Sunday, 9 September 2012

That's Show Bizz!!



So we went to show the pictures today.  The product is high quality prints professionally mounted/backed and bagged in three sizes (Large -original size, Medium and small)

Everyone loved them. The ones that attracted the most attention were, Bellona, Cloisters and Schloss Neuschwanstein....... However!!!........

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However ... the one that sold like hot cakes was .... 'S for Sugar' ... I only had prints taken of it on a last minute impulse, because Pat and Giselle reckoned it would interest the males. In the event, they were all bought by women.

To get the full story on S-for-Sugar link to my earlier post here



Trying to second guess the market is a non-brainer. The last time, we sold out of Poets Corner, this time it was all but ignored.



One more show in October and then we are booked solidly in the run up to Christmas.


40 comments:

  1. Dear John, the market is a mystery!
    The art market even more mysterious!
    I am happy for your success!
    The plane is beautifu...l and perhaps air travel
    is a hot topic for the market today!
    I like to share these thing "daily", with you
    and your lovely clan! Good end of the day for all!

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    1. Thank you, Rita... you are right, a mystery!

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  2. Well it is a great drawing!

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  3. It's amazing but we never know which paintings will sell...and surprised at what the people buy...maybe the women bought the airplane for their husbands..I think its beautiful, myself!!!

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  4. (I am so proud of myself for knowing this)....is it a Lancaster?
    It's wonderful

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    1. Well 10/10 for being ...nearly right :0) and knowing the Lancaster was the most famous of the RAF Bombers ... in fact it is a Halifax. However there were two or three others who thought it was the 'Lanc' ...not dissimilar

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    2. well, good to know I was in the ballpark! the only reason I'd even be able to venture a pretty good guess is because my former husband is a war aficionado and I learned things by "osmosis" haha. In any case, it is an awesome drawing. I am not surprised that people bought it up.

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  5. Hi John, I had similar experience when I sold some of my watercolors. Your "bombardiere" is really beautiful! Have a good week! Ciao.

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    1. Thank you, Tito ...it's a strange world. Thank you - have a good week

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  6. John, I sure wish I could visit one of your shows. It would be so fun to meet you and your wife. Love the sweet spot military plane too. How DO you do it??

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    1. Thank you, Sherry - it would be nice to meet you too. If you want to know more about this plane see my post for 14 May

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  7. It's often the way in the art world - it's a mystery!
    As usual your drawing blows me away completely! You must let me know if you ever do a show towards my neck of the woods in the South East :0)

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  8. I thought you were in the South West ...Hampshire?

    If we're ever down that way I will let you know. Thank you for your kind comments

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  9. Good for you, John!!! The public really is a fickle beast. :)

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  10. Hi John - please do me a favor for the other newbies like myself to your blog. Please put a link to the Sugar post. You mistakenly put 14th May and it is 5th of May for more info and I will not tell you how long it took me, but suffice to say I stubbornly persisted in finding it and was rewarded with a wonderful story (buried under a different heading) I know others would really appreciate reading it too. I had tears in my eyes when you wrote that Vic Stevens finally got to sit in it.
    You did a wonderful thing by organizing the whole project from your artwork onward and I respect and admire the drive and persistence it must have taken. Gold Star time!
    I laughed reading about when you threw the newspaper down in disgust...lesson learned... never cheese off John!

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  11. I thought about putting a link, Julie, but couldn't work out how to do it ... so I put the date ...ooooops, SORRY! Everything is such a rush at the moment. I'm trying to get through this massive Final Assignment... and the deadline is rushing towards me.

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  12. Not to worry - your mental health is the most important thing. Take a deep breath....relax, and then enjoy the successful artist life you have created.

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  13. Ciao John,
    You are always an encroyable drawer... I don't know what people likes but I like a lot your churchs, castles and constructions...
    they are like "pizzi pregiati" (I don't know how is in english)
    and are "metafore" (it is a very good word but I don't know in english) of the life.
    Ciao, a presto, Floriana

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    1. Ciao Floriana,
      Thank you for your kind words. "pizzi pregiati" is "antique lace" ... and metafore is metaphor.

      a presto! Ciao

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  16. What an amazing piece of work John - exquisite!!

    I can't comment on market trends as I'm only a hobbyist and have no sales experience, but I've just read your post about "S for Sugar" and found it totally absorbing. It's an amazing thing you did, raising money for the Sugar fund like that and I'm thrilled that the end result was the successful recovery of the plane ... and that Vic actually got to sit in it again. What a result!!!

    PS. I've taken the liberty of adding a link to the Sugar post for the benefit of anyone else having trouble finding it.

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  17. Cheers, John ...I've no idea how to add these links! It does read as if I saved Sugar single-handed, far from it, I only played a small part.

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  18. I loved reading the story about "S for Sugar". I am always surprised at what is/is not popular. I guess art is after all very subjective and beauty lies mysteriously in the eye of the beholder!

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    1. I'm sure you are right and it depends on one's mood too.

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  19. That is so interesting about the market. Just gives us free reign to do whatever, I guess!! I've missed a few posts - masterful, masterful, masterful. What can I say? That is one wonderful vintage jar of ink!

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    1. The only problem falls in commissions when you draw what other people want rather than having free regn.

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  20. Well congrats on all that success John!! Well deserved for sure!! I think it's interesting that S for Sugar was purchased mostly by women, would have loved to have been a listener to their thoughts while buying. :)

    Onward Guvnah!! :)

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    1. Thank you, Crystal. I know one wanted it for her brother ... the others said little.

      ... and upward Guvvna!

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  21. Congrats on all the sales and I totally hear you about what will or will not be popular on any given day. I did two 'craft' fairs that I was invited along to both of which proved to be less about art than clothes and/or actual crafts. I discovered I hated having to sit there while people commented on my work (whether positively or otherwise) so I admire you for your ability to do that. Of course, you make a nice living from selling your prints and your wife clearly books you into the right places so that always helps!

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  22. Thank you, Nicola. Firstly I don't "make a nice living" from selling prints ;0) ...they do supplement a little though. Pat does the people bit ... I just sort of hang around!

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  23. That's terrific, John:) I know what you mean about the unpredictability of trying to decide what will sell the best. I've had paintings that were not my favorites be the first to sell, it's all in the eye of the beholder:) With our military ties I know that the aviation art is certainly popular, I wish I enjoyed painting it more. I am going to do a piece for my hubby for his birthday coming up. Love your works they are meticulous and fabulous!! Congratulations:)

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    1. Thanks Carrie - I guessed it was you :0)

      Yes I'm going to do an Aviation series, mostly military.

      Look forward to what you produce for your husband's birthday.

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  24. Oh and that's me Carrie's Creations, signed in under the wrong profile:)

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  25. Congratulations on the shows and sales. It's funny how one just never knows what people are going to like and react to. Like you said, each show and crowd is different too. It's happened where the one item I was "sure was going to be a hit" didn't sell at all in person, but then online it's the most popular! It's funny but interesting. Anyway, hope the upcoming shows go awesome and you sell out of everything - that's a good problem to have :-)

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    1. Thank you, Karyna. Haven't spoken for ages, I'll pop over today sometime.

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  26. Your sales successes encourage me greatly, John. Its just thrilling knowing that there are people who appreciate great art when they see it, know that they must have it for themselve and are willing to buy it. Many congratualtions to you - you deserve great success with your magical drawings.

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  27. Thank you, Susan. To put things into context: I'm selling prints quite cheaply, with Christmas looming, so my 'art' plays a small part in the sales... fortunes are not being made, nor were they anticipated.

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