Thursday, December 18, 2014

Very Last Minute Gift Ideas

If you're like me, you find yourself just a few days before Christmas or a birthday and you realize you forgot someone... then you run to the nearest big box store and grab something off the shelf... not very imaginative or thoughtful, is it?

So... why not buy something from an artist? Even if it's a more affordable print, it's still something you are not going to find on every shelf in every town, unless the artist has gone "big time" and has licensed their art... which would be a dream come true for many of us! ;)

I'm posting some favorites of my own art, and yes, I would hang these in my home. As a matter of fact, I am having some of my matted prints picked up for me today so I can hang them this week! And the best thing? I am getting 3 prints professionally matted for around $20!!!

If you like colorful, whimsical art, please visit my shop. All art prints are currently 50% off (no coupon needed) and even the originals are very affordable!

Merry Christmas!!!

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Honeysuckle Lane: Goodbye, Sweet Sam

Honeysuckle Lane: Goodbye, Sweet Sam: Saturday we had to say goodbye to one of the sweetest cats we've ever had the joy of having in our family...

{click the link to read more}

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Art Print Sale!!!

 For quite a while I've wanted to start offering matted art prints... something that is ready to pop into a frame. In order to do that, I'd like to clear out all of my un-matted prints that I have in stock now.

As of today, all of my art prints are 50% off in my Lana Manis Designs Etsy shop. The prices have already been reduced from $15 each to just $7.50 each. No coupon code is needed. Just click this link to start shopping.

About the prints:
Artwork is centered on 8 1/2" x 11" 68lb. UltraPro Satin luster paper, making it easy for it to be matted and framed. Mats and frames can be purchased economically at Hobby Lobby and other art / home decor stores.

I use an Epson Artisan 1430 wide-format printer and Claria® Hi-Definition Inks to create smudge, scratch, water and fade resistant, durable prints. These inks "deliver unsurpassed image quality and superior prints that last for generations."

Each print is shipped in a protective clear sleeve with a stiff mat so it won't bend in transit.

In this blog post, I'm sharing just a few of the prints I have to offer... in my shop I have nearly 100 paintings represented in the print section!
I'd love for you to come visit... there may be something to brighten your day, or maybe something you'd like to send to a friend. You never know until you come see! :)


Monday, September 8, 2014

Moving.... Back Home

As I have so adeptly proven, I can not run more than one blog at a time. So until further notice, I will be posting exclusively at Honeysuckle Lane's Simple Joys, the first blog I ever had. This blog will stay open and who knows... I may eventually learn to run more than one blog at a time and return to this one! ;-)

{new block print cards are available in my Honeysuckle Lane Etsy shop!}

Thank you to those of you that followed me over here and linked, followed, commented, and emailed me in support of my art blog!

If you are a follower of this blog, or have linked to it, I invite you to switch to Honeysuckle Lane's Simple Joys. It's been around since 2007 and has loads of posts and photos and links!

Take care & God bless,
Lana Voiles Manis
wife, mom, artist, blogger, & not-so-adept-multi-tasker

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Here a Painting, There a Painting...

For a while now, I've been a bit unorganized... trying to work on so many things that I really haven't been focused. Have you ever done that? It seems like the more I try to do, the more scattered my efforts become. Rather than plowing right on through, I think I need to take a break, make a list of things I need to do (which will be endless!), refocus, and work on just a thing or two at a time. Much of what needs to be done is home related, inside and out, so my artistic endeavors will have to be put on the back burner for a while.

Before I decided to temporarily put away my paint and brushes, I tried a few colorful, whimsical florals with mountains in the background...
{look for these in my Lana Manis Designs Etsy shop here and here}

and then I just had to try miniatures. These are only 2 1/2" square!
{my miniatures with easels are only $20 each and are listed in my Etsy shop}

Over the next few weeks, maybe a couple of months, I have some paintings that I will be listing on eBay... just to try it out again. I'm not quite sure how the art market fares over there but I'm curious to see. As far as my handmade items are concerned, I haven't seriously done eBay in years. Back when I was in a few active folk art / prim groups (Simply Primitives, The Primitive Gathering, and TDIPT), we stayed pretty busy... then things slowed, Etsy moved in, groups dwindled, and many folk artists went off on their own adventures instead of staying in the co-ops.

{Fauvism inspired painting listed on eBay today - here}

So... here I go! :)
If you are so inclined, I'd love for you to visit my eBay page once in a while. I won't have many things listed for a few days, but I hope to have near a dozen art pieces up by the weekend. This is one of those instances in which I will be discounting my art... starting the auctions below my selling price... since I suppose that's what most folks expect on eBay.

Thanks for stopping by... and when you get a chance... say hello! :)

Take care and God bless,

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

A Few Words from Soapbox Girl...

First let me say, I LOVE my customers and collectors! You make it possible for me to work from home and I am so thankful for that!

This is about something I've encountered different times over the years and would like your opinion. I try to stay positive and don't want to start a negative campaign here but let me explain something about artists / crafters and money. If they do what they do for fun and don't mind not covering or barely covering expenses... that's perfectly fine. I've done that in the past and was just thrilled someone actually wanted something I made. But, if an artist or crafts person is working at this for a full or part-time income, please don't expect them to discount their work as if it were a yard sale item --- they have bills, too! Asking an artist to knock off a good chunk of money (unless you are buying in bulk for wholesale or consignment for your shop) is like working 5 days a week and your boss saying they only want to pay you for 3 days.

Would that be acceptable?

I think a lot of individuals who do ask for discounts, don't think about that and hopefully we can educate them (in a nice way) so they understand --- we are a business and we have expenses such as materials and supplies, overhead costs, and gasp ---- an hourly wage! Having said all that, I do have scheduled sales from time to time and offer discounts, so I'm not saying discounts are never acceptable, there are always exceptions.

So, for those of you that have encountered this, how would you politely answer customers that want you to "give them a deal"? Your opinions are welcome but please keep comments positive and nice.

Okay... I'm stepping off my soapbox now. :)


Saturday, May 31, 2014

In the Past

Just a few years back, I painted and sold several little doll portraits. I called them Petite Poppet Portraits and modeled them after the Queen Anne dolls of the 18th and 19th centuries.

This week I decided to paint more of them (8 to be exact) and gave each one a name of one of my female ancestors. You can read more about them and see more photos here.

If you know someone who collects dolls, these would make sweet companion pieces to their collection.

That's it for May. Now that June is here, I have to finish up items for the Lavender Festival... it's just a few weeks away! :)

Take care and God bless,

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