Friday, April 17, 2009

Today's Paintings 4.17.09

Abstract Sunrise
Original 30" x 40" x 0.75" painting
Golden, Liquitex, and Atelier acrylics on gallery-wrapped canvas

Abstract Poppies II
Original 24" x 30" x 0.75" painting
Golden, Liquitex, and Atelier acrylics on gallery wrapped-canvas

American Basin (Commission)
Original 36" x 48" painting
Golden, Liquitex, and Atelier acrylics

Today's work includes two new abstract paintings--Abstract Sunrise and Abstract Poppies II--as well as an update to my commission in progress--American Basin. The first two pieces are my newest forays into the world of abstracts. Abstract Sunrise is a new composition, and the poppies is the latest in the Abstract Poppies series. That painting's big sister, which I listed yesterday on my sales venues, sold today (woo hoo!). Sales of my work have been on a roller coaster lately, but in this economy I am pleased to be selling, period. Fortunately the commission work has been fairly steady for almost three months now.

Tip of the Day
How you list your work on sales venues depends a lot on the venue. Some venues allow you to use HTML, and others only allow you to enter text in the listing. For those of you who are familiar with HTML, you can design fairly elaborate templates for listing your work with few restrictions. For those of you who are not as familiar with HTML, you can use a familiar word processing program such as MS Word to create a document and save it as HTML for later publishing on your sales venue.

There are also organizations out there, such as EBSQ Art (, and others which are free to join, which offer HTML templates you can download and modify to suit your taste. Also, many listing venues have an HTML editor built into their sites which function in a similar manner to a word processing program like MS Word. You can modify things like fonts, colors, add photos, etc.

Just like with a good meal, presentation makes a big difference. If you have the option to use HTML of your own creation or a template, it's worth it to invest the time into creating a good one for presenting your work to buyers. Just like having good photos of your work, as mentioned in yesterday's Tip of the Day (TOD), a pleasant, eye-catching template can make the sale for you.

Quote of the Day
"Never take anything for granted." --Benjamin Disraeli