And We’re Back

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Sherwin knew he could overcome any obstacle. The question was: did he have time?

(This is just to let you know that while the focus has been on other kinds of art, humor and whimsy are still alive in the studio. Thanks for coming back!)

And to catch up with the art blog, check out https://ralphparker.wordpress.com/2016/08/30/catching-up-again/

 

 

 

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The October FSAM Booth

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We produced 65 new mini pieces in the weeks leading up to the October First Saturday Arts Market. Nell posted some of them on Facebook the week prior to the market, and 9 of them sold. At least 3 more have been placed on hold for specific collectors.  And of course we sold more at the market on Saturday. We continue to get requests to post the Whimsitecture art for sale online, and we’re working on that. The issue we have is being able to identify specific pieces. We don’t title them, but we’ll have to find a way for buyers to specify which piece they want to buy. We did try Etsy for quite a long time, but it just didn’t seem to be the right venue. Online marketplaces get to be too big. We seem to get lost in them. We want it to be quick and easy for our buyers. We’ll figure it out soon.

Filling Extra Frames

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We’ve had other things going on in our lives recently, so not a lot of new Whimsitecture work has been produced. A while back, I was going through some of the odd frames we have tucked away in cabinets and on bookshelves. These two 3 1/2 x 5 simple black desktop frames called out to be used. I cut a couple of pieces of illustration board to fit them and did some simple pencil sketches. A little watercolor on top of that, and linework with a couple of Sharpies, and this was the result. I love these little gems.

They could use a new home, and are very reasonably priced. $28 each (framed), $50 for the pair.  If you’re interested, email me at ralphparkerstudio@yahoo.com.

More Whimsical Art

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Nell’s workspace (above). This is where the bulk of the color work gets done on the Whimsitecture art. When we have company, this space also doubles as a dining table in our 36 foot Montana fifth wheel.

IMG_4575We call these our Table Top Gems. The art itself is 2.5″ x 3 “. This work has become the bread-and-butter part of our festival and show business.

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We also do these fun little house/barn/landscape pieces at a 5″x7″ size.

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And I’m working on a coloring book that we hope will be a crossover item, something fun for adults to play with as well as children.

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.