I don’t even know what project to take up!
|Niccolo & MaeBella
Work in progress. Acrylic on panel. 16″ x 20″
©Xan Blackburn 2011
I’ve got two paintings currently in process; Fluffy, and Niccolo and MaeBella (yikes! that’s colorful!)
I got stalled out on N&M two whole years ago, when I ran out of technique, and my muse took a hike. Now, I can see not only how I got stuck, but how to proceed. Thank goodness!!
Fluffy is moving along. I’ll show you more of him shortly.
I have a marketing deal in the works with a dog registry, but I’m not sure how much effort to put into it as they seem to be in flux, and communications are spotty. It could mean an opening into a market I might not otherwise show up in, or … not. I’m still inclined to follow up on it, though. That’s why I was asking for reference images in an earlier post. By the way, I still need references! I’m open to any breed currently in the ICKC list, since that’s the market I’m aiming at. My idea is to do four 8″ x 10″ sample portraits to be carried around to the various events with my biz cards, etc., in return for which I’ll take a discount on a portrait of this year’s big winner to be given as the prize for winning. So, that’s four paintings I need to do just for that. Soonish, if you please!
Then there’s Dewey coming up. Greyhounds Reach the Beach, in Dewey Beach, Delaware, has been a major focal point for the last several years, where I’ve sold my art in various forms. This year, it’s looking like I’ll be bringing precisely not a single thing. Unless, you know, I suddenly manage to make a bunch of art for that!
Work in progress. Gouache on matboard.
©Xan Blackburn, 2011
Oh, and let’s not forget my painting of Coco, which I didn’t quite finish while at SnipFest. I want to get that done, and get it sold, for the benefit to WeSnip! Here’s a detail shot of where I am with her as of today.
Work in progress. Gouache on matboard
©Xan Blackburn, 2011
The event itself was LOTS of fun. I didn’t sell a whole lot, but I didn’t really expect to, since my stuff is so specific, and there aren’t a whole lot of greyhound owners just wandering around Birch Bay looking for some holiday cards! Just the one gentleman, who did buy a print and some cards. (Hopefully, his greyhound Becky will come visit my greys soon.) I did draw a lot of interest from painting on the spot,
and talked to a lot of people about various types of commissions, so we’ll see what comes out in the long run. In the mean time, I got to chat with my neighbors, and listen to some great music from the stage about 50′ away (my pet sitter performed! Go Jenni! :D) Mostly, I wanted to show my support for WeSnip.
|SnipFest, view from my booth|
|SnipFest, view from inside my booth over my