Wednesday, 7 August 2013

Give a dog a home...

Staffy pet portrait - acrylic on 5x5 inch box canvas

Well, the last of the art shows is now over and in all I sold only one small painting which wasn't even one I thought was particularly good. It seems that my taste in art is very, very different from that of the good folk of Caithness!! It was quite a learning curve and it seems that if I'm to put myself and my ego through it again next year then I'll need to pay more attention to what sells and less to what I actually love to do and, to be honest, although I'd love to be a working artist selling her work, I'm not sure how much I want to sell out in order to sell art.

Speaking of selling art, I have been putting more time in with my Etsy shop recently (still on stuff I love, mind you!) and spent a lot of time on Royal Mail price finder working out the postage to various destinations depending on the value and weight of the item.  Postage is so expensive nowadays but then you need to be able to get proof of delivery in case it disappears in transit which always costs a bit more.

As well as pet portraits in Indian ink and watercolour, I wanted to be able to offer them on canvas but because the cost of postage is such a consideration, I had an idea to do the opposite of 'go big or go home' and instead I decided to go small and hopefully go international! So I ordered a bunch of little 5 x 5 inch boxed canvasses to do bespoke pet portraits which I'll list in my Etsy shop.

In order to have some samples to show I took photos of some of the gorgeous dogs and cats currently awaiting their forever homes in the animal shelter I volunteer at and plan to do their portraits as well as probably doing yet more of my own two dogs and quite possibly the ever grumpy Purdey, our new, old cat!

So, first up is this happy fella.  He's a very intelligent Staffy who absolutely lives for cuddles and affection. If ever a dog could change your perception of the unfortunate stereotype surrounding a breed, then he's the one to do it.  He's such a sweet character.

A Sweet Staffy


I really enjoyed painting this sweet wee guy and have a few more photos lined up of some of the other dogs to do next.  Some of them are a bit too busy playing ball to stay still for a photo opportunity but some, like this wee man, just love to look up adoringly at you (especially when they know you've got treats in your pocket!)

I'll be linking up to Paint Party Friday as always. I'm quite pleased that I managed to get round most of the folk who had linked up by Saturday of last week - such a diverse amount of art to see! I'll endeavour to do the same this weekend although my folks arrive on Sunday for a week's visit - first time I've seen them since January - so I may be busy doing housework just so mum doesn't realise think I spend all my time painting or on-line and none cleaning!! Hi Mum!

31 comments:

  1. Adorable portrait! That tongue is just awesomely red and wet! You have captured well his sweet character! :)

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  2. Your custom canvas is lovely - I'm sure they will sell!

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  3. The little box canvases are wonderful treasures! Your dog portrait is excellent too. I know exactly what you mean about being torn between making art that sells, or making the art that you feel. I think that if you make art that you yourself want to make and hang on your own wall.... it will appeal to somebody else too. I also think that the artists who sell, are those who have established a reputation in the local area. You just need to get your name around more and more. At least that seems to be the case where I live. Hey, your blog opened right up for me this time. Whatever glitch was happening, it's fixed!

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  4. I love this adorable dog. You really did a good job.

    Isn't it odd how some paintings sell and some don't and the ones you think are great aren't the ones that sell? Keep at it and don't sell out.

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  5. Fabulous painting - I love all the personality you capture in your animals - I pray he gets a great home soon!

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  6. It's amazing how much detail you manage to get on such a small canvas! He has such cute eyes .... I can totally relate to what you say about art shows. Don't let it discourage you and keep painting what you love best. If you start creating for others it loses its soul and that's visible I think ....
    Shipping costs are really getting me down too. I packed some of my smaller canvases and went to the post office with it, and guess what: the 20x20cm ones were the same price for shipping as the little 10x10cm miniatures .... So for me it wouldn't even make a difference to start painting smaller. The only way to go cheaper is by painting on paper or canvasboard, and there you have the problem with hanging ....

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  7. That painting looks wonderful on that little box canvas :)

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  8. Your painting is SO gorgeous! Would the animal shelter not put them up on their wall with a little advert for you advertising pet portraits? I would have thought it would be the perfect place to show them! I am dying to get my prints up for sale but I need to work out postage and packaging too... I did my first ever art fair the other day. I had been so nervous about it... I set up my stall and it looked so lovely, but the minute the fair opened, the heavens opened and I mean OPENED! I had to pack up after only ten minutes - but i had at least sold a card for £1.00! I'll oignore the fact that the stall cost me £12.00, lol!

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  9. Aww, what a great face, and you did a magnificent job of capturing him on canvas.

    I think the small portrait idea is fantastic.

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  10. Oh I hear you.... That has happened to me too. I also did what you mention, do what sells, but when I did the shows it was only black cats. I love paintings them but there is just so many I can do before I get frustrated and distracted lol Do a mix of easy-to-sell, with I-like-painting-it too. Congrats of the sale, regardless!

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  11. Perfection! Beautiful painting!

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  12. Fantastic and adorable portrait! It has so much detail and seems really alive! Really beautiful piece!!

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  13. I think it is difficult to really work with things that aren't me. I think Denthe is right about the love that shows in YOUR art. Maybe you can find a format for the "selling" stuff, like the box canvas, and then do what you love in any format. I guess it is really difficult to find lovers of you art, who also want to or can buy your art. Maybe we need an art community to thrive in, but maybe you have one already, where you live?
    Happy PPF
    Ilona xx

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  14. Such a beautiful portrait. He does look like a sweetie. Love his smile.

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  15. He's adorable Nic....As a house with four rescues, I so love thst you volunteer in the shelters...Good idea I think to go small. Don't sell out, be true to your soul, your work is a wonder.....you have this way of capturing the spirit of the animal that is remarkable. xox

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  16. Your pet portrait is amazing, you really captured his expression. Sorry the show didn't work out!

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  17. Love your little homeless pooch. :) I'm sorry things didn't go your way with the art show. As I see it right now the economy is just not in favor of artists. Don't give up! :)

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  18. Nothing worth having is easy to get, my Mum once told me. Don't give in to the masses. Your work is beautiful and style unique. I can go weeks without selling anything or have three sales in a day, the public are a fickle bunch! I am sure the little Staffy will find his forever home, he is so sweet:)

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  19. I've found the same this season with paintings in the gallery. I've sold three so far but not the number I had thought I would, but then neither has anyone. I think people have long pockets this year! I'm considering Etsy and will look at it during the Winter..it sounds complicated so could take some time for me to work out.
    Love your painting of the staffy. I'm a bit wary of them as they look cross most of the time, but we know someone who has a very sweet one and it goes like a silly jelly when it sees us, lol. :)

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  20. He's a sweetheart! I am glad that you're following your heart and not your pocketbook when it comes to your artwork. I've been considering an Etsy shop for a while, but find the postage issue daunting. I look forward to hearing how that goes for you. Blessings!

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  21. I think as artists who sell our work, that we all face this issue of what sells and what we actually love doing. Its a tough one. I think as long as you don't abandon what it is that you love to paint - you'll do fine. This portrait is marvelous!

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  22. Your little fella's painting is adorable. I hope you'll find the right way to sell your art.I too dream of being able to sell my art one day but still have no clue on how to start:)
    Susan

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  23. Wonderful painting! Stick with what comes from your soul Nic. Love this painting, lots of depth. Look at his tongue so very real. Awesome!
    gloria

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  24. The art world is so tough, I get lots of rejections and lots of things i think will sell don't, you just have to keep on keeping on. Happy PPF.

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  25. Nic, I love your work and how you combine your love of animals with your incredible talent. I also like your creative spirit when you say "go small and go international" That sounds like a plan to me.

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  26. Ooooh - such a scrummy little chap - I'd love to give him a home but not here in Greece :-( That is a wonderful portrait and I am really sorry that the 'punters' at that art show quite obviously have absolutely NO taste whatsoever !!!! I really LOVE your work and think you sooooo rock !!!!

    Mega Hugz
    IKE xxxxxxxxxxxxx

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  27. Love the little guy. I agree with you about rethinking the art scene. I like doing what I like and its not fun when you have to sell out yourself. Maybe another show will see better success.. keep true to yourself is all I say. Some writers have gotten lots of rejection slips before someone saw the promise and they took off.. it might well be we all have to have some rejection to get to the right place. HPPF

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  28. Questo ritratto è meraviglioso!!!
    Bellalullo

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  29. I love this portrait, but more than that, I want this dog to find a forever friend.

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  30. Your pet portrait is so sweet! It definitely shows your passion. Looking forward to seeing more of your pet portraits and happy PPF!

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