Just a quick announcement that we're having a print sale! From now until Mother's Day (May 11th) we are offering a 20% savings on all limited edition giclÃ©e prints. These signed and numbered reproductions offered on both canvas and paper. They have meticulously color matched against the originals and the quality is amazing. Click here to shop and save. * Note: I had a glitch in the shopping cart system but have corrected this. Everything *should* be working fine now. If you notice any difficulties, feel free to contact me.
This painting sold last night at my gallery exhibition preview, but it's still on view tonight for the First Fridays downtown art walk.Â It isÂ a companion to another Tuscany painting I blogged about a couple of days ago:
"Lingering Light, Tuscany II" Oil on linen, about 3.5" x 7.75"
If you're doing the downtown art walk tonight in Richmond, come by Jennifer Young Studio & Gallery and see all of the "Small Stuff" -- miniature paintings and prints --on display for the holiday season. The gallery is located at 16 East Main Street between 1st and Foushee.
If you're not in Richmond, I am continually uploading new paintings to my web gallery, or you can see them offered first here, on the blog. I'm also offering free shipping (with some restrictions) until the end of the year, for holiday shopping convenience.
If you subscribe to my email newsletter, you may already know about theÂ charming new mini prints I'm offering.Â But if you're exclusively a blog reader, you may or may not have noticed that they'reÂ also newly linked here on the blog (scroll down to the end of my sidebar on the right side of the screen.)
These new prints are made on acid free fine art paper with archival inks, and sizes range from very mini 2.5" x 3.5" (such asÂ the one pictured, matted to 5x7") on up to 8" x 10".Â All are signed and make great holiday gifts. I'm offering these prints viaÂ my new Etsy shop for online shopping convenience.
As an added bonus, right now shipping is free one-way in the Continental U.S. for all purchasesÂ of $30 USD and over. Customers outside of the continental U.S.A.: You will receive a shipping creditÂ (based onÂ my listed shipping charges) towards your actual shipping costs! (Contact me for a custom shipping quote prior to placing your order.)
It has been a busy week tending to other things, so not much blogging. Above is a little watercolor vignette of one of my favorite subjects--the Provincial countryside! I may go back and add a little detail to the lavender rows...not sure. This is a small piece, a 4x6" image on 5x7" paper, so I kind of like the simplicity and freshess right now.
I've decided to change the "Art Sketches" categoryÂ of my website to "Vignettes". The above image details and the change to the site are not yet live, but that's part of what I am working on this week. I think Vignettes is more appropriate and encompases both watercolors and other media in small format. I will be doing a lot more of these in the coming weeks as I prepare for my next opening in early December, entitled "Small Stuff".
Speaking of small stuff, here's the other thing I've been working on: I'll be releasing a series of mini-prints soon. These are archival prints of a selection of images in mini format, sizes ranging from 2.5" x 3.5", to 8 x 10". They'll be offered matted with acid-free materials, and they are soooo cute! I've been color correcting and proofing all week, sometimes tearing my hair out, but I expect to launch this line by the beginning of next week. Let's hope I'm not completely bald by then!
According to Wikipedia,
"Squidoo is a network of user-generated lenses --single pages that highlights one person's point of view, recommendations, or expertise."
According to me, it's pretty addictive! I've really been enjoying surfing it, and I've also createdÂ a couple of lenses of my own. My most recent lens is: Hanging Artwork and Caring for Your Art Collection. While I've blogged some of this information before, I've included new content on my lens that I hope will be of interest to art lovers and art collectors. I've also just updated my other lens on landscape painting with new content, so check them out! And if you enjoy my lenses, please consider leaving a star rating for them at the top of the screen.
I've been scrambling this week to get everything finished for the openingÂ Â for myÂ exhibit of new landscapeÂ paintings tonight here at the gallery, and I'm officially pooped. The good news is, the show looks great, andÂ I can nowÂ takeÂ few hours to rest before we open up tonight. Come out and see us if you are coming downtown tonight or are doing the First Fridays Richmond art walk! Here are the details for tonights event:
"Luminosity" Art Exhibit at Jennifer Young Studio & Gallery
Richmond, VA â€“Â Jennifer Young Studio & Gallery will feature new paintings of the luminous landscape by Jennifer Young.Â The show opens on Friday October 5th, 2007, with a reception from 6 to 8:30Â PM. Opening night music provided by Russell Young. The exhibit continues through November 30th. Â Jennifer Young Studio & Gallery is located at 16 East Main Street, two blocks eastÂ of the Jefferson Hotel. Click here to view a map and get directions from your location. For additional information please contact us!
I have written about some of the pitfalls with hangingÂ art on canvasÂ in the bathroom before, but that doesn't mean you can't hang other forms of artwork. Here is my response to a recent email inquiry, which I hope will offer some additional clarification: Q: Could you please advise me what sort of artwork could I hang in my bathroom?Â I would like to hang a painting or one of those photographs printed (screen-printed?) on canvas-type material (I am not too sure of the material).Â Please advise.Â Best regards, S.L.
A: Hi S.L.- Art for the bathroom has some challenges but it is certainly not an impossible dream. If the bathroom has a tub or shower I would stay away from hanging art on canvas or wood panel. Over time, the moisture from the bath or shower steam could cause the canvas stretchers or wood panels to expand and contract, warping the support.
I think artwork on paper, such asÂ my giclee prints, is better suited for bathroom. Your best bet is to have the art framed professionally with mat, glass, and backing paper to seal the art in the framing. That will help to prevent moisture from getting in under the glass.
On the other hand, if you are talking about a half bath without tub or shower, I would think you could feel reasonably secure hanging most any type of art. You may also wish to ask the opinions of a professional picture framer or art conservator in your local area. I am not an art conservator, but offer my opinion based on my own experience with the materials. I hope this helps!
I thought I'd post some photos of the new gallery space, which officialy opened last Friday night. We were swamped the entire night so I did not get ONE picture of the actual event! It turned out well--hectic but fun. We're both still recovering from total exhaustion, but at least we made it through "phase one". Phase two is still to come--moving my art studio part into the building. We hope to have that accomplished by mid January at the latest. Front room:
This is the wall to the right as you walk in the front door. The flowers on the table are from our new landlord!
This is the left wall of the same room--A great spot for the paintings in my mini collection:
This is a view of the right hand wall as you continue on into the middle room.
Here's a shot of the same wall looking back into the front room:
Here is the opposite wall in the second room. The picture to the far left is an original oil painting of Tuscany. The pictures to the right are canvas prints on the walls, and paper prints in the rack. People were amazed at the quality of the canvas prints, which looked so much like paintings that I had to tell them they were prints and not originals.
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Heading out from the 2nd room and into the third room. This is where the band played opening night:
Rounding the corner into this third room, here is my wall of Key West paintings:
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Â Â Â I had these paintings framed differently from the usual gold because I felt like the solid gold was too formal for this subject matter. I like the linen liner and the platinum colored frame with the bamboo motif for these sunny Key West pieces.
Â Â Â This last room will undergo some changes. The front two rooms with the hardwood floors will remain gallery space, but we'll use this area more for work space (to be determined), though we'll still hang some art here. Down that hallway is a fourth small room and a bathroom with a utility sink.
Â Â Â Jennifer Young Studio & Gallery is located at 16 E. Main Street, Richmond, VA, 23219. Currently we are open from 6 to 9 p.m. during the First Fridays Art walks, and other times by appointment. Please call 804-254-1008 (1-877-DIAL-ART toll free) to visit the gallery or to inquire about the paintings you see on the website.
Well, tonight's the night! The doors to the new gallery will open at 6 p.m this evening and we are pretty much ready for it. Last night the bandÂ did their final soundcheck for tonight's music too, so it should be a fun time. There are aÂ lot of happenings in town tonight besides my opening, and lots of good reasons to come downtown. There is, of course, the First Fridays Art Walk and all of the art openings that are associated with that (inclucing mine). The art walk is in its 6th season now and the momentum has really built over time.
Tonight is also the night for the Grand Illumination downtown at the James Center, and the open house for the newly restored historic Main Street Train Station.Â There are some good restaurants right along the Broad Street Corridor of the Art walk too, so a lot of people make a night of dining and then gallery hopping.Â If you are in Richmond and plan to come downtown this evening please come on by and see the gallery!
I've had too much running around this week to take photos and post them here, but will post follow up pictures after the event.