Saturday, July 31, 2010

Print of the Month - August 2010

"Green Garden"
11 x 14 inch
August 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
Painted during my time in the lush and lovely Skagit Valley of Northwest Washington, this painting celebrates the green valleys I so enjoyed there.

About the Print
This print is created from a digital scan to capture the original painting's true color and detail and then printed on archival quality Bamboo Paper with a professional Epson printer using pigmented inks. 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!
As with food banks across the country, there is always a need, and the South Corvallis Food Bank is working hard to provide for the people who count on it. 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 South Corvallis Food Bank at the close of this sale (August 2010). I will announce the amount raised on my website:JenniferLommers.com. This promotion will only last until the end of the month (8/31/10) at which time a new print and cause will be announced. Thank you for your support!

Friday, July 23, 2010

Painting in Threes: The Modern Triptych

The Art of THREE... Painting Triptychs

Sometimes it is difficult for me to paint smaller paintings, as my inner nature says to paint big. To reduce the tendency to tighten my painting when painting small so that I could keep the images and design loose (and myself appeased) I often choose to paint in groupings of three - often even lining the paintings up together and painting as one. Sometimes I choose to break them apart and continue each painting along its own separate path (as with the Painted Valley series, above, and the "Growing..." abstract series below), sometimes I finish them together as one piece (as with the Waiting in Blue series, below), and sometimes I like to create a more traditional triptych - using similar techniques and/or subject matter (for example, the three bird images below, using india ink and acrylic on paper). Each time I paint a triptych I work to create a unique grouping of paintings to enjoy together or individually.

Here are a few of these triptychs - all available on Imagekind.com (as shown). Browse my online store and see if you can find MORE of these groupings too!

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Lessons Learned in Chicago: an Artist on the Road

This summer I decided to take my art booth beyond the West Coast, and try a trip East. The most logical place to try? Chicago. (My brother lives in the area, hence free lodging and a place to store all my stuff!) I picked out a Chicago area show that fit in my schedule, juried in (yea), and then 2 weeks prior shipped the bare minimum of stuff out to my brother's house. Here is what I learned from this little experiment...

1) A Chicago AREA show, is not a Chicago show.
What I found (having only been to Chicago a couple times in the past) is that it is the land of small community suburbs. I chose a show (Glencoe Festival of the Masters) due to its proximity to my brother's house (2 blocks away). I suppose I was thinking that any show near Chicago would have more people attending than our little West Coast shows. Hmmm. Though it was a great community event, it was a small community. I would say I had more traffic in my booth at Lincoln City, OR and Coupeville, WA. Next time, I think I'll look for a show closer to the center of Chicago.

2) Not all tent rentals are created equal.
I debated quite a bit about whether to invest in a decent pop-up tent (I currently have the more durable/artsy Flourish test - which I love despite the longer set-up time) and have it shipped directly to my brother and then either try to resell it there or ship it back to myself after the show... OR... pay the fee and rent a tent from the show organizers. I chose poorly. The tent I rented was more like a circus tent than the pop-up I expected. The beams were too big in diameter for me to hang my walls, the sides didn't close all the way at night (I used a sheet to block the gap), and they put two big rain barrels attached to my booth which blocked people from entering on one side. Next time - ASK what kind of tent they're renting to you before deciding which route to go.

3) Get creative.
I wasn't quite sure how I was going to display stuff, and had planned on using what I could from my brother's house and/or buying what I needed there. Even though it wasn't the best looking set-up, I'm happy I was able to use what was at hand: a table, a stool upside down for a print rack, and a tupperware box for my cubby of receipt book/calculator/water bottle, etc.

4) Shipping Artwork.
I was fairly happy with how this worked out. I shipped out a few med/large canvases and then shipped a few pieces on paper. I then shipped frames and mats for the artwork on paper directly to my brother's from the manufacturer. Next time, I think I would do more works on paper.

5) Originals vs. Prints.
I thought... "Chicago". They probably want more original art. No need for a lot of prints.
As usual - I should have had more prints! Though I was happy to see my original pricing seemed about right - I received feedback that was in line with feedback I receive on the West Coast.

6) A show is a show is a show.
I was worried that I would feel out of place at a Chicago show. I was happily reminded that my art translates well to a variety of audiences and that art shows are remarkably similar wherever you may go. Even though I was many miles away, I felt right at home in this little artist community.

Overall I would rate this a successful experiment, though maybe not a successful show. I paid for all my expenses for a trip to see my brother and his family, which was my original goal. And, I learned some lessons to make my next attempt at a fly by show more successful. Though I'm happy to report that I'm back on the West Coast show circuit in August!

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