Monday, October 12, 2009

NAME YOUR PRICE (Inventory Reduction Sale)

Autumn always brings a strong sense of change to me. Perhaps it is because the change in the Northwest is drastic and sudden. Spring rolls in slowly and easily but it always seems that I go to sleep one warm summer night and awaken the next morning to Autumn. I love the colors and smells, and the sense of change. Inevitably, I get in to the mood to reorganize and "change" things in my home and studio. This is my time of the year to consider how well the summer art show season went, and to consider inventory reduction.

My summer was great. I exceeded sales goals, and in fact, exceed all my expectations. As a result, my inventory reduction sale can be as dramatic as the autumn colors!

Browse through the paintings below, and contact me if there is something you like. Any reasonable offer will be accepted. What does "reasonable" mean? If your offer covers my cost, you win. If not, I will let you know what my lowest possible price can be.

The blog title indicates how far in the alphabet I've progressed as I add more and more paintings to the offer. And, I've included the painting title, size, and current price so that you have a starting place as you think about making an offer.

Don't forget shipping. Assume $25 for shipping. If it is more, I'll toss in the overage!

Enjoy! And remember, Live In Full Color!


A New Day 6" x 6" plus mat $50

Afterglow 14" x 18" $175

Alone Again 6" x 6" plus mat $50

Awake 24" x 24" $100

Being Different 12" x 16" $150

Breaking The Rules 11" x 14" $125

Bronze Pitcher 8" x 10" $75

Can't Never Could 12" x 16" $150

Cardinal 10" x 20" $140

Choices II 30" x 24" $325

Contemplation 14" x 18" (plus black frame) $225

Clown 8" x 10" $125

Dorana Vineyards I 14" x 18" $175

Dorana Vineyards II 16" x 20" $220

First Iris 9" x 12" $90

Golden 16" x 20" $220

Green Apple on Red 16" x 16" $175

Heart 16" x 20" $125 (already on sale from $220)

I Hope You Dance 18" x 24" $240

In The Beginning 18" x 24" $240

Into The Forest 10" x 10" $90

Leigh's Raku 30" x 40" $550

Love Song 16" x 20" $220

Meant To Be 5" x 5" $50

Medallion 10" x 10" $90

Mind's Eye 12" x 16" $150

Money Tree 18" x 24" $150 (already on sale from $240)

Moonlight Sonata 18" x 24" $150 (already on sale from $240)

Mountain Lion 9" x 12" $90

Pear In Summer Light 11" x 14" $125

Red Ribbon 8" x 10" $150

Red Flower 8" x 24" $150

Purple Lotus

Psychedelic Mushroom 14" x 18" $175

Pears on Pink 12" x 14" $125

Spring Finale 12" x 16" $150

Speckled Iris 24" x 40" $200 (already on sale from $400)

Snow Family 12" x 36" $235

Simply Spring

Simple Life 8" x 24" $150

Uncertain Times 12" x 16" $150

Tulips in Silver Vase 9" x 12" $90

The Gathering 16" x 20" $220

Swimming Upstream 14" x 14" $150

Spring Roses 11.5" x 11.5" $50

Wolf Baby 16" x 16" $175

Watching II 18" x 24" $240

Village 16" x 20" $220

Saturday, March 14, 2009

An Artful Kitchen

Featuring Design Style Guide members.

So many times we see kitchens on TV or in movies that make us want one “just like that”. We may note the stainless appliances and granite counters, the seemingly vast cabinet space and abundance of utensils. But if we pay closer attention to what pulls on our imagination, it is likely to be color and artistic accessories that take us beyond admiration and in to yearning.

Details - it always seems to be the little details that make a mere food preparation area the single place in a home where you can not get guests to leave. The wall colors that make counter tops glisten. The utensil holders that are more than a cluttered container. The butter dish, pepper grinders, cutting boards, and art tucked in otherwise boring spaces under cabinets. These details will turn any kitchen in to a haven of self expression and add the touches that make cooking duties much more pleasurable.

For the sake of this article, let’s say the walls in this kitchen are painted a warm, earthy brown with red undertones. Perhaps there is an accent wall that is deep brick red topped with a Philadelphia Crème ceiling. Let’s assume stainless appliances, a cooktop island and a separate breakfast/dining area. A basic kitchen. How do we dress it up and make it one of those “I want that!” kitchens?

Let’s start with the functional items:

A deep red, copper wire wrapped bottle, by Xanadu2You, filled with olive or cooking oil, on the island near the stove top adds a splash of red to both brighten the counter and pull the eye from the red accent wall in to the center of the kitchen.

An earthy brown spoon rest, by Dovecotedesign, near the stove or on the counter by the oven, ties in the warm brown wall color.

Coordinated with the spoon rest, but adding a bit of cool color to offset the largely warm wall colors is a utensil holder by Kathyart.

Again, using the red accent wall as inspiration, deeply colored cutting boards bring art to the counter or table as you serve and trivets cover burners with color and distinction. By Debra Linker.

Remove apples from storage places to this distinctive bowl by PatsPottery.

Speaking of serving, imagine your salad in dbabcock’s salad serving set!

Strategically placed on a counter with a brown wall backdrop, this red candle by MadHattersPottery will tie the colors in the room together. Lighting the candle adds a subtle, warm aesthetic to offset the cold stainless appliance.

And now for the wall art. It is very common for kitchens to have awkward wall space - tall and skinny and seemingly useless. Consider brightly colored paintings in the same aspect ratio as the wall space such as this Tuscan Vineyard scene by RenieBritenbucher.

My favorite trick … utilizing the space between overhead cabinets and counter tops. It is usually a narrow space, and often dark. Small art, even 6” in height, is very suitable for these areas, and will add drama and color to an otherwise boring, ignored but very visible area. See LanitaPhoto’s pears.

Or consider well spaced triptych’s such as Debra Linker’s small format fruit set.

For otherwise unadorned areas such as above light switches or in the space between the pantry door and the wall corner, consider three dimensional pieces such as NatureStudio’s leaf.

Another area of the kitchen which is either cluttered or ignored completely and is an ideal spot to add character to the room is a window sill. Picture a detailed, even whimsical silhouette by Mountainbrook.

The opportunities to make your kitchen a showcase of art and style, search the Design Style Guide using your imagination and you will find no shortage of functional, artful kitchen accessories. Be warned - these accessories will likely become necessities once you start looking around your own kitchen for the opportunities awaiting you!

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