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Old 02-18-2012, 12:30 PM
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Kitchen Collection

I'm planning to mat these as one, as I think it would make a nice collection to hang in the kitchen. Each one is ACEO size, 2.5" x3.5", done in gouache on various papers. The images you see here are a bit bigger than real life!
















I'm ordering a mat with nine openings but I don't have it yet, so I just laid out the images in their little plastic bags to see how they look. I think a different arrangement would be better. (Shoot in haste, rearrange at leisure.)



I can take out what doesn't belong in the mix and paint other subjects. I'd love to know what you think doesn't belong or what else should be there. Your comments welcome! Thanks.
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Re: Kitchen Collection

Those are all awesome.
I like that arrangement but I would bring the line with the stems as the bottom line.
Here's some other ideas. (My floors are being tiled so I'm stuck in a room, I hope you don't mind me playing )



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Re: Kitchen Collection

These are just lovely, Deborah. Your kitchen is going to be an even happier place with your tiny treasures! I love the second arrangement that Virginia has done...my eye went right to it as more appealing. The inclusion of a white mat/rectangle helps visualize the finished piece.

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Re: Kitchen Collection

No problem at all, Virginia! I do that kind of thing all the time. It's helpful to think visually!

Thanks, Jackie. They'll be in a pre-cut mat with nine openings. I just didn't take the time to mock it up but threw them on the table and snapped a pic, since I don't have the mat yet.

Although, I put a few into an 8x10" mat. What do you think of this look? (Sorry--terrible photos!)





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Hi Deborah:
Yes, I know, fancy meeting you here. Lovely little works.

These are real gems Deborah and I like the idea of matting as one. I have a wee problem with the orange and label. The label seems stark and makes it the odd-man out? Just my humble opinion.
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Re: Kitchen Collection

Derek, are you thinking small these days?

Hmmm, I dunno. There's a label on the lemon that seems to help, but I'm willing to take all into consideration!That label on the orange is pretty dark.

I'm thinking of individual frames now, if Hobby Lobby has a good sale. Maybe he's a candidate.

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Now that is a good position within the mat.......cool.

I've been wondering if small is selling these days. Big paintings are such a chore lately Deborah.

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Selling? What's that?

Sorry, but...
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I like the matted look. It takes me forever to matte things, I play with them and adjust them over and over and over...

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I've been getting quite a few questions about smaller commissions lately, people seem to want smaller paintings of their house/pet or whatever as opposed to a few years ago when it seemed like people wanted big ones. I don't particularly like commissions so it surprised me that people were asking for them.
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Re: Kitchen Collection

Oh, I don't do commissions at all any more, though if I was willing, like you, I might have sales!

In the past I always found smaller pieces sold better, but the cost of matting, framing and handling them (delivery etc.) cut the profit margin quite a bit. I sold literally hundreds of paintings that were framed at 8x10" but I only cleared about $35.00 per piece after costs. If you have a good market it can add up, but it's wearing. I'm no longer cutting mats or doing my own framing, so I sell the ACEOs in a 'frame card' (a card with a window opening.)
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Re: Kitchen Collection

I like the look of the miniature painting in the large mat. It draws the eye in to that center of *POP* lush color. Nice effect.
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Re: Kitchen Collection

HOW do you THAT with gouache!?!?!?!?!? WOW, WOW, WOW! (I do watercolor, and some folks can't do as well with a transparent medium!). What doesn't fit? Probably the radishes. Have another wall with eggplant, brocolli, caulifower, celery. Maybe add a gouache of a slice of watermelon to your fruit medley! And, my mouth is watering!

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I say let's all meet over a Deborah's kitchen for a salad! I had 2 nine window mats made..(.$$$$ even at Hobby Lobby) for some of my ATCs. I haven't used them, yet. Hope they look as nice as yours will framed. Really nice work! Kurlie 8-)
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Re: Kitchen Collection

Thanks, M.L. Good ideas!

Kurlie, thanks. Salad's on me! (Ummmmm, next time check this: Viewpoint ATC Mats I've used them and they're great. All you need is a back mat and a 16x20 frame.)
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