Wednesday, November 25, 2009

on to new things !

and a bit of self promotion.....well...because I have to... :)

First....I have to say a big thanks to the photograph Kev Holman........for the photo of the Canadian goose ....I will be doing this middle January.......after I do 1 or 2 other painting to get my hand and mind back in ''paint mode '' Thanks Kev !!!

Second...........I am happy to say I finally found a job..and just in time !
and third..( self promotion part )

I have 5 packs of 10 post carda left of a painting I did last Sept.
price....10 $ ( s & h included ) This will pay for my bus fare to go to my new job. :)

And last.......... all my prints at AK.........ARE AT 15 % .....code : LTO9


Monday, November 23, 2009

Asthma attacks !

All was going well..till at supper yesterday......I was feeling nauseated....dizzy..and could not seem to have any air...I went outside to get some air...* wrong *...the cold air set up an asthma attack...

JUST Great !

I came back in....feeling worst of inhalers didn't I went to the Hospital ER.
I didn't wait long...........they took me in right away.
I knew I was having an attack......but little did I know it was a combination of 2 things.
As soon as I could speak....without choking up I answered there questions.

They asked me....the list of the meds I was taking....
When I said I had stopped the cortisone pills.2 days ago..they looked at me...with blank faces.
I said what.......whats wrong ?

They told me my BP was extremely low...and That is a symptom of Prednisone withdrawal. ( cortisone )
eh ??? No one told me told me about that.......
I had stopped first : because I was feeling better....and 2nd : I was feeling like a smoking frog...ready to pop...( I was all swollen )

Well next time tell me this....sheshhh.......( I hate pills !!!! ) I got treated with intravenous corticosteroids, inhaled reliever medication (bronchodilator) and oxygen.
Then they watched my progress with spirometry, peak flow monitoring and oximetry.

Let me go home at about 55 % of lung capacity.
I walked home......and went to bed....still shaking form all the meds.

Now I will tell you about the ''red zone'' for Asthma.
Go to the closest Hospital.

· Excessive coughing
· Excessive wheezing
· Extreme tightness in the chest
· Extremely laboured breathing
· Sweating
· Gasping voice
· Pale or blue lips or fingernails
· Anxiety or fear
· Decreased activity level
· Reliever medication does not seem to be working to relieve the symptoms

If you are undergoing a treatment that involves dosages of prednisone, you should be careful not to withdraw the dosage suddenly.
Once we start taking prednisone dosages, our body reduces/stops production of cortisol depending upon prednisone volume.
If the dosages are stopped suddenly, it can be fatal for the health as there is no production of cortisol in the body and the external supplement is also stopped.
This condition is also known as Addisonian Crisis or Adrenal Crisis. Prednisone withdrawal should be gradual which will help the body start producing cortisol required for various functions in the body.

Steroid withdrawal symptoms can mimic many other medical problems. Weakness, fatigue, decreased appetite, weight loss, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea (which can lead to fluid and electrolyte abnormalities), and abdominal pain are common. Blood pressure can become too low, leading to dizziness or fainting. Blood sugar levels may drop.

So I am back on these darn pills again...... :(

I hate one side effect; ( as all women ......I am sure )

Weight gain is the most common side-effect of prednisone. Fluid retention is the main culprit when it comes to weight gain. Another related prednisone side-effect is accumulation of extra fat in the body. This fat gets deposited in particular areas like the back, abdomen and face. The weight gained due to prednisone is lost after cessation of use of steroids.

Take care of your Asthma........get it monitored.

Have a good day everyone....
I will take a nap later on....but I have tons to do today.

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Specifications of Prints

Last week at the painting Symposium, I was giving out cards ( eyes of the future reproductions )
One artist that was in the booth beside me was asking about prints, limited prints, open editions ect.....
We started a conversation on this.and 2 more joined us.
2 were professional artists..and have had prints edited .
After searching the web, later at home.....I have to agree with this.

I wrote down some information and decided to share theses with you.

What does the print's number mean?

Each print has two numbers, which appear like this on the print:

The bottom number (in this example, 400) refers to the number of prints in the edition. The top number ( or left side ) (26) means that this is the 26th print in a series of 400 prints. Once the stated number of a limited edition has been reached, no more prints are made from that original image. Both the artist and the printer destroy all high-resolution scans of the image, ensuring that no more prints are made. An OPEN edition means that there is no limit to the number of prints produced from the same original image.

What does "Limited" mean?

Limited refers to the bottom ( or right side )number of the print. Once that number is defined, which it must be before the series is printed, more copies of the print cannot be made. The print has had its quantity LIMITED, or prescribed.

Is a Limited Edition Print as valuable as an Original Painting?

No, an original painting is more valuable because it is one of a kind - literally the ORIGINAL.

What is the relative value of different types of prints?

A LIMITED edition is usually much more valuable than an OPEN edition.A smaller limited edition (eg. 40) is usually more valuable than a larger limited edition (eg. 4000) Prints that have the artist's original signature are more valuable than an unsigned or mass-printed artist's signature edition. As always, it depends upon supply and demand.

Does the Artist hand-sign each print?

Yes, each print is individually hand-signed and hand-numbered, in pencil or acid free pens ( depending on the paper ), on the bottom of each print. The number appears on the bottom left; the signature appears on the bottom right.

The artist must have a signature and not an Inicial ( eg : LT my case )
Why ?
This is the statement that the artist approved the prints and they are legal. ( like signing any documents , checks, contracts )
The signature on the prints must be the same as on the Certificate of Authenticity that comes with the print., thus Identifying the Artist.

What is the difference between a painting and a print?

With the sophistication of modern printing methods, it can be difficult to differentiate between an original painting and a print. Under a magnifying glass, you should be able to see the fine dot pattern that is distinctive for a print. The original painting will not have a dot pattern.

Is a print a good investment?

Yes. The investment value of these prints is enhanced by their limited number and by the artist hand-signing and hand-numbering each individual print which is produced. They are not as valuable as the original painting, but will still be a valuable collector's item. In most cases, a limited edition print will increase in value in the same way as an original. For example, a 1984 limited edition print by wildlife artist Terry Redlin sold for $600. Now the same print sells for $2,800.

How should my print be framed?

It is very important for your print to be "Conservation Framed". This method uses acid-free board, tape and glue. Any reputable framer will know about Conservation Framing. It is suggested that the prints be framed behind glass. It is customary to leave a small margin of white space between the printed area and the edge of the framing mount board. This margin of white space is where the signature and number of the print appear.

How does light affect my print?

Bright daylight and even bright artificial light can cause colors to fade and papers to discolor and become brittle. Too much light is harmful even when ultra-violet rays are filtered out; so make sure your print is exposed to moderate light for limited hours at a time. Don’t place prints on walls that receive direct outside light for any length of time. Think, too, of rotating your prints from time to time to give them a rest. Strong light has serious effects on prints, with ultraviolet light causing colors to fade and change. Using UF3 Plexiglas instead of normal glass will reduce light damage.

Hope this will be helpful to you :)

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

I only have 12 Artists for my art exposition in the church basement for the 12 th & 13 th Dec.
I was hoping for more.
I will wait another week..then decide if I will cancel or move the date to February.
12 is not enough to be considered a '' serious '' exposition. The place will have an ''empty '' felling ....and this is not good for selling.
Funny...........people like crowds....and to hide in them.

I saw this weekend...some people don't look at the artist...but the art. As if they do not want to be solicited and pressured to buy.
I think they do not know........that art cries out different to each individual.......and as Artists we can not impose this on anyone.
You like it..or you don't.

I have a job interview this afternoon....walking to can not afford the bus fare.
Hope it works my is VERY hard to find a job.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Ten Commandments of Art Pricing

I found this interesting..
I have been lowering my eat and pay my upcoming December rent ( hopeful thinking )
I feel like I have been unfaithful to those who bough my painting at the '' normal '' price.
From now on....I will follow theses rules :

Robert Genn's Ten Commandments of Art Pricing

  • Thou shalt start out cheap.
  • Thou shalt publish thy prices.
  • Thou shalt raise thy prices regularly and a little.
  • Thou shalt not lower thy prices.
  • Thou shalt not have one price for Sam and another for Joe.
  • Thou shalt not price by talent or time taken, but by size.
  • Thou shalt not easily discount thy prices.
  • Thou shalt lay control on thy agents and dealers.
  • Thou shalt deal with those who will honour thee.
  • Thou shalt end up expensive.

Now for my weekend.......I gathered some friends to help me pay for a Painting Symposium the 14 th & 15, at a large shopping centre in Quebec City.

I didn't sell anything....* I am a bit sad...*....but the experience was well worth the money I have to pay back.

Rent will have to wait...going to job interviews will be by foot not by bus...will eat once a day.
Small sacrifices to be an artist.

Friday, November 6, 2009

Enough is Enough ! you didnt I ?
I guess with life ''slapping me around '' theses days..I am more aggressive....( art business wise )

I was up all night Wednesday, and made a list as to where I was going ..........and that all is blocking me from a paying job ( lost the new one due to 2 ....not 1 but issues after..... 3 days ) grrrrrr

Ok.......I am organizing a art sale in the Church basement of my neighborhood.
I negotiated the 2 days of rent..and with 30 artists we could have this ( I already have 5 )
The price for the 2 days for the space is 40 $..( FOR THE ARTISTS ) ..everything is included. electricity, 2 big tables, chairs........and all the artists have to do is decorated there stands.
Dec 12 & 13th.
I think this is a good deal...we all want exposure ....this is why we paint, after all, lets be honest.

Next.......I contacted a Japanese restaurant to expose my ''koi paintings ''.....He was more than happy to accept, so I will be on the phone at noon to fix a time ( Saturday ) to bring them to the restaurant.
I am not sure the 5 foot one will find a good place..but at least he will have 5 other ones to expose & sell for me.
Exposure..again ! :)

I made the list of my long-term project of a coop gallery......
This will be tricky...but I have to get to the Major.....for some logistics and funds.

The elections just finished so I will leave him 2 weeks to resettle into his schedule.

This gallery will promote local and unknown and brushed away artists ( that don't have art diplomas )...and that are forever snubbed by the prestigious art galleries in Quebec City.
He wants to promote the arts..and Quebec is the TIME !