Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Art Cards: Rusty Scissors

I recently discovered "art cards" and learned that people trade and sell them. There are oodles on Etsy and Ebay, with cards sold by painters, photographers, collage artists . . . you name it. So I figured, why not? But the 2 1/2" x 3 1/2" format seems a bit daunting for a painter. Here's my first effort - rusty scissors - which will serve as a miniature study for a slightly different 5" x 7" version that I'm painting for the "ordinary objects" series. I had to wear my strongest glasses to do this! It's 2 1/2" x 3 1/2", watercolor, pen and ink, on Strathmore cold-pressed, 140 lb. paper. (In this horrible art market, I guess it makes sense to produce works that are accessible for buyers at all price points. Face it, with prices down across the board and the biggest auction houses and galleries having trouble selling their wares, does it make sense to produce strictly giant canvases if one is trying to put food on the table. Even the smaller galleries that dot the Chelsea landscape are finding it difficult to market moderately priced artists. What's a starving artist to do?)

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jblack designs said...

Very cool, Brian.

Look under ACEO, too. Some people protested the selling of "trading" cards, so they started being listed under a different name. Now, my thinking is that, say, baseball trading cards are sold, and the trading comes in at the buyers' end, but, hey, what do I know?

One Wink at a Time said...

I looked at this after the one above and they problem you spoke of about the handles is more evident here. Just sayin'... The other is fine. :-)