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What A Day!

For a Wednesday, this has been pretty eventful!

Which much of the day was spent in the studio cranking out items to sell on Sunday, I also managed to improve my swimming a bit, leave my ATM card in an ATM, listen to a whole book, run some errands, receive several much-anticipated deliveries, and generally “enjoy” that sense of having WAY too much to do, and nowhere near enough time and money in which to do it.

I have never before so much looked forward to the winter holidays as a time when almost-nothing will happen!

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Last night I finished this pendant, an etched-and-enameled sterling silver medallion with an asymmetrical marblewood setting. It makes me happy.

Today, I got my new business cards, which (at least in my imagination) are visually and verbally engaging.

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I realize some of the text is tricky to read in the photo, but the point is that the fairly unremarkable, factual text is sharing space with glossy linework of my own devising.

As far as all that other stuff on the thing-do list, I guess I don’t need to list it out here. So, I won’t. Just trust me, there is an awful lot to do!

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14×14 from the egg

The current bull in my china shop is a 14″x14″ celtic style knot glass panel, done in two colors and … uh… how many pieces? 37, I think. You can count them, it makes me dizzy.

Old-fashioned like whiskey and club soda, with a bit of sugar, an orange wheel, and a cherry.

This is the original design, traced onto butcher paper in Sharpie marker. The working sketch was pencil on butcher paper. It doesn’t get any more swank and art-school than that, folks!

Thursday’s child was full of woe.

Halfway-ish. The largest lower left red swoop is split right up the middle of the curve, and was later recut with less ambitious glass cutter work and more grinding. Cuts like this are pretty common in my designs, which means I either need to get a lot better at cutting, or spring for one of those Gryphon Omni-2 Plus+ wire saws. Or, most likely, both. Probably will do one while accumulating quatlus for the other.

All glass, no glory.

Here is all the glass, cut and ground and ready to foil. Someone awesome made my thumb sad while grinding, so I have taken a couple of days off from working on it. Basically trying to avoid all thumb usage. … in other words, spent the weekend sitting on my thumb. It’s okay, though, I need to take some time off to think up new profanity to yell when I cut myself. “Son of a biscuit” is getting a bit trail-worn.

Inky Delight

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Left: Initial sketch, Right: early proof.

 

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Printed! (notice the braided border didn’t make it)

 

A print I made recently, on a whim. Not really sure if I made it because I found one last blank printing plate, or because I was actively inspired, or maybe because there are some I had made for the coloring book that I am now not sure I like enough to include. In any case, I do like this one quite a bit. This print isn’t perfect, but I figured a blog post with a perfect print would be less fun (for you) than a post with an imperfect print. Because the perfect print might never come around.

 

Report Card: The Ornatelier Goes Into The World

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We’ll come back to this image in a minute. Don’t fret.

Last weekend, as described in an earlier post, I shared a vending booth at an outdoor festival. In terms of art sales, it was a bust. As a learning experience, though, it was ace. One of the things I learned best (most? hardest?) was that if I want to play the art vending booth sport, I really need to step up my game. I need a more formal presentation. I need things I hate dealing with (price stickers, for example). I need display arrangements that say ‘gallery’ more than they say ‘squatter’. I’ve often said that, had DaVinci done a sketch on a cocktail napkin, that would in no way diminish its value … as long as it is properly mounted, matted, frame, and has a nice caption card. All of this stuff is very attainable for me, it just requires money and time away from the studio work. In theory, though, each finished piece (finished means all the way to framed or ready-to-frame) will stay finished and show-ready in perpetuity. So, once I catch up on the stock I have, this should be less time consuming. However, the expense of getting set up is considerable: I have a LOT of stock on hand.

That said, things are good. I discovered that my computer and printer actually CAN produce a decent print of a scanned original. That means I can sell prints of some of my watercolors at reasonable prices, and save the originals for pricey markets. People at an outdoor fair browsing booths aren’t looking for original art to frame and treasure and foist off on their kids. They’re looking for shiny things to remind them of that time they went to that festival… I think I can do this. The image above is one that I test-printed today, it came out fan-freaking-tastic on the photo paper. I am really excited about this, and wanted to start printing lots of my earlier paintings as affordable repro. 

There is a lot more to show prep than just the stock, but if the stock isn’t worth selling, there is no reason to get out of bed at all. At least I have my work cut out for me. I think having a wider range of items (and price points) in my Etsy shop will help move that along, and I might see about getting some of my mo’ better images printed as postcards by a commercial printer at some point. 

I also have been working on glass, as well. If you look in the Flickr photostream on the left, you should see a few images of an all-clear-glass design. In three of the images, the piece has that just-finished look. In the fourth, there are massive breaks and cracks in the outer 2 glass panes, that sort of frame the central braid thing. And the most recent picture is the same central braid, flanked by blue and purple. Yeah, that’s right. I made it, photographed it, dropped it on the studio floor, and then spent half the next day re-making it. It actually looks better with the blue and purple, instead of clear-clear-clear. But I kinda wish I had used that half-day on something less …. remedial. Ahh, well.