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Seeking Artists, Entrepreneurs and other Creatives!

Started by Eileen Mullen Holtry. Last reply by Eileen Mullen Holtry Mar 31. 2 Replies

Artist Website

Started by Emily Buresh. Last reply by Eileen Mullen Holtry Mar 29. 4 Replies

What are your 2014 Art Goals

Started by Chris Callen. Last reply by Eric Pulsifer Mar 20. 15 Replies

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Comment by Deby Dearman on March 16, 2014 at 10:58am

Chris, you may need to charge more for your commissions. You should cover all of your supplies + get at least $10 an hour. I always charge more for commissions than a normal painting because commissions take longer and are more stressful! I'd say you should add a minimum of $50 -$100 per commission.

Anyone have more thoughts on this?

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Comment by Deby Dearman on March 16, 2014 at 10:55am

Nathan and Rachel, I'm making my own prints for now. I had one of my paintings scanned on a million dollar scanner, so I could make quality prints. However, I've found that some of my photos of my art create prints that look really great. I'm making prints myself from the suggestion of a very successful artist who sells tons of prints. With some experimentation I've found that I can 'touch up' my prints with a little acrylic paint and bring back the vivid color that's missing. I think this might be my strategy for awhile . . . at least until I figure out another way, or find a better paper.

Comment by Thomas Pace on March 16, 2014 at 10:53am

We make high quality photos then upload them to Mitchell Printing which is local for me. If we have them printed on the wide format printer which uses 7 colors they match up great but cost around 10.00 for a 16x20. For cheaper prints they do a 11x14 on a lazier copier they don't look as good but only cost a dollar each. We also think the colors look best on gloss paper. They have a graphics person that can work with the prints to make sure colors look their best when printed.

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Comment by Deby Dearman on March 16, 2014 at 10:49am
Comment by Chris Callen on March 15, 2014 at 7:15am

http://fineartamerica.com/profiles/chris-callen.html   Sorry to hog the board but here is the link to my Fine Art America page.  

Comment by Chris Callen on March 15, 2014 at 7:14am

Getting prints made is an obstacle I can't seem to overcome. Anytime I get a commission , (which is very often) I end up using the money for supplies.  It's a catch 22 for me.  I have an artist friend up in Canada that takes his work to a print store and just puts his painting in a scanner.  I know the quality isn't the same as if he took it to a print shop that specializes in that kind of work. However, when he sets up at car shows in the summer, he sells the heck out of his prints.   

Comment by Chris Callen on March 15, 2014 at 7:03am

This weekend, I'm working on a new painting I started last week in fact.  I felt like I was in a rut with my classic car paintings.  I wanted to paint something different just to shake things up a bit. I've been a fan of semi's most of my life and my dad has been driving one for almost 25 years.   Below is a Peterbuilt Conventional and a classic Kenworth Cab over work in progress.   There is nothing like a classic looking truck with its dual chrome stacks and mean looking upright grille.  

Comment by Kent Sanders on March 14, 2014 at 11:16pm

These all sounds like some cool projects!

Timmery, the 40-day challenge is called the "Hungry for God" challenge, and it's focused on spiritual growth. Each of the 40 days focuses on a character quality taken mainly from the New Testament letters - patience, thankfulness, joy, faith, etc. It's designed for the Lent period but is applicable anything. There's more info at HungryChallenge.com. Thanks for asking about it.

Comment by Patti Landrum on March 14, 2014 at 10:37pm
Hi everyone, I am going to be driving from Ohio to Oregon next week for a thirteen week job. Is anyone in this group in that area? Sounds like lots of interesting discussion lately. I will have to catch up with you all later.
Comment by Rachael VT on March 14, 2014 at 10:12pm
I agree with Nathan. Making prints seems to be another art in itself. Deby, are you doing the prints yourself or having them done professionally? I'm lucky to have a great fine art printer nearby in rural PA of all places. They have state of the art equipment and will run a test print to make sure I'm happy with the quality before doing a final print.

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