Fall has arrived: sweater weather, cool nights, hot drinks, pumpkins, evening walks, and beautiful foliage that captures our hearts. We know that all seasons are beautiful, but when it comes to the time of year that just reinvigorates us, fall can't be beat.


Artists and photographers can't get enough visual joy from the colors that appear brighter and more vivid in the trees and mountain scenery.


This post is about this wonderful season and features my fellow artists who show their work on products from Society6. This platform allows artists from around the world to share their art on products ranging from Throw Pillows and Welcome Mats, to Mugs, Placemats, and Cutting Boards. The artists receive a percentage of each sale, so if you see something you like, don't hesitate to click through to the product page.


Click the product link to the Society6 page. You can also browse the same image on other products for sale.








 






Fall into Autumn

Throw Pillow by Gale Switzer










 




Autumn Fox

Shower Curtain by SpaceFrogDesigns











 




Autumn / Fall Leaves

Tote Bag by Elena O'Neill











 






Fall Flowers

Coffee Mug by JuliStyle








 




Folk Floral | Fall Colors

Credenza by Carey Copeland









 




Autumn Fall Forest Path

Wall Tapestry by Stay Positive Design








 




Owl's First Fall Leaf

iPhone Case by Annya Kai









 




Fall

Art Print by Maja Tomljannovic












 




Fall Color Ball

Pillow Shams by Sheila Wenzel Ganny









 




Every Day is Halloween

Duffle Bag by Crowtesque









 





Pumpkin Pattern

Area Rug by Edith Schmidt









 






Autumn Fall Foliage in Woodstock Vermont

Jigsaw Puzzle by Susanne Cremer







 

If you allow me....from my own portfolio





Tall Oak Leaf

Placemats by Annie Mason









 





Fall Leaves Fall

Wine Chiller by Annie Mason










 


 
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One of the hardest things for me to do (which is true of other artists) is to price my work, especially for commissions. I tried developing a formula: for example, square inch x dollar amount. Or (hourly wage x hours spent) + cost of materials

This isn't me. I'm too lazy to keep track of hours, or to note how much I used in paint, or paper.






In the spring, I began to receive requests for commissioned artwork through the shop where I sell my greeting cards and prints. Suddenly, it was important to find a consistent base for pricing. It came to me that maybe I should check the local pricing of other artists. (well, duh?) I browsed around and found a website that is a gallery AND a working studio in Fredericksburg, Virginia. LibertyTown Arts Workshop has an extensive site. There are over 60 in-house artists, in a variety of mediums: oil, acrylics, decoupage, you name it. Add to this, pottery, glass blowing, weaving, and more. It was a pleasure to browse anonymously to see the work AND the shop pricing. I found a watercolor artist whose technique is similar to mine. My pricing seemed to be low in comparison.


While browsing, I noticed an upcoming exhibition, "Feast for the Eyes." LibertyTown has monthly exhibitions, usually with themes. They lay out a prospectus for the artist, and you submit your work based on the subject matter or theme. The monthly shows are frequently "juried" so that an artist's entry may, or may not make the cut. Two of my works were accepted and wha'dya know? I was awarded First Place, to my delight and surprise. I write about this in a previous blog post: A Whim Turns a Win.


Now, I have the confidence of being in line with local artists, and I have been able to give potential clients a base price, plus add a bit if the requested building is complicated, which would require more time.












My relationship with Heather Boutique in downtown Fredericksburg is, without question, the place where I have established name recognition, as my artwork is displayed prominently in Heather's shop. For that, I am so grateful.



The Fredericksburg Collection has grown from an impromptu photograph of Caroline Street to a full-fledged portfolio of iconic Fredericksburg buildings. I am also on the lookout for historic homes in the area, and business establishments that have found a place on the cobblestone streets in this city.

The swipe of pen & ink (which I love) and, watercolor (which I love), and threw in some crayons (yes, crayons), and the loose, but recognizable views seemed to touch the visitors and residents who wanted these prints.







The unexpected and traumatic event of a pandemic certainly affected my friend, Heather, and her husband in their attempt to keep their small business afloat. For this, I am happy to be one of the artisans in the shop who work so hard and show their wares. Heather works very hard at keeping her artisans prominent in the shop, which is to our benefit...and helps bring in new clients.


This has led me to cull my 300+ artworks, both large and small. I joined another exhibition at LibertyTown Arts Workshop (Facebook page) this month. The theme is "Tell Me a Secret," and my entry is shown here:




I am proud to be among the amazing artists inspired by this intriguing theme. Take a look at the full group of artists' work here: Tell Me Your Secret, a National Juried Exhibition



What's in the future? Who would know? I am scheduled to be a solo artist in February at another gallery in town. It's fun to stretch your wings...and fly.











The pricing? Not so very important. The benefits of exhibiting in a local show? Priceless.


I would hesitate ever to say that the primary function of an exhibition is sales. An exhibition can do what you intend and also things you never intended.


So what are the benefits of showing your artwork in an exhibition?


  • You get an opportunity to meet your target customers

  • You can collect a lot of customer data

  • You can network with your peers in the industry

  • Your prospects see your presence

  • Customers get to see your products on display


The primary aim of an exhibition or gallery is to deliver the story behind its creation, inspiring budding artists to discover/develop new attributes. More people ask about your work, and what prompted you to paint this work.


Do you have questions about "What is It You Seek?"

Ask in the comments.



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Even if you are not an "artist," you probably know the basic materials you would normally use: Canvas or watercolor paper, brushes, acrylic paints, or watercolor paints. The basic stuff that artists have is in abundance.


Did you know, however, that there are a lot of items tucked in the supply closets that we (meaning me and more than likely others) wouldn't be without?


Here's my list, in no particular order.


1. Kneaded Eraser

You need a kneaded eraser. 😂



  • Approx size 1-3/4" x 1-1/4" x 1/4"

  • This little guy is my lifesaver.

  • I make mistakes. I do.

  • I can't be without this.

I have used this little item since my undergrad days as an art major. I don't know who invented this rubbery eraser, but it sure does the trick for the oops, the pencil lines that don't belong, or the charcoal smudges that were not intentional.



A kneaded eraser is an essential artist's tool for erasing, yes, but also for blurring edges, highlighting, and using other subtractive drawing techniques. It is made of a flexible gummy material that you can mold to any form or take a small piece to access hard-to-reach areas. Artists often use a press-and-lift technique with kneaded erasers rather than rubbing them across surfaces. This method leaves paint undisturbed and does not damage even soft paper. Kneaded erasers are versatile and absorb graphite, charcoal, pastel, and chalk on contact.

My kneaded eraser ➡️

You can stretch it into any shape; the dark marks picked up can be smooshed into itself and disappear. I have used an eraser to its death when it's just time for a new one.


This Faber-Castell kneaded eraser comes in a small case which keeps it from drying out.









 

2. Templates

Yes. I can draw a pretty good straight line, sometimes a decent circle. When I am doing an art piece for sale, however, I want sections of my image to be perfectly formed.





  1. Technical All-purpose drawing template

  2. Erasing Shield stainless steel drawing template

  3. Easy Angle Acrylic Template

  4. Custom Cutting System Pattern by Creative Memories

  5. Plastic Protractor 180° 2 pack

  6. Aluminum 24-inch Straight-edge Ruler

These are my go-to tools when doing details on my pen and ink drawings.



 











3. Small Plastic Spray Bottle


You can find them at your local dollar stores (pictured from my local CVS store), Amazon, or most retail stores.

What do I use these for? I never know when they can come in handy. Typically, I use them to lightly spray a section of the paper that I want to paint. I can also use thinned tempera paints for special effects like snow, rain, or a speckled background.



 

4. An Old Toothbrush

You don't need to throw that old brush away. The stiffer, the better. It's another great technique for splattering paint.



clip from Makani Art (on YouTube)

 

5. Stumps & Tortillions


Yes. I know. These are not just lying around the house. If you love charcoal drawing (like I do) then these are in good supply. These are so easy to use, and once you have tried them, you realize that these paper stumps have a lot of uses.




Charcoal pencils and sticks (similar to this one)

Blending Stumps and Tortillions Paper Art Blenders with Sandpaper Pencil Sharpener


Charcoal drawings are not common, but when I do them these tools are amazing at giving me control of softening and shading areas of my images. I used them on the vintage Christmas images for this season; one is shown here:


 













6. Mr. Clean - Magic Erasers


Yes. We're back to something that you might have around the house. These are amazing for household cleanup and marks on the wall. They are also equally brilliant in taking care of issues with watercolor paint. When I have dropped paint where it was not intended, I clip a small piece of a large pad. Then I wet it lightly, squeeze any extra water off, then pat the errant paint. Violá! A light touch and the paint is gone.


Mr. Clean bars to cut up for clean up.



 

7. Artist Tape

I know artists use painter's tape for masking off sections where they don't want to paint. I do use Painter's tape, and it works pretty well. However, if I use too much watercolor paint along the edge it does take off some of the paper.


Recently, I discovered Artists' Tape, which I ordered on Amazon. I like this tape very much because it has more of a linen feel, and it sticks nicely on watercolor paper. Best feature: It DOES NOT pull off any paper when removed. I bought the three-pack, and the other painter's tape will wind up in my husband's work area.


3 Pack White Artist Tape


 

8. Glue

Artists use many different types of adhesives, but here are two basics that every studio should have.

ARTnews Recommends (PVA): Lineco Neutral PH Adhesive


Self-adhesive Linen Hinging Tape


PH neutral, water-soluble, and dries clear which is important to the artist. It’s perfect for woodworking, bookbinding, handicrafts, and wallpapering. It’s also useful for sizing a porous medium such as canvas or wood or sealing a finished collage—just covering the surface in a layer of polyvinyl acetate.


The Hinging Tape is essential for framing my artwork. See Mats for My Frame -DIY











 

9. Cutting Tools

Goodness, I would be lost without my cutting tools.

Olfa Snap-Off Blade Utility Knife

A utility knife is handy for so many tasks:

cutting mats, quick trim on paper, the box that arrived with new watercolor paper, and carefully trimming down your colored pencils when they are too short for the sharpener.











Fiskars 199700-1001 Scissors Softgrip, 7 Inch




10. The Tool Box to fit you!

This is my "toolbox"! It has the items that I am constantly pulling out. It might contain what you need, it might give you ideas that you can add to your "box" for your hobby, craft project, or artwork.



My


  1. PROFESSIONAL Scott 75130 Shop Towels low lint strand cleans glass in my frames.

  2. Tools Claw Hammer, 60-014, 8 Ounce Similar to one shown which I have had for YEARS.

  3. X-Acto® Knife Blades, No. 11 Blade With Safety Dispenser, Pack Of 15 and cutter blades.

  4. Cabinet tip screwdriver. I use this for hard to get to places when I am cutting mats.

  5. Long Nose Pliers. Handy when I am attaching a wire to the framed artworks.

  6. Staedtler Pencil Sharpener. Two hold dials accommodates different sizes.

  7. Shop Towels, 14"x12", 50 Pack You can bet I use these in my art studio.

  8. Uni Kuru Toga Mechanical Pencil. My FAVORITE. Rotates the lead refills.

  9. Cotton Swabs. Lots of use. Dab with paint for little circles. Cleans up small spots.

  10. Share your I can't live without items you use for your art, photography, crafts, knitting, candlemaking, or other hobby tools. (Scroll down at the end of this post for comments).



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