Saturday, December 31, 2011

Put a Little Yellow in your Life

"Put a Little Yellow in Your Life"
6" x  6", Oil on Canvas
SOLD and on it's way to Florida

There's only a few hours left of 2012.  So how was this year? 

I think that in order to plan for the coming year, I should look back at the things I did as they becoming the starting point for making plans to do better.
I studied various website hosting methods and finally found a super easy, easy template based website and hosting site, Weebly.com and created a website for the group I host, Palette Knife Painters. We already have a blog going for the group but having a website just seemed more permanent.  We have some of the world's outstanding palette knife artists on the site; I am constantly wow-ed by the beautiful work.  Sometimes I have to wonder, "is this really painted with the  Palette Knife?"  The styles are so varied and exciting.  www.paletteknifepainters.org  
This year, I have two new galleries to add to my resume.  I am now represented by Muse& Co Fine Art Gallery in Roswell, GA.  And an On-line gallery Ugallery.com.  Both venues have been successful for me and I hope this will grow.
The group I belong to, Contemporary Fine Art International has developed a new website which will allow their members to sell off the website.  It's in its infancy but by early next year, it will be live and I look forward to selling on that site as well.
I updated my website.  www.JudyMackey.com is hosted through Fine Art Studios Online.  A lot of artists use FASO for their own website and I really recommend it.  For the money, you not only get a website but you get an email marketing program.  I plan to use the email marketing a lot more in the coming year to reach out to my collectors and friends. 
To make sure your life is in balance with your Yin and Yang, for wealth, health, tips on Feng Shui - check out the Red Lotus Letter.
Need some inspiration?  I love some of the articles she writes, it makes me think, it makes me grow -  check out Daneille Laporte's White Hot Truth site
Want to make your blog better? - check out the Copyblogger
Want to learn how to market your art? - visit Alyson Stanfield's ArtBizBlog
Want to read more about art marketing and using the social media? check out Lori McNee's Art Tips blog.


Website:  JudyMackey.com
Email: CLICK HERE
If you are interested in purchasing " ", please email me at judy@judymackey.com.  If you like my work, I hope you will refer me to your friends.

Sunday, December 25, 2011

Merry Christmas to everyone!

"Angel With Trumpet"
5 x 5 inches Oil on Board
Available for purchase
Merry Christmas.  I hope everyone is enjoying the remains of this day, this holiday.  I want to thank everyone who has visited this and my other blogs, looked at my paintings, read my little blurbs, left me a comment.
I appreciate your emails and your answers to my emails.  I loved networking and brainstorming with you and coming up with new ideas.  I learn a lot from my interaction with you. 
I hope you're all having the best of the best Christmas!!
Website:  JudyMackey.com
Email: CLICK HERE
If you are interested in purchasing "Angel with Trumpet", please email me at judy@judymackey.com.  If you like my work, I hope you will refer me to your friends.

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

When Only Blue Will Do

"When Only Blue Will Do"
9" x 6 "x 1.25", Oil on Stretched Canvas


Playing with blues.  This painting is available via Ugallery.
 
Website:  JudyMackey.com
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If you are interested in purchasing "When Only Blue Will Do", please email me at judy@judymackey.com.  If you like my work, I hope you will refer me to your friends.

Monday, December 12, 2011

Blue Oxford Shirt 3




Blue Oxford Shirt 3
6" x 6" (15.3cm x 15.3cm)
Oil on Panel
$75 plus $4.90 shipping and handling in the US
E-mail me for International shipping rates or other inquiries.
The idea of blue oxford shirts were brought to my attention from the comments on Facebook when I'd previously painted women in white shirts - I haven't posted those here on blogger yet but will do so in the next few days.
 
Website:  JudyMackey.com
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If you are interested in purchasing the above, please email me at judy@judymackey.com.  If you like my work, I hope you will refer me to your friends.

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Blue Oxford Shirt - Palette Knife Painting


Blue Oxford Shirt
6" x 6" (15.3cm x 15.3cm)
Oil on Panel
$75 plus $4.90 shipping and handling in the US
E-mail me for International shipping rates or other inquiries.



 
Website:  JudyMackey.com
Email: CLICK HERE
If you are interested in purchasing the above, please email me at judy@judymackey.com.  If you like my work, I hope you will refer me to your friends.

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Blue Oxford Shirt - Palette Knife Painting


 
Blue Oxford Shirt 2
6" x 6" (15.3cm x 15.3cm)
Oil on Panel
$75 plus $4.90 shipping and handling in the US
E-mail me for International shipping rates or other inquiries.



Continuing with my series of women in a bit of a sexy look - this is the Blue Oxford series.  I have a couple of white oxford shirts listed on Etsy - Click here for that.

Christmas is coming - these little pieces are quick little gifts for that someone special  - marketing my heart out!


Website:  JudyMackey.com
Email: CLICK HERE
If you are interested in purchasing "Blue Oxford Shirt2", please email me at judy@judymackey.com.  If you like my work, I hope you will refer me to your friends.

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Little Black Dress - Figurative Palette Knife Painting

"Little Black Dress"
9" x  6" x 1.5", Oil on Canvas
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When you're wearing something that makes you feel good and confident, along with a pair of Red pumps to go with that little black dress, you can't help but stand a little straighter and with your hips out.
 
Website:  JudyMackey.com
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If you are interested in purchasing "Little Black Dress", please email me at judy@judymackey.com or click on the link above. .  If you like my work, I hope you will leave me a comment and refer me to your friends.

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

A Special Thanks on Veteran's Day - Painting Give Away to Vets



"Land Of The Free"
6" x 6", Oil on Board

11-11-11- Veteran's Day Painting Give-Away!  Tomorrow is a lucky number day - 11-11-11 and it's also Veteran's Day!  My dad's a veteran!  YAY!

This give-away is for Vet's and their Spouses....So here is the rule for the Veteran's Day Give-Away - visit my Judy Mackey Artist site on Facebook- please write your rank in the Military or Years served/brank of the Military and I'll pick a winner on Saturday 11-12-11.

Facebook Site:  http://www.facebook.com/JudyMackeyArtist
Website:  JudyMackey.com
Email: CLICK HERE
If you are interested in purchasing " ", please email me at judy@judymackey.com.  If you like my work, I hope you will refer me to your friends.

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Wine Glasses

"Empty"
7 x 5 inches, Oil on Board



"Expectation"
6" x  6", Oil on Board

A couple of monochromatic paintings of empty wine glasses using the palette knife, impasto painting,


Website:  JudyMackey.com
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If you are interested in purchasing in either, please email me at judy@judymackey.com.  If you like my work, I hope you will visit my website and refer to your friends.

Friday, October 21, 2011

The Babe's An Angel - What do you put on the back of your paintings?

"The Babe's an Angel"
9" x  6", Oil on Canvas

I'm having fun with these angels.  The size of the canvas gave me the inspiration to get back on the angel paintings and I have had some requests for angels in pink boots since the donation for the Cancer Awareness.

What do you sign on the back of your paintings?

Recently I've bought from or traded paintings with other artists.  I love the art I received but there is a second reason why I like buying from other artists as well as trade with other artists.

I like to see how the art is presented, especially if it is mailed to me.  It is a learning experience for me.

Does the artist take time to make the packaging interesting?  If it's not, it makes me wonder if it is because the artist knows I'm a fellow artist?

How is it packaged?  Is it gift wrapped?  Is there marketing materials included in the packing? 

So, here is my question to you - what do you put on the back of your painting?  Of course you probably sign it, title it, perhaps date it.  But do you write on the back of the painting the recipient's name?  A message to the recipient?

If it were me that last two questions are NO!  Unless this is a gift (and even then I'd say leave that off and write a note card instead).  Because artwork might be re-sold, or given to someone else.  I've bought paintings from other artists to give to my friends or family - but if on the back of it - there is a "thank you - Judy" - the product becomes useless to me!

My opinion and this is just my opinion, of course, but  unless the buyer specifies, "can you sign it with this -----" - don't put personal message on the back of your work. 



Website:  JudyMackey.com
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If you are interested in purchasing "This Babe's An Angel", please email me at judy@judymackey.com or click the link under the painting.  If you like my work, please refer me to your friends and tweet me.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Vitoria's Angel - My newest Angel Painting

"Victoria's Angel"
9" x  6" x 1.5", Oil on Canvas

Having a little fun with the angel idea.  Victoria's secret often features beautiful ladies in lingerie and wings so this was the idea.


Are you an artist reading my blog?

Do you buy artwork by other artists?  I often hear from my artists friends who are new at selling, as they try to grow their blog followers, or social media "friends" and are disappointed by the fact that most or all of their friends are other artists.  I tell them that artists are also collectors.  I know a lot of artists who buy other artists' works.  I have several artist friends who have at least one or more of my paintings. 

I've also had other artist's collectors who've found me and bought from me because of some post on "facebook" or because they saw my thumbnail on their artist's blog. 

It's a start - don't worry if your followers are other artists...there's that thing about six degrees of separation and you have to continue to grow your followers and friends and it's perfectly OK to market to other artists.


Have a painty day.
Website:  JudyMackey.com
Email: CLICK HERE
If you are interested in purchasing " ", please email me at judy@judymackey.com.  If you like my work, I hope you will refer me to your friends.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

You Wear It Well - PINK Boots Angel

"You Wear It Well"
10" x  10", Oil on Board
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
A few months ago I painted a few angel paintings in which the angels were sporting pink cowboy boots. The idea came from a comment left on my blog from someone who said that she was a breast cancer survior and wished to see pink cowboy boots rather than the angels I'd painted with blue or red boots. My cowboy wearing angels just looked like they had an attitude.
I have two of such angels for sale at Muse & Co Fine Art Gallery.
The third painting, pictured here is titled "You Wear It Well" - from a song I was listening to while I was painting this.
I have a friend, a breast cancer survivor, who will be walking the Susan G. Komen Walk for a Cure 3-Day. She lives in Texas. During this hot Summer she's been training for the walk by waking up at 3am in order to train without getting over heated. I am so impressed by her determination. So the least I can do is paint an angel and offer it as auction. I have decided to use Ebay since they are set up for taking auctions. I hope you will bid on the painting - the proceeds will go to Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Research.
 
 
 There's only a little over 3 days left on this auction.....
Website:  JudyMackey.com
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If you are interested in purchasing " ", please email me at judy@judymackey.com.  If you like my work, I hope you will refer me to your friends.

Monday, October 10, 2011

Angel Watching - Palette Knife Painting

 
"Angel Watching"
9" x  6" x 1.5", Oil on Stretched Canvas

Somewhat moody painting looking at an angel from behind as the angel watches...I posted this on Facebook and someone mentioned that the angel looked like she was waiting to help someone.  Angels probably do wait around so that they are available to help us.

How's your angel?  Done anything lately that'd make the angel sitting on your shoulder whisper "don't do it...." as the little devil on the other shoulder presses for you to?


Well, be an angel and spread the word on this - I have a listing on Ebay right now for an angel painting I painted earlier this year - the angel is wearing pink boots and it's called "You wear it Well".  100% of the proceeds goes to Susan G. Komen Foundation for Breast Cancer Awareness.  Only a few more days to make your bid and donation.   Click here to Bid on Ebay.


Website:  JudyMackey.com
Email: CLICK HERE
If you are interested in purchasing "Angel Watching", please email me at judy@judymackey.com.  If you like my work, I hope you will refer me to your friends.

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Art Festivals - Painting of Trees in Gray

 
"Gray Day"
30" x 24", Oil on Canvas
There was an Art Fest in our local city. The city did a great job organizing and closing the small historic main street areas for the tents. The weather was gorgeous - a little breezy, which made some of the exhibitors nervous as they adjusted their tents.
Have you seen the movie "Field of Dreams"? That famous line quoted by so many, "If you build it, he will come."....seeing some of the exhibitors today made me think of that line.
It was a juried Art Fest, there were probably fees. tents to rent or buy, tables, easels, stands. drive from somewhere (there were out-of-state artists) the cost and labor to exhbit at one of these festivals....and yet - why is it that so many of the artists sit back as though their art would just sell itself.
Sure, we've all had those moments - we paint (create) something and post it somewhere, our website, a gallery - and a buyer will be so moved that it is sold immediately - no selling necessary the artwork sold itself...it does happen. But for most of us I think we need to put a little more in to the selling part of our business. It IS a business after all.
One artist had beautiful paintings and I walked into her tent to take a closer look. each tag by the painting had a title, size and price...No where in the tent was there an explanation of any sort. Was it oil? Acrylic? Did the price include frame? And the artist was no where in site. Well she was sitting off to one side... Maybe that big post-it note on my forehead was saying - "don't talk to me because I'm just browsing".
An opportunity lost...what if I was a buyer?
The artist worked hard to get there and yet...
Website:  JudyMackey.com
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If you are interested in purchasing "Gray Day", please email me at judy@judymackey.com.  If you like my work, I hope you will refer me to your friends.

Saturday, October 1, 2011

Hank - A White Schnauzer Pet Portrait

 
"Hank"
5" x 5 ", Oil on Board
Sold - Commission

As I mentioned in the last post for Oliver the Black Standard poodle - black is a hard color to paint when it comes to dogs.  But I have to change my thoughts on that as now I'm of the opinion that white is really really really hard :)  Add too much browns and grays and the dog looks either dirty or dull.  And yet I needed to add subtle shading to contour the face. 

Hank is an unshaved Schnauzer whose ears have not been cropped.  He is a happy boy who has dancing dark eyes that are covered in most of his photos.  The owner of Hank sent a lot of photos but in most of them he looked like a cotton ball.  I was tempted to do a mixed media - glue a few cotton balls on the canvas and call it a day... :)  But I persevered and finished this painting.  It's actually a second re-paint.  His owner was happy with the photo I've emailed to her.  This painting is in the mail and on it's way to it's home in Southwestern Georgia.


Website:  JudyMackey.com
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If you are interested in purchasing " ", please email me at judy@judymackey.com.  If you like my work, I hope you will refer me to your friends.

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Pet Portraits

 
"Oliver"
5" x  5", Oil on Board

I love doing these "face" pet portraits.  This black standard poodle is Oliver.  It's hard to paint black and yet if you look closely - there are so many colors within black.  I added a little punch of red on the nose and some touches of blue around the eyes.  This was fun - I'll soon post a white dog that I painted.  White is definitely a lot tougher to paint!!

 
Website:  JudyMackey.com
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If you are interested in commissioning me to paint your pet, please email me at judy@judymackey.com.  If you like my work, I hope you will refer me to your friends.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Winner of the website guestbook comment Gingko leaf painting Give-away

Thank you all for participating in the Gingko leaf painting "Yin and Yang" and for leaving me a guestbook comment.  I wrote everyone's name on little blue strips of paper...

Then the strips of paper were folded....so that the names were not exposed....


We put the folded strips of paper into my favorite bowl....


 My trusty assistant pulled one strip out of the bowl as I took photos.....


Drumrolls.......dddaaaa da da da da.......




There it is -- Helen I.  You are the winner.  I sent you an email - I hope you didn't think it was a spam - omg - how many emails do we get that the subject line says - YOU ARE A WINNER.... I hope I 'splained it well in the subject line and email that I need your address to mail you the painting...fingers crossed!!

Thank you everyone who participated in this give-away - you're all fantastic!!! Thank you!!





Website:  JudyMackey.com
Email: CLICK HERE

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Last Day for Painting Give-away



My website is NOW functioning and I appreciate everyone leaving me comments in the guestbook on my website!  Today is the last day to sign my guestbook for a chance to win this little 5 x 5 inche painting with frame - I will draw and announce the winner tomorrow September 21. 


Website:  JudyMackey.com
Email: CLICK HERE
If you are interested in purchasing any of my paintings, please email me at judy@judymackey.com.  If you like my work, I hope you will refer me to your friends.

Monday, September 19, 2011



"Whispers of Perfume"
24" x  24" x 1.5", Oil on Stretched Canvas

Moody colors.  I was thinking that if I had to paint scent - it would be just whipers of perfume and soft moody like this....I love perfume!  I love perfume like crazy!  I hope you're not too allergic to it because I love perfume..... :)  But the two all time favorite perfume of mine have become discontinued!!!  One I've loved since high school - Christian Dior's Diorella....and the other Fendi....it used to be so common one could buy it at a discount clothing store for practically nothing and now - they sell it for nearly $300 on Ebay, sellers who have found bottles of it from some old inventory or used bottles.....I love Fendi because it matches my body chemistry and when I wear it I get the most compliments!  Oh dear Fendi - please bring back this classic perfume of yours!!! Please please!!!


Website:  JudyMackey.com
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If you are interested in purchasing "Whispers of Perfume", please email me at judy@judymackey.com.  If you like my work, I hope you will refer me to your friends.

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Home of the Brave - Palette Knife Flag Painting


"Say, Can You See"
6 x 6 inches, Oil on Board

Oops oops oops - yesterday I posted the flag painting below and called it "Say, Can You See?" and it was supposed to be "Home of the Brave" - the last part of the song "The Star Spangled Banner"... these are similar and I painted them one right after the other.  They are the same size, an intimate 6 x 6 inches on Gessoboard.





"Home of the Brave"
6" x  6", Oil on Board


Website:  JudyMackey.com
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If you are interested in purchasing either  "Home of the Brave" or "Say, Can You See", please email me at jcmackey@hotmail.com.  If you like my work, I hope you will refer me to your friends.

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Feeling Patriotic - Flags painting as tribute to Sept 11



"Say, Can You See"
6" x  6", Oil on Board

I read on an email that was circulating to remind us to display our flag on September 11 for the Ten Year Sad Anniversary of the Terrorist Attack on U.S.A.  This is my display.

I love painting flags - the colors really work well and with the palette knife - the texture seems to make the flag really look like they are billowing.  I painted another and will post tomorrow.  I took the first line of the Star Spangled Banner song and the last words for the titles.  

Website:  JudyMackey.com
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If you are interested in purchasing "Say, Can You See", please email me at judy@judymackey.com.  If you like my work, I hope you will refer me to your friends.

Friday, September 16, 2011

Limoncello - Palette Knife Painting - Amalfi Lemons



"Limoncello"
24" x  30" x 1.5 inches, Oil on stretched canvas

I've been selling my art on Ugallery for the past few months.  Well for Labor Day, an email went out to the other artist seller which surprised me and made me happy!!  It had to do with a reply on their comment page which every artist on their site have - a buyer or a viewer might leave a comment for the artist and it is up to us to respond so I did:

Judy Mackey's Ulog
The email that the Ugallery staff send said and I'm only cutting and pasting a portion of it:

Greetings Everybody,

Happy September! The summer is coming to a close and as a gallery we couldn't be happier. The holidays are just around the corner, and we're ramping up oodles of exciting new site features to make sure we're ready for big time sales. 

Heading into the new month, we have a few items to share:

1) Ulog selling points. Painter Judy Mackey wowed us recently with a great Ulog response (see above). Judy responded promptly and her tone is upbeat and personal.  She also casually shares some great site selling points:
1. Our 7-day trial (takes all the risk away from the buyer!)
2. We are a living site that posts new work by real artists every week (encourages buyers to come back).
3. Finally, she keeps her response focused. We've found that if a client is already interested in a specific piece, offering them up other work to consider on Ugallery or your personal site can overwhelm them with choice.  Focus on selling the piece they are already interested in.

I was honored and touched to be mentioned!!


A little on this painting above - Limoncello - the very strong alcoholic drink made from lemons.  Along the Amalfi Coast of Italy - there are lemon growers along the cliffs - known for their lemons and this strong liquor.  So this painting of a big bowl of lemons - it seemed appropriate to give it this title - available for purchase on Ugallery.




Website:  JudyMackey.com
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If you are interested in purchasing "Limoncello", please email me at judy@judymackey.com.  If you like my work, I hope you will refer me to your friends.

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Painting Give-Away!


I'm designing a new website for displaying my artwork - it's still in trial stage and is a work in progress but I'd love for you to take a sneak-peek look at it and tell me what you think.   The web address for the site is Judy Mackey Art. (www.impactfolios.com/judymackeyart) If you sign my Guestbook which is under  the "Your Thoughts" page, you will be entered in a give-away for a chance to "win"  this small 5 x 5 inch painting of Ginkgo leaves "Yin and Yang" and it will be framed.  This Give-Away will end on September 20, 2011 and I will select a winner and announce it on September 21 on my Blog"Artful Ideas"
"Yin and Yang"
5" x  5", Oil on Board
Website:  JudyMackey.com
Email: CLICK HERE


Please tweet about this or tell your friends - they can leave me guest book comments and be entered in the give-away as well!  Thank you!

Monday, August 29, 2011

Purple Mist, Purple Irises, Palette Knife Painting



"Purple Mist"
20" x  20", Oil on Board

Every now and then a flop turns out alright - like it was meant to be.  This painting is just that.  I'd painted a very thick iris painting - and yet - here and there there are bits of the lemony yellow undertoning showing through, especially in the top right hand.  I wanted it that way.  But the flowers and leaves I just could get the colors right.  It was turning much too dark for a light sky.  So I started to scrape.  The colors that remained on the canvas was starting to look right so I loaded up the palette and started over, however on several places I liked the way the streaks looked from the initial scraping so I laid down color and then used a rag to drag the paint.  

Though textured the effect of the dragging the paint makes this look like a watercolor and the colors remained soft.

This painting is available through the on-line gallery, Ugallery.  A painting of mine is also on their sister site - Paperwork in a limited edition print form - however you have the ability to choose the size of print you'd like. If you get a chance, please visit the two sites.

Website:  JudyMackey.com
Email: CLICK HERE
If you are interested in purchasing "Purple Mist", please email me at judy@judymackey.com.  If you like my work, I hope you will refer me to your friends.

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Kind words, lovely thoughts, there's always something happening...



"Have you Seen the Wind"
30" x  40", Oil on Canvas

Day in and day out, so many little things happen.  We feel up and high and then we fall to the ground.

My mother had a heart attack at the beginning of last week.  As some of you know, I'm half Japanese and my mother is the Japanese half.  She lives a world away.  I can't just drop everything to be with her though I'd love to and when I do go there during times like this, I'm more in the way as it is not where I've been all these years.  I'm a foreigner in a foreign land.  Even though I still speak the language, when I am there, under circumstances like this I can only lend my presence there.  I don't know where my parents keep the salt, I've been out of their home for too long.

I hate being so far away from my family.

She's fine now.  I just got off the phone and she sounded like her usual self.  She took my niece shopping yesterday, she said.  She's watching her favorite T.V. shows and she's cleaning house...

On a more different tone than the above, my paintings can be found at the online gallery, Ugallery.  I am excited to report that I am now on their "Most Popular Artist" page - yay!  and they've contacted me about printing a few of my paintings to sell as a print on their sister site Paperwork.  They've done a nice little write-up: http://www.ugallery.com/blog/post/Paperwork-Newsletter-Judy-Mackeys-Sunflowers.aspx

When you have the time, please visit the site.


Website:  JudyMackey.com
Email: CLICK HERE

If you are interested in purchasing "Have you Seen the Wind", please email me at judy@judymackey.com.  If you like my work, please friend me on Facebook and please let your friends know about me...

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Hope of a Lasting Friendship - Floral Palette Knife Painting





"Hope of a Lasting Friendship"
30" x  30" x 1.5", Oil on Canvas

I had lunch with a fellow artist, Elsie Porter.  It is so good to visit with other artists and talk about ummmm....ART!  And we are both women with a past (of course!) so it is nice to connect with someone to talk about life, home, men, diet and exercise, religion, clothes - I think our conversation touched on almost every topic...We met a year ago when she gave a workshop of Marketing Art.  My favorite topic and something I look forward to learning and implementing!

I'd already painted this and was stumbling around for a title...when after our lunch Elsie and I'd exchanged emails on how much we enjoyed each other's company and she had written a sentence, " Just wanted to say thanks for a great time and the hope of a lasting friendship."

Two vases of flowers in this painting - what a perfect title!  And it is so wonderful to meet and make new friends no matter where we are in life.  I am so blessed and happy to have made a new friend.  

Website:  JudyMackey.com
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If you are interested in purchasing "Hope of a Lasting Frienship", please email me at judy@judymackey.com.  If you like my work, please "Like" me on Facebook, follow me on Twitter, visit my website and tell your friends.

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Branches - Palette Knife Painting

"Branches"
36" x  36", Oil on Canvas

I've been painting a little larger and this is one.  I wanted to keep the subject matter simple with few colors.  Seemingly but if one were to look closely there are some colors in the branches themselves.


Website:  JudyMackey.com
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If you are interested in purchasing "Branches", please email me at judy@judymackey.com.  If you like my work, please refer me to your friends and visit my website.

Saturday, August 13, 2011

Very Touching - Palette Knife Painting of Feet

"Very Touching"
6 x 6 inches, Oil on Board
Available

I was on a roll when I started with these little feet paintings.  I have ideas for more - interesting subject matter!!

Email me for more info and purchasing info:  Judy Mackey Email




Saturday, August 6, 2011

Called in Sick Today - Palette Knife Painting



"Called In Sick Today"
6" x  6", Oil on Board

I like having a little fun when I paint - subject matter, colors, title.  

Another from my "feet" paintings.


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Saturday, July 30, 2011

Four Hour Work Week - Palette Knife Painting of Feet!



"Four Hour Work Week"
6" x  6", Oil on Board

It is Summer, after all, and what better than laying on the beach and thinking about the blue skies and nothing else.  Hope you are all enjoying this season.


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Sunday, July 24, 2011

Si, Lo So - Yes, I Know Palette Knife Painting



"Si, Lo So"
(Yes, I know)
24" x  24" x 1.5, Oil on Canvas

One of my favorite British comedies is "Fawlty Towers".  Did you ever watch it?

There's an episode where the wife is on the phone talking to a friend and she is empathizing...but the only thing she says...."Oh, I know.....yes, I know....Oh, I know...."

No this painting isn't named for it, at all....I just liked the syllables....si - lo - so.....

I've been working on our group website....I've published it and the website if "live" now.  
www.paletteknifepainters.org.  We've had a blog for over a year now but now we have our website as well!
If you get a chance - please visit!



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Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Soul Mates - Angel with Dog Palette Knife Painting


"Unconditional Love"
10 x 8 inches, Oil on cradled panel
SOLD
Earlier this year I painted this and asked my friends what I should name this painting.  Made a contest of it.  

I did have a winner and chose "Unconditional Love".  

From that painting I received a commission - paint the same painting but with a dog of a different color because the collector's sister owns an elderly border collie and she wanted to have something to give her sister when the "time" came.  She sent me a photo of her sister's border collie, Fly.  That was this Spring and I wondered....

 I received an email from her the other day that Fly has crossed the rainbow bridge and she gave her this painting to let her know that Fly will be alright.  The painting is called "Soul Mates" titled by my collector.  I really think all dogs go to heaven and I know they watch over us...I have a few dog angels looking out for me, I feel their presence and their protection.....

"Soul Mates"
10" x  8", Oil on Cradled board

My prayers go out to Fly and hope she is settling nicely in heaven.


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Saturday, July 16, 2011

Selling Art - Finding Collectors



"Turn the Light Out"
12" x  12", Oil on Cradled Board
Available for purchase

My friend, Hellenne who's also an artist, and I visited a studio complex at which some of the local artists rent space.  Maybe because it is Summer and yesterday was a Friday, only a few of the Studio/Galleries were open.  Some of the artwork were just divine!  It was nice visiting with the artists, taking a peek at their studio, the paints they used, the easels they had their paintings setting, the brushes, the panels, the canvases, their artwork and talking about their work.

But one thing that I think all of the artists missed was that they did not "sell".  And I'm wondering why hadn't they?  Did we tell them too soon upon entering their studio/gallery spaces that we were artists?  And why should that stop them from trying to sell to us?

Most all of the artists had a guest sign-in book somewhere near their doors and a stack of business cards or other handouts but not one of them said, "please sign my guest book and take a card".  What a missed opportunity!!  Did they think that artists don't buy other artists' work?  

So I ask you, since most of you reading my blog are artists - do you buy other artists' work?  

Another question.  If you had a studio/gallery space or had a tent at a fair and a browser stops by, do you make it a point to ask them to sign your guest book and try to get their contact info?  Would you discriminate against artists?

I think I'm trying to make two points here as I type this out.  

Something I learned while selling Real Estate - don't just hand out your business card - make it a point to get theirs or their contact info because they won't be contacting you when they're ready to buy or sell a home, you have to consistently contact them so that when they're ready to buy or sell, your name will be in their thoughts and in their Rolodex (sorry, old word - should have used contact list - but you get the point).

Same with art selling.  The moment that browser walks out the door or your tent, they are gone.  Unless you get their contact info.

Well I've written long enough, so I'll get to my second point in my next post.

For the painting above, I wanted a somber look so I mixed UltraMarine with Burnt Sienna to make a dark dark.  For the blossoms I used UltraMarine and Magenta.  (of course white too)...."Turn the light out" for a floral painting that seems to glow in the dark.


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Monday, July 11, 2011

One Lazy Cloud in the Sky - Palette Knife Oil Painting - Red, White and Blue

"One Lazy Cloud in the Sky"
6 x 6 inches, Oil on Board
Available


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Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Selling Art - My Pet Peeve





"Gerbers"
7" x  5", Oil on Board
SOLD to a Collector in Corinth, TX

I have a thought I'd like to voice my pet peeve.  I own two blogs - The Daily Painters of Georgia and the Palette Knife Painters and I volunteer as the Membership chair of the Artists of Texas/Daily Painters of Texas blog and website.  So I get a lot of emails from artists who want to join one of the groups.

There's many reasons why an artist would want to join a site.  I know why I want to.  I want to get more exposure so that I can sell more paintings.  Simple.

I guess I suppose that I assume artists who apply to join the group are professionals....well, actually most are. Most often have some web pressence and that's probably how they found "us".

So here's my suggestion and pet peeve - get your own email address.

I understand that some artists are new and just starting their "careers" and have not gotten their domain name and address.  (That would be my next advice and suggestion - get  your own domain.)

(But before the domain)  Get your own email address address AND make sure that the name that shows up on the senders is yours..... Even if you use Hotmail/gmail or yahoo -  Don't use your spouse's or a family/group/etc....please.  If you are Jane Doe and the email shows a message from John Doe  or Doe Family - I don't know who I'm responding to or whether "jane" is reading my emails....Clients won't know either and it looks too unprofessional.

Thanks for listening!








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