Thursday, 18 August 2011

Paint Party Friday...ménage à trois...



So,  the Twisty Town journey is almost complete. I say almost because Saturday will be the true test,  as it's then that they will take up (temporary) residence on a table in a hall in Newtownabbey (a town I've never visited before!) before hopefully going on to live full and happy lives on the walls of discerning art lovers the length and bredth of the province (or maybe that's only in my dreams!). I am hugely excited and very nervous.

I've spent this week printing off greetings cards, handstamping the boarders of each card, packing them up in their little cello bags and then designing and printing off signs for my stall as well as little pricing postcards. I've also printed off copies of some of my pointy portraits to display just in case I could drum up some future commissions that way.

I've deliberated over how much I should charge for each of the Twisty Towns.  S thought I was charging too little and should increase it a bit, based on the fact that once I take into account the canvas, the paints, the crackle glaze and the time it took me to do them I'd probably make about 5p profit! So, just in case, I've printed off a few different pricing postcards and if they don't sell for the higher price I can reduce it as the day goes on . Mind you, any that don't sell will be going into my Etsy and Folksy shops so it's not like I'll be giving them away at rock bottom prices at the fair!

Anyway, these were the last three canvasses and I was feeling a little out of ideas when S suggested that I do a triptych - he didn't use that word but I vaguely remembered reading it somewhere once and googled it to see if it was an actual thing - and it is - so I decided to use it so it sounds like I know what I'm talking about!

So, I came up with this scenario loosely based on the new Peace Bridge recently opened across the River Foyle in my hometown of Derry, or Londonderry if you prefer (you can see why we might need a 'peace' bridge!).



I don't actually like the design of the real bridge very much - the big spikey things don't appeal to me and I kind of object to them spending £14 million to build it. I mean seriously, we've already got two perfectly good road bridges going over the river so I'm not altogether sure why we needed to build a foot bridge that will only make it easier for the little yobs from either side of the city to terrorise anyone trying to walk across it.  In fact the link I attached here depressingly details how vandals attacked the bridge only two weeks after it was opened. Is it any wonder I feel the need to create quirky, pretty, little imaginary towns when the real life ones we live in are so full of doom and gloom?




Anyway, on a lighter note, that's all 15 canvasses finished, about 100 cards printed and I'm pretty much all set for my first experience in trying to sell my art in a real live venue (and am also looking forward very much to having a nosy round all the other vintage, retro clothing stalls and hand made jewellery).  I will of course take my camera with me to record the day and will no doubt bore you all with the minutae of the event in due course!

Oh and the title of these paintings isn't really ménage à trois, it's 'Bridging the Gap' but I figured the title might intrigue folk to pop over here (even though they'll obviously be very disappointed when they get here!!)

Happy Paint Party Friday - apologies in advance if I don't get a chance to visit many folk this weekend but I'll get there next week!

27 comments:

  1. I love these and I love the three canvas idea, I just painted three lily pond canvases,, this twisty town was made for these canvases,, perfect,, you know you can even go vertical with the canvases,, I did that with one for my daughter three acros the bottom and then two then one,, then i painted a big goddess painting,, it looked really cool.Have a super weekend and I wish you all the luck,, if I was closer I would love to come see you,, but I'm in Ontario canada,, a bit too far,,

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  2. Just loved your three paintings especially the little bridge. We have just returned from vacation. The cottage was wonderful right on the river. Thanks for your kinds words while I was away. take care, gerri

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  3. I have loved your twisty towns right from the beginning and loving this bridge set as well. Wishing you well and hope you sell them all. Happy PPF, Annette x

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  4. Love your Triptych, and I am sure your paintings and products will do well. Here's wishing you all the best for tomorrow, and hope you come home with empty hands, a full purse and an overflowing heart! Valerie

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  5. Good luck with your sales. :) Twisty towns are awesome. I love this ménage à trois. :)

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  6. have a great market. Sounds like you are well prepared.

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  7. I love these! They look great all matched up together! Best of luck to you!!!!! happy ppf

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  8. I love your twisty towns and the three canvases together look fantastic, I can see that I am going to have to visit your etsy shop....love, love, love them!!! :-)

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  9. You will do great! Just remember to talk to your guests when they look at your work so you can sell them! That was always my downfall when I did shows...I'm too shy. Your work speaks for itself and is very unique! Love the triptych and the story behind it. Good Luck. Let us know how it went.

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  10. Love your artwork ~ art style ~ and wishing you much success at this event this weekend ~ namaste,
    Carol (Share the Creative Journey) Happy PPF

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  11. Eeeek! My favorite so far! I can't imagine these won't sell, they are so charming.
    Some toy manufacturer needs to license your Twisties and print them on blocks so that kids can build their own towns. Oh, and on rugs, so they can drive their toy cars through the towns.

    Good luck with the sales!

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  12. I do love these and very much. I love them all. I bet it's so much fun to paint them. Have fun selling.

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  13. You'll be coming up in all sorts of odd google searches now!! Tee Hee!!

    I'm sure they'll sell, but make sure you get a good price - remember YOU ARE AN ARTIST, so charge accordingly!

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  14. A Twisty Town triptych how absolutely perfect..whimsical and fun! Good Luck on your adventure...I'm sure you will do awesome! POP ART MINIS

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  15. Hi Nicola. You should try it some time. It's El Dia de Los Muertos where we celebrate our loved ones who are no longer with us. There's one coming up on November 2 and Stephanie Hilvitz is hosting it. If you are interested I can give you the link. Take care and thx for stopping by my blog. I just love your little houses. I want one. I may be interested in buying a print or canvas. Take care, have a great weekend.

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  16. So excited for you and your first fair. That will be so exciting!

    Your paintings are so fun and colorful and this one looks great.

    Best of luck, have fun and don't undervalue yourself or your art!

    Happy PPF!

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  17. I don't understand vandals and thugs. They must have such empty lives. I love your little trio. It would be such fun to see all of your twisty town paintings together! Good luck at the fair!

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  18. Your twisty towns are great and I love your bridge!!! Have fun at your show! The best part about doin shows is talkin to all the other artists!!! Kind of like us with our PPF party!!! Deb

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  19. Ha! The title of your post had me wondering what you were up to!

    Your triptych is wonderful - I love when a painting stretches across multiple canvases! (Especially such a fun and twisty painting!)

    I can't wait to hear (and see) all about your art fair experience... Good Luck and Enjoy!!!

    xo
    Kristin

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  20. I LOVE this triptych!! (I love all the twisty towns - what a fabulous series it has been!) Good luck with your show. Looking forward to hearing all about it.

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  21. BRIDGING THE GAP is so perfect for this three piece set! I hope you find the experience wonderful and you make LOTS of new connections for your whimsical art! HAPPY PPF!

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  22. I love the way you use the sides of the canvas and that the three pieces flow together whether they are laying flat and side by side (in your first picture) or spaced and viewed from any direction. very cool. Best of luck at your fair. May you sell a lot of work and meet a lot of wonderful people!

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  23. Your twisty towns are so lighthearted and fun and I hope they sell like hotcakes! You're braver than me to try public selling - I don't think I have thick enough skin yet....but I'm working on it! Best of luck.

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  24. These are great, and happy like a Dr. Suess book! love them! Good luck on your selling! it sounds fun and exciting and scary!
    -Andrea

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  25. These are wonderful! You little town makes me happy!! Good luck with your first show.. I am sure that it will be success!

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  26. Excellent tryptich! They work individually and as a threesome.

    good luck at your fair. I want to see pictures of you and the stand and all your artwork and cards.

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  27. Hi Nicola. I have a lot of my art on Fine Art America and while looking at some artists paintings, I ran across this:
    http://fineartamerica.com/featured/urban-vertigo-eva-folks.html

    The painting reminded me of your Twisty Towns and I thought of you. You should post your art there. They take care of everything. Check it out if you get a chance. I think your paintings would sell really good there. Lot of us bloggers already are members of the site. I've been a member almost two years. Just a thought. I love your twisty towns and I'm sure others would really appreciate them too. Oh well take care.

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