my sketchbook – birds of a feather

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A couple of weeks ago I showed you the early stages of this sketch and I finished it while in Ohio. I hope you like it. But don’t fly away, I have a question (or two) for you at the end.

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I’ve had quite a few folks ask if I would consider selling my artwork. To be honest, I would be terribly honored and thrilled. I did a series of limited edition prints in the 90’s but at that time it was a long, expensive process. I’ve heard that it’s not as difficult now and prints can be offered at a much lower price point than before.
I would like to know if it’s worth diving deeper in to find the best options for offering prints or printable copies. If you’d feel more comfy, please leave an anonymous comment with your opinion. So here goes (I’m kinda scared to ask these questions)…
What’s your opinion?
Would you have an interest in actually purchasing prints?
And…

If you have any knowledge of the printing process
or if you’ve purchased prints in the past…

Please let me know what form of print you received – was it actually mailed or were you given the option to print a high resolution image?

Thank you so, so much for your time and opinions.


home is where the studio is

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Or is it? I returned “home” last night after an exhausting 9 hour drive and it seems that I’ve grown discombobulated. Home is now in two different places and each time I arrive at a destination, it doesn’t feel like home if I’m not with my other half. Know what I mean?
At any rate, I’m at the original location which houses my permanent studio and THAT I’m happy about. I missed all of my things. Seems that you can’t take it all with you when you go – believe me, I’ve tried.

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But enough about me. Let’s talk bags.

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I’m ready to work on new ideas which will be lighter and more airy – like the season – with a touch of leather for good measure. For those of you who are looking for full leather, it’ll be just a while longer.

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I’m excited to carry on with all of those ideas bursting to be free from my sketchbook.
Can’t WAIT to share them with you. Soon.
Have a wonderful day. Create.

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Living away from my full-time home is surprisingly busy. I brought lots of linen, embroidery thread and just enough leather to play with new pouches and clutches.

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I’ve assembled a rag tag team of thrift store frames in black, silver and gray for cheap, easy apartment wall decor. Planning to display black & white family photos – more to follow.
And, from my sketchbook

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…it’s all about birds – birds of a feather.

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Finished product later this week.
Oh, and happy spring! Ohio is downright balmy!
Flat and balmy. 🙂

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This was my pumpkin from Halloween (yes, you read that right). I had this brilliant idea to test out the Punkin-Chunkin theory. So, after Halloween I stashed the firm, round, pretty pumpkin in the shrubs (yes, our shrubs), waiting for the perfect opportunity and ideal condition – whatever that is.

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We found the pumpkin this past weekend.
It took a pitchfork and several trips to clean it out.
I blamed it on the kids.
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LOVE last weeks shot from Through the Lens: RAD Photography.
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When I went away for a couple of weeks I tried to remember to water every plant before going. But I forgot one and just noticed it yesterday.

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Every single leaf had to be removed.
Luckily philodendrons are difficult to kill, even by me.

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Notice the little buds?
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Last weeks clickable photo…
Wow.
I’m in love with this frozen, yet incredibly warm shot from Kim of Jumbled Hutch.
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It’s time for “I Heart Macro” slash “I Heart Close Ups: Up Close Photography for Macro Makers and the Camerologically Challenged”. Join me by blogging your up close/macro picture of the week. Grab the button* to show that you’re participating and link up here. Then be sure to visit other participants and spread the macro love.

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getting down to business in 2012

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Getting down to business while NOT getting down to business.
To all of my customers, Studio Waterstone is officially out of production for the short term. Last year, I didn’t give my arm sufficient time to heal and now I’m reaping the benefits. I have absolutely no choice this time – no cheating. If you have a gift certificate or are waiting for “just the right bag”, rest assured, new things are coming. Hopefully I will be back in production in the spring/summer with beautiful new goodies. Until then…
It’s a great time to get down to business. Contradicting what I just said? Not really. It’s a great time for examining and fine-tuning my brand, streamlining my styles and offerings, designing and planning for spring – not a small undertaking, but I’m excited about it.
While remaining eco-friendly, I’m going to try to reinvent by adding an element of art – something unique. As stated before, Studio Waterstone will be more streamlined, simple, and organized while continuing to focus on earth friendly, stylish functionality.
Sounds like a good “jumping off point” to me. Care to add your desires and preferences to the list while I’m hot on the design trail? I’d love to hear your opinions.

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On a personal level, I’m currently working on photography (staging and photographing products, too) and reading for fun. At the moment, I’m reading Water for Elephants.

Painting will be on the agenda as well as studio organizing – a major undertaking.
I’ve signed on for 52 Weeks to an Organized Home. Care to join me?
It’s a new year with fresh beginnings and exciting possibilities. While I will be absent from Studio Waterstone production, I’ll continue to be around here and here and here. See you around!