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My Journey As A Scroll Saw Pattern Designer #1099: Finishing up Drawing

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Blog entry by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) posted 08-07-2013 11:00 AM 1100 reads 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Even though my head was a bit in the clouds after the nice responses from the article, I was able to focus on work and actually accomplished quite a bit. It was another beautiful day here in Nova Scotia, with the sun shining and the air warm, but not hot or humid. It is odd because there is definitely an ‘autumn-like’ feel even though it is only the beginning of August. It seems that we only had about three days of hot summer weather and we are easing back into fall. (That is fine with me by the way – I love autumn! I will take a double season of it anytime!)

I had to make a trip to Yarmouth because I needed to pick up one of my art prints from a shop that that I am selling prints and note cards of my paintings and Keith is selling some pens. While we don’t really sell in shops, Keith found this shop in downtown Yarmouth through word of mouth and when he brought his pens in to show the owner, they took several of them on commission. He also brought in some prints and note cards that I had of my painting work, and they took them all as well. We haven’t really had time to pursue these avenues, and we figured that at least by putting them in one place, they will be seen and are not sitting on a closet shelf here in our apartment.

I had ordered a couple of copies of high-quality prints when I made the trip to the United States two springs ago for the Saratoga Spring wood show. There is a place in New York that does a fantastic job on them, and I thought getting a few of my favorites to see how they would sell would be worth the cost. While they don’t fly out the door, they do sell to those who have a liking for that type of thing. I am finding that I have nearly sold them all and I only kept two of them on the site (the two big cats) and have one copy of each left. The one that sold via our site was the Blue Heron, which I painted with heat-set oils. Here is a picture of it:

The other two can be seen at the bottom of the page of my site here:

http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com/finished-work

I hope to do more painting as I have talked about and one day offer some Christmas cards with my original art painted on them. I have always done well selling the note cards and I think it is a nice and inexpensive way to sell these pieces.

The day was beautiful and I stopped on the way to give the Mustang a quick wash. Instead of taking the highway, I drove along the ocean, and (of course!) put the top down on the car. It takes about 45 minutes each way to drive to Yarmouth, and my goal was to be home by noon. Everything went well and it was a very enjoyable trip. The music playing and the sun shining down really made the morning nice. When I got to the shop, I was pleased to hear that they had also sold one of my prints. That was an added perk. I made it home at exactly 12:02 and had the rest of the day to draw.

I have been working on three additional sets of Damask type plaques, with silhouette layered figures. I want each of the designs to be unique, so I am drawing them each from scratch. I spent the rest of the day drawing, and by evening finished up the last of the Damask part of the designs. This would give 12 unique patterns for people who bought all four sets. Today I will be drawing the frames and silhouette figures for the overlays and then on to cutting. Since I have the three bird plaques cut, I only need to cut the nine new plaques out. I figure this will take tomorrow and Thursday to do and then I can spend Friday writing the instructions and assembling the patterns. I hope to have the series on the site by the weekend.

So that is my plan. If things go well I may be able to find some time to paint in the evenings. I was just too tired last night.

I wish you all a great day today. Thank you all again for the nice comments and notes about the article yesterday. I received a great deal of positive responses and it is nice to know that you all appreciate what Keith and I do so much. We hope to continue to bring you more designs as time permits. We always want to keep you busy.

Have a great Wednesday.

-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs (http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com) Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"



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Celticscroller

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#1 posted 08-07-2013 05:00 PM

Your paintings are beautiful Sheila. You get great depth and detail into feathers and fur. Notecards are a great way to promote your paintings and a series of Christmas cards would be awesome! Looking forward to seeing the next set of damask patterns.
Another beautiful warm day here. Keep the sun shining over there. We will be there soon!

-- Anna http://richmondcarvers.com/

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#2 posted 08-07-2013 05:03 PM

It is beautiful here as well. Message me and let me know your dates. :) I really hope I get to meet you in person.

Sheila

-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs (http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com) Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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CFrye

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#3 posted 08-07-2013 05:07 PM

Good Morning Sheila! A top down drive along the ocean sounds like a slice of heaven. The snow leopard painting is beautiful! My mom used to collect all things leopards. She stopped when the collection started taking over the house! She will enjoy looking at your painting, I’ll share it with her later. Hope you have a very productive day with time for painting.

-- God bless, Candy

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Arlin Eastman

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#4 posted 08-07-2013 05:25 PM

Sheila

Your paintings are as nice and your scroll work. Fantastic.

Arlin

-- It is always the right time, to do the right thing.

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#5 posted 08-07-2013 05:28 PM

Hi, Candy:
We have had such cool weather that so far there haven’t been many ‘topless’ days. It certainly was a treat to take the time to enjoy the ocean and the sunshine.

Snow Leopards are my absolute favorites of all the big cats! When I lived in Chicago we would always visit Brookfield Zoo where the snow leopards would come right up to the glass of their outdoor display. they were so close that you could almost touch them. They were truly beautiful.

I hope you enjoy your day! :)

Sheila

-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs (http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com) Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#6 posted 08-07-2013 05:33 PM

Thank you so much, Arlin! :)

Sheila

-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs (http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com) Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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Lee A. Jesberger

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#7 posted 08-07-2013 06:00 PM

Beautiful painting Sheila.

Lee

-- by Lee A. Jesberger http://www.prowoodworkingtips.com http://www.ezee-feed.com

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Dan Krager

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#8 posted 08-08-2013 02:55 AM

Would you be interested in painting (oil) a tall pirate ship if I sent you the hardboard that fits the frame?
DanK

-- Dan Krager, Olney IL http://www.kragerwoodworking.weebly.com

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#9 posted 08-08-2013 10:36 AM

Thank you Lee and Dan!

Dan – I am afraid that right now I am not in a good position to take on any commissions. I wouldn’t want to commit to doing a painting and not be able to complete it for a while. Things with the business are still questionable, and we are spending this year recovering from walking away from the big wholesaler that was fouling up our patterns (By the way – I received a note last week from someone who bought a pattern of mine from them last year and couldn’t even see what was being illustrated in the photos. The quality of the pattern was terrible! It reminded me just how many they sold like that and what people must think of my quality of work!) It has been a lot of work, but I never regret making that decision to leave them.

You can PM me if you like. :)

Sheila

-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs (http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com) Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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