Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Berries & Birch 2~WIP

Much more still to be done on this. I'm liking the graphic quality but am having some issues with the background right now. I'm working on gessoed paper and experimenting with wet charcoal and watersoluble graphite. It's certainly been a learning experience!

Boy, it seems like ages since I last posted on my blog. October has been an unusually busy month for me and there hasn't been much paintin' goin' on 'round here. I've been working on this one for the last 4-5 days and I'm still not sure if it's going to be a hit or a miss. I think it's going to be one of those 'I'll know if I like it when it's completed' paintings. I was inspired by one of the effects I created in Elements using the first version of Berries & Birch.

Note...I've found a new print shop closer to home which is a good thing with winter looming. My home printer just won't print decent notecards anymore so I'm having them printed for me. I'll be doing all the trimming and scoring myself. I'll also be offering the Catitude notecard series in sets which was a suggestion of the gallery and something I've always wanted to do but wasn't sure my printer could deliver the goods.

One more note...I contacted our local Humane Society and proposed a business deal. If they will stock and sell my notecards I will donate 20% of the profits to the shelter. They indicated they were interested so I'll be meeting with them soon to show them the cards and work out the details. I see it as a possible win/win situation and I feel good about doing something more locally for the animals.


Jeanette Jobson said...

The added darks to this do punch it up. Its always interesting, if not stressful at times, to experiment. Sometimes the best paintings come from that.

Home printers can be hit and miss for prints can't they? I've tried it a few times, but was never entirely pleased with the outcome so I put it in the hands of the pros now.

The potential deal with the animal shelter sounds promising. I'm sure it would work out well. I love your cat pieces.

Billie Crain said...

I hope you're right about the best paintings, Jeanette. If this one turns out it's already spoken for. I don't like paintings that require continual tweaking but this is one of those. Still I'm learning from the experience.

My printer was doing fine until recently, then began turning out inferior prints. My new printing service is reasonably priced(after the initial setup)so I still should make some profit.

I really hope the shelter deal works out, too. Cross your fingers for me...k?;)

Anonymous said...

Wonderful news Billie. I know they will be thrilled.

Krista Hasson said...

Very nice, it has a wonderful sense of movement, I really like the darker lines they work well

Anita said...

I always love watching your WIPs progress. fab colour in those berries.

Good luck with the shelter business deal!

Billie Crain said...

I sure hope so, Robin.:)

Billie Crain said...

Thanks, Krista! It's certainly a departure from the first version.

Billie Crain said...

All the blk/wht makes those red berries jump out, doesn't Anita?

Thanks for the well wishes.:) I picked up my cards today from the printers. Tomorrow is supposed to be nasty weatherwise so I'll be spending my time indoors trimming and prepping notecards.