Thursday, 5 January 2017

It's not the size that matters!

Sorting stuff in the studio this morning for a birthday present reminded me that when I was in the gallery I often saw customers struggling to find what they were looking for, that special little gift that didn't break the bank yet would be personal to the recipient or their family.  Not everyone can afford to splash out can they.  Besides "it's the thought that counts".

I often happily stopped what I was working on to do an impromptu little personalised painting and after working on bigger canvases I always enjoyed the break and the challenge.

One special memory was a regular customer with her wedding on the horizon looking for "thank you" gifts for her bridesmaids and best man.  We looked at jewellery and the usual things but with the ages ranging so much she wanted something that would unite all the gifts yet be personal to each and every one. We chatted more and she mentioned that the song "A perfect day" would play a role and then she spoke about each and every bridesmaid and the best man and what they all liked. 

The seed was sown and after a few emails and phone calls I presented her with a collection of framed mini personalised watercolours and we even included one for the groom.  With space on the back for their personal message the feedback was that these went down a treat. Here are a few of them

 for the young bookworm
 for the cat lover
 for the champagne and cat lover
for the shoeaholic
for the young newt keeper
for the afghanhound lover

for the groom

2015 and 2016 saw me mainly painting in oils, landscapes of the Peak District on canvases but I started out as a watercolour artist and still love the unpredictability and delicateness of watercolours.  

Since moving to my new private studio I've been asked if I am still doing the little family trees, and the "I love you more than..." minis which again were an unusual yet affordable gift.

The answer is YES!

I've not put these on my website as I want to keep that for my paintings and prints but you can get in touch by email or pop over to my Etsy Shop where you can see more info and order online 

I tend to do my House Portraits mainly in watercolour but always up for a challenge

I love doing these and work to the customers budget and colour palette
I'm hoping to do more in 2017 ...

I will still be working to commission no matter how big or small and am always happy to advise and get the old cogs working to come up with something a bit different. I'm looking forward to starting my book illustration work too.

My next painting commission is a 6 foot tryptic to be shipped overseas.  The customer did want a 6 foot canvas but because of high shipping costs and possible damage I suggested three canvases to form one painting.  Really looking forward to the challenge of this

So if you've got any special birthdays, weddings, anniversary's or events coming up and want something unique yet won't break the bank then please shout up
.........size doesn't matter!!

Off now to get another coffee and move around a bit cos I've got frozen sat here on my laptop..

keep warm... love Karina xx