Crate and Barrel has partnered with Ugallery to offer their clients original art! Even more exciting is that one of the selected artists is ME!
This collaboration between the three has turned out to be even more successful than any of us thought….at least me.
In the spring of 2017 they asked for a beginning portfolio of 12 paintings and then asked for more as our collection was depleted. I was just asked to provide another six painting just a few ago and now I just received this message:
I hope this email finds you well. Crate and Barrel has requested more art from you! They have asked for seven more paintings.
Of course there was more in the email but receiving this kind of email is the best. No, I take that back…receiving a message that says “your art has been sold” is the best.
All artwork in stored in the artist’s studio. Ugallery has sent a variety of professional padded art shipping boxes to keep on hand, plus marketing material, thank you materials, etc. When an email arrives that X painting has sold, you have 48 hours to get it out to the FedEx office for shipping. Easy Peasy. Next, you get a check in the mail.
Now you know why I love this arrangement. I get to paint and they do all the selling. I just create and get paid. What a wonderful world I live in.
More and more corporations, hospitals, professional offices and others have discovered the benefit of having original art in their space. It speaks volumes. It says that their organization is original, high end, the best.
The more business(s) that have displayed my work, the more work comes my way.
Abstract work is especially popular because it is non-political, does not insult any religious views or ethnicity. Large pieces are the most impactful. Small pieces seem to get lost in a space and frankly do not make the statement they are hoping for. Thinking of updating your space? Think abstract. Think large.
Another painting created while listening to Rene Olstead. It was a rainy day and time for a full day in the studio. My habit is to play my favorite (or recently discovered) musicians with headphones to get the full effect, have a bottle of water near by and begin to paint with no idea where it will go or what the end results will be. This particular painting was created while listening to her album “Skylark” and this song in particular, “Nothing but the blame”.
I’ve been in the studio quite a bit. With Crate and Barrel requesting more work, more commission work than ever, Ugallery asking for more…plus getting ready for the Chicago One of a Kind Show, December 7-10. I will posting some of my newest work throughout the next few weeks. This painting is titled “Chills and Fever” first published in 1964 and sung by Tom Jones. A recent song titled “Chills and Fever” has been released by Samantha Fish. A DEFINITE check it out. S
It’s been a busy summer in the studio. I was notified in May that I was selected as one of twenty-eight artists to begin selling original art through Crate and Barrel. Yay! But…they wanted 12 paintings by June 1st. Wow. Well I got busy painting. But painting the work is only a small part of the project. I then had to photograph each painting in high resolution and five shots of each painting…one main and four quadrants. This is not an easy task. Once you get the details correct in each photo you then have to upload to the site and answer about 10 questions for each painting. This was done for each of the twelve paintings. Whew!
Then in June they asked for another twelve. Repeat the process.
Now they have asked for another six by today’s date. Mission accomplished.
The best part is…my work is selling regularly. Pleased. Humb
Press Release: UGallery (http://www.ugallery.com), the premier curated online art marketplace, and Crate and Barrel, the industry-leading home furnishings retailer, today announced a partnership to exhibit and sell UGallery original artwork at crateandbarrel.com. The exclusive collection presents one-of-a-kind artworks by 28 top emerging artists from around the country.
“Our goal is to elevate home life for our customers into an emotional and aesthetic experience,” said Crate and Barrel President and Chief Merchant Steve “Woody” Woodward. “We are excited to add the energy of original art to our assortment for customers, and we are proud to support emerging artists across the country through our new partnership with UGallery and this exclusively curated collection.”
With the recent death of jazz great, Al Jarreau, it prompted me to paint to his wonderful music. This painting was inspired by his song, So long girl. It measures 60″ X 36″ on stretched canvas – and no need to custom frame.
Spring is right around the corner (believe it or not) and although I live in snowy cold Michigan I am dreaming of spring buds, open windows and kayaking. These two recent paintings speak “SPRING” to me. Light, bright, fun and uplifting.
When someone contacted my about creating an original painting to give his wife for their wedding anniversary I was excited about the project. This was a secret so trying to create something for their home without her input was a challenge. I asked the husband to send along photos of their home and spot he thought about hanging it. This gave me a good idea of their color scheme, design style and room layout.
He said he wanted a pop of color in the room and something his wife would be reminded of their love.
These modern abstracts were created while listening to the album “The Blues and the Abstract Truth”. It is a piece of jazz perfection with many great jazz musicians.
You might see the influence of the early 60’s jazz scene in these paintings. They will be shipped to the Martin Wood Showroom (interior design) in the Chicago Merchandise Mart. If you are interested in purchasing one or both of them please contact me. Or you can see them at my booth at the Spring One of a Kind Show in the Chicago Merchandise Mart.
Oliver Nelson Septet – Stolen Moments (1961)
Musicians: Freddie Hubbard (trumpet), Eric Dolphy (alto sax, flute), Oliver Nelson (tenor sax, arrange), George Barrow (baritone saxophone), Bill Evans (piano), Paul Chambers (bass), Roy Haynes (drums)
from the album ‘THE BLUES AND THE ABSTRACT TRUTH’ (Impulse! Records)