April is Good

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Many of the very small pieces are gone, sold at the April First Saturday Arts Market in Houston. We also sold several framed 5×7 whimsical pieces along with several 5×7 traditional landscape paintings as well. Our new Whimsitecture banner helped draw people closer, and once they got close enough to read it, they were hooked. We have a lot of work to do before the next FSAM.

SOLD: We also got word from Affaire d’Art, our gallery in Galveston, TX, that one of our whimsical pieces sold there.  These sales provide us with validation that people like our odd, quirky art well enough to spend money on it.

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I’m trying to get a better feel for acrylics. If I can somehow combine my tendency to paint traditionally with the whimsical territory we’ve been wandering around in lately, I think I can produce some larger paintings.  We’ll see.

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And… there’s a book in the works.  It’s proving to be slow going, but I think we’ll get there eventually.

We do live in our own little world,  but it’s okay… they know us there.

 

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Something New!

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Welcome to our Whimsitecture blog!  Our focus on whimsical art continues, and the inventory keeps growing, so we have decided to create a completely separate site devoted to the drawings, paintings, sketches and story art that we call Whimsitecture. At the moment, it is still under construction, but I figure it’s always going to be a work in progress, so why wait?

IMG_1705edited2Whimsitecture began in a doctor’s office.  Nell was dealing with some medical issues, and when we would go to the doctor, I carried a sketchpad and a handful of pencils.  These wonderful little houses and other structures began to emerge.  Our oldest daughter saw some of the sketches and said, “Add bright colors and put them in frames!”IMG_3859 And we did.  And they became such a hit at art markets that we kept making them. While little houses and barns are the mainstay, we’ve expanded the subject matter. Roosters, fish, birds, and even flying pigs have found their way onto the table.  We refer to these little ones as “Tabletop Gems”, and they are a large part of our art sales.

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They have become a collaboration of drawing and painting, with me doing small sketches, then handing them over to Nell.  You can tell from her paint palette that she loves color, and she turns every piece into a fun, quirky piece of art. I never know what she’s going to pass back to me, but I’ve learned that the colorful they are, the better they sell.  After I do some linework touchups at the end, we put them in little novelty frames and they become part of our market/show inventory.

ink and acrylic treeI have begun exploring this new world with pen and ink drawings, then bringing them to life with watercolors and acrylics. The piece above was juried into a show at Affaire d’Art, a gallery which shows a number of other pieces of our collaborative art.

We haven’t found a viable way to sell the small mini paintings online yet. But as this blog develops, we will make it possible to purchase  pieces that are a bit larger.

Meanwhile, we’re having fun seeing how this little whimsical world develops.