Completed Peruvian Girl, Blog Workshop report.

Peruvian Girl

Peruvian Girl (Framed)
14" x 11" (35.6cm x 28.0cm)
Oil on Stretched Canvas
$900 plus $10 shipping and handling in the US
E-mail me for International shipping rates or other inquiries.

Well. This painting didn't come easily. Isn't it odd that the hardest thing was the background?! I think that my camera or my monitor does something odd with blue. The blue looks a bit more saturated in this photo than in the painting. I had to sign it on the left, as the puppy wouldn't have appreciated my name on its cheek. I have to say, I'm pretty proud of this one. Thank you to those of you who offered your good thoughts concerning the background. I learned from each of you.

The blog workshop was at my house on Saturday and I think it went very well. Seven artists, four of whom already had a website of varying complexities, two of whom already had a blog, all showed up by 9:30 to get the scoop about blogging. Their heads were bulging by 3:45 when we'd worked our way through from basics to whizbangs. I learned a few things, too. I'll be adding their names to my blog list as they get them off and flying. I'm proud of them all.

One of the things I got to demonstrate was placing a PayPal button on a post to sell a painting directly from one's blog. I'd done it a few times over the last year or so, mostly just to see that I could. But using the html generated by PayPal isn't elegant. It takes up far too many lines and its elbows stick out everywhere.

David Darrow, the most excellent portrait artist of Dave The Painting Guy fame, has designed a PayPal Button "Machine" using an Exel spreadsheet. You just fill in the name of your painting, its dimensions, the price, the shipping cost, and your email address used by PayPal. You copy the results in the magic field below and paste it into your post near your painting. Voila! He even has a short video on his site demonstrating how it works. I heartily recommend downloading his PayPal Button Machine and taking for a spin. If you use it even once, you'll agree it's worth the $9.95 he requests as a "thank you." I'll bet that you 'PayPal him' the $ and use it over and over and over again. To show you what it looks like, I'll put a PayPal button on the Peruvian Girl even though she's not dry and not varnished and I have competition plans for her, just so you can see how it looks and works. You can push it and it will take you to PayPal where you can see that the title and price and such are there ready for someone to log in and leap to buy it.


Barbara Pask said...

Susan, This painting came out wonderful. It's really special. Glad your blog workshop went well, everyone should have a blog.

Ann Reyes said...

Susan, this is an excellent painting! I'm glad you have competition plans for it. Good luck!

Sorry I missed you on UStream last Sunday. Hope I can see the next one.

Anonymous said...

You should be delighted with this painting, it is a beauty.

The blog workshop sounds entertaining.

indiaartist said...

Thank you for the post. We 'd like to know more of the brainstorming session. LOve Peruvian Girl. It is always pleasure to see this blog.

rob ijbema said...

wow susan i love the last two portraits such nice warm bold colors,way to go!!

Unknown said...

Susan, yes, please submit the Peruvian girl to competitions, I'm sure you'll do well. It turned our beautifully.
I wish I could have taken advantage of your blog class. There are so many other things I'd like to do with mine, but don't know how. Would you consider sharing the info (for a fee) with readers like me. Email or snail mail?

lesta frank said...

I especially love the shadow on her face. What a gorgeous painting!
Thank you for the wonderful blog workshop. You are a blessing to so many people.
Best Wishes, Lesta

Susan Carlin said...

Where are my manners! I'm sorry I've been so long in responding, dear friends.
Barbara, Thank you! And I'm glad the workshop went well, too! I always get so keyed up and fussy over every detail beforehand, but everyone was great and we only went over our ending time by 45 minutes!
Ann, thank you! Cross your fingers for me. I'm putting it in a show in early October so we should know how it did by the 4th.
Thank you Bill!
Indiaartist- Thank you! I'm sure we all did some brainstorming, too, but I'm guessing you were talking about the blog workshop. I went over the ins and outs of what I've learned about blogging, helping other artists to get theirs off to a good start.
Rob- thank you! I am trying to be bolder, so I'm glad it's coming across.
Deborah, Thank you! I have considered ways to put what I know into an online class of some sort, but lately I'm wondering if it takes me away from painting too much. I'm still thinking about that. But if you have a particular question, just call me and I'll see what I can do to help.
Lesta, thank you! I love the good start you've made on your new blog, too. Check it out, everyone!

Peggy Marlow said...