Saturday, January 31, 2009

Valentine's Day Cards released!

Back on January 15 I was trying to design and create some Valentine's Day Cards. Then the children were off Thursday Jan 15, Friday Jan 16, Monday Jan 19, and and Friday 23. (I don't get much work done when the kids are home, go figure.) I also had a lot of other (real life) work to cram into the remaining days. This did result in a delay in my progress.

Eventually I created the original designs, photographed them, improved them, photographed them, printed the photos, assembled them as cards (finished product) , photographed the finished product looking like a card, and then repeated the process with more designs. It's a lot of work for a $3.50 card but I had fun doing it. Valentine's Day is one of my favorite holidays.

I took the finished product to Elliot's Partyland on Port Washington Road in Mequon, WI, and they bought 6 of the designs! They are trying them out, since mine are handcrafted by a local artist, they are different then the commercial cards they normally carry. Some of the cards (3 different designs) already sold!

Elliot's Partyland selected a representative variety of the cards, so the ones pictured here are the designs being sold at Elliot's. I have these designs and more for sale at , and at Studio 6, next to Tomaso's Pizza in Cedarburg.

I hope you enjoy the cards, and remember loved ones and relatives - Make them smile by sending a card today!

Friday, January 16, 2009

Cold days and valentines.

Wenesday I worked on some valetines cards, and I was pumped up to work more on Thursday, then school was canceled due to cold. For my 4 children. And it's canceled for tomorrow. Will I get to create card art? Stay tuned... and warm...

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

On-line Store updated

Today I added about 20 products to my on-line store at Check it out! It took nearly all day to add the items though. First you have to create a good photograph, crop and modify it to 1000 pixels wide, write a description and select a ton of options. But I'm learning how to do it! I added bunches of cards, some photographs, and 2 mosaics.

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

New Artwork on Display!

On Tuesday, I entered two photographic works of art into the Cedarburg Cultural Center's Main Street Gallery's January show. One of my new year's resolutions is to enter artwork in each of the Cedarburg Artists Guild's five shows in 2009. Each Guild member can display 1-3 pieces of art for sale and display in each of the Guild's shows. The current show runs until March 4, 2009. Artworks displayed in the Guild shows can not be displayed again in future guild shows, (i.e. no repeats), so viewers get to see constantly changing work.

When I woke up on Tuesday, I didn't know exactly what artwork I was going to display. (I had ideas, options, and frames.) I got the children off to school and then went to pick up my photographic prints from 2 different locations. I raced to the framers to get a mat cut for one of the new prints. As I was unloading the prints, the glass from one of the frames shattered in the car. Great. The drop-off time for the show was between 10:00am and 1:00pm. I was still at the framers after 12:30.

I got to Cedarburg in time, and at least one other artist dropped off art after me, but I am wondering why do I procrastinate? Why didn't I have the works ready days ago? Actually, I always have works available since I sell artwork at Studio 6, an artist coop in Cedarburg, and I could go "pull something off the wall", but I wanted to present a new work. Hence the last minute pressure. I've an artist friend who said she does her best work under pressure, but I'm thinking I could do with a little less pressure, and a little more planning. Do other artist "cram" before shows and exhibits?

Either way, my goal was reached. Art displayed! I'll try to get photos up soon. A picture is worth a thousand words, so I won't try to describe the pieces I am exhibiting.
Good Bye for now!

Friday, January 2, 2009

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year to everyone! Early January is the time for New Year's Resolutions. Yes, I actually try to make some. My resolutions usually fall in the goal category...

On January 6, 2009 I'll be taking 2-3 pieces of art to the Cedarburg Artist's Guild's mini gallery. One of my goals is to be displaying new artwork in each of the Gallery's shows. It's a benefit of being a member of the CAG (Cedarburg Artist's Guild), which I joined in 2008. I had 3 framed photographs in the CAG's December 2008 show "Blizzard of Art".

Another goal for 2009 is to fill my online store at and of course, get some sales! I also need to update my website at

Make some goals of your own and list them here - I'll check up with you and encourage you to meet your goals! Have a great 2009.