Two new products are up in my Minted online store, both recent contest wins.
The second, Departure (right), is a picture from our gate at Washington Dulles. The plane in taxi is blurred, the only thing moving out there. Departure is also available in black and white.
I'd love you to have one!
I've been lucky enough to win a few art challenges over at Minted.com, more on that here and here. My latest are both Editor's Picks in the Three Cheers! Minted x West Elm's 3rd Art Challenge — Trumpets at Noon and Departure.
What follows is for you in the Minted community.
Launching (or self-launching) an art piece requires you recommend a frame color to potential buyers.
I always struggle to choose because I can't see my art in each frame. I'm a very visual designer, to which many of you can relate I'm sure.
To ease my pain, I created a Photoshop Document (PSD) in which I use one Smart Object to quickly display my art in all 11 frames.
Because it's so darn helpful, I'm sharing my PSDs with you. Here's how it works —
2 ) Decompress (unzip) the downloaded file. Google knows how if you don't.
3 ) Open the folder and then the PSD that corresponds to the format of your art — landscape, portrait, or square.
4 ) At the top of the Layers panel, double-click the Smart Object thumbnail.
5 ) A blank canvas will open. Each canvas has been formatted to accept the low-res version of art you submitted to the challenge, the long side at 550 pixels. Here are the specific dimensions —
6 ) Paste your art on the blank canvas, save the Smart Object, and return to the original PSD.
Voila! I believe I'll go with Natural Premium Wood for this one.
Note: I created these files with Photoshop CC (2014). I can't guarantee they're compatible with older versions of the program, my apologies in advance if it doesn't work for you.
I tinkered with m'pappy's old record player for a month, trying to get it up to speed, literally. I had it repaired professionally but still it played a beat slow. Eventually I gave up and ordered the Orbit, a new school record player from U-Turn Audio.
I found a great online marketplace for used vinyl, Discogs, from which Kathryn and I ordered a few to get us started. We picked favorites, but also carted some "must-haves" according to Google.
Admittedly I don't know much about Pink Floyd or Led Zeppelin. While I take them for a spin, square up with me and Spotify some Keith Whitley.
I posted a couple of months ago about being Minted, a fortunate series of events that led to my first art print sale on Minted.com. Since then I've racked up nearly 50 orders for Golden Gait and plenty of motivation to produce more work.
Apart from my occasional Instagram, I've not dabbled much in photography of the square format. But with a call for entries in a variety of crops, square included, these Minted challenges have encouraged me to look at my image library in a new way. You could say I'm on a square kick. And it seems to be paying off.
Two of my recent entries (pictured above) in Minted's Work of Art Challenge were chosen as winners. Sweet!
Woodshed, an image from my father-in-law's ranch, was voted a winner by the community, and Skyscraping, a picture of an airplane from an airplane, was deemed an Editor's Pick by the Minted staff. Both pieces are for sale via my Minted Online Store.
I'm riding this squared momentum with five fresh entries in the next challenge — Three Cheers! Minted x West Elm's 3rd Art Challenge.
West Elm actually chooses some winners to sell on their website. What?! Let's see what happens.
Had Kathryn known how obsessed I would get with the Minted x Domino Art Print Challenge she might not have told me about it in the first place. It came to her by way of an email from one of her favorite interior design magazines, Domino, in which they announced their partnership with Minted.com, and a subsequent art competition.
Perhaps a friendly competition is one of the few things that fuels me more than the creative process, and so two weeks later I came up for air with seven entries.
Only 200 of the nearly 2,800 submitted art prints were chosen as winners, as voted on by the Minted community, or hand-picked by the Minted and Domino editorial teams. I was thrilled to learn my entry Golden Gait (picture above) was among the winning designs, deemed a Minted Exclusive Editors' Pick. Bangarang!
Before long my work was for sale in Minted's Art Marketplace and just last night I sold my first print! And no it wasn't my mother, I checked.
What motivation it is to sell a print! I'm working on some new ideas.