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Glimpse of Recent Sales | Spring 2014

by Jason Horejs on April 12, 2014 · 32 comments

We have had a busy, and slightly odd Winter and Spring season in Scottsdale. Sales have been good, but sporadic. As I mentioned in a previous post, Surviving an Art Sales Slump, we’ve had some periods of  slower sales, and others of great sales. I expect that when we come to the end of the season, however, sales will be up from last year, a good sign for the continuing economic recovery in the art market.

Those of you who follow reddotblog know that I like to post images of some of the work that has recently sold either in the gallery, on xanadugallery.com, or through our monthly Art Catalogue. It’s fun to see work that has caught our buyer’s attention, and it’s a good reminder that art is selling – something that is easy to forget if your sales have been a bit slow.

It’s important to remember that this is not necessarily a reflection of trends in the broader market, and I don’t want anyone to look at this artwork and say “I guess I better paint abstracts, because that’s what Xanadu is selling.” You will see below a pretty broad range of style and subject matter, thanks largely to the sales driven by Art Catalogue, which allows us to show a broader range of work than we might be able to show in our physical gallery. The Catalogue sales, along with our online sales and magazine ads are becoming an ever more important part of our total sales.

 

Sampling of Sales

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Welcome to Americana Series by Dave Newman

#58898

Welcome to Americana Series

by Dave Newman

60″ x 48″

Acrylic /Mixed Media

Bird on a Wheel by Dave Newman

#59307

Bird on a Wheel

by Dave Newman

18″ x 18″

Chicago to Arizona by Dave Newman

#52601

Chicago to Arizona

by Dave Newman

36″ x 21″

Emotional Reactions 2 by Joyce Wynes

#46937

Emotional Reactions 2

by Joyce Wynes

12″ x 12″

Emotional Reactions 3 by Joyce Wynes

#46938

Emotional Reactions 3

by Joyce Wynes

12″ x 12″

Emotional Reactions 4 by Joyce Wynes

#46939

Emotional Reactions 4

by Joyce Wynes

12″ x 12″

Spring 4 Ward by Dave Newman

#58902

Spring 4 Ward

by Dave Newman

18″ x 18″

Acrylic /Mixed Media

Blue Lagoon by Cholla Chambers

#58309

Blue Lagoon

by Cholla Chambers

16″ x 12″

Untitled by Cholla Chambers

#64793

Untitled

by Cholla Chambers

20″ x 15″

Steppin' Out by Dave Newman

#58905

Steppin’ Out

by Dave Newman

18″ x 18″

Acrylic /Mixed Media

Truck by Dave Newman

#59337

Truck

by Dave Newman

12″ x 32″

Process of Acceptance by Guilloume

#58579

Process of Acceptance

by Guilloume

20″ x 36″

Bronze

Unity by Guilloume

#29615

Unity

by Guilloume

16″ x 0″

Bronze

Forward Stand by John & Elli Milan

#40087

Forward Stand

by John & Elli Milan

30″ x 30″

Oil

An Evening Out by Guilloume

#17029

An Evening Out

by Guilloume

23″ x 9″

Bronze

$4,500

Love is the Answer by Dave Newman

#58912

Love is the Answer

by Dave Newman

12″ x 30″

Acrylic

Erie 1 by Linza

#52248

Erie 1

by Linza

44″ x 12″

Acrylic / Steel

Darien 16 by Linza Darien 18 by Linza

Darien

by Linza

12″ x 12″

Acrylic and Resin on Birch

Fulfillment by Guilloume

#42388

Fulfillment

by Guilloume

36″ x 20″

Bronze

$3,900

Unity by Guilloume

#29615

Unity

by Guilloume

16″ x 0″

Bronze

$2,500

Good Enough  by Lorri Acott

#8077

Good Enough

by Lorri Acott

9″ x 8″

$2,800

Mulberry Place by Carolee Clark

#53333

Mulberry Place

by Carolee Clark

24″ x 30″

Acrylic

Igneous by Linza

#36096

Igneous

by Linza

44″ x 12″

Acrylic / Steel

Erie 2 by Linza

#52249

Erie 2

by Linza

44″ x 12″

Acrylic / Steel

5880m

Synergy
by Gary Lee Price
24″
Bronze

One With the Sun by Elizabeth Weber

#26888

One With the Sun

by Elizabeth Weber

40″ x 30″

Acrylic

Sheltie Pup by Marla Rush Parnell

#39067

Sheltie Pup

by Marla Rush Parnell

10″ x 10″

Big Heart by Tom Christiansen

#44473

Big Heart

by Tom Christiansen

18″ x 6″

Bronze

Thor by Tom Christiansen

#44480

Thor

by Tom Christiansen

14″ x 0″

Bronze

Fine Feathered Friends by Gary Lee Price

#7536

Fine Feathered Friends

by Gary Lee Price

44″ x 24″

Bronze

Crystal Heart Pendant by Sandy Schenkat

#37248

Crystal Heart Pendant

by Sandy Schenkat

12″ x 0″

Handcrafted Neckace

Saguaro Series by Dave Newman

#58915

Saguaro Series

by Dave Newman

48″ x 24″

Acrylic /Mixed Media

Unity by Guilloume

Bighorn Trail by Carolee Clark

#53928

Bighorn Trail

by Carolee Clark

24″ x 24″

Acrylic

Desert Outpost by Dave Newman

#59342

Desert Outpost

by Dave Newman

93″ x 17″

After the Corn I by CLAUDIA L. BROOKES

#55410

After the Corn I

by CLAUDIA L. BROOKES

6″ x 6″

$125

Leaning on the Cross by Guilloume

#67309

Leaning on the Cross

by Guilloume

30″ x 14″

Oil/Mixed Media

Horizons by Guilloume

#29624

Horizons

by Guilloume

14″ x 15″

Bronze

A-63 by Dave Newman

#70960

A-63

by Dave Newman

30″ x 40″

Desert Illuminated by John Horejs

#69637

Desert Illuminated

by John Horejs

30″ x 72″

Oil

In Front of Me by Guilloume

#67302

In Front of Me

by Guilloume

32″ x 20″

Bronze

$3,400

55 Thunderbird by Dave Newman

#58910

55 Thunderbird

by Dave Newman

48″ x 48″

Acrylic /Mixed Media

Rescued II by John & Elli Milan

#18755

Rescued II

by John & Elli Milan

12″ x 12″

Rescued III by John & Elli Milan

#71847

Rescued III

by John & Elli Milan

12″ x 12″

Oil/Mixed Media

Growing Close by Carolee Clark

#53334

Growing Close

by Carolee Clark

30″ x 30″

Acrylic

Backyard Apple Tree by Carolee Clark

#53339

Backyard Apple Tree

by Carolee Clark

20″ x 20″

Acrylic

Gelato Aficionados by Carolee Clark

#53338

Gelato Aficionados

by Carolee Clark

22″ x 28″

Acrylic

Strut the Pups by Carolee Clark

#64151

Strut the Pups

by Carolee Clark

28″ x 22″

Acrylic

The Dun Cave Horse by Tammy Bality

#7922

The Dun Cave Horse

by Tammy Bality

30″ x 10″

Bronze

How have your sales been this Spring?

If you have recent sales, let us know – post what you’ve sold in the comments below (include a link to the image on your website, if available). Share any interesting recent sales stories. I hope the sales shown above and your sales will encourage artists who’ve had slower sales recently.

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Richard Smith April 12, 2014 at 3:58 pm

Had a couple of quickies this year already. I posted a photo of a painting called “GMC Truck”, which was sold within half an hour of posting and I hung a painting called “Private” in a group show and the painting was sold before the show opened. These painting are viewable under my name, Richard Smith, on the Xanadu artists pages.

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Michael Palmer April 12, 2014 at 5:06 pm

Hi Jason
My sales have been ok, trend seems to be smaller pieces and prices below $500. I started and completed a songbird series of ten paintings late last year, with an abstract twist, birds realistic, background abstract. Great reviews from viewers. I have three left, and one spoken for. Will be gone this coming wk. Because of the reaction I’m starting another series of ten, same theme with other birds I didn’t paint in the first series. The first will be a female cardinal that I’ll start tomorrow. The first series was not posted on my sites, but are on my fb page and timeline.
I am seeing a trend in sales to abstract styles though, so I’m working hard on my more refinded wildlife paintings like the bass I have posted on your web site. Just finished one with four wolves titled ‘Observation Deck’ and will post on your site soon. Need to photograph first.

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Donia April 12, 2014 at 7:08 pm

Sales have been pretty slow, but I sold a very large version of this giclée to someone in NYC completely out of the blue – no communication before or after the sale, just an internet transaction:
http://www.etsy.com/listing/178518059/large-canvas-giclee-print-of-original

I’ve also sold a couple of smaller metal prints from my specialized website: http://Moon-Paintings.com

It’s great to see the variety of work you and your artists have been selling, Jason! Congrats :-)

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Ruth Collis April 12, 2014 at 8:54 pm

Thank you, Jason for this encouragement! A lot of Western themes here. I’m a thick impasto artist and thought of trying a cactus theme with my cake decorating tips style to fit in with your gallery located in Arizona there, but see what you mean about others collecting from you abroad as well. I still wish I knew exactly what to paint & colors collectors would want, to eliminate the guess work, but still excited to be here!

Before you signed me up to Xanadu Studios (THANK YOU SO MUCH!), this painting sold here at the beginning of this year:

Fireworks in 3D
16×20 on flat canvas board
Sold for $40 from a Co-worker
https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.209826519201309.1073741836.173870459463582&type=1

I hope to display work sold through you soon, but is an example. It’s a painting that glows in black light as well as showing nice colors in daylight lighting, 2 paintings in one. The neat thing about this painting is it selling when I wondered what to do with it, since it had all these excess varnish bubbles lining the 3D paint line ridges where I learned to varnish more sparingly now. It ended up being extra sizzle as a good point & think I got away with it for the theme alone, but wouldn’t otherwise.

A thing to note is being in an unpleasant co-worker environment and continuing to say my positive affirmations and express gratitude to raise my happy energy level even in an environment that brought me to tears much. Turns out, after only so long, the Universe grants you your wish, and though things got worse, it then pushed me into a new and happier environment on a different shift at work where people actually cared about each other, grateful for me, at cooler hours of the day, AND liking to talk about art and things of actual interest.

One of these people in just talking, saw the art on my cell phone (thank God I just put the photos on there having switched phones the day before), and wanted a piece. So is important to have pictures at hand of our art without a computer nearby at any moment’s notice. (Wish I could find a way of labeling prices to see at a glance though… hey, guess that’s the next app someone could make available to me? Hint!) This is what made the sale for me and helps connect me to others that just inquire who you are and what you do too. Your phone can be your walking portfolio for you.

Here’s where I got pretty proud of myself later for…… I told this buyer of the Fireworks piece the first photo on my phone he liked was sold (which was true). I went through a few more photos and finally found this Fireworks one that was available. He wanted it. I couldn’t believe that screwed up varnish one would be wanted, but said, “Ok, well I can’t say how long it will be available…” (creating scarcity) and he was amazingly persistent, so I said, “I can ‘hold’ the piece like you want with a deposit to show you are truly serious.” I couldn’t believe I instantly turned into this salesman where all efforts before, was like pushing it on people that made them turn away. But this guy whipped out a $20 in cash and brought the remaining $20 the following week when I brought the painting to work!! My eyes bugged out silently at all that just happened here.

Another thing worth noting is that I didn’t feel this was worth $40, thinking, “Oh, it’s not framed,” or “I really screwed up here with the varnish, how could I accept the other $20… this should be just fine…” I went on and on in my head, but as the week went by, I made myself realize even a screwed up piece is worth it especially if there’s someone that’s finding value in it like what was happening here; and still months later, the buyer looks at the painting proud because of the message it says to him, which was: “You can do it!” I had no clue he thought this, but somehow my extreme drive to have the fulfilling creative career I wanted, instead of the unfulfilling corporate yet secure life (he was also stuck at)… was also speaking to him about getting his own product out there that he dreamed of, but has all these obstacles as well. I had no idea all this was going on, but it somehow influenced him to connect and be a part of that inspiration.

Further, this collector now wanted to see my studio and buy more. Oh God, how will he fit in my chicken coop sized studio? And how embarrassing that it’s in my home! How will I hide my bed?? All these thoughts of horror went through my head, being against all my notions and to just tell people to look at my portfolio online, but then a week later, I somehow got the idea to do a “private showing” and have been wanting to make my studio presentable for my online students anyway. I have a lot of shelving and inventive ways of organizing a lot in a tight space that people could identify with. So I have now finished moving bookshelf walls of supplies in the right places to cover most of my bed area, and brought in a giant restaurant rack on wheels to store huge canvases well that can now just be rolled easy. So when anyone walks in, they just see a studio of greatly used vertical space for tools and drying paintings, with 2 rolling chairs. He can see what art he likes on my computer, then I go get it in storage… that happens to be a few feet away! Ha ha

Another thing I learned from this was that even though I battled my resistances to take all the $40, once learning he had no clue how to frame my piece, nor had time to go do what I know how to do easy, I just went and got him one for half off on my end and just gave it to him. Well, that gift that he didn’t have time to go get himself, made him feel indebted to me and wants to pay me back somehow! Incredible. People like it and feel good when you care about them and when they make a deal or get something unexpected and makes them really happy with you. The free things are good investments in your customer for their investment in you.

Over time now, I have used this ONE collector and all his interests that he talks about in connection to art, to get in his mind, to also help me write my blog article subjects, Facebook entries on how to frame a piece of art, pick it out, get discounts, etc, and what to send to my email list that I had no clue before what a collector would want to know about. It’s just art, you paint. No, it’s more than that, it’s your story and all the reasons why art matters and how you would give up everything to do what you love to do, even living in poverty, while everyone else around you is better off, and why you live life with meaning to share your gift in hopes to see the potential of all that you stay up late for and make sacrifices to do, become a better reality from your efforts. I still have no clue what is in the mind of a collector, so am so excited to learn from Jason here as I can.

So, even though the sale was a low price, there’s a lot of high values to realize here…

*Somewhere, somebody looks up to you, no matter who you are.
*Yes, try to keep the imperfections minimal, but do take value in your work & draw out the highlights
*Sometimes it’s a matter of perception
*Learn how to sell subtly (show value, create scarcity, let them make the decision, you just present the facts)
*If one will buy, 100 will; you just have to get in the right place and seen by the right people
*People pick up your values and message in the way you live your life that somehow comes out in your art that make them feel connected to you
*Your art can give others a message of hope. It doesn’t have to, but is one way that inspires someone into buying art
*Your clients may ask things of you that you resist or are against. Re-evaluate why it is a hard-fast rule, or if it is something that will bring added benefits and do major good.

Wow, I have written a blog article! Sorry! Writing this was mostly helping me see what good came of selling this one piece, and all that goes behind getting one’s art out there.

If it helps anyone else, I had paintings in my way and no room to make more. Horrible feeling. A friend said to “donate” many. People will feel your generosity and will create all this good. So I did. Sixteen paintings went to my psychological center I went to and loved them there. I paid $50 extra to have them professionally wired to prevent lawsuits. It cost me money to give them away. I then brought my guy that I told the center I had my own “Installer” to hang them for them. That put a more professional impression of surprise on their face and they stayed open after hours just for us. I also put up extra descriptions for each piece, to give meaning and make it entertaining for them.

No sales resulted from that, but it gave me space and it made a lot of doctors happy to not be in such a “clinical” environment anymore, and now their clients can feel more “at home” there too. The doctors came to work happy the next day and there was a flurry of excitement there, AND I could now write 2 things about many pieces of my work on my website now: 1 the work is in “corporate collection” which makes your work look desirable, and 2 I got all these “doctor’s” signatures and testimonials of how happy it made their environment there, which adds to the prestige level of owning your art, since doctors are liking them.

This could help if just starting to get your art out there, and needing credibility to help boost real sales. Social proof says everything. I didn’t know it would do all this just giving your art away. I wanted to make sure they weren’t seen as discardable pieces of no value, but more like how you can be involved in your community through what you do too, and how that affects others, and people respond to that.

One original that resides there, also was just bought a week ago as a print on FineArtAmerica.com. You wanted to know about sales, well I got a whopping $1 dollar. But yipee! I was so excited and shared it all over Facebook and everyone liked the attitude and not the value that was sold and that thread ended up having a lot of comments on it. So you can still benefit from a sold piece by taking quality photos of it beforehand, and just the way you involve yourself in other people’s lives can make a big difference. It will pay off sooner or later somehow, and the more active you are in marketing your art.

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Celia April 12, 2014 at 9:08 pm

Sales has been slow but I sold a 20×24 (frame) print of Teardrops (http://pixelgraphs.com/pgs_gallery/index.php/circle-of-life/COL-Teardrops) in January and a 20×24 (frame) print of Cathedral (http://pixelgraphs.com/pgs_gallery/index.php/circle-of-life/cathedral) in March, besides many smaller matted prints.

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Andrew Duclos April 12, 2014 at 10:11 pm

Started out the year slowly with only three small pieces being sold in the first three months, two were small plein air paintings. April has come through quite nicely so far with one sale out of a show reception titled “Yesterday’s Dreams” and followed by two more, “Early Morning Solitude” and “As Close to Heaven” being purchased for the permanent collection at our local Hospital. These had been on display there for about six months. Waiting for payment on these before marking them sold on my website. I have also been invited to show with a fellow artist and friend at the local Community College, date still to be determined. This invitation came at the reception to my current show. Interestingly, these paintings have been around for a year or so and have displayed several times in a few local shows prior to selling. Breathing a bit easier at the moment. These paintings are all displayed on my website at andrewduclos.com.

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William Marvin April 13, 2014 at 4:02 am

I sold “On a Clear Day” from my East Coast series which was exciting but overall sales have been sporadic. One bright note; I did a 100 Paintings, 100 Days Project to have some fun and sharpen my skills a little and managed to sell half of them. That was encouraging and the contact with a broader audience gave me hope for a better year ahead.

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David Coblitz April 13, 2014 at 4:28 am

Recently sold this piece paired with the reversed image of it. Customer’s daughter liked them, so she gave the pair to her daughter & plans to order a larger pair for herself to replace them. http://bit.ly/ThreeSistersReversedSold

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Jacquie Gouveia April 13, 2014 at 5:56 am

So far so good on the Spring sales. I’ve sold a couple of paintings thru Galerie du Soleil in Naples, FL, 1 online from Zatista and 1 online thru Saatchi. I also sold some smaller pieces thru Etsy. Also, last weekend I exhibited in Artexpo New York and sold 4 paintings while there. Yay!
Here’s the painting I sold on Zatista – http://www.zatista.com/product/details/34615/Growing-Thru-the-Ice
Cheers!
Jacquie Gouveia

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Rani Garner April 13, 2014 at 6:46 am

Hi Jason,
Thanks for posting some exciting and creative sold pieces, and congratulations on the success of Xanadu.

I’ve sold ten paintings in 2014, which is on track for me, but they are almost all from one particular gallery. Not good considering my work is in six galleries….but I’m grateful! All between $1K-3K and interesting that five have been 30×40 or larger. Mainly coastal landscapes, which isn’t surprising since the gallery involved is in the Florida panhandle. Here’s a link to one that’s sold: http://ranigarner.com/images/Rise_and_Shine3.jpg (sorry it wouldn’t
copy as an active link)

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Marla Rush Parnell April 13, 2014 at 6:55 am

I have had a fairly good start to 2014, including a sale from a national pastel exhibition in Little Rock. I had priced the work extremely high so that I could keep it for future competitions/exhibitions, so I was pleasantly surprised when it sold. That gave me such confidence that my work can command higher prices. In addition, I made my first sale from Xanadu online, the Sheltie Pup pastel shown above. Thank you so much, Jason, for creating this avenue for sales! I am currently working on several commissioned canine portraits, so the year is looking promising.

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Amos April 13, 2014 at 7:07 am

It has been a great season for sales.actually this last year has been fantastic. Three public art commissions and many pieces going to private collectors.
enjoy your write ups thanks

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Pam Dunmire April 13, 2014 at 8:02 am

Late winter and early spring started out with a bang. I sold two of my balloon series paintings 24×24 and 16×16 at an opening of a show I was in at A Small Art Gallery. Out of my studio I sold a 24×24 southwest landscape from an older series, a 12 x12 floral and several fine art prints to a Lady from Connectitcut and on Facebook I sold an 8×8 floral to a lady in Minnesota. Now things have slowed back down but I am optimistic that it will pick back up with tourist season just starting in Prescott.

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Honey Corbin April 13, 2014 at 8:07 am

It’s been a mixed bag with one large commission based on my trip to Paris and 2 moderate sized paintings based on Monet’s Gardens sold. Certified prints of my drawings of Paris scenes are doing moderately well in a French themed shop. I am gratified that 2 of my paintings have been selected for a juried show at the Downtown Gallery which is associated with The Booth Western Art Museum, Cartersville, GA. Thank you for all your helpful tips to struggling artists. I enjoyed your informative workshop on art marketing presented in Atlanta.
http://www.honeycorbin.com

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Bryan Grose April 13, 2014 at 8:12 am

Sold this piece yesterday. Went to my studio NOT intending to see anyone. A collector who had been in my studio here in Minneapolis months ago saw me on the elevator and said hello. (other studios were open in the building) I told him I was going to do some work and he asked if he could take a look for a minute. He revisited a piece he had seen and liked a lot. I remember talking to him about it. Anyway he asked if we could negotiate on the price. We did and were both satisfied.

NOT making this up.. I employed what I had just read from Jason’s book about selling..I asked him his name walking down the hall, asked him how he was “doing today”, (it was a nice day out) asked him what he did for a living AND after the sale offered to bring the piece to his house and hang it..which he said wasn’t necessary.
This was the piece.
https://www.etsy.com/listing/118611109/night-was-here-ii-3×3-oil-on-canvas?ref=shop_home_active_16

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Scott Anderson April 13, 2014 at 9:50 am

Sales have been good this year with four large paintings selling. October through December of last year was seven large paintings selling so I feel I have a good rhythm going. I have two commissions coming up and my first Artist Focus in the May issue of American Art Collector coming out in a few days (digital release). It’ll be interesting to see how that exposure influences the mix.

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Terry Guyer April 13, 2014 at 11:05 am

Jason, being with the Artist’s Guild of San Francisco gives me an opportunity to show two to four times a month. Sales are improving as I get better at talking with the public and make liberal use of your sales tips.

After making a fix on a portrait commission, finished in December and redelivered in February, http://terryguyer.com/EmmaAndCrocodile_A-page.html, I told my client I hope he didn’t mind but I painted “Crocodile” again from another one of the photos I took of him. I showed him the painting “Back to the Stables” and he bought that one too. http://terryguyer.com/AvailablePaintings.html. Other 2014 sales were two small Mission San Antonio paintings to my accountant (not on the website) “High Plains, Big Sky” http://terryguyer.com/BigSky.html. Last week I sold, “Prairie Storm” http://terryguyer.com/Prairie_Storm.html” and was commissioned to recreate another small painting, 9×12″, of a previously sold “Nautical Patterns”.

Monday I will hear if I get the portrait commission from the gentleman who came by the studio Friday. However he was very price sensitive, so we may not have a deal. A better chance is the two or three portrait paintings I have been in discussion over with a Harvard Law School professor and his wife.

I just hung a show yesterday of eight of my landscape paintings and my version of “The Three Graces” http://terryguyer.com/Three_Graces_Page.html for the inaugural opening of a new gallery in San Francisco.

In 2013, thanks to your help in our business discussion about “A Statue of Nikola Tesla in the Silicon Valley”, I landed that project and it was a huge success. Along with a few painting sales and a couple portrait commissions 2013 was a great year.

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Sharron Vincent Porter April 13, 2014 at 11:08 am

I have sold two of my new “Landstracts” since January of this year – one to a repeat customer. I was told a little over a year ago to work smaller and sell prints of my work to make sales, but after much pressure from colleagues and few sales at local venues (co-ops, shows, a gallery and a popular restaurant with events), I went the other way, continuing to paint large (or medium-sized) pieces adding sticks, branches and rocks to many and upping my prices. I’ve been getting lots of publicity locally, and have now been invited for a solo show in a new contemporary gallery (White Hills) opening on May 23rd. Since I’m just starting to get serious about showing and selling, I’m feeling very encouraged, and loving the direction I’m taking!

Now, if I can just get that blogging habit established!

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Tina April 13, 2014 at 11:27 am

Cool! Carolee is really rockin’ it.

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Claudia L Brookes April 13, 2014 at 1:13 pm

I probably had the lowest end sale (After the Corn, above) of Xanadu’s spring season, but want to comment that i was treated by Xanadu as if my sale was high end, and that impressed me. There was lots of communication and follow up (the painting the buyer requested had already been sold, so the gallery worked out a substitute and still made a sale–and also I was away from home for an extended time and couldn’t ship the order for a while, and the gallery kept the customer well informed) . I was also very pleased to have my shipping costs reimbursed by Xanadu, as I had not realized that this was “part of the deal.” Allin all, a very pleasant experience. Like William Marvin, I did a “100 paintings in 100 days” series, and had a very similar experience–selling well more than half and finding it a great opportunity to practice and hone painting skills as well as expand my audience. This has also been a good season for my Caribbean paintings that are represented in St John, USVI, but other than that, I would say that my sales have been sporadic, although that is my usual sales pattern for spring.

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Leslie Moody April 13, 2014 at 1:29 pm

I recently sold a commission of a pet portrait /Users/lesliemoody/Desktop/Chad:Kathy Hoard.JPG

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Leslie Moody April 13, 2014 at 1:44 pm

I recently sold a commission of a pet portrait. /Users/lesliemoody/Desktop/IMG_0443.JPG
and another farm animal./Users/lesliemoody/Desktop/IMG_0056.JPG
Sales in both these areas are picking up.

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Jeanne Rhea April 13, 2014 at 2:07 pm

I have had a very good year with sales. I usually don’t expect a good month until after April 15. But this year, March has been very good and February was better than usual. I wrote about it a couple of weeks ago on my blog. You can read it here. http://artfortheheart.blogspot.com/2014/03/starting-year-off-right.html?view=flipcard

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Larry Deeds April 13, 2014 at 4:42 pm

I’ve been selling consistently at every show for the last 8 or 9 months. Had a real drought for about a half year before that, though.

I had a wonderful experience just happen to me! I was painting on the sand in Malibu, at Point Dume, one of my favorite places to paint on the Southern California coast. I guess I didn’t realize it, but this mom and her daughter (turns out, her goddaughter) had been standing behind me, watching me paint. They went back to their car to leave, and the little girl (her name is Lizbeth) said to her mom: “That’s the most beautiful painting I’ve ever seen. Will you buy it for me?”. The mom, Stephanie, told me later that Lizbeth never asks for anything, so she felt compelled to buy the painting for her! They came back, gave me a cash deposit, and I delivered the painting a few weeks later!

Just amazing!

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Juliana Hutchins April 13, 2014 at 9:37 pm

Murals have been on the upsurge. I completed one in Prescott in October, the “Heroes”mural honoring our 19 lost to the Yarnell fire and others who risk their all for our freedom, land and lives. That was huge. 120×12′. Just finished one in Verde Valley last month at the Thousand Trails park on the Verde river of the history of the area. Working on the preliminaries now for another in Prescott at the Miller Valley Indoor Art Marketplace. It will be about 150′x 30′. I think my largest so far. Ive also sold prints of my “Kolb Studio, Well Framed” which is nice for a little extra cash!

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kathryn April 14, 2014 at 3:25 pm

My commission work has been constant since last June…I have been drawing between 2-4 commissions at once. http://kathrynhansen.com/commissions.html . However my original pieces and prints have been beyond slow this year…very unusual…almost a flip from years past…go figure!!

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Leon Sarantos April 14, 2014 at 7:49 pm

I sold several paintings recently, one of them “Young Lady With Long Pipe,” was sold in an art walk. It’s an abstract, figurative painting. (This painting is now available as a limited edition giclee.)
http://www.leonsarantosartist.com/art/young-lady-with-long-pipe/
Two more sold online at Artfinder where they were “Art of the Day” features, including “Fading Flower,” another abstract, figurative painting:
http://www.leonsarantosartist.com/art/fading-flower/
Also a still life, Apples, Grapes and Vases on Blue Cloth.
http://www.leonsarantosartist.com/art/apples-grapes-and-vases-on-blue-cloth/
I also do digital art prints and sold one, “Tracks, Barge, Skyway Bridge” at a bricks and mortar gallery that represents my art, Paul Henry’s Art Gallery in Indiana.

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Polly Jones April 15, 2014 at 1:14 pm

Thanks for asking! It’s fun to see what all have found homes. I’ve recently sold two large ones “Carnival Glass,” http://pollyjonesart.com/2013-mixed-media-paintings#/id/i5910849 and “Most Quiet Need,” http://pollyjonesart.com/2011-mixed-media-paintings#/id/i6264053

I’ve also sold over a dozen smaller sized mixed media paintings. This seems a little more than last year. These sales were made both online and through a local gallery/frame shop.

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Pam Gleave April 16, 2014 at 6:15 am

Hi Jason,
At the end of last year I sold one of my large format Beerscapes (Hop Mouth III)to the set designers at the TV show Chicago Fire. It is visible whenever they film at the paramedic’s house. It hangs over her fireplace. Always fun to see that! Before that I leased two pictures (Chemscape “La Boca” and a pastel called “The Ornithologist”)to Boss Kane Productions, they produce the HBO series Boss starring Kelsey Grammer. Sold another large Chemscape (“Bronze Falls”)to a private collector, so I guess my trend has been large format pieces. I have launched a series of Tango dancers for a show next year. That is what I’m focused on right now. Good luck to everyone in sales this year!
Pam

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Kaye April 17, 2014 at 1:10 pm

That’s a lot of sales! Some really beautiful and inspiring work! A lot to look at! Thanks! -KW

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LaMerle Deca April 28, 2014 at 6:47 pm

I had a good year last year, but so far this year I have only sold one five by seven.

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Judy Dunn April 30, 2014 at 1:04 pm

Had a show at a local art association in February, and sold a 3′ x 4′ painting to a visitor from Australia! She was visiting her daughter at a local school and popped into the show, bought a piece from me, and one from the artist who was doing the show with me.
http://www.judydunn.net/portfolio#/7

Now my work is international!

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