Monday, September 29, 2008

Points Ponder

Society is always taken by surprise at any new example of common sense

Experience teaches that men are so much governed by what they are accustomed to see and practice, that the simplest and most obvious improvements in the the most ordinary occupations are adopted with hesitation, reluctance and by slow graduations.

Kewl beans

Saturday, September 27, 2008

Labor Day

Ok today is my labor day. I have to pick up the Atlanta Artist Center's show from the downtown Atlanta library. There are forty paintings in the show. BUMMER Anyway being a worker bee is better than being an officer holder. No responsibilities. YEAH

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Today's History Lesson

The father of the Pink Flamingo (the plastic lawn ornament) is Don Featherstone of Massachusetts. Featherstone graduated from art school and went to work as a designer for Union Products, a Leominster, Mass., company that manufactures flat plastic lawn ornaments. He designed the pink flamingo in 1957 as a follow up project to his plastic duck. Today, Featherstone is president and part owner of the company that sells an average of 250,000 to 500,000 plastic pink flamingos a year." I did it to keep from starving." - Don Featherstone (flamingo creator)

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Everyone Wants To Paint Pears

Check the pear in her right hand. BUMMER -->

Friday, September 19, 2008

Painting With Southern Colours

Its Friday and will be painting with Southern Colours today. That is alway a lot of fun. Check out a new link on my blog called Old Pictures. The link on the right just under my picture.

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

The Old Days

I used to be a powerful executive before I became a World Famous Pear Painter. One of the pictures is me in my office at our Munich Germany Headquarters. Just like JR. The other is me somewhere England visiting a store. Love the scarf its Burberrys' of course. I was in England after all.

Monday, September 15, 2008

Busy Day

Cut the grass this morning and trimmed all the shrubs. Cleaned up the dogs poop (yuck).

Going to get new tires this afternoon. Need them for the up coming Folly Beach trip in October. Kewl beans.

Pentheraphobia is a fear of a mother-in-law.

Friday, September 12, 2008


OK I refuse to answer why I am wearing this stupid Mexican hat in a Mexican restaurant last night. BUMMER Ole

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Yeah New Card

Finished my new Christmas card. Yeah. I really like it better than the first one. The green pear and red hat are good Christmas colors. All good things come to those who wait.

Painting with Southern Colours on Friday. Kewl beans

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Developing a Painting

I like to thing about all aspects of a painting before I start. I have found the best way for me to do this is at the health club, we used to call them gyms, while on the bike the goes no where. This gives me a chance to compose the painting in my head work out colors and layout. This mornings bike ride to no where gave the new Christmas card painting. Kewl Beans. Hopefully I will have a picture of the painting tomorrow.

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Back To The Drawing Board

This time of the year I design and paint my Christmas card. I don't like the Christmas rush. I got a good start on this years card. It was just a simple Santa's hat. As I start to load the image to the Vista Print Card site, I discovered that a few years ago I also did a plain Santa hat. BUMMER. Good old Vista Print keeps a record of previous cards. Thanks Vista Print for preventing a senior moment. So back to the drawing board on a card. Such is life.

Scopophobia is a fear of being looked at.

Sunday, September 7, 2008

A Slug Day

Its to nice to stay in side and paint today. Maybe take the dogs to the park. The good news and the bad news about us Lefty's.

Left-handed people are statistically more likely to be geniuses, and to be insane. Left-handedness is more common among writers and some kinds of artists. But lefties tend to be more accident-prone and on average don't live as long.

Thursday, September 4, 2008

Time to Paint

After a few lazy days, time to start working on some paintings and getting them finished. Work Work Work. What was the best thing before sliced bread?

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Art Pricing

Pricing ones paintings is one of the most difficult part of being an artist. There are various methods to do this and there is no right or wrong way.There is only one thing you must be consistent, consistent, consistent, consistent and consistent to protect your clients. This is how I do pricing. Take it for what it is worth or trash it.

I use a spread sheet to do my calculations. With a spread sheet, updates are easy. If you do not have Excel on your computer, there are a number of good free spread sheets available on the web.

My first step is to list all painting sizes. I limit my art to standard sizes. The next step is to take the sizes and break them down to mediums. I paint in oils and pastels. For example, I have a 9 x 12 size in both oil and pastel. I then break this down to type painting. I paint three types; World Famous Pear paints, landscapes and still life. I now have twelve 9 x 12’s sizes listed. There are two for pears (oil and pastel), two for landscapes (oil and pastel) and two still life (oil and pastel). I then assign a price, gallery retail price, to each size in each medium and type. If you have been selling, use your past sales as a guide. If you new to the art market, it is a roll of the dice. What ever price you elect, you now have a basic plan to price you art that will be consistent where ever you sell your art.

I add an additional price column for direct sales/commissions. I do offer a discount on these sales because I don’t have to pay a gallery commission. This is not a requirement. I tell the client what that size and type painting sell for in a gallery and tell them I offer a percentage off on a direct sale/commission. The discount is up to you. I use 15%. On my spread sheet, there is a price reflecting the discount plus the sales tax. For example the regular price is $500 and sale tax is 7%, 15% off $500 is $75 for a new price of $425 plus tax $29.75 for a total of $454.75. On my sales slip, I show the original price less the discount plus the sales tax. Kewl beans.