Bowing Out: Trials and Tribulations

Hello everyone! Craig here.

I address you today with sad news. At the beginning of the year, I gave myself an artwork challenge. One stipple portrait per month (Year-long Challenge – 2017). In that, I failed miserably. I completed three and a quarter portraits. Then things got busy. We had our summer cruise, which was fantastic. Then we came home and went right into our back-to-back weekends at art fairs. The fall and winter have been no less hectic.

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I’m not making excuses as to why the artwork wasn’t done, I’m just pointing out how much stuff there is complicating my life. I’ve had to make hard choices about what’s important, and what I need to spend my time on. The conclusion I’ve come to is that I need to step away from the art fair side of things. I will not be continuing to post on this MAS Artwork blog or going to the art fairs (unless it’s to help out and support my wife Alyx while she does it).

Important! Alyx WILL continue to write this blog and do art fairs. The focus will be solely on her photography.

Although I will not be actively posting or marketing, I will nevertheless keep hosting my online presence www.masartwork.com/art, and prints will still available at my website for anyone who would still like to purchase my artwork.

Thank you for all your support, and I hope I will get my life in order enough to return. I’ll see you all then. Feel free to stay in touch.

Craig P. Smith
craig@craigpsmith.com

 

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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:

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

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

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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:

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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.

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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.

Welcome, Marilyn Monroe to our new portrait website.

Craig Smith here, and today we welcome a new entry to my art website. The honorable, talented, sexy, and even quotable Marilyn Monroe.

MarilynMonroe_eyes_400px-wideAs many of you may know, I just launched my portrait art-based website (www.masartwork.com/art). Now, I am starting to create more portraits of famous people to populate the site. There is no one better to start with, than Marilyn. I decided to start small; this portrait is only 5″x7″, but I wanted to do one relatively quickly. Luckily, the stippling style stands up to enlargement really well, so this will look good at almost any size.

When choosing the image, I wanted to select a photo where she was easily recognizable and iconic, yet an image that hasn’t been seen a lot (at least by me). So, the images of her over the sewer grate were definitely out. I came across this one, and think it shows the beauty of Marilyn without it being a caricature of herself. It shows the more mature side of her, yet still hints at the innate sexiness of her confidence and intelligence.

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This piece took me around two months of lunch hours and evenings to complete, and I think it came together fairly smoothly. With a subject like Marilyn, how can you go wrong? I’ll tell you how. Too many dots in the wrong places and it could make her look really old, or with bad skin, or a lazy eye or something. I think I sidestepped those landmines quite successfully.

 

So, without further ado, here is a thumbnail of the image. To see it larger, just click it, and it’ll take you to my website where you can enjoy it full size, as well as many other pieces of my artwork.

 

Also…

The base M•A•S Artwork site used to hold both Alyx’s photography as well as my artwork. I have now removed my stipple art from the site, so it is now fully dedicated to my wife’s photography. You can click here (www.masartwork.com) to see her unique images and order some prints for Christmas.

Stay tuned for more images from each of us, and don’t forget to share our websites and blogs with your friends. I’m sure they like looking at great artwork too. Really, you’re doing them a favor.

Thanks,

Craig P. Smith