~ Please Note ~
The limited time offer for the Totem Paintings has ended, given that these four paintings are now also committed
to the Port Moody Exhibition from August 27 to
September 27, 2015. Purchases can be made through
the Port Moody Arts Centre during that time.
Do come and experience them in person.
Much still to do before I catch a flight to Edmonton early Friday morning to attend the installation of the plaque for the shrine of Centenary Icon of St. Joseph the Worker this Saturday.
Had to also get an Artist Call for Submission prepared today, which is due by this weekend. And of course, my Canon printer has finally died after so many years. So off to Staples in the morning to make a few more copies for the packet, then off to deliver it. And then, fingers crossed for acceptance in the 2016 Winter/Spring exhibitions.
The Port Moody Exhibition is also fast approaching.
Update: A limited time offer for the few Totem Paintings which are not committed to the Port Moody Exhibition will run from July 27 - Aug 10, 2015 .
FREE SHIPPING WITHIN CANADA (with the exclusion of insurance against loss).
*These paintings are tagged as such at the top of their info page when you click on an image. The Exhibition paintings can be purchased while in Port Moody.
I had added a Special for the Totem Paintings where there will no additional shipping for Canadian purchases, excluding the extra insurance against loss. The Special will run from July 27 - August 10, 2015. But since, I received the confirmed list of paintings to be included in the upcoming Port Moody exhibition. I've tagged those that are available now at the top of each of their info pages. Those which will be part of the upcoming show can either be purchased during the Port Moody Show or here online once it closes on September 27th.
If you have any concern about the insurance against loss, UPS have never lost any of my painting and icon shipments. Insurance against damage - no carrier offers such insurance for artwork anymore. All recommend that purchasers cover that under their own policies. But again, with my extensive packing experience, I haven't had any damage occur during shipping.
If you are interested in a particular piece, click on the image in the Store and have a read through the details. I've indicated at the top whether a painting is included or not. You can then click on the 'No shipping required' option to make your purchase and then include your shipping address info. If you have any question, just send me a message the the 'Contact' tab.
I wanted to update everyone as there haven't been any further progress journal entries recently. The harsh reality for an artist is supporting oneself and family. I invested over a year in creating the totem series in the hope that once the exhibits started, that with a bit of luck, sales could sustain us as I continued working on the series. Not being able to afford the Arts Vancouver Show last May was a blow to building the momentum. The old expression that you need money to make money is apparently true. The upcoming exhibition which opens on August 27th will hopefully re-kickstart the momentum again after almost 5 months since the last. But in the meantime, sales outside of the exhibition periods have been as hoped and I don't have any studio or gallery space where the paintings can continue receiving the exposure they deserve. I know that many have looked through the paintings in the gallery here on the website, and checked out the Store. But I understand that it isn't the same as seeing them in real life. I'm considering offering a special for a few weeks where I would cover the shipping cost. Would love to hear from you if the shipping was a concern.
I've also recently confirmation that I have enough in stock for the series to put on a great exhibit at the Port Moody Arts Centre. So rather then continuing on the 2 new paintings that I had started, I will need to set these aside until September and adjust my icon commission schedule and complete them before the exhibit. The funds from these two commissions are urgently needed for the home front, and exhibits have no guarantee of sales. And even with exhibition sales, you don't receive those funds until after the exhibition closes. So it remains the challenge in the gallery circuit: 1) finding galleries that will exhibit your work and 2) not having funds coming in until after an exhibit closes, and if there were any sales.
As an artist, I too am concerned about losing my way in the momentum with this important series, as times goes by, and I remain hopeful that the August Exhibit will get me and the series back in circulation again. I applaud any artist who has succeeded in comfortably making a living in his or her art. It is a major hurdle to do so. But I take one month at a time and so far have been able to cope with the stresses of being on that edge of making ends meet. Art is a risk and a passion. It is one thing to be a starving artist as a single person, but quite another with supporting family.
This artist much appreciates your support and wonderful comments which you have shared with me. It sustains me.