What happens when a horsemad Ould Wagon moves from Cork to Provence with 2 horses, 2 dogs and a Long Suffering Husband? Why, she gets a third dog, discovers Natural Horsemanship à la Française, starts writing short stories and then discovers a long-buried talent for art, of course…
It’s December and we can now officially, and with no feelings of guilt whatsoever, start getting excited about Christmas!
Each week, for the month of December, I’m going to be putting one original artwork from my collection ON SALE with a massive reduction of 50%.
I’m slightly late for Week #2, but this week I’m offering Le Noir at half price.
Some time ago, I asked myself the question, ‘can I do a black horse on black paper in white pencil?” I feel I succeeded. But then I also felt that she (yes, it’s a mare) needed something to make her ‘pop’, so I gave her a brown eye. So not entirely a monochrome image.
This has ended up becoming one of my favourite pieces. She’s available on several items on my redbubble page (she makes a particularly good cushion) and she’s in my pack of four ‘white on black’ greeting cards. I’ve always exhibited her alongside l’Iberique but he is SOLD (woohoo!) which is why I’m willing to let her go for a song. It’s either that or I’ll have to come up with another head to display beside her… which is not impossible!
If you’re interested in Le Noir, email me at email@example.com or contact me via my Facebook page.
Check out the rest of my ‘For Sale’ portfolio here :
If you’re a lover of naughty dogs (especially Jack Russell Terrorists) doing naughty things with a Christmassy feel, have a look at my Pack of Dogs Christmas cards :
These can be ordered directly from me, with a huge discount for large orders. Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org (yadda yadda yadda as my friend Sprocket would say).
If you prefer your cards to have a more traditional feel, this little mistletoe-bearing robin is also available as a card.
Because he’s more ‘commercial’, these cards can be ordered from Redbubble. I’ve made him available on a couple of other products too… just because he’s cute!
I’ve put my favourite pieces on my Redbubble page. I’m really pleased with the quality of what they produce, and there are many items which make ideal gifts. If you, or someone you know, might fancy a little ass on a cushion… or on one of many other high quality products… click on the image below to visit.
Lazy blogging…. Thanks Katherine, for your support and enthusiasm.
I also ordered a t-shirt, a tote bag, stickers, and a coffee cup for those of us who work in an office where having unique, identifiable mug is a plus. Given that my horse is available as a work of art, I think I was reasonably restrained.
Thank you for reading,
Yes, I’ve been busy.
I’ve been doing tedious stuff like ordering cards, uploading images to Redbubble and then ordering some products from them to stock my market stall. Market stall? Yes!
I’ll be doing three Christmas markets this year, starting with Montfuron on Dec 1st, followed by one in Celony, Aix-en-Provence on Dec 13th and finishing with the local Reillanne Fête de Noël on Dec 20th.
I will also be selling Christmas cards via four local retailers.
I’m struggling with knowing just how much stock I will need. Ten packs of four cards in each shop seems very low, yet twenty in each seems foolishly optimistic. The French don’t have the same tradition of sending Christmas cards that we would have had in Ireland or the UK twenty years ago, so I should expect to sell fewer French cards. But there will be mostly French people around at this time of year, apart from hardy expats like myself, so I need to be sure I cater to them. The English-speaking world is sending fewer cards than before, but for expats, card-sending is still something that happens, so I need to be sure there is a good stock of English cards everywhere.
The biggest lesson has been this little chap.
I’ve been promoting my Pack of Dogs Christmas Cards on various social media. People like them, a few people said they’d buy a pack or two, and the owner of one of my models ordered 50 cards. Then one lady (who I don’t know) said “I really like your dogs, but I don’t have a dog. Would you have a robin card?”
Well, part of me was going to reply “Ehhh no, I have frickin’ dog cards.” But the more sensible part of my brain won the day. I might as well try a little robin… what did I have to lose?
I told the lady I’d work on it. A week later, I send her the above photo and I also posted him on Facebook and Instagram.
Within hours, I had orders for 200 cards.
I love my Pack of Dogs Christmas Cards. I think they are cute and quirky. But it seems that people don’t want cute and quirky dogs, they want robins holding mistletoe.
Lesson learned. More robins, less quirky, elf-chewing dogs.
More on the Christmas markets as they unfold.
Wish me luck.