Merchandising

Craig & I know that we have some fans out there who enjoy our art, but might not want to hang it on their wall.  So we’ve decided to branch out a little bit & see what kind of response we’ll get by offering our art on various pieces of merchandise.

We’re just in the beginning phases of this, & as such, we’ve got limited quantities of each piece.  This is really more of a test to see if it might garner any interest, so we’d love to get your feedback.  As a reward for your comments, one lucky winner will receive one of these gifts for free!

The first item we thought would be of interest to our customers is a mouse pad.  We realize that many people are using their phones to surf the net nowadays, but I personally know lots of people who still use a desktop computer at home.  So we came up with a few options:

mouse-pads

The next thought was coffee mugs.  Craig’s stipple of Marilyn Monroe looks great on these, and my Psychedelic Flower Wheel does, too . . .

mugs

We also thought coasters might be a fun idea.  Here are a couple of the ones we chose to start with:

coasters

And then–because we both love to play card games ourselves–we thought playing cards would be a great idea too.  We’ve definitely bought novelty playing cards from some of our trips, & are guessing others might as well:

playing-cards

And finally, my whole family enjoys doing puzzles; the more challenging, the better.  And many of my photos would make lovely puzzles (as well as a couple of Craig’s stipples).  We’ve gotten just a couple options to test the waters, & these are small count pieces (about 250 pieces each), but they would still likely take the owner quite a while to put them together.

puzzles

Anyone who leaves a comment will be entered in a drawing to win an item of his/her choice.  And for those of you who don’t win, if you’d still like to purchase one of the gifts, drop us an email at info@masartwork.com.  We’ll happily sell you what we currently have in stock, & that will also let us know which ones would be great sellers.  The prices will likely change once we start ordering them in bulk, but for now, the pieces cost:

Mugs – $25
Mouse Pads – $15
Puzzles – $15
Coasters – $10
Playing Cards – $5

These are just a few ideas of where we might go with our merchandise, so please feel free to let us know if there are other products you’d like to see offered with our images on them.

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Greece from my camera

My Honeymoon trip to Greece was only my second foray outside the United States. Australia was my first, coming in my early forties. But Greece was the first trip I took after Alyx and I had decided to start a business selling our images. So, this was the first time we had taken our cameras on a trip with the intent of taking great professional pictures, not just snapshots of things we like. Don’t get me wrong, that philosophy is still how we choose what we take pictures of, but now we turn the camera settings to “super big and detailed”.

So far, only Alyx has put up photos on our Etsy site… until NOW. I had previously listed only my stippling artwork. This is the first time I have put my photos on Etsy, and it’s only the beginning. The photos I am adding are from our honeymoon to Greece.

The Parthenon

The Parthenon

Alyx and I started out the Greece portion of our trip in Athens, not too far from the Acropolis. For those that don’t know, the Acropolis isn’t a building, it’s essentially a mountain in the middle of Athens, and on this mountain are ruins. Among the ruins is the Parthenon, probably the most recognized structure on the Acropolis. Also, there is the temple Erechtheion. You can recognize it by the Porch of the Kariatids, which is a porch area where the pillars are carved in the shapes of women. There is also the Temple of Athena and a couple amphitheaters that we don’t have pictures of yet on Etsy.

Temple of Erechtheion, Porch of the Kariatids

Temple of Erechtheion, Porch of the Kariatids

After Athens, we went to Crete. It is a very beautiful place, and doesn’t get enough attention or credit as far as I’m concerned. We rented a car and traveled to several stunning locations on the island. One hidden gem in the middle of nowhere, near the far western coast of Crete, is the site of Agia Sofia, which is located at the side of a winding road clinging to the side of a rocky mountainous gorge. There was just enough room for a few cars to pull off the side of the road, then a long climb up a great stone stairway. At the top of the stairway was a cave with one huge cavern. There were great stalactite and stalagmite formations and you could do a lot of exploring without much danger and without going very deep into it. The cave itself is used as a church of sorts, and is still a place of religious worship. There were many other sites we visited on Crete, but I’ll confine the story to coincide with the new crop of photos. If you want to hear more, feel free comment below and ask us anything.

Stone Steps near Agia Sofia

Stone Steps near Agia Sofia

After a few days in Crete we hopped a boat to Santorini. One of the most beautiful and captivating (not to mention photogenic) places on Santorini is the town of Oia. It’s whitewashed buildings with the sky blue roofs is just as lovely as it looks in the pictures. We had fun getting lost in the veritable labyrinth of steps that wind their way up, down and sideways throughout the town.

Sunset over the Aegean near Santorini

Sunset over the Aegean near Santorini

Santorini itself is a surprisingly small island. You could rent a scooter (which we did) and putt around the entire island in a few hours at most. In a car, you could probably do it in about an hour or less. There’s a high point right in the middle of the island where you can see the whole caldera (remnants of the volcanic rim sticking up from the ocean in a large circle) and almost the entirety of the island. That was one of my favorite experiences; seeing that panoramic view. Unfortunately, Alyx and I didn’t get to spend as much time as we had planned on Santorini, but that’s a story for another time. We were, however, satisfied with the photographic opportunities we had, and the results. I hope you like the pictures as much as we do. Please check out the new batch and all the great shots my wife has also posted already at our Etsy store.

Windmill of Oia, Santorini, Greece

Windmill of Oia, Santorini, Greece

Thank you so much; don’t forget to check out all the photos at: https://www.etsy.com/shop/MASArtwork

Craig.

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