Portrait Marathon Date Set: May 20

You know what that means, right?

A flat-out painting dash, where I throw caution to the winds, take on all comers, and paint your portraits one right after the other 'til I run out of canvasses.  Or, in this case, a baker's dozen of 8" x 10" panels.  (For a bit more in-depth info on how that works, and some samples to whet your appetite, click here.)

I will be sending you a special newsletter Tuesday afternoon (after 5pm Pacific time) to serve as the "opening bell", with a link directly to my sign-up form.  Jump on that link as soon as you get it.  Only 13 openings this time!

Now is a great time to get the portrait you’ve been waiting for.

Of course, they make extremely thoughtful gifts as well.  This is a very popular size portrait, painted on easy-to-frame panels, and at a special price 10% off my current price.  Everyone has lot of fun.  It's a rush for me, and exciting for you (I hope!) to watch the portraits take shape so quickly, counting down to your own position in the list (first come, first served!  😉 )

Who, what, why, where, when and HOW?

  • Who?  Any species of pet
  • What?  An 8" x 10" painting of your pet, head primarily, on a panel, for $225 (10% off my current price!)
  • Why?  Because it's fun.  😀
  • Where?  In my studio, but you can watch on my blog and Facebook page
  • When?  Sign ups start May 20; I'll publish a link after 5pm Pacific time
  • HOW? 
    1. Sign up for my Commission Alert list (this goes out first!) or very carefully watch the blog and Facebook page for the link, to be one of the first 13 to sign up.
    2. As soon as I publish the link, snap to it to sign up.
    3. If you make the list, when it's your turn I will send you a Paypal invoice to pay for your portrait, and then we're off and running.  Or painting.  And just me.  Unless you want to paint, too.

Portrait Marathon: Sign up TODAY

Sign-ups are open now for the Pre-Holiday Portrait Marathon!

If you missed it, here’s the run down.  For three weeks, starting Monday, Nov. 26, I’ll be busting through as many small portraits as I can get to, in the order you sign up.

As I start one portrait, I’ll email the next person in line a PayPal link to pay for your portrait.  Once your payment is in, your place is secure, and your portrait will be next.

The only thing different this time around is that you will now have a few choices!

  • 5″ x 5″, gallery-wrapped canvas for $80
  • 5″ x 5″ panel for $80
  • 8″ x 10″ panel for $150 specially priced for this marathon (that’s $110 off!)
Both the panels and the gallery-wrapped canvas all look great framed or unframed.

One pet (ANY SPECIES!) per painting, and one painting per person, to spread the loooove!

As I go, I’ll be showing you my progress on the blog.  I think it’s fun to share the paintings as they evolve, and the excitement building along through the marathon.

To sign up and get your name on the list, fill out the form below.
Good luck, and thanks for playing along with me!!  

Pre-Holiday Pet Portrait MARATHON

We still have time to do this, so we’re going for it!

Berger Picard "Daddy" by Xan Blackburn
Berger Picard “Daddy”
Work in progress
Acrylic on panel 8″ x 10″
© Xan Blackburn 2012

MONDAY, Nov. 26 – Mon., Dec 17

Just in time for holiday gifting, I’m taking three weeks after Thanksgiving to do a portrait marathon!

As always, it will be first-come, first-served, sign ups starting on Friday the 23rd, at 9am PST.
That’s right; “Black Friday”! Take a little break from the shopping madness. 😉

This time, you’ll have a choice of either 5″ x 5″, gallery-wrapped canvas or panel (either can be displayed without framing, but framing is great for either, as well),
or 8″ x 10″ panel. The 5″ x 5″ portraits are $80, and the 8″ x 10″ are specially priced for the Marathon at $150 (that’s $110 off!)

I’ll remind you on my blog and Facebook that morning, with the link to the sign up form, but for those of you who will need no reminder (you know who you are! LOL!), here’s the link. Any entries before 11/23 9am PST will not get on the list, so … wait … for … it …


In the mean time,

I’m still working on my portrait of Lily and her Daddy.  I’ve also been designing holiday cards for a commercial client, and my husband’s business.  
But, and this might interest you, I’ve also designed a card just for you.  It’s a little thank-you to my readers and clients, with a little DIY extra.  If you’d like to receive a card from me, please fill out this address form.  And, even if you don’t, THANK YOU.  

Let’s talk Commissions

Progress of a portrait: Tuck
acrylic on canvas
© Xan Blackburn 2012

I recently sent out a Commission Alert, letting my list members know that I had some openings on my Commission List.

Thanks to the feedback I’ve received, I’ve done a little tweaking on my policies and prices.  That always means I go flying all over the internet seeing what other artists are doing with their prices, comparing my work to theirs (as much as is possible), and getting great ideas from what others have come up with.

Here’s my favorite, which I just this minute added to my website’s Commission page.

A Collector’s Discount!

Yeah, that’s what I said!  Some of you who have already bought portraits from me in the past, I’m talking to you, as well as to anyone who might want to have more than one portrait from me.  Check this out.
If you would like multiple portraits, you will be given a 20% discount after your first.  If you order more than one at a time, you will be given a 20% discount on the entire order.

Since we all like that word “discount”, I thought I’d throw it in here as well:

Additional subjects can be added, human or pet!  The first additional subject is discounted 50%, and each additional subject after that can be added at a 70% discount. 

See what I did there?  With that fun word?

So, I’ll leave you with that thought for the moment.  Don’t forget to sign up for my Commission Alert List, so you know when I have an opening.