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Gotta Love Blue

Can you guess what this is?

If you guessed a sunflower, you would be right. I know it doesn't look like a sunflower, but it's currently buried under the white. I have to unearth it with my brush. But in the meantime, I just love the color blue.

Between Tamara and my mom and the art gallery guy, I'm nearly convinced to change the price of my cards to $3.99 per card from the $2.99 that they are right now. If I do that, then I would restructure the tiered pricing to a quantity break at a dozen ($2.29 per card, which would be like getting 5 cards for free) and $1.79 per card at 50 or more, which of course is less than half the price. That should motivate people to buy in quantity!

So I'm thinking about it...

My goals in this are:

  • Make my art affordable to anyone.
  • Make my cards competitive in the market.
  • Allow me to make a living by my art.
Hiking the price to $3.99 doesn't conflict with any of this. I'm small enough today that I can make this decision without upsetting too many folks. And the cards are huge (5" x 8"). Similarly sized cards are $4 and $5. The extra margin will make it more attractive to retailers because I can give them a larger cut and this can give me more room for any surprise costs in the future that I don't know today.

I have one slight logistics issue if I choose to do this. My cards have the $2.99 price printed on the back, but I could fix that by using the $2.99 cards for quantity purchases only and I could reprint all of the cards with the $3.99 price and use those in retail locations. Plus, it might give me an opportunity to get words on some of my previous cards.

The tweak is stronger than a new direction. So I'll tweak; decision made.

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by Brett Rogers, 8/14/2006 11:55:09 PM
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Colors

First steps in my remake of the sunflower... I wasn't ready for the colors in this. I knew the color of the sky, but I hadn't planned on using purple. Fun, when it's spontaneous.

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by Brett Rogers, 8/19/2006 12:08:49 AM
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Petals

A little more... still rough sketch work. I think I'll do a lot later with my small brush to blend in the petals.

Someone found my web site the other day and saw the first day of my "Faith" painting. Heather commented that she didn't get my painting and thought it looked freaky. It didn't look like faith to her. She's right - at that stage, it certainly didn't. Everything looks kindergarten at first. I probably need to find some way of saying that it's step 1 of 9 steps, or something. I like telling the story, but I need to let people know that it is a story. With an ending, you know.

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by Brett Rogers, 8/19/2006 6:20:57 PM
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Small Brushes Next

Almost done with the big brush work. Small brushes next...

I like the colors. My palette is yellow, red, green, and purple. And white, of course.

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by Brett Rogers, 8/19/2006 8:43:33 PM
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Sunflower

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by Brett Rogers, 8/20/2006 4:31:04 PM
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Sunflower Video Story

Watching my Sunflower painting bloom... music by Deep Forest.

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by Brett Rogers, 10/15/2006 10:59:53 AM
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