Thursday, June 24, 2010

New Art Arriving in Lake Oswego!

Look for these new ORIGINAL paintings fresh off the easel this weekend (June 25-27, 2010) at the Lake Oswego Show near Portland, OR - BOOTH # G6

"Red Poppy Field"
ORIGINAL Acrylic on Canvas
16 x 16 inch

"A Hushed Rendesvous"
ORIGINAL Acrylic on Canvas
16 x 20 inch

"Waterlillies at Dusk"
ORIGINAL Acrylic on Canvas
20 x 30 inch

Monday, June 14, 2010

Designing a New Print Basket - Attempt No 1

Finished Print Bin
Some Improvements Needed (note the cardboard slipping out)
But not bad for my first try!

For those of you who have followed my artistic path on my blog, you'll know that I travel to my shows packing everything into my Prius. As a result, if I want to bring more product to my shows, I need to eliminate some of the bulkier items. Also, with flying to Chicago this year for a show, I needed something light and easy to ship in which to present my prints (among many other logistical issues...)

So - I decided to create fabric print bins with cardboard supports. Even though I'm very good at visualizing what I want - figuring out how to sew it together is NOT my forte! Thanks goodness I have a mom who knows how to sew everything (and then some).

With her advice, I made a small model on graph paper and cut it out, taping it together to see how it would work. My mom then went about making a small sample with fabric while I wrote down each step that she took. Then, we enlarged it to actual size, making a paper pattern.

I went home with pattern, fabric, and instructions - and here's what this non-sewer made!

Not bad, but I definitely plan some improvements and simplifications to the design. I hope to have several ready before my big trip. If it all works out, I'll post the pattern here!

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Getting a Little More Hip into my Art Marketing!

"Growing in the Valley No 11", as seen on my Etsy listing HERE

When I occasionally look back over my online sales presence, I am often amazed at all the little changes that have naturally occurred over time to give my "look" a little more professionalism and depth. Many of my promotional images and documents have evolved over the years, and thankfully, I think have improved.

As artists we market ourselves in a variety of ways - Artist bios, head shots, artwork images, packaging, facebook, twitter, and so much more!

So, as I march along this path of little improvements, it's sometimes nice to note a little change that I took the time to figure out so that I could have a little better presentation.

The Setting Shot.

I wanted to be able to give my buyers a little better idea of the size of the artwork, without having to reduce myself to putting myself in the photo, a ruler in the photo, a quarter in the photo... you get the idea. I also wanted to give my artwork a little more "hipness"

So, by purchasing a little red chairs image from canstockphoto.com for the minimal price of $2.00, I can now add a little style to my presentation using a little Photoshop know-how.
(above image) as seen on my ETSY listing HERE

I know I'm late to the party on this one - but I'm sure I'm not the only one! Give it a try, if you haven't already. You'll be finding yourself having a lot of fun with a little interior decoration.

And if you look at my Etsy listings of with these images, you'll note I still have kind of a mix of old marketing images with the new. Hopefully, I'll continue to update my files!

Happy Marketing!

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Time to Clean my Palette Mixed Media Style: Recycle those Paints!

"Sunflower Couple - Facing the Storm"
Acrylic on Canvas
Look for this ORIGINAL ART on EBAY
(ends Friday June 11, 2010 - don't miss out on this unique work of art!)

For those who have watched me paint (or have seen my other acrylic mosaic posts), they know that I'm a MESSY painter! Clean up? No way. My palette is a metal pan which builds up layer after layer of acrylic paint. I don't clean it. I just let it dry (I LOVE acrylics!) Once I have several layers (this can takes weeks if I want a thick layer) I then just peel off the dried paint into one big beautiful colorful sheet of collage material. The side that was against the pan is shiny and smooth with colors naturally blending into each other. It's luscious. As I have enough material, I then enjoy cutting it into shapes (often little mosaic squares as seen HERE).

For this painting, however, I've used a larger sheet to create the entire background of the piece. I then cut the acrylic material into strips to layer around the entire canvas.

It's fun, it's creative, and it is a great way to recycle the bulk of my left over paints instead of sending them down the drain or in the trash!

I hope you enjoy my "Sunflower Couple..."!

Sunday, June 6, 2010

Marigolds for Carson now Available!

"Marigolds for Carson"
20 x 30 x 1.5 inch
Acrylic on Canvas
now Available on ETSY

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Print of the Month JUNE 2010 supporting the BTA of Oregon

"Bicycle Dream No 2"
11 x 14 inch
June 2010 Print of the Month
$20.00 each, shipping $5.00
(regularly priced at $40.00)
$10.00 from each sale will be donated to

NOW Available for purchase on ETSY!

About the Painting
I've always enjoyed bicycling and as a child spent many summers taking our bikes to the Oregon Coast to ride on the many trails provided by the state parks system. As an adult, I still ride, and also married into the sport of the triathlon. I've only participated in a couple myself, but I've watched many a triathlete zooming by on the bike leg from California to Washington. Although this particular bicycle is not too sporty, it is my whimsical interpretation of the sheer joy of riding. I also have fond memories of creating the painting while staying in Kona during a very fun and relaxing trip to Hawaii. I hope you enjoy my "Bicycle Dream..."

About the Print
This is a poster print created professionally from a digital scan to capture the original painting's true color and detail. The print is signed on the front then packed in an acid free sleeve complete with foam core for added protection. The print is shipped flat via USPS First Class Mail within the U.S. An artist bio is also included.

About the CAUSE!
I was recently happily surprised by the good deeds of this association as they came into my son's 5th grade class to provide practical lessons in bicycle safety, culminating in a well supervised bike ride around town! I think many of those 5th graders now know the rules of the road better than many driving adults. Their organization does many other great bike and walk safety projects around Oregon. If you would like to donate directly to their cause, please feel free to do so HERE.

$10.00 for every print sold will be donated directly to the BTA at the close of this sale (July 2010). I will announce the amount raised on my website: JenniferLommers.com. This promotion will only last until the end of the month (6/30/10) at which time a new print and cause will be announced. Thank you for your support!

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