Darrell Crow Studio News & Tips Archives
I trust everyone had a great Thanksgiving.
We sure did.
And right after the holiday, I had my first cataract surgery on the left eye which went remarkably well. I can’t wait until the 2nd is over.
We have many, many new students in our Art School as a result of our annual Thanksgiving Sale, so a super big welcome to all new students.
I got an email from a student who wants to sell their paintings at a show they’ve entered and wants to know….”What’s the single biggest thing I can do to ensure success at my showing.”
Well, the first thing is to make sure the painting(s) are done. I don’t know how many artists have cancelled their appearances because their art wasn’t completed. So make sure all your paintings that you want to sell are ready to be shown BEFORE you even book the event. This sounds simple, but its the biggest step.
Equally important is your pre-show promotional and publicity program. Everywhere you go from now on, collect names of potential BUYERS. Not friends, not relatives, but people who have boughten art, likes to collect paintings, always looking. So talk, talk, talk about what you’re doing in the studio. AND COLLECT NAMES and email addresses of these potential buyers. It’s so easy when you’re telling someone about what you do to also add…..”btw, I send out an email every 60-90 days that talks about the different paintings I’m working on. I’d be happy to send it to you so you can see what I’m doing and maybe give me some advice along the way….” Collect emails and first/last name. You don’t need anything else. Speak on the subject of your art anywhere you can gain an audience. I’ll speak at the Lions Club, Library Reading Groups, …. any place that will help me. In the photo above, I’m speaking at a library event and my topic was painting the pet. I try to reduce my entire speech into a single sentence…. for example on this night I said, “Most people believe that when I’m painting a cat or dog or their pet, I’m painting an animal. But that’s not what I’m painting. What I’m doing is painting a relationship between two entities that extends beyond life itself, the owner and the pet. So before I ever pick up a paint brush, I try to discover what’s special about the relationship the owner has with their pet. That’s what I focus on.” I was quoted by the local newspaper, so the extra publicity was nice. Real nice.
Then make sure you send out your update email every 60-90 days that goes over what you’re painting. Be sure to tell the ‘story’ behind each painting. Collectors buy the stories. Consumers buy the color. The difference between the two markets is about $4,000 a painting. So, tell the story.
When its show time, let your email list know with a couple of broadcast emails. Promise them something special .
OK, whenever you are a participant in a show, the show promoters will work very hard to attract people to make THEIR event a success. Its not their priority or objective to make you successful. They want to be successful. And the very people who do turn up may not necessarily be buyers for you work. So the next thing you must do is to make sure that you entice buyers. You can best do this by sending out special emails to your clients on your list…….and your customer lists. Then place pre-show advertisements in the local papers and special interest publications that cater to your ideal customer profile to attract your kind of buyer to your booth. Promise then something to make them want to see you personally. Fufill your promise. The stronger your pre=show publicity, the higher the success of your exhibit.
I received a notice from my mailing service last week that has a countdown for anyone planning to mail gifts. Bottom line, anytime after next Monday or Tuesday is going to be risky.
So if you’ve a special artist you’d like to purchase art educational DVDs for, I’ve got a special offer that will begin this Friday and end Sunday midnight. Its this weekend only.
I’m also going to announce that something super, super, super, special, never, ever, ever, ever offered before will be unveiled on December 26.
You are going to be flat down flabbergasted!
Without a doubt
won’t believe this….
And it has nothing to do with me…..
So be on the lookout on Dec. 26th.
But before then, enjoy your Christmas Holiday, give away art school memberships and art DVDs to your friends…..
Joe Kazcynski here.
I hate the word Black.
I like the word Joe.
So today is Joe’s Friday.
As soon as you can, grab a cup of Joe, sit down and find out what all is happening here on Joe’s Friday.
I want to take Advantage of Joe’s Friday Special
Lifetime Membership One Time Payment Special $147.00
This offer expires midnight, CyberMonday, Dec 2, 2013.
Adriana and I would like to take a little time and thank God for each of you and wish everyone a most pleasant celebration today …
May you and yours have a great 4-day weekend.
We are thankful for each and everyone of you. Special.
You’re very special to us and we’ve enjoyed knowing you, working with you and especially for sharing our art and know-how.
Adriana and Darrell
I use Baby Oil to clean my oil painting brushes while painting and after painting sessions are completed.
I was just asked in an email by Vicki how frequently do I change the oil in the bucket. This answer applies whether I’m painting alone, or teaching a class.
What I do is this ….
1. Use my bucket of Baby Oil for a painting.
2. Empty the dirty Baby oil into a 5 gallon bucket.
3. Put a new 1 gallon freezer bag as a liner into my bucket with the screen inside the freezer bag.
4. Pour 30 ozs. Baby Oil into the bucket for the next use.
5. When the 5-gallon bucket is completely full, I set it aside to sit and begin filling a second 5-gallon bucket.
6. When this second 5-gallon bucket is full, I set it aside to sit and begin filling a third 5-gallon bucket.
7. The first 5-gallon bucket has been sitting while I filled up bucket #2. The Baby oil is now clear as all of the paint particles has settled to the bottom of the bucket.
8. Now I use 30 ounces of baby oil from bucket #1 whenever I change the Baby oil. Dirty oil goes into bucket #3. Clean oil from Bucket #1.
9. When bucket #3 is full of dirty oil, bucket #1 will be empty and ready to be used to store dirty oil again. Bucket #2 will now have clean oil that can be used.
10. Keep repeating the cycle.
Now and then you’ll have to purchase a gallon or so of baby oil to replenish lost oil. I do this once every 12-18 months. Now remember, I’m an instructor that teaches several classes weekly and thus 10 gallons of baby oil is cycling well for me. If you’re a single painter, you may want to use one gallon or two gallon containers compared to my 5 gallon buckets.
Thanks for the question.
2013 is marching by so fast, you’d think it didn’t like this old planet.
Next week is Thanksgiving and I’d like to wish everyone a glorious holiday.
We’ve a lot to share with you…..
First, our good buddy Joe hurt his back while I was in Colorado. He’s been hospitalized a few times and is now recovering from surgery. The doctor’s arn’t too pleased with the outcome and Joe is in a lot of pain during his recovery.
I know Joe would welcome some cheer, well wishes and prayer. You can send him kind words at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Once Joe is able to move around without pain, I’ll have him finish editing Tabby Disk 2 and Shadow. I hate being this patient, but I do not want Joe hurting himself by coming down to Massachusetts to finish up these last couple of films.
Also, my video mixer bit the dust. So if anyone has a 4-channel video mixer they would like to dispose of/sell/etc…, please send me an email to email@example.com
Finished up a couple of nice floral arrangements for some friends in the hospitals. When you paint a floral arrangement, they can take it home with them and always remember that you visited them when they were ill and as long as they have that painting, they’ll think fondly of your little visit. It certainly brings cheer.
The weather’s cold now. I’m grateful it hasn’t snowed yet. So I can continue my daily 2-mile outside walks. So I’ve been thinking about adding a treadmill to my little excise room. Does anybody have any advice? Let me know if you do. With so many different choices, I hardly know which treadmill is a good or not so good choice.
If you live in Panama, send me a shout by email if you might be interested in a workshop during 2014. There’s a really good possibility of me conducting a workshop in 2014.
If you’ve got a great autumn photo you think would make a beautiful painting, please share.
We are just finishing up our first week. If you follow us on Facebook, this is a repeat…
We are having a great time. Tues flew into Denver. Visited Tue & Wed with Sandee and Paul. Cherie Durand met us at airport. I’ve adopted her as a daughter. We spent only a short time together. Thursday we drove down to Colorado Springs. Boy did it rain. We dropped in and visited Focus on Family. Then checked in at our B&B
Wednesday afternoon we toured Old Colorado City, had lunch and discovered a World Class cupcake restaurant. I think we’ll bring some back for Paul, Sandee Franz, Lisa, Matthew and Cherie Durand..
Thursday we woke up to 3-course breakfast and good conversation with other guests. We went to visit Manitou Cliff Dwelling Museum and then Miramonte Castle. Went to a great Mexican restaurant, The Loop in Manitou Springs. We toured the shops and art galleries of Manitou Springs. I ran into a store owner that had seen my videos on YouTube. She wants to have me hold two annual workshops. We’ll see how that goes. Dined at Navajo Hogan Roadhouse. Not gourmet, but a very fun place. It rained all day with a vengeance and no mercy. We also toured Colorado Springs downtown..
We had a full day of visiting the Indian Cliff Dwellings outside Manitou Springs. We all visited Miramonte Castle (A home for a French Priest and his mother.) Its called a 28 room home, but that’s not counting the first floor or the fourth floor rooms for servants. Lunch at the Loop Mexican restaurant and then the afternoon shopping in downtown historical Manitou Springs. Lots of Artists, museums, and galleries pepper the tourist shops. Made friends with a lot of people around the town.
Today the rains disappeared. We took the Cog railroad from Manitou Springs to Pikes Peak. Manitou Spring elevation is approx 6,900 feet, Pike’s Peak is approx 14,115 feet. We were so dizzy and effected by the altitude. After, we hiked for 3 hours at the Gardens of the Gods afterwards back in Old Colorado City we had a peach and a coffee. Then back to the B&B for soup and salad Watching a couple of movies on the iPad. Tomorrow it’s church and visit a ghost town.
The rain hit us all night Saturday and all day. Sunday. We went to Bethany Baptist Church in Old Colorado City. Great sermon on the family. Pastor Don and his wife are retiring. Also leaned that the Navigators merged with Tyndale. We saw a Ghost town but the Wind of the Caves and Seven Falls were closed due to flooding. Did more Window shopping, but after an hour went back to the B&B for dinner. Heading to fort Morgan early tomorrow.
Monday was a spectacular day. We left rainy Old Colorado City for Fort Morgan. Drove east and North to see what the great plains was like. Fort Morgan was hit hard by the rains. We visited Museum and found where Adriana Crow’s father had worked, visited the hotel which now is a pub. The pub manager was delighted to see Adriana and gave her a tour of the hotel rooms which are no longer used. The place now is a pub. We then headed back to Brighton to visit with Paul Franz and Sandee Franz. Great time visiting and now I’m off to the sack. tomorrow evening Adriana is throwing her enchilada fiesta.
Great news on all fronts.
I’ve added the second Disk of Pet Preparation and first disk of Tabby to the YouCanPaintClub.com AND we’ve started shipping our DVDs.
Also, I’ve completed the upgrade of all of our DVDs on the club to the new formats. Wow! what an adventure that was. I’m not really a techie, but I was in writing code and acting like I knew what I was doing. Thanks Joe for working so hard on this project with me.
We arrived in Colorado last night. We being Adriana and I. We’ll be vacationing for a few days and she’ll return home first of next week while I teach a few workshops here.
I was really thrilled to see Cherie when we arrived in Denver. Cherie is my new daughter. She was a student of mine in Bellingham for a good year. We got along so well I adopted her. So she’s stuck with yet another Dad (YAD).
Sandee Franz and her husband Paul finally got to meet Adriana. I think they’re getting along just a little too well. Great time yesterday.
More good news. I. That’s me. I fixed my own email problems. So I’m back on air.
While I’m in Colorado, Joe is the point man. Any questions, or need for support you can email Joe at Darrell@darrellcrow.com or call him direct on our support line at 508-530-1647.
Its been a while since Adriana and I have spent time alone so this will be a good few days. We leave Denver tomorrow for Colorado Springs where we’ll spend the next few days vacationing. This is the area where Adriana’s parents used to live before she was born in California. So it will be a good grass roots adventure as well.
This is also a time for me to reflect on what I’d like to do over the next couple of years to further extend my purpose of teaching anyone who wants to learn how to paint. I mapped out some great ideas yesterday on the plane and will spend the next two weeks further developing new ideas and programs. The world is changing so fast with technologies and culture that I need to reflect more. Study new trends. Experiment a lot.
The cat portrait series was interesting as I’d never produced a multi media series before. We did a lot of things right and a lot of things wrong. We also lost two disk drives and a computer during the process and this created significant reshooting of our series and changes in our processes. If you can imagine what its like when a 1 TB drive crashes and burn, you’ll know our pain. And to top that, the backup drive crashed literally the next day. I, yes me. Dropped the dang thing as we were transporting the backup drive to the editing computer.
If it wasn’t so funny, it would have been sad.
So our production of the Cat Portraits will be long remembered. Only the Floral series produced as much…………uh………. excitement.
In the shipment of DVDs, you will note that Shadow is not included. I have to edit that upon my return.
Then we’ll begin the Dog Portrait Series.
And we’ll learn from our mistakes.
We have all new 3TB drives on our computers including new backup drives (double backup drives) Our PCs are now equipped with 9 TB storage. each. A New Computer. New Processes. Can’t wait to get started.
Daughter and sons are staying at our home along with Joe while we’re away so be sure to contact Joe if you’ve any questions.
Today we’re getting ready to go see Denver.
PS: Hi Debby. Hi Carol. Can’t wait to see you guys today.
PSS”: Pastor Travis Bond. Really nice sermon Sunday. Outstandinger!
Look what came in over the past two weeks while my email was down……
I have found taking your courses exciting. I became a certified teacher with Michaels Crafts Inc. and have been hired as a Fine Arts instructor. I will be teaching acrylics. I am very nervous because this happened so fast. I have been practicing your lessons since the first of the year. After 31 years as a mail carrier I retired. I am ready to start a new career. I am just a beginner and I really do not feel I can call myself an artist yet. My first assignment will be to do a complete painting during thier open house, I must appear competent and make painting with acrylics seem fun and easy, yet I want to make a beautiful painting. Is is ok to use one of your lesson paintings or maybe parts of your paintings?? I just strive to do my best and I do not want to fail. Thank you for changing my life! Beverly
“Made My Day”
I had to share this …..
I just wanted to let you know how much I am enjoying your Club and the DVD’s.
I’ve been painting for over 40 years and am learning so many new things
and find the club so useful and it is worth a lot more than I paid for it.
I will always cherish these DVD’s and am so enjoying learning these beautiful paintings!
You are a fantastic artist and have such a great way of teaching!
I can only hope I can be as wonderful with people the way you are!
Have a fantastic week and again, Thank You so much for so much!!!
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