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Sunday, July 20, 2008




While writing this post I thought how lucky I am to have such a wonderfully supportive group of friends. From the bottom of my heart know that I feel blessed knowing i have such great network of friends in blogger land and off.

With out all of you in my life giving me support and encouragement I would not have experienced the healing I have. I thank each and every one of you.



This last week has been rather interesting. I learned a whole lot about this new business adventure i am embarking on.

I learned that seeing one proof is not enough. I learned that even after looking at the proof and approving the colors, it can still be printed out all wrong. I learned to request the proof to be taken of a certain location on the painting, because some parts of the painting have less color therfor the proof can be totally correct for that area, but the other areas of canvas might have a ton more color and those colors can be wrong when you go to print! I learned that you should order only one print, even if you think the proof turned out great... lol

That being said, I learned that this is a long process. A worthwhile process, but a long one. Now I have to go try again and order another proof done on this same painting. At least I know where to guide them in taking a proof now. I also know that this will take several days,and several trips, so be prepared for a long week.

I learned I should only order one print at a time until i am 100 percent sure the prints will be exactly what I want.

I learned that the prints are more expensive then I originally thought therefor I need to price my prints higher then I was planning.

This site is going to take longer to get up running then I was hoping for. I think in truth that it is a good thing, because I am learning so much. I have had to really think about the kinds of prints I want to sell. I have discovered that my husband takes such awesome pictures that one will actually see the canvas through the painting! I have asked around, and was told how Perfect this is and told that in the end having such a great resolution picture taken makes the print that much more valuable.

My first reaction in seeing the canvas in the print was.... hmmm will my costumers like it?

Some people when I asked this question to said that seeing the canvas makes the copy a print... Not a poster. Its as true a replica of the painting as one can get.

What do you all think? Is it better to see the canvas through the painting in the print, or would it be better not to have that showing?

Another question for everyone: Each painting i have done has its own special story.
I thought it might make the painting that more meaningful if I were to include it with the prints. What do you think? If a person knew the background of the painting would this make the painting more meaningful and valuable when purchasing?

Last but not least I wanted to share that I have been invited by a close friend to go off with her and visit her parents for several days. I have decided to go. We will be leaving on Monday, and returning sometime on friday. I think I need the time away to relax.

This will also allow my husband to get more lacquering done in the house with out me here. I get so sick when he does this. It will be good for me physically to be away during that time. I am very much looking forward spending time with my friend. She also paints so we plan on spending time painting, relaxing and in general just enjoying time together as friends.

I wont be able to post until I get back from this trip. My friends parents do not have internet. :)


I hope you all have a wonderful week, and i look forward to catching up on all your blogs when i return!

Hugs and blessings!

23 comments:

Jo said...

What a wonderful opportunity for you to get away for a while. Enjoy your visit with your friend and get some 'you' time in. I know you will feel fantastic when you return.

Mike Golch said...

Tracy, enjoy you trip and your visit.I'll be here when you get back.
Hugs and Blessings. I swiped the Life is not easy picture for my sites.
Hugs and God's Blessing.

Hopefulsl said...

How funny this is, because i had just ask you how the prints were coming along. I was leaving you a comment on my blog. Anyhow, i do not think its a bad thing if the canvas shows or not...We just like to be perfect,GIGGLE,GIGGLE....
And i think by having a story go with each painting is a great idea. But that means more work and more $$$$.
You'll have to decide if that is acceptable for you!!!!
As for you leaving, i say that is great sis....Wish i could join you.
I will miss blogging with you this week though, but thats o.k cause i have all the other wonderful people to blog with....(( GO HAVE FUN AND RELAX, AND DO YOURSELF A FAVOR AND DO NOT WORRY ABOUT ANYTHING O.K ))
I love you sis, kiss,kiss,hug,hug..
Love,Stacy Brat

'Tart said...

Hey Tracy,
I think allowing the canvas to come through is a good idea. It makes the print look more like a painting. Maybe with the 'stories' that go with the print, if you type it up in Word in a nice font, once, you can have it for over and over and able to print out and send with the print. That sounds nice, but it's not something you have to do.

I hope you have a great week! I will miss you, but I hope it is relaxing and happy and that you have a great time!
Sincerely,
Tart

Tracy said...

Thanks everyone. I plan on taking this time and really just enjoying being out and away. I will miss you all! I look forward to catching up with everyone when i get back. Until then Blessings!

Hugs

Wanda's Wings said...

I think think the canvas showing could be a good thing and I like the idea about the stories. Just don't stress so much that it is no longer fun. You are far to good to give up. Listen to your sister.
((((Hugs))) Wanda

Denise said...

Relationships never grow to completion.... they are always growing and changing..... Our relationship with the Lord is the same.... always learning and growing and changing........ such it is with friends.....Today we are friends and learnng about each other........ this time next year we will be friends and we will be growing and learning......:)

AND .....about my post .... good guess but no....... I have owned my own business for several years .....Screen print and embroidery.....I do custom graphics and put it on a Tee or I digitize it and embroidery it on what ever......................hahaha soooooooooooooo I am not starting something new! I hope you have a great time on your mini vacation...... be safe and have a fun fun time...................

Hopefulsl said...

Hey Sis, just wanted to say that i already miss you. Its about 10:30am
your time Monday morning.....
LOVE YA LOTS,XOXOXO....
Love,Stacy Brat

Tamara said...

Tracy,

I think the canvas showing in the print would add the illusion of texture to the print. That seems like it could be a good thing. Maybe, though, it depends painting by painting and the type of feel you are going for with each one.

Hope you have a wonderfully relaxing vacation - you deserve it!

Hugs,
Tamara

Hopefulsl said...

It's me again, i still miss you!!!!
Hope you are having a great time....
It's Tuesday, 6:30am, 3 more days...
I'm sure you wont be able to return to blog land until Saturday though..
Could be Sunday too!!
(( CHEERS ))
Love ya lots sis...
Hugssssss and Hugsssss

Mary said...

I think having the canvas come through will make it look more like a painting, and having a story go with it would be a great idea. Enjoy your time away, and we will miss you and see you when you get back..take care.Mary

Denise said...

I do look forward to your web site.. I have been trying for so long to get mine started..... but! Not yet.........

Hope you are having a great time..

Hopefulsl said...

Its me again, just wanted to say good night, even though you wont read this for another 3 or 4 days from now....
Miss you lots, and lots and lots.
((CHEERS))((HUG,HUG))((KISS,KISS))
Love,Sis

Hopefulsl said...

GOOOOD MOOOORNING....
It is Wednesday 8:20am my time.
I really do hope that you are having a great time. Maybe you will have a new painting to share with us.
Take care my sis, love you very much
and miss you lots and lots....
Love,Sis

Hopefulsl said...

I know, you are thinking that i am silly! I really do feel lost without you right now....
Silly me, i know we all have a life besides blogger world!!! I guess i should have made plans too..(just Kidding)). I am doing o.k with you being gone, well kinda,sorta, oh what the heck. I would not be here if i was o.k with this....But really, i hope you did have a great time. You really did deserve a vacation. Me next o.k...
Well it is Wednesday night,7:45pm.
Good night, sweet dreams now...
Hugssss And Hugssss to you sis!!
Love,Stacy

Hopefulsl said...

well it is Thursday morning and i am off and running!!
Tomorrow is Friday,(( YEAH ))....
You know what that means!!! you will be home, giggle,giggle.
But i do know that you probably wont be back on blogger till Saturday or Sunday....
Thats o.k though, i have waited this long, whats a couple of more days,right? (( OH I SHOULDN'T GO THERE, ))... Oh well, i do miss you sis, lots of love to you.
Hugsssss & Blessings
Love,Stacy Brat

'Tart said...

Dear Tracy,
I know you won't read this until you get back tomorrow but I MISS YOU! Much like your sister, I see, I am waiting for you to get back! It's just Not the Same without you, there is a serious void in blogger land and off without your lovely person and spirit to talk to.

I am having withdrawal symptoms and can't wait til you get back tomorrow.:) I seriously hope you have had a lovely time and you won't leave us again for a long time. Something tells me you are going to come back even stronger than you were before, as a person, and I am looking forward to that too.

You are such a special friend, that is clear and I look forward to talking to you when you get back.
Love,
Tart

'Tart said...

Dear Tracy,
I know you won't read this until you get back tomorrow but I MISS YOU! Much like your sister, I see, I am waiting for you to get back! It's just Not the Same without you, there is a serious void in blogger land and off without your lovely person and spirit to talk to.

I am having withdrawal symptoms and can't wait til you get back tomorrow.:) I seriously hope you have had a lovely time and you won't leave us again for a long time. Something tells me you are going to come back even stronger than you were before, as a person, and I am looking forward to that too.

You are such a special friend, that is clear and I look forward to talking to you when you get back.
Love,
Tart

'Tart said...

oops LOL, didn't mean to leave a double:)
Love,
Tart

Hopefulsl said...

SEE,SEE,SEE....I totally agree with
Tart. Now that you have gotten me
started on blogger, i have felt much
closer to you...
And then you had to go on a vacation!
Talk about withdrawals, I think it
started the first day you left.
You are thinking that i am really
silly now. But look, Tart is feeling
the same way. I can see you now,laughing your head off right now and thinking how much you are loved and missed.
What a cool feeling this is,(right). Well its all true o.k..
Hugs and Hugs My Sis.
Love,Stacy Brat (( CHEERS ))

Hopefulsl said...

Its Friday, Its Friday....(SMILES)...
12:30pm your time!!!
Where are you?? Hello, I'm waiting...
((GIGGLES,GIGGLES))
Can't wait to hear all about the trip. Please hurry, like thats going to speed things up, you probably will be tired so that means i will have to wait till tomorrow or Sunday....
(( SHOOT )) (( !#*!#*!#* ))....
WITHDRAWAL ATTACK!!!
Hugssss, & Hugssss Blessings.
Love Ya Sis

Tracy said...

laughing, I am glad I am loved and missed! What a wonderful way to be welcomed home. Hugsssssssss You guys! Love you to.

Hopefulsl said...

Thank God Your Home!!!!
Look forward to catching up
with you. Just get some rest
and we'll talk later.
Hugs and Kisses,
Love,Sis