Wednesday, April 20, 2011

My Website is being built to showcase and sell my paintings.

I've begun making a website using at using's website as my host.

I'm trying to build a "store" using PayPal to describe my products but it's a tedious process to say the least.  Intuit offers some "store front" addons that are looking better and better to me. 

The main drawback to adding a "store" is my budget (or lack of). Right now I'm using their "Business" website free for 30 days then for $19.99 a month.  Adding a Basic store with a limit of 100 products costs another $9.99 a month.  So I would be paying $30.00 a moth instead of $20.00 a moth. 

$360.00 a year or $240.00?   I suppose that I should try it for six months then take a look at it then.  If I could sell three or four paintings a year I could pay for a year's online costs and have some spending money.

If it's not one thing, it's another isn't it?

Ken B.

Thursday, April 14, 2011

1st Place in the Rogers Art Guild 2011 Art Show & Sale!

$150.00 plus shipping
Two Wolves In The Snow  16 x 20  Oils on canvas panel

This painting was one of five that I entered in the Rogers (AR) Art Guilds 2011 Art Show & Sale.

This year we had only 44 paintings entered almost half the number entered last year.

This was a really fun painting, especially adding the snow falling! It was daunting to make the snow as it involved "splattering" my painting with really thinned blueish grey paint.  I learned of a technique on the Art Instruction blog. A person asked how to make "falling snow" in a painting.  Mike Callahan gave the answer that helped me most plus he included links to three of his paintings as examples.  Mikes website is