Just sit tight while I give you the back-story. (Or else, scroll to the bottom… yeesh!)
In an earlier blog post, I admitted that new technology can sometimes throw temper tantrums… or rather, I throw them while trying to figure everything out!
It’s painful to acknowledge that my mind isn’t as sharp and adaptable as it once was.
Joe brought a new computer home, and we reorganized the layout of our home network. The primary computer (and its accompanying desk) was relocated upstairs to my studio, and the new machine has arrogantly taken residence in the living room on a smaller corner desk.
All this switching around caused a bit of confusion for me, trying to access my files from the Network directory, instead of the default “My Pictures”.
And don’t get me started on the “walls” he installed to partition the storage of our old computer. Soooo not cool, honey. :P
But the worst was yet to come:
He upgraded some of the programs on the “new” studio computer, including the print managing program.
Ummmmm….. this is the program I use to determine my sizes, quality, page layout, etc. for all the prints I sell.
Suddenly, all the options looked …different. Some were re-named, others appeared to be missing entirely, replaced with new settings that I didn’t quite understand.
It took me some time to figure out why my colors were printing overly saturated… *gasp* the green was almost neon.
The dusty rose background on my Valentine Darcy and Lizzy prints looked like a 3rd degree sunburn!
After a bit of head bashing, bad-word muttering, and a few revenge fantasies… I fixed the colors and thought everything was, once again, under control.
Until this morning.
I received an order last night for a 5″ x 7″ print of “Second Star”… my fantasy piece depicting a tuxie cat sitting on a rooftop, wishing upon a star – not just any star, though. “The Second Star to the Right”, which guides dreamers to Neverland. And his dreams are being answered in the form of magical pixie dust, which swirls around him and transformed into a pair of fairy wings.
He is poised to take off from that rooftop, and soar into the night sky, off to find adventure!
This is the second recent order I’ve had for this particular print of my original acrylic painting, and I decided to use a sheet of matte photo paper that I had previously cropped in half. It measured approx 6.25″ x 8.25″.
With my former printing program, I can set the paper size to “User Defined” and my print would remain the size I specified.
However with this new program, it removed all other printing options except “full page”… forcing me to print a 6″ x 8″ image.
Feeling frustrated, I threw in a new sheet of standard 8.5″ x 11″ Ultra Premium Presentation photo paper, and printed a 5″ x 7″ to fill my customer’s order.
But what to do with this odd sized print?
It would be a pink elephant in my Etsy shop, and on my website… the only 6″ x 8″ in a crowd of 5″ x 7” prints.
Fortunately, frames can be found to fit this size! I was concerned at first, but a search on Google brought up many affordable Amazon listings among others.
But rather than sell it outright, I’d like to give this special print away with an order from one of my awesome customers!
If you’ve been sitting on that fence, now you have an even greater incentive to purchase art from me.
Printed on archival quality matte photo paper, using an 8-ink process with steadfast pigment inks (which last substantially longer than water-based inkjet prints)… my 6″ x 8″ “Second Star” print has the same exceptional quality as everything in my shop.
This would make an adorable treat for yourself, or as a gift for someone else… at no cost to you!
So take advantage of my “mistake”… which will hopefully be “One of a Kind”. ;)
To receive this print:
Please comment here on my blog if you’re interested.
I want to give this free print to someone I know and interact here on my blog, Facebook, and/or Twitter…
where I know it will be loved and appreciated. :)
The first person to comment here, and then make a purchase on my Etsy shop over the weekend, will get this baby!
Any purchase, at any price point – even $5.00 ACEO mini-prints, will qualify! :)
Thanks guys! I appreciate your support… even when you’re laughing at me! *wink*
Tara Fly3 days ago
My new painting, "Dali's Whiskers", is complete and on its way to Ireland, for a cat-themed gallery exhibit in September! =^,,^=
Salvador Dali's ocelot is featured in this piece, sporting a fancy mustache, in a surrealistic dreamscape of melting clocks and gangling elephants. :)