20% off Sale — Save the date!

marketplace PSF

Come visit us Sunday, December 17th from 12-4 at the Marketplace’s Customer Appreciation Open House!   The entire store of unique and special and antique gifts is all discounted that afternoon only….I will have magnets, cards, prints, and ornaments for sale and look forward to seeing you there.

Marketplace @ Placita Santa Fe

I’m pleased to announce that I again have a physical place in town to show my work on a daily basis!  I’ve joined a booth of other artists at the Marketplace @ the Placita Santa Fe, which is a large gift shop with an eclectic mix of special things for gifts or for yourself!  We’re located inside the Magic Bistro restaurant at 5034 Doniphan Dr  and open every day but Monday.  I have prints, magnets and cards in the shop, and I will be there this Wednesday afternoon, October 25th, so stop by for yummy food and say hello!

Getting Ready for an Art Fair

queen of peace setup (2)

This is my second year having a booth to sell my originals, prints and cards at art fairs.  I did two last year and will do four this fall.  The first is this weekend:  The Franciscan Festival of Fine Art at Holy Cross retreat center in Mesilla Park, NM.  I just got new business cards and the county license for selling today.  The countdown continues!

Here’s the set up at my first fair last year right after I got it all set up.  The fair was in prime shopping time before the holidays at Queen of Peace Holiday Bazaar.  I’ll be doing that fair again this year but will be in the main hall rather than in one of the smaller rooms.

There’s a lot of work behind the scenes to get there, and that’s what I’ve been doing the last several weeks. I thought I’d blog about this process for a bit because there’s a lot to explain.   There’s resizing photos and choosing ones to print, getting cards designed and ordered early so they arrive in the mail in time, having photos printed locally, ordering ma tboard and then cutting, cutting, cutting, followed by bagging and tagging. I have muscles in my right arm that I don’t believe have ever been used before!!

So here are photos of the cards as they came in the mail before being folded, bagged, and priced.  You can click on any of them to view it larger in a slideshow.

I’ve ordered more bags for my 8″ x 10″ prints and I’m crossing my fingers that they aren’t coming from the Houston area or they won’t arrive in time.  Here’s a shout out to my friends in Houston hoping they continue to stay dry and safe.

If you’re local and can stop by the Franciscan Festival this weekend, I’m in room 5 and would love to see you!

Happy mail days — The CARDS are here!

They have arrived! the printed 5 x 7

The printed cards have arrived!  Here’s a picture of them, fresh from the box, not yet folded.  The cards look so wonderful!  They have a slight glossiness to them, and I’m really pleased with how they look. They are $4 each, and are available directly from me or at the show on August 28th @ the Art Junction.

In preparation for the art show next month, a friend taught me how to frame my paintings and what supplies to buy.

Framing stapler and flexible staples

Framing stapler and flexible staples

Framing stapler and flexible staples

soft stranded finger friendly wire and triangle picture hooks

The tools that arrived are shown here:  dual point elite stapler that shoots staple type objects that come out in the FRONT of the unit rather than below.  It is much easier to shoot them into the wooden frame at the right angle to keep the mat, glass, and painting in place. The flexible staples let you remove the painting if necessary.

The wire is not the old fashioned kind that rips up your fingers when you twist it around the eye hooks.  The triangle hooks are flat, screwed in, with a triangle hook on a hinge to hang the wire from.

All this and more will be explained in a later Tuesday Tips post when I show you how the framing process goes.

And OH YES, the Splash 16 book arrived and I savored it.  Only allowed myself a certain number of paintings per day to drool over.  For those of you who aren’t familiar, Splash is an annual publication that highlights the best of that year’s watercolors and as usual, it did not disappoint!

contemplation garden utep (12)-002

Meanwhile, this is the photo from which I am painting these days. It is the surface of the Contemplative Garden fountain in the UTEP Centennial Gardens, one of my favorite botanical places in our city.

In a later post this week, I will have in process photos from drawing to whatever painting stage I am at. I may need to paint this, or similar water reflection pictures, 10-20 times before I start to do them justice.

Poll Results on printed card. Thanks for voting!

poll winners

The nine winners from the two polls. Thanks for voting!

Here are the poll results from last week’s polls (see here and here.)

The top winners of paintings that people voted to make into cards were:

Poll 1 (total 91 votes) I vote you make cards from:
C. Yucca Bloom 19.78%  (18 votes) 
E. Red Hot! 16.48%  (15 votes) 
J. Echeverria 14.29%  (13 votes) 
H. Little Wren 10.99%  (10 votes) 
A. Stumbled Upon 8.79%  (8 votes) 
G. Agave Shadows 8.79%  (8 votes) 
I. Listen. 8.79%  (8 votes) 
D. Garden Visitor 6.59%  (6 votes) 
B. Moment in Time 3.3%  (3 votes) 
F. Walk with me. 2.2%  (2 votes) 
K. I can’t decide. Make cards from all. 0%  (0 votes) 
Poll 2 (24 votes): I vote you make cards from:

A. Contemplation 16.67%  (4 votes) 

B. Winter twilight 16.67%  (4 votes) 
C. Better Days Ahead 16.67%  (4 votes) 
I prefer cards that are 5″ x 7″ 12.5%  (3 votes) 
I prefer cards that are 4.25″ x 5.5″ 12.5%  (3 votes) 
D. The Secret Life of Wrens 8.33%  (2 votes) 
F. A Fresh Start 8.33%  (2 votes) 
E. The Promise 4.17%  (1 votes) 
G. The Mommy Glove 4.16%  (1 votes) 

So, how about these for cards?

When I started looking at ordering cards, I realized I had forgotten some choices.  So let’s do another poll, shall we?  I think these are fun.  Hope you do too.

The first two are pieces that will be in the show; the next two are only available in cards and prints.  And the last three are from the bead embroidery sculptures I’ve made in the past that have won prizes at Arts International shows.

There’s also a question on the poll on what size cards you usually would buy.  I’m torn on what size to offer.  I prefer 5×7 because they can easily be framed, but I can see how smaller cards would be easier to use to jot a quick note.

A. “A Peaceful Spot” This is taken from my imagination, a peaceful spot I’d love to visit and contemplate. Click on image to view larger.

painting of aspens

B. “Winter twilight” Watercolor that is available. Click on image to view larger

Better Days Ahead. Sunflower watercolor by Rachel Murphree

C. “Better Days Ahead”. Watercolor.  Sunflowers painted from life. Click on image to view larger. Original in private collection,  but prints and cards available.

Ivy plant with wren scene

D. “The Secret Life of Wrens”. Watercolor of a Caroline Wren nest in an ivy plant on my sister in law’s deck. Click on image to view larger. Original in private collection, but prints and cards available.

beaded palette photo

F. ” A Fresh Start” Bead embroidery sculpture. Artist made felted background, beaded clumps of “paint” and an actual brush beaded.

Beaded glove sculpture

Bead embroidery sculpture depicting my first seven years of parenthood.

Bead embroidery sculpture

“The Promise” — bead embroidered and felted toddler shoe