Thursday, March 31, 2011

Drumroll please.. Japan Night Scene Print now available

One of my favorite, most detailed paintings is now available as a print!  Not everyone has the space, or budget for a huge original painting.  So I've made it available in an 11x14 size professionally made print for $25.  And for those who would like an 18x24 for the same price, I am taking pre-orders for it.  I have to pay the printers more to get these made, but I save on bulk orders.

So if you'd like one just let me know, I have an order going in after this weekend!  I can offer many of my prints in a variety of sizes and papers (even wrapped canvas prints), so don't hesitate to ask.  Isn't that what they always say, "don't know if you don't ask".

Since winter wont go away... I'll experiment with soup!

Today was rainy and chilly, which I don't mind all that much.  I get to wear my great winter boots a few more days, and I get to try out some creative recipes.

We've always loved the canned italian wedding soup, so I scrounged through my cupboards and found some items to make a chicken, rice, and spinach concoction for tonight.

Here's what I used:
1 frozen chicken breast
1/2 can spinach
3 tbsp tomato chicken broth powder
2 tbsp lemon pepper
1 cup rice
5-6 cups water

I just cooked the chicken and the lemon pepper in the pan.  Cut up the breast, then added all the ingredients to the pot and simmered for 30 minutes. 

The result was wonderful!  Great savory flavor, healthy spinach, a truly wonderful meal in a bowl.  Unlike some of my other experiments, the family devoured this.  Even my picky son at some of it (just don't tell him that was spinach!)

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Getting ready to send off a new painting..

What would your sign say?

And my newest oil painting is all dry and ready to be taken to it's new home.  A nursing facility in Kansas.  I just got an order for a couple more paintings for the same business.  I love my job!  
These restaurant signs are the perfect addition to any kitchen (I love the one I have in my kitchen) , plus it doesn't hurt for those of us who love to cook to have our very own proclamation ;)  The cutest order I had was for one that said Sweet Southern Cooking.  

Friday, March 25, 2011

Japan Night Scene- Fundraiser for Japan Relief

Japanese Relief Donation 325 dollars Japanese night scene Huge Original Painting
Japanese Relief Donation 325 dollars Japanese night scene Huge Original Painting
Japanese Relief Donation 325 dollars Japanese night scene Huge Original Painting Japanese Relief Donation 325 dollars Japanese night scene Huge Original Painting Japanese Relief Donation 325 dollars Japanese night scene Huge Original Painting Japanese Relief Donation 325 dollars Japanese night scene Huge Original Painting Japanese Relief Donation 325 dollars Japanese night scene Huge Original Painting
This is an original painting by me that took months to complete. I've always thought of keeping it in my personal collection. I really poured my heart into it, and admire all of the hard work it took to get "Just Right".  I never thought of passing it on to someone elses collection.  But with what has occurred in Japan, those thoughts evaporated quickly.

This Japanese night scene is in the mountains, with a beautiful moon shining over everything and reflecting the colors of nature. There is a Shinto shrine on a cliff, a plain house, red bridge crossing a dazzling river, and a beautiful geisha taking in the view. This painting has so many scenes within it that you find yourself just staring at it, taking it all in.

The painting is done on a huge 30x40 inch canvas. Oil paint is the medium and a little bit of glitter was put onto the water. A truly captivating artwork that commands the attention of the room.

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

I love this organizer!

I made one of these because I'm always reaching for a brush when I already have paint on my hands.  This makes my studio space so much cleaner.  You have your favorite brushes, now they're all accessible and at the tips of your (maybe paint covered) hands.  I hear that there are "tidy" artists, this is the closest I will get to being one!  I'm making these reclaimed barn wood beauties in a couple of different sizes for sale in my etsy shop

I've been adding new items every day, and would love to hear what you think about the listings.  This includes items you think I should have, or paintings you'd like to see.  

Friday, March 18, 2011

mid-terms.. oh the stress

I think mid-terms have sent me off the deep end...writing about Plato and Machiavelli, doing research and writing papers... oh the joy.  I have snuck in some fun time though, tried a new experiment with some cool old tiles, canvas and glue.  I will put pics on when they dry, we'll see what happens!  Speaking of experiments.. chemistry homework errrr. 

Why oh why... Bad Vibes

Why are people so negative when your following your dream?  I'm so happy for my friends and family when they go for what is most important to them... truly.  So why is it that your number one passion in life makes other people unhappy?  or negative?
I feel lucky to know what my dream is... and I'm not going to apologize for it anymore!  I'm going to brag, maybe even MORE than I need too.
I opened my little etsy shop on new years and already I've made international sales, and will be published in a magazine soon (just filled out the release).  I LOVE what I do, and I have been through so much that I deserve to be happy.  I owe it to myself to give this a try, a real try.
But that leaves the question... do I just ignore the negative people, confront them, or leave them behind?  One bright spot is that I've found out who's really there for me and who will provide inspiration.  See.. I could end this on a positive note ;

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

What the heck is Destash? and Aceo?

Yep! I had to look it up.  I still haven't learned the " language" of the art trade, or the Etsy lingo... so I'll pass on what I learned.

Destash is selling the supplies and extras from you crafting, painting, jewelry making, sewing loot.  Passing it on to someone who will use it.  It fits with the title, lol.

And Aceo cards are like baseball cards, except for artists.  You can swap and buy them and have collections, also a pretty cool idea. 

So there's my lesson for today!  Hope you learned something just like I did!! 

Follow my Blog?  Cause you know I'm awesome... in the short term attention span way at least??

Saturday, March 5, 2011

March into Spring 25 OFF!

Its that time of year, spring cleaning and a fresh look towards this year.  In recognition of that I'm doing a sale.  Something that inspires you, that you see beauty in, or that brings back happy memories is always a good thing.  I love sentimental things, and i try to capture that in my paintings.  click the link below to look around!
lisas paintbrush store

Thursday, March 3, 2011

new items added to shop... feedback welcome

Some of the new additions are custom watercolor paintings for $45, greeting cards from any of my prints for 5.95, or a 5x7 hand-painted original from one of my prints.  I know that variety in offerings and prices can help bring in more customers, I'm just really unsure on the pricing.. I guess we'll see how they sell and adjust from there. 

I've been painting a picture a day... or the equivalent at least lol

I'm now at the refining stage, making everything google friendly.. putting tags in all of my listings.  And now that's no small feat.  I've been averaging a painting a day and my listings are up to 33.  I've been trying to just use up all of this creative vibe I'm getting.. my coursework in school may be suffering slightly, but I work better under pressure anyways... right? ;)

Sales have been slower, but I imagine that the end of the month has a lull just like most other businesses.  I fight the little voices of failure and try to just keep working when I don't have orders.  For instance, i have a painting of two sisters (my daughters) that is my best seller.  People love it, so I'm trying to take notice of that.  I now have a picture of seven sisters, and am working on one of three boys.  I'm trying to get a good mix of siblings (or sons and daughters) to fill the rest of the market on capturing those family moments that you never want to forget.

Good news also.... one of my paintings is making a journey to the UK.  My first international sale, I think that's great!  Through that sale I had to figure out shipping, and now I've added shipping to all countries in all of my listings.  That way people don't need to ask for a quote, I know I wouldn't want to. 

I may have doubts, I may get down on myself for a minute, but then I realize I'm doing pretty well for not really having any sales until a month ago.  I've already got repeat business, and I really do love talking to people to make sure they get exactly what they want..