Saturday, September 26, 2009
Since I am a self-taught artist, I was a little self-conscious about being taken seriously as a professional artist. I had to sell work to survive. At that time all I ever saw in art shows, galleries and in home design was what I call "grow'd up" art. That is art portraying landscapes, still-lifes, florals and abstracts. I did paint all of those things for years and sold them. But, one day I started doodling on a scrap of watercolor paper and a Fat Frog emerged dressed as a jester. He made me smile so I decided to paint him. When he was finished he made me smile even more, so I decided to have him framed. I thought I'd like to keep him around so we could smile at each other. The minute I walked into the frame shop with him, my plans changed. Everyone there wanted him! It seems he made other people smile, too. Fat Frog was certainly unlike any "grow'd up" art I had ever seen, but for about 16 months it was all I could do to keep up with the demand for different versions of Fat Frog! Eventually I increased my Frog portfolio to include Dancing Frog, Lying Toad and more. One collector bought 20 different Frogs to decorate her bathroom. Another bought 14 Frogs to create a theme for her son's room.Luckily I found out about the Giclee printing process and a great company to transfer my original images into print. Shown above you will find the three versions of FatFrog we have currently in print.
Saturday, September 19, 2009
We are celebrating [my critters and I] our first year of being on the internet! I've only had merchandise up on selling sites for a few months since I had quite a steep learning curve to surmount. It takes a while for my right brain to figure out what my left brain is trying to do, as well as my being seriously typing impaired!The most exciting reward for me this year has been meeting the most incredible people I have ever met in my life. I now have incredible animal-loving, rescuing friends with the most incredible hearts in the world. My new artist friends are so fabulously talented their images leave me absolutely breathless! I have friends who are working every day in the most imaginative ways to bring positive energy in to the world for all people. Some of you have even taken your time to help me with pointers and advice about tech and editorial situations. Bless you! I am so fortunate to have met ya'll and to have you in my life. I am so very honored by the collectors who have been with me for years and have now joined me here on the world wide web.Woohoo!!!It's a celebration all right and I am so very grateful for each and everyone of you! Let's Party!!! xxxxxxxxxx
Friday, September 11, 2009
The "Animal Alphabet is finally being posted for sale! Already selling full names in local shops for Christmas Presents. This was a 3 month project and a really intriguing challenge. First to find as many objects and animals with letters, then to make the animals and objects relate to each other. As I got into it I realized that many names had the same letter multiple times, so to make the name more interesting when matted and framed, I created multiple images for several letters. In all, there are fifty four letters in each alphabet. We have had two sizes printed: the small size is 4.5x6" for each letter and will be used for spelling a name, the large size is 7.5x9" and will be used for initials, most likely. I plan to have both sizes available on http://www.sherrydoleart.etsy.com very soon.
Wednesday, September 9, 2009
"Santa's Workshop" Mr. and Mrs. Santa are taking a break to read a few letters from specially good boys and girls. I painted the original as a commission for one of my favorite collectors. It took so long to paint [3 months] we nicknamed it "The Painting That Would Not End". When it was finally completed, we decided to share it with others by turning it into a Giclee Reproduction.
My studio is in an uproar as so many new projects are nearing their completion stage. I really do keep telling myself that it would be so much more efficient to create one project at a time. I repeat: I do tell myself that very thing. However, I rationalize that I would spend as much time on one thing as I do on twenty, so I may as well work on a bunch at one time! Anyway, coming soon will be ACEOS and original paintings for sale online!