We’re coming into the holiday season – I can say that because the stores already have their Christmas lights blinking – and I am already swamped with orders. What am I selling?
It’s a bit of everything. My new coasters are selling as fast as I can make them and I’m making them to order which means buyers choose the color scheme they want. They make great hostess gifts and where else will you find four, Debbie originals for $25.? It’s cost effective!
Of course, I’m still painting portraits of your parents, your friends
and of course your very best friends – your dog or cat. It’s something you will treasure for years to come. For $50 and a small shipping charge, you get an 8×10 in an 11×14 mat, ready for framing. Order early to get them in time for holiday gift giving!
And while it’s not often an artist gets lucky enough to sell an original, I am happy to report I have sold 14 since the beginning of the year! But that doesn’t mean you can’t order a fine art, giclee print in your choice of paper or canvas. Just click on the hats to the left to reach my online gallery. If you see an original that’s available that you can’t live without, contact me for a very special price.
New this year are some really fun items designed to put a splash of color in your home. Click on the hats to the left and when you get to my online gallery, click on the one titled, Whimsical Abstracts. Choose your color scheme, then order custom duvets, throw pillows and even shower curtains. While we think this looks great using abstracts, you can also order them from any painting in our gallery.
If you want to give the ultimate gift to someone who loves Fort Lauderdale, get this set of five, Debbie originals for just $1,850. (Shipping not included. These are currently on display at Cinematique in Daytona Beach) They’ll never stop thanking you! Email for details, Debbie@OwnADebbie.com
Monday evening is the big artist reception in Tampa. If you are new to this blog, my work, Surf’s Up, was selected from a few thousand entries to be among 40 works to hang in Amalie Arena for the coming year. Monday night, I will be there for the big unveiling along with some of the Tampa Bay Lightning and the team owners which sponsor the event. Prizes will be awarded and while I know this is trite, just having Surf’s Up hang in the arena for a year is enough for me. I am thrilled to be part of this prestigious group of artists.
On Friday and Saturday, October 9 and 10, I will be at the Ponce Inlet Garden Club annual Arts and Crafts show. It’s being held at the Community Center on Peninsula Avenue and I hope you will try to attend. Selfishly, I would love for you to see my latest works, but there are some wonderful craftsmen on hand with things that will suit everyone on your holiday shopping list. The show is held both indoors and outside. I will be inside in a room with three other great artists. Be sure to check out my hand painted coasters, boxed and ideal for a hostess gift. This will be my third year participating in this wonderful event.
Out of thousands of entries, “Surf’s Up!” was selected by the Tampa Bay Lightning to hang in Amalie Arena in Tampa for the coming year.
There were 40 pieces chosen and I am honored to be among them. On October 5, I will be going to an artist’s reception with the team and team owners where they will be awarding prizes. The way I have it figured, I’m already a winner!
It’s been quite a while since I’ve done a show outdoors, but this Saturday, I’m making an exception. I will be at the Granada Grand Festival of the Arts in Ormond Beach, this Saturday from 10-5. There will be 50 artists there from all over the area, all selling their wares.
I will be deeply discounting some of my best originals to make room for more inventory. When I say deeply, I mean as much as $75 percent off my gallery price. Look for Own A Debbie somewhere around City Hall near Beach Street.
Yes. It’s my latest obsession. You can call me an alcohol-ink or an ink-oholic, but no matter how you say it, I’m hooked!
I’m actually finding I’m more creative painting with ink, but I never thought I would enjoy it so much. Not that I’ve abandoned painting with acrylics or pencils, but this is really different. It’s allowed me to create some very cool abstracts.
What does this mean to you? As you may already know, I have an online gallery. In addition to ordering fine art reprints of all my paintings, you can also order custom throw pillows, duvet covers, shower curtains and tote bags.
Speaking from experience, when I’m looking for throw pillows, Ican never quite find what I want and I usually settle for something that will suffice. You don’t have to do that anymore. You can have custom pillows made using any of my paintings or designs, but the ones that work best with any of the above is from my new Wild Abstract Gallery. Check it out and you’ll see what I mean.
To the left, you will see my ‘Hats Off’ painting. It says, “Fine Arts” above it. Just click on that and it will whisk you to my online gallery.
Take a walk through while you are there and think about the great gifts you can buy.
Christmas, as they say, is right around the corner.
Summer is a very slow season for artists, so I’m offering weekly specials. This week, get a Debbie Original, A Slice of Sunflower, a signed, 5×5 acrylic original in a 12×12 ceramic, desktop frame for just $75!
Everyone knows that summer is not prime time for selling art. It’s not close to any holiday and let’s face it, no one is thinking about decorating when it’s 90+ degrees outside.
That’s good news for you!
While you’re not thinking about it, here’s something to entice you to buy now. The work you see is called, ‘Do You Sea Doo?’ This is a Daytona Beach scene and that’s the Seabreeze Bridge in the background.
This is one of my very early efforts and needless to say, I have learned and changed a lot since I did this piece in 2010. In fact, I just used some of those techniques to give new life to Sea Doo.
You can own this 28″x22″ signed, Debbie original for just $100. I would prefer someone to pick it up, as shipping will add up to $50 to the price.
Don’t miss it! This is your chance to own a Debbie. Debbie Originals sell for hundreds or thousands of dollars!
You might recall a few weeks back I mentioned entering a contest called, Art Prize. This is an annual event held in Grand Rapids, MI and it dubbed the largest of its kind in the Country. It also offers the most prizes – more than a half million dollars in both juried and public voting awards.
The way it works is the artist completes an entry form for either 2D or 3D art and adds an entry to the mix. After that, there is a 30 day connections period when artists let any of the 185 participating downtown businesses know that they are interested in having their work displayed in their business. If you fail to make a connection during the allowed time, you are out.
I got lucky. Of the 2,200 artists that entered this year, one of the businesses contacted me. Yup. Me.
So for two weeks this fall, Old Swampy will make its home in Grand Rapids. The odds of being chosen were slim. The odds of winning a prize are slimmer, but as I look at it, I’m halfway there!
Well, that’s what I call the techniques I use to create art. Besides, every era needs a movement and mine is Debbieism. I leave this to the next generation.
On that happy note, summer is traditionally a very slow time of year for selling art. It’s when I spend time looking for new venues to display my work and creating tomorrow’s masterpieces.
Summer is when I experiment with different mediums and techniques. I’m having fun, but production has been a slower than usual. On the other hand, art creation shouldn’t be rushed.
In the meantime, You Can Own a Debbie for less if you act soon. I will create a painting of your favorite pet or family member for just $40. including shipping anywhere in the US. The 8×10 in an11x14 mat and ready for framing. This is usually $55. with shipping. This special ends when summer officially ends – Labor Day. Debbie’s make great gifts for the holidays or any occasion.