Monday, December 15, 2014

Holidaze!

After spending days in a flurry (pun intended) of painting snowmen, I've suddenly come to a screeching halt. I am out of canvas! How did I let this happen you wonder? I have been so busy painting that I was not keeping a close enough check on my dwindling inventory and the next thing I knew I have more orders than I do board to paint them on.  And that my friends, is exactly how I let that happen. (not a terrible problem to have, but definitely a scary one) 

The good news is that as I type a nice large supply are flying across the miles, in rush order (thank you dickblick for the overnight pricing specials) and I will be painting again before the end of the week. In the mean time, I plan to take advantage of this freedom and get a much needed massage.

Facebook: Holidaze is a facebook page I sat up to display signs that I make for the seasons...it is public, so you do not need to be a member to see it! check it out!

Art:
some variations on the snowman themed pieces I am painting:


...some of these
©Washington Redskins, but the snowman is all me!



One of these.....God Bless Texas!
A few of these....Monograms, they are popular right now!



A pre-purchased ornament personalized for First Christmas!
.....a few more of these



last but not least, one of these, nursery art!


After a multitude of snowmen and other holiday themed creations.....
I just needed find my artist self again.
marker, metallic paint, and pencil


Last thing before I go, I want to share something fun I got to do on Sunday. We drove over the mountain (literally) to Asheville, NC (elevation reaches over 4,000 feet en route) to visit Biltmore House (highly recommend season passes as a gift idea) and see the house bedecked in all its holiday splendor. 

Of course, it being close to Christmas, a beautiful weekend, sunshining, and, the fact that the Biltmore Christmas label Art Contest Winner was in the winery signing labels...we stumbled in to a record breaking visitation day for the Estate. 

In spite of the crowds, we had a wonderful time. If you ever find yourself there awaiting your turn to enter the house (yes that crowded!), be sure to head around to the carriage house, where you will find among many others, a little kiosk set up featuring warm beverages. We highly recommend the Irish Coffee featuring Jameson Whiskey. It will warm you right up as you sit and people watch! 



Peace,
Valerie 



Thursday, December 4, 2014

Giclée or Not to Giclée...

News:
If you have ever been interested in my artwork, but for various reasons were unable to commit to a purchase then I have some news I hope will rekindle your  attention. 

After meeting with a contractor, I now have access to reasonably priced giclée prints. In return, I am now able to offer you a variety in sizes and more affordable pricing of my work as a purchasing options. 

First, let me define the term, Giclée, this term was coined to denote the process of fine art print reproduction as opposed to the word inkjet, which the creator, Jack Duganne, felt gave off negative connotations to the process he developed. 

BUT, Please do not mistake giclée prints for average color and quality of normal printmaking. The process is much more detailed in color range and quality. 


Giclée Print: 
Title: Butterfly Bushes
Size: 18 x 24 inch 
gallery wrapped canvas on stretcher bars
$165

Ready in one week from confirmed purchase date* 
(allow extra time for holidays) 

The Original Art Work: 
Title: Butterfly Bushes
Size: 24 x 30 inches
$650 
acrylic on pre-stretched canvas

WHAT THIS means is that I can offer you fine art print copies of work that you would be proud to have hanging in your home or business. If you need more, here are some reasons you might consider purchasing a Giclée Print:

  • Affordability
  • Sizing variations (making smaller paintings larger and vice versa)
  • Highly pigmented inkjet quality 
  • Varnished for protection
  • Can be framed with or without glass or,
  • Gallery wrapped around stretcher bars 

***Also note that, even if I no longer own the original art work, as long as I have the image, I can provide prints.

For further information contact me with any questions 
link *Contact Me* provided on the right side of page or valerie@valeriedowdy.com

Peace,
Valerie 

"art takes courage"~mattise




Monday, November 17, 2014

Bloom Where you are Planted

   

Title: The Butterfly Bushes
Size: 24x30 inch 
Medium: acrylic on canvas
Contact me for Pricing*


Butterfly bushes are native plants to SW Virginia. I have been on my jobs with my husband and see layers of these bushes growing and butterflies flitting all around. They line the edges of bumpy, gravel road sides and are often covered in a sheen of dust. It amazes me that they even bloom much less flourish as they do. They are always covered with butterflies when the beautiful lavender blossoms open. Quite the scene. It makes me remember a quote, "bloom where you are planted". Something we forget to work on as we go dad by day through life forgetting to live in the moment and enjoy it to its fullest.

 I told you I wouldn't update the blog unless, I had something new. Over the last few days I have been feeling the need to do something, feminine. Sometimes a girl just needs to use some soft pastel colors and throw in a mix of some earthy greens and yellows, then a dash of blue to cool it all down. Materials used are acrylic. The fact that I created this piece with acrylic paint is which is a source of pride. 

Peace,
Valerie