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* Before you even think about listing, you need to make sure that you know the cost of the shipping to where ever you ship to. I usually use http://postcalc.usps.gov/ to calculate the shipping. Choose the package that you want to send your product in. I put in a state close to me, a state furthest from me and then one right in the middle. If you want to make it super easy, use flat rate shipping, it is the same for all of the US and the International rate is the same too. For flat rates, go here: http://www.usps.com/shipping/prioritymail.htm They even give you FREE boxes, order them here: http://shop.usps.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/ProductCategoryDisplay?langId=-1&storeId=10001&catalogId=10152&categoryId=13359
* Whether you choose to use flat rate, or ship in your own box, the packaging inside the box matters most. It should be attractive, and contain 'signature colors.' When you see black and red and white - you might think of Coca Cola. I know when I see red and blue I think of Petsmart (I'm in there a lot). Try to coordinate your packaging with your business card, and both with your banner. If you have all of this ready when you list the product, then when you have to ship it, it will be so much easier.
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Summary of things to learn from this painting:
*To keep things soft by adding more medium (water in this case) to blend out the edges.
*As objects recede into the background, you see less and less detail and they take on more of the color of the atmosphere (blue most of the time, but yellow in this painting).
*Adding the little details, such as tiny shadows and highlights can really make a painting, but they must be added last. Add the big shapes first and then get smaller and smaller. The details are like sprinkles on a cupcake, they make a big difference in the appearance, but they aren't added until the very end.
* Let each layer of paint dry before adding another one. If it helps to have other projects to work on while you wait, then plan them ahead of time.
*It is important to have clean and pure colors. If you have the space, using 3 tubs of water, one with a little laundry detergent in it, the second one to rinse the soap and the third to make sure that it is truly free of soap will help to keep your colors 'unmuddied'.
* A brush well is a great place to let brushes soak if you don't have time to wash them right away. I keep one for my acrylic brushes and one for my oil brushes.
Last night I completed a painting of a woman who decided to rest near a tree frequented by fairies. At first I wasn't going to paint the fairies in because I always do fairies. I wanted to do something different.
As the painting progressed however, something was missing and I couldn't help myself. I was going to put wings on her and call it a day, but then decided that might create imbalance. So I decided to just make little ones that were all very curious about this human.
I think that part of what makes art awesome is the ability to twist and distort reality. Make colors brighter, and add a few things that were not there. I think it is so much fun to create and meke things more exciting and beautiful.