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Sunday, April 12, 2009

Commission Work

Most of my life I've dreamed of painting portraits of children or illustrating children's books, and recently this fantasy of mine has come true. I've accepted several commissions in the folk art style of Are You a Good Witch , an 15" X 30" mixed media painting on wood, and I've decided to start a new project: mixed media folk art portraits by commission.

If you are interested, take a look at my portfolio on Flickr or at my shop on Etsy to get an idea of my style and range. You can contact me via e-mail, Flickr mail or Etsy with any questions or to discuss specifics, such as size, palette, price, and you can also send me photos of your subject. Please allow 6-8 weeks for completion, since I do have a full-time day job teaching school. When summer break comes, I may be able to work a little faster. Payments will be made in two parts: half up front and the other half, plus shipping, upon completion.

I'm very, very excited about this because I've been drawing my little ones since about fourth grade. Those of you who remember which birthday I celebrated this year, know exactly how long ago that was! I am so looking forward to talking to you about your ideas

Love,
Alberta

21 comments:

Janet said...

What a super-duper idea! I'm sure you will be very successful at this. I love your art and I bet there are lots of little (and big) girls out there who would love to have an original by you.

Alberta and Ava said...

Thank you, Janet. Your encouragement and faithful support has meant the world to me!

Hugs,
Alberta

gypsy said...

Absolutely thrilling, Alberta!!! Your art is unique and fresh and makes me smile. Best wishes ~ Tammy

Terri Kahrs said...

Alberta, your fairy godmother must have been listening very closely! I'm SO happy to hear that your wishes are being granted! Dreams really DO come true!

I'm ecstatic about your decisions and success and wish you many happy hours of painting to your hearts content. Congratulations!!!! Hugs, Terri xoxo

Yet said...

Your drawings are perfect for children's books. I'm surprised you haven't done work for any yet! I'm sure the opportunity is well on it's way!

Owl Eng said...

Congratulations for your dream coming true!!!your art is definitely perfect for children illustration. Really love your style and talent!!

Staci Danford said...

I wish you the very best of luck with your new adventure... You are so talented and your work always brings a smile to my face. I know you will be a wonderful success... Bliss and blessings your way!!
Staci

Sandy said...

Wow this is truly amazing. Wonderful work. I love them. This is really unique.

Alberta and Ava said...

Thank you so much for your encouragement Sandy, Staci, and Owl Eng, and thank you Yet and Pattie for featuring us on your blog: Yes, No, Maybe.

Love,
Alberta

Kim Mailhot said...

Congratulations on these wonderful new endeavors, Alberta ! So many more people will be enjoying your beautiful "little ones" !

I wanted to let you know how wonderful I think it is that my "Looking for Love" piece touched you. It means a lot to me. I was thinking that rather than selling you a print, maybe we could do an exchange ? I am so in love with your "Fuite" Sunday Post card but would love it in a little bigger size to frame. What do you think ?
Send me an email if this deal appeals to you (I couldn't find your email address here.), okay ?

Congrats again ! Happy Monday !

PS - Cats Stevens' Greatest Hits was the first album I ever owned. Music that is kind of the soundtrack of my childhood ! Love to hear him on the blog of my kindred spirit in the South !

Cathy Mendola said...

Great job on this painting and I wish you much success in your new venture!
I love your style of painting! You should definitely do some illustrations. You would be great at it.
Sending you hugs and great wishes!
cathy

Taluula said...

I'm so thrilled for you Alberta. You go girl.

This is yet another gorgeous piece of art, you have a very specific style and I love it soooooo much.

roc said...

wow..how exciting!! i'm so proud of you!!

Alberta and Ava said...

Thank you Cathy, Roc, and Taluula. I'm pretty sure that each one of you influenced whatever "style" I have. Kim, I would be thrilled to trade some art with you!

Alberta and Ava said...

Tammy, I'm so glad my work makes you smile. That alone makes me want to keep creating.
Love,
Al

dolci said...

Dear Alberta,
Yesterday was a busy day so I didn't get a chance to read your blog. This is such wonderful, exciting news.
I love your sweet new painting. She is so magical. Your persistance is so inspiring to me.
Best of luck with your commissions. Who knows, maybe I'll be buying one of your picture books to add to my growing collection.
Hugs,
Janet

Alberta and Ava said...

Thanks, Janet. My mother has another word for me, instead of persistent: relentless, ha!

BlueRidgeLady said...

So darn happy for you Alberta! You so deserve this! I can see a whole entire book of these beautiful girls! How exciting!!
Hugs,
Shelly

Devyn Larson said...

Yay for a fellow teacher and artist! So excited for you!!
Love your work! Your use of color is amazing.
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Heather Robinson said...

I'm thrilled that you used this theme to talk about your latest dream come true! I think this is such a marvelous plan and I just know it will be successful. Your artwork is so distinct and whimsical. I wish you every success and congratulations on your new adventure.

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