Monday, April 23, 2012

New Paintings and Happy Accidents

Marabelle Paintings Marabelle Paintings
Introducing 2 new canvases I licensed to Oopsy Daisy!  I really love these...  Even though they are intended for Children's art, they could totally be used in a grown-up space.  In fact, they will soon be hanging in my hallway :)

These pieces were a little different for me, as my inspiration didn't start with having a specific image in mind, but rather started with the blank canvases themselves.  I was walking down the aisle at Hobby Lobby and saw these large square canvases and just had to grab them.  I usually paint on a smaller scale so they're easier for me to put directly on my scanner and get ready for product design/reproduction, but in this case I said "what the heck, I'll paint how I want to, and figure out the details later..."  Sometimes you have to strike while the inspiration is hot, right?!

So I had a great time painting, and then had to figure out what I was going to do with the large finished pieces.  I did some research and found a local print shop that does "image capturing"- basically a fancy word for taking a nice high-res picture and putting it on a disc for me.  I then took the files and color corrected them in Photoshop to match my original paintings.  I had the option for the print shop to do the color correcting but it saved money to do it myself (not to mention I'm so picky about color I felt more comfortable doing it anyway).

The whole process worked like a charm and has opened up a completely new world for me and my art!  This was probably something a lot of artists out there already do, and I feel kinda like "duh!" for just now having this a-ha moment, but for me it took stepping outside of my box a little bit to figure it out and apply it to my work.  I'm so glad that I did and now have tons of large-scale painting ideas swirling around in my head!  Don't you just love "happy accidents"?!

Have a great week,

Friday, April 20, 2012

The Month Ahead...

Hi Guys!

Just thought I would check in as it has been a while...  How are you?  Things here have been a little crazy and are about to get crazier within the next few weeks, but always thankful to have work on my plate :)

Some big news is that I decided not to do Surtex again this year.  A lot of the artist blogs I follow are talking about their prep work and getting excited about the show since it's coming up soon, and there is a slight pang of "Did I make the right decision?  Maybe I should have done it again this year..." but overall I feel good about my choice.  Sometimes you just have to listen to your gut, you know?!  It's a great show and I may do it again in the future but this year just didn't seem right for me like it did last year.  Instead my licensing strategy is to single out the companies I would like to work with and pitch collection ideas catered directly to them.  That's really how I have gotten the bulk of my licensing gigs anyway, and for me that just seems to be my best way to work.  More focused, actually :).

So, with that being said, I actually contacted one of the companies on my "dream client" list the other day and now have a meeting in a couple weeks to pitch to them!  I'm very excited about it and I'm going to be working like a mad woman to get this presentation complete.  *Fingers Crossed* it all goes well :).  After that goes down I will be re-packing my bags for a little R&R/Girl Vacay Time at the Hangout Fest!  Cannot wait!  Work hard, play hard, right?!  So that's my next few weeks in a nutshell...  I'll try to get back on the blog soon because I do have a few posts on the backburner I would like to share with you guys...  Until then...


Monday, April 2, 2012

Before and After: Hanging Baskets

Hanging Basket Before

Hanging Basket After

Hanging Basket Supplies

So...putting our house on the market has been a TON of work!  I will say though, that it has been nice to get everything de-cluttered, beautified, and completely organized!

While working on some "curb appeal", Hubs and I hit up the garden center and got some plants for the front and back yards.  To save some money I went with the cheap-o hanging baskets as opposed to the fancier/expensive ones, and just decided to spruce them up when I got home with what I had around the house.  This project was super easy and free to boot!  I used some leftover jute rope from a previous project and busted out my ol' trusty glue gun...  So far the baskets have held up great, so I definitely think I'll be doing this project again...  Next time though I will probably use a wider/chunkier rope- it will save on glue time and stand out a little more too I think...  Anyway, I know this project is too simple to do a step by step, but just thought I'd pass it along in case any of you out there are looking for some inexpensive ideas for your outdoor spaces :)

And here is what we've been scattering around in the other planters and flower beds...
In Progress

P.S.- For my local peeps, let me know if you know of anyone looking for a cute little starter home in Oconee County!