It has been an incredibly busy and exciting lead up to Christmas this year. I now have a website, where you can buy my original art works or prints of your favourites. It is something I have been wanting to do for ages, but not had the time (or energy) to undertake. So have a look around it is at Karenbaileystudio.net. To compliment it I have a Facebook page Karen Bailey Studio and I have renamed my Instagram account the same. I have most of my social media organised (or as much of it as I plan to drive at the moment), of course I now have to keep up with it all.
My other exciting development is that I am taking commissions. These will be in three different formats
- Mixed media paintings of your home and garden.
- Coloured pencil drawings of your favourite bloom
- Mixed media painting of your favourite travel or holiday photo.
I advertised before Christmas in my local community Facebook page hoping someone might be interested, but not expecting much. The support I received was amazing, over 100 likes and three commissions. I was soooo excited, then of course I panicked, all the horror stories I had heard regarding commissions flooded into my head and what if the drawings didn’t work out!!!! But the people who wanted the commissions were really lovely and I had such fun. It was challenging, but I enjoyed drawing different things.
The commission I have included here was very different from what I usually do. Painting a autumnal landscape was fun and I channelled some Vincent as I did those poplars. It worked out well after a few problems with the shadows. I wasn’t dark enough, then I went overboard and went too dark and had to lighten again. Thank goodness the water soluble crayons were forgiving. (Thanks Julie for putting me onto Neocolours by Caren dAche). The colours are actually a lot closer than these two photos indicate below, just shows you the difference scanning and monitors can make to the images.
I hope everyone had a lovely Christmas, I certainly did, spreading the celebrations over two days. I spent Christmas day at home with my sister and had the most tranquil of days, walking the dogs, cooking a feast and pottering in the garden. Boxing day was our family dinner and another lovely day spent with everyone, lots of people, dogs and of course food and drinks.
So please pop over to my website and have a look, it is still a work in progress as I am making it myself, but I hope you like it.
Good luck with all your new ventures. All the best for 2018
Thanks Sue, it is all very exciting. Hope your new year is great as well.
Happy New Year, Karen. Your drawings are exquisite so it is a fortunate person who commissions work from you.
Happy New Year Julie. Thank you for your kind words and for putting me onto Neo colours, I have had so much fun using them in my commissions.
Oh yay !! I’m so glad. Neo-partners-in-crime, you and I.
Congratulations Karen – as you say, commissions are tricky things, but you have pulled this off beautifully! You are well-prepared for a busy and fulfilling year ahead, looking forward to seeing your new endeavours!
Thanks Anna, I have so much planned for 2018, can’t wait to get started. Happy New Year to you and your family and what a lovely year ahead you have watching your gorgeous granddaughter.
Wow!! You have accomplished so much! 🎨👍 I checked out your website and liked your Facebook page. They look awesome!! You go girl!! 🙌 Your paintings are beautiful – I especially like the fall trees.
Thank Jill, been very busy putting it all together. It has been a plan for a long time, just glad I made it happen.
You inspire me Karen! I’m glad you are fulfilling your dreams. 🎨👍