Why People Buy
From what I've observed at art shows and online sales, the following seem to be the primary buying motivators (at least for women):
Pretty appeals to women. Now, it's true, beauty is in the eye of the behold, but we all know pretty when we see it. What makes something pretty? Whether it's a face, a room, a painting, a car, etc., the "elements of design" of the object observed is pretty if it obeys most, if not all, of the "principles of design". I'll do a post on these "elements and principles" next. Bottom line: Pretty sells.
People buy color. Some colors are more popular than others. Some color combinations are currently in style while some colors never go out of style. Blue has always been the most universally popular color. Pink and gray combination was popular a little while ago. Gray is still hot, but turquoise and mustard seem to be having a moment
Study current trends, recent past trends, and popular colors when choosing your color palette. I know, this is cravenly commercial. But, come on, everybody just wants to sell, right?
If you're going to a show, have as many color choices as you can to increase sales. Some people specialize in one color palette and there's merit in that. In this case, make sure the show you're going to has a BIG attendance. Otherwise, I think it's best to have a variety of colors, with special emphasis on current tends. And lots of blue.
Subject Matter of Your Art
Know someone who collects owls? They can't pass one up. Live on the beach? Beachy scenes, critters, and objects are your decorating choices. People are drawn to certain themes, objects, or animals and they buy them (if they're pretty and the right color. See above.) Studying online shopping sites and catalogues will give you lots of clues as to what people are buying. For easy sales, paint stuff people are collecting.
Art That Touches The Heart
Whether people are collecting or not, if your art touches their heart, they can't resist it. Animals, children, and certain scenes pull at the heart strings and is something they'll want to take it home with them or give as a gift. Paint what people love or in such a way as to make them love it.
There you have it. My little take on making what sells. Now, go make some art.
Mt. Dora Art Festival 2022 Next Week
Today finds me feverishly preparing for the Mt. Dora art festival next weekend. This show has always been considered one of the top shows in the country, so I'm honored to have been accepted.
I'm taking prints of my acrylic equine paintings, but due to some glitches (one of many!), I won't have all of them available. Getting back in the swing of art shows has been a long slough and I think I was overly optomistic about what I could get done.
The thing is, you just start and do what you can. If you wait until you're ready, you'll never get there. I really didn't expect to get into all the shows I applied for, but that's what happened. Whatever I don't get done for this show, I'll be way ahead for the next one. By the time the season is over, I'll be farther along that when I started, that's for sure!
Check out this link for my art show schedule so far for this year. I'll be posting updates here and on my FaceBook page FYI.
New Embellished Macrame in Pink
I found this soft pink macrame cord and really liked it. So I added one of my new dream catcher pendants as an accent piece. Do you like the addition? If you don't, it's easy to remove, or change out for a different one.
This precious piece is for sale now on my Etsy shop. Check it out and share via Pinterest or other social media.
Necklace With Orignial Mini-Painting
Just listed on my Etsy shop in time for Valentine's Day: One of my heart-shaped, hand painted mini-art pendants in metallic pink, metallic amethyst, and pearlized white. Comes with a black cord, but you can also change it out to your own chain.
The shimmering metallics sparkle and glisten (so hard to photograph!). Makes a great gift for a sweetheart, daughter, mother, sister, or friend. Or yourself!
I have these necklaces in various colors. Each mini-painting is unique and one of a kind that can't be reproduce because of the painting method I use. Painting is protected by a glass cabochon, which magnifies and intensifies the colors. They are selling fast so, check out my Etsy shop to see what is still available. They're ready to go!
Macrame, Jewelry, Coasters 20% Off
Been giving my hands a rest from the macrame by working on painting again. As a bonus, the technique I use gives me these micro-art pieces to set in pendants. It's so much fun!
Pour painting is very popular now but it wastes a lot of paint. Luckily, you can save some of it by catching it on wax paper. After drying, I look for interesting shapes and color. Kind of like "fractals". Very zen. I cut out these little micro-art areas and glue onto cubacons. Add a glass dome and you have some very pretty, one-of-a-kind necklaces, earrings, keychains, etc.
This jewelry set is a pink/gray/gray-blue color combination with a heart-shaped pendant necklace, teardrop earrings, and a heart-shaped keychain. What's so special about it is each individual piece is unique and one-of-a-kind, never to be repeated.
I'm adding more jewelry everyday to my Etsy shop, because, I have to admit, it's a little addictive. Like, share and enjoy!
Large Wall Hanging With Fringe/Tassel
I named this dramatic hanging after my late, great Arab mare who passed a few years back at the age of 36. She was so beautiful and graceful, as only Arabian horses can be.
This three-layer hanging has a lot going on, but it's still geometric and simple. The open weave in the center gives it cohesion. The tassel from a half-hitch spiral "necklace" focal point adds spice with grace. The fringed third layer softens the geometry. And a V-pattern bottom provides drama.
Size: 26" wide X 32" long
Available now on my Etsy shop. Won't you pin or "heart" this special-to-me macrame wall hanging? Thank you!
MACRAME FOR HORSES
I've created a page on this website to offer fans of Cat Zimmer, youth mustang trainer, a reduced price on my macrame feather art - or "Horse Feathers". All profits go towards the care of her latest Extreme Mustang Makeover filly, Sunni.
This amazing young lady is becoming a legend in the mustang horse world, and for good reason. She's a natural and gets fantastic results with kindness and patience. Her CZ Mustang Rescue is also providing homes and second (sometimes, last) chances for abused, neglected, or difficult mustangs. Some of these mustangs, once they are rehabilitated, will be available for adoption.
Taking care of horses is expensive. That's why I'm donating these horse feathers sales to help in some small way. Cat and her mom, Sara Price, work hard day in and day out for the horses in their care. It's the least I can do. You can help by sharing this page with your horse friends: go to Cat Zimmerman and Sunni
The new softer cord is such a blessing! So much easier on my hands and the design possibilities are beautiful. I've put this macrame hanging on my Etsy store recently and it's getting a lot of interest.
The fringe gives this piece a soft look and I think it would work great in a nursery or bedroom. Bathrooms would be a perfect place to hang this little gem, too. Measurements are 13" wide by 17" long. A piece of one of our fire-cured, hand-polished bamboo with a substantial diameter serves as the mount.
I've added a feather just for fun, although it looks just as good without it. For boho decor, it's a sure bet.
Wont you please share or pin and visit my Etsy shop to ♥ this new hanging? Thanks for visiting!
So, after a couple of years making these macrame wall hangings, my hands are really suffering. To give them a break, I've started using this new, soft, unstructured cord. And I'm liking it!
In order to give the hanging bulk and dimension, I added layers upon layers. The look is different than my other designs: a softer, more romantic feel with a definite Boho vibe.
One of our bamboo rods that I've been saving for the perfect piece made the perfect rod. It has a lot of interesting bulges and rings.
The hanging doesn't have a name yet - I give all my hangings names and I'm taking suggestions. If you review my other macrame pieces, you'll notice there's a theme to the names.
Here's the good news: See if you can come up with an idea that fits and leave it in the comments below. If I choose your name, you win one of these Boho tapestries!
Like, share, and save to Pinterest. And visit my Etsy store and "heart" this new addition to my macrame gallery.