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Susie E Caron
Pet & Wildlife Artist
For Love & Memories
Susie E Caron
Pet & Wildlife Artist
For Love & Memories
Artists! How To – Easy Art Inventory
Susie E Caron © 2020
When I retired and began my art business, I had no idea I would need a permanent document of my art, or any idea how to make it user friendly. I fumbled and started and stopped and finally designed a workable, easy to reference and edit inventory of all my art-work.
This Art Inventory works very well. It’s a sequentially numbered and labeled photo-inventory-folder to access anytime. The accompanying editable Word Doc numerically lists each item with accompanying photos of your art.
Four Reasons Why You Need An Art Inventory
To Locate Specific Art Pieces:
Numbers and other details will help you to locate your art for posts, blogs, advertising, new articles, and for entering exhibits.
To Track Sales:
Your art inventory will help you to track what sells and sold including what subjects or sizes and other features attract galleries and buyers.
To Give Yourself Credit:
Your art inventory will help you to enjoy the results of all your efforts. (It’s just fun to see how much you’ve created and encourage yourself with numbers of exhibits and sales. Go ahead and treat yourself from time to time.)
To Prepare for Your Art To Live Beyond You
Sadly, you won’t live forever. After your death, you may want someone to continued to do something good with your art. Then you’ll need to make it as easy as possible to locate it, identify the value , and follow your wishes. Without an art inventory, your relatives and friends may select a few favorites for themselves. The remainder of your art could sadly end up in a dumpster. So, as a kindness to yourself and to others prepare an Art Inventory.
Let’s Get Started
Beginner or advanced, begin with your most recent art creations. Start now with what you create and in time you can add more working backwards and forwards.
(If you are heavily into your art business, pick one annual, limited exhibit venue with which to begin.)
Instructions To Build Your Easy Art Inventory
Prepare these two things on your Computer
One folder labeled with Your Name & Art Inventory . This is for your photos (jpegs) of your art (painting, drawing, sculpture etc.).
In this folder open one WORD DOCUMENT labeled with Your Name Art & Inventory 1
Take photos of 5 of your art creations. I use my iPad or iPhone. The easiest way to get them to your computer is to attach to an email them send them to yourself. Download these from email to the Art Inventory folder.
When they are located in your folder number each jpeg (photo) chronologically followed by size, year created, title & price. You may add your initials or your name if you choose. That’s all you will need on the jpeg. Continue until you have 4 or 5 jpegs labeled.
Examples of Photos (jpegs) in Your Folder (These show how I numbered photos.)
Using the Word Doc
Now open your Microsoft Word document. Label the header Art Inventory adding your name and page number and anything else you want.
At the top of the doc body, type the text exactly as you labeled the first jpeg.
Next you will insert the photo for easy identification. Example pretending your numbers starting with #1,2,....etc.
ART INVENTORY 1
SUSIE E CARON TWEE ART LLC BEGUN 8/20/20
1. 8x10. 2018. Pretzel. $250. Susie Caron
2. 8x10. 2018. Carpet Kitten. $250.Susie Caron
How To Insert Your Jpeg onto your Word Doc.
To insert the photo 1st click your cursor under the text. Go to the bar above click on ‘insert’. Click the choice ‘illustration’ (or picture) and then ‘this device’. You will be given options. Find your art inventory folder and click on the jpeg you want and hit ‘open’.
The jpeg will appear and open too large. That’s ok. Click on it and put your cursor on a corner to begin dragging it toward it’s center to create a smaller size. If you move too fast it may flip of rotate. That’s ok. It's very forgiving. Just play with it. In a short time you’ll master this. Place it under your text as small as you find useful. Use the spacer bar to move it right or left etc just like you would text.
Example Photo a bit too large.
2.8x10. 2018. Pretzel.$250. Susie E Caron
Example with Photo made smaller.
2.8x10. 2019. Carpet Kitten. SCaron
Repeat until 4-5 are completed. This is the easy way to begin to keep track because it gets your art numbered and easy to identify. You can edit or add information over time. It prints complete with the jpegs too.
Bonus: Now like a 'poor person's bar code' you have a good way to label your physical art creations on the reverse or underside.
Your Art Inventory Future
Over the course of an art career your record keeping may become more and more involved. For example, lots of years in your art career means more creations, different mediums, or offerings such as paintings, prints, and cards. Also, you may exhibit in several different venues each year. If this is the first time you are setting up your Art Inventory, this folder and Word Doc will do nicely for a long time.
Later, in some of my articles I will describe some other ways to organize your ART INVENTORY to provide more record keeping information.
Thank you for reading. I hope I helped you. Please let me know what you think in the comments.
Hugs and Blessings,
Susie E Caron (c) 8/14/2020
I hate the word ‘BLOG’.
It's too definite, too final, and too limiting. Today I renamed the title of my web site writing to this:
"B ' Twee You & Me" for several good reasons.
A Little ‘Blog’ History
Originally online writing was termed a ‘log’, like a journal. According to Wikipedia, a fellow named Jorn Barger coined the term ‘weblog’ in 1997 and later altered to our familiar ‘blog’ by Peter Merholz. Since that time it’s been used as both noun and verb. Thus, our musings online are called blogs and we blog anytime we wish. But as I mentioned I hate the word and especially in its narrow application.
I am tired of being advised to ‘narrow my brand’, gauge everything to one particular avatar for my audience, build an email list or a ‘funnel’ ( to get sales). This isn’t me, certainly not all of me. So, I sat down to write this article not to just rant, or explain, or even give myself permission to alter my title. I write it to let you know I will do that which I’ve done all my life in a variety of ways: I will create what encourages and supports you.
To do this, I will write to inspire, entertain, inform, encourage, delight, advocate, exhort, and warn. I am more than one element of a personality, career, talent, interests, and predilections. I am more than an author of picture books. More than an artist. More than a wife, mother, Christian, pet owner, horse lover, entrepreneur. I am me, with decades of experiences, multi faceted personality, multiple talents and interests. Why limit myself to a ‘branded idea’ of who I am and how I can encourage you. I want to write about anything that suits my fancy that may also help you.
Today, I am casting off all the advice from ‘guru’s’ of social media and marketing. I am throwing out any need to ‘brand’ myself (that happens to cattle and livestock). I toss aside any thought of necessity to set up some plan or order to my writing. Instead I want you to know you are thought of, cared for and loved. You inspire my thought and drive me to reach out.
Why? Because of Love
When asked which were the greatest commandments Jesus replied:
"Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength."The second is this: "Love your neighbor as yourself." No other commandment is greater than these. Mark 12:30-31 (Also Matthew 22:37-40)
My topics may vary over time. The flavor of my writing may vary. However, my purpose for putting words to paper will always prove to be to encourage and support all those I love. If you are reading this know that you are loved and in my prayers.
Hugs and Blessings,
Sometimes We Just Need Sunflowers
Susie E Caron © 2020
Sunshine, sunny, Sunflowers. These words evoke bright thoughts and happy feelings. We cannot even say the word ‘sunny’ without forming a kind of a smile- facsimile on our lips. Try it. Look in the mirror and say “sunny!”
What about when life offers lemons, or lots of lemons?
This past week I diverged from my usual pet portraits to paint Sunflowers.
I grabbed six small canvases and began a variety of sunflower paintings. One with a chipmunk perched atop, happily stuffing its cheeks with seeds. On another a butterfly enjoys a rest. Bumble bees visit two separate sunflower paintings. Of the final two, one is a close-up study appearing as if illuminated by a flashlight on a dark background. I liked them all, but still wondered why Sunflowers and why now?
I mentioned my Sunflower project, to a friend. She grinned, threw her arms open wide and exclaimed “I love Sunflowers. They are just like Sunshine.’
Perhaps that’s what I needed, some sunshine…
I’ll admit rainy days are tough. The first lines in the song “Rainy Days and Mondays” (The Carpenters), reveals how I might feel sometimes. They include feeling old, alone, wanting to quit, frowning, not belonging, and other things that get me and others down. Older persons like me sometimes find too much heat or cold or flu season traps us indoors. We find extremes difficult, especially when they last a long time. My body rebels when too cold, too hot, too motionless, or even if too active and ultimately these affect my mood. Maybe yours too?
As I painted these bright, beautiful, sunny, sunshine filled Sunflowers, I started to feel a bit brighter and happier. As I look at my collection, all finished and positioned on a display board, I realized I needed some ‘sunshine’ in my life. Perhaps you do too.
Maybe, if there isn't enough sunshine in our lives, we just need Sunflowers.
Thank you for reading. Would you like to share what cheers you up when life gives you rainy days, or lemons? Let me know in the comments. I'd love to hear from you.
If you would like to purchase any of these, they currently exhibit in the Village Frame Shoppe, St. Albans, VT.
Note for paintings not shown in my SHOP, contact me for availability.
Susie Caron, acrylic artist, creates realistic paintings of pets, animals, and selected scenes. Her love of and experience with many pets and farm animals throughout her life, enables her to capture the unique feeling and expression of each subject. In her commission pet and livestock portraits, Susie also works with each customer to discover and then reveal the personality and special bond between pet and human.
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