Flamingos, flamingos!

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I announced several weeks ago that BFF and I have an Etsy store for selling sets of five notecards, each with original art. (Check out alacardostudio.etsy.com.) BFF and I got our first commission a week or so ago for two sets of cards featuring flamingos. BFF did five cards, and so did I. We had one happy customer! Here are a few pix.

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A New Art Trick

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BFF and I enjoy watching artists’ YouTube videos, and I just recently learned a very helpful trick from artist Adele Sypesteyn in this video “How to Get Unstuck in a Painting” at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CMgGFqJUVyE. You see, I do a very crappy job at imagining what a painting is going to look like if I’m contemplating a change to it. Here’s an example. I made this abstract picture that I really liked as is (see https://crapsmanship.com/2020/05/31/betty-krause-ish/), but then I decided to make it a little more representational by making my marks into flowers and creating a “pot” for the plant. CRAP ALERT: Below are my revisions. I DO NOT like it now! That pot is damn ugly!

But Ms. Adele taught me this brilliant trick. All you need is a sheet protector. I painted this potential revision directly on to the sheet protector taped to my painting. I like the shape but I think the black/white pot is too stark in contrast to the rest of the painting.

With a little bit of elbow grease and a baby wipe (my granddaughter insists we call them “art wipes”!), I cleaned the sheet protector and then added a pink and yellow pot that brings out the colors in the flowers.

This I can live with! So I painted the yellow and pink directly onto the painting, added a few black lines, and I’m now much closer to a finished product.

As I usually do, I’ll live with the painting as-is for a while before I make a few more changes. But Adele’s trick kept me from making a difficult-to-fix error. Thanks, Ms. Sypesteyn. I’ll keep this trick in my crafting toolbox!

 

Cards in Progress

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The Etsy shop — A La Carde Studio — is off to a good start. BFF and I love our time in the studio creating art to put on the front of our cards. Who wouldn’t welcome a note with a piece of removable art?! Here are a few photos of some cards in progress.

Don’t forget to check out alacardestudio.etsy.com!

Betty Krause-ish

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I’ve been intently following an artist named Betty Krause. Her work is colorful, abstract, and filled with light and energy. Betty is very generous by sharing process videos and live paint-along sessions. The painting above is one I made last week in one of Betty’s paint-alongs. This is the first time I’ve been moderately successful making my work look Betty-ish. CRAP ALERT: Unfortunately, I’ve played with this first iteration, made it into a pot of flowers, and now it looks more crap-ish than Betty-ish. See Betty’s wonderful work on Facebook and Instagram by searching for Betty Krause Art.

A La Carde Studio Debut

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BFF and I are debuting our new Etsy shop!!! Each one-of-a-kind card has original art on the front. We sell them in sets of five for $20. That’s only $4/card — cheaper than Hallmark and a hand-made keepsake to boot. They are blank inside for personal messages.
We’ve had such fun. Visit us at alacardestudio.etsy.com for a look. Please do some shopping too! Now’s a great time to send a card to a quarantined friend or relative to brighten their day. Here are a few of our offerings.

A Piece of Work

America the Beautiful

Bonfire Hearts

Celebration

Modigliani

Pull Up a Chair

You Are My World