art blog.
Also, some more of my paintings have been featured in more Etsy Treasuries this week:
Do you have a Facebook Page, an Etsy account, and/or artwork for sale at Fine Art America? If so, you can very easily display your work from your Etsy Shop and your Fine Art America portfolio directly on your Facebook Page.
This can be great for your collectors and fans, because in one place, they can quickly see what’s available in both of your online shops and for what price, then link directly from your Facebook Page to the item of their choice in either shop.
There was a recent blog by artist Robert Genn about an experiment by the famous violinist Joshua Bell — who usually plays with great symphony orchestras in fabulous concert halls. One day, he went down to the Washington metro station, opened up his violin case, and played for free (and the occasional tip thrown into the case of his million-dollar Stradivarius).
Hardly anyone paid him any attention; he received $34 in tips for 43 minutes worth of playing — or about $40/hr. — much less than the nearly $1000/minute he usually makes playing in fancy concert venues. Very few people stopped even for a few moments to listen; only one person recognized him.
What does that say about where one displays one’s talents? Without all the trappings of legitimacy conferred on artists, how many people will pass your work by?
I inadvertently started doing art fairs at the end of 2002 — sort of in neighborhood solidarity when some folks in my neighborhood started organizing the first Cherrywood Art Fair.
I never planned on doing art shows of that type. At the time, I was reluctant to put myself and my work out in the art world. The encouragement to participate in the first Cherrywood Art Fair was a nice, neighborly beginning to getting my work out there to be seen (and often purchased) — and it helped to open doors for showing my work in other venues.