Charm, showing off the only braids that will stay in her endless mane.
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For not the first time, but maybe the last time, I have started a "home business". The difference with this one is that it is one I really enjoy. I've drawn and painted horses since I was (at least) five years old--that's the earliest one that my mother saved.
By the time I entered my teens, Mother had grown a bit tired of the subject and urged me to do something else with my artwork besides horses. I followed her advice and never looked back until ten years ago when it occurred to me that people might actually pay for horse portraits. I have had many exhibits of my landscapes, and sold a good number of them--but not enough to provide any kind of steady income.
I'm hoping that if I work hard and market this business well I will be able to delight my customers, make some money, and have a lot of fun doing it.
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Tag Archives: new ideas
Climbing the hill
This one is testing my confidence a bit. As we make our way together towards the upper right hand corner I keep wondering why the paint is not applying itself as smoothly as it usually does (yeah, show me paint … Continue reading
My last post I mentioned that I had three commissions I couldn’t show you. One of the surprise recipients got her painting early, so I’m happy to show you Emylou. I like this one so much I really didn’t want … Continue reading
For the first time ever I experimented with painting while tending my booth. I have always done the ink drawings but thought painting would be too messy and space-consuming. I discovered, however, that I can take my tiny (about the … Continue reading
I’ve discovered Aquabord™!
Aquabord™ comes from the same company that makes the more familiar Claybord™, which is what I thought I would try until I discovered that Blick’s doesn’t carry it anymore in the size I wanted. So instead of oils, I’m using … Continue reading
How to spend 3 days at a rodeo and not see a thing!
Here’s the main attraction (at least for me) at the Michigan State University Spartan Stampede Rodeo this past weekend. This baby goat was born on Thursday evening and had problems with his legs–couldn’t stand up and nurse–so he came to … Continue reading
Time for a little suspense
I got word a couple of days ago that my three entries in the Ex Arte Equinus 4 competition sponsored by Art Horse Magazine (www.arthorsemagazine.com) arrived and winners will be announced in late December. This is an interesting competition because … Continue reading
Not quite ready for prime time
Longmeadow has another layer but it’s not quite there yet. Will delay posting until it’s done…probably around the middle of the coming week. Meanwhile, I’ve been cutting mats for my new ink drawings, and still have to make cute (!) … Continue reading
A new kind of portrait
It’s been a while now, but you may recall from an earlier blog my story about how my letter to the Humane Society of Missouri offering to do a portrait got lost then found again. So in the meantime we … Continue reading
Hit the jackpot–not one, but two white horses
I had been waiting, somewhat patiently, for some warm weather and a white horse out in a paddock or pasture to photograph. Today I got lucky–two white show horses just back in the Midwest from their Florida winter activities were … Continue reading
More time, more effort = more knowledge
It seems like every time I do one of these shows, I learn a little more about the business side of being a vendor. I met another artist (visiting the event, not selling) who has done the larger horse fairs, … Continue reading