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Limited Edition Art Print of Billie Holiday Now Available to Public

Oil Painting of Billie Holiday by Shelly Bowen, available as print at Shellybees.com

Oil Painting of Billie Holiday by Shelly Bowen, available as print at Shellybees.com

The oil isn’t even yet dry — which made the professional photographer nervous — on my latest painting, this one a portrait of one of my favorite jazz singers, Billie Holiday. I listened to her throaty voice while I painted, and I think that really helped capture her essence. I think she’d like it, don’t you? (I threw a WATERMARK on the image of it above; it’s not there in the original art.)

Museum-quality prints on high quality art paper of the oil painting are now available at Shellybees.com — but only in limited quantities. I want to keep it special. Go here to reserve your art print of Ms. Holiday before they’re gone.

This print is part of an exclusive and secret project for ThursdayHappyHour.com.

I’d like to paint more jazz musicians — if you have a favorite and would like to make a request, do let me know!

Copyright (c) 2009 Shelly Bowen. All rights reserved.

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Fine Art Print packagingIt’s been three weeks since the launch of my shop, Shellybee’s Art Studio at etsy, and the traffic is beginning to build. I’ve sold several art prints, not quite enough for a true test of what’s working — price, what’s featured, shipping, tags, titles, limited edition or no, keywords? — but just enough for me to find one thing in common among all the sold pieces: SIZE.

My artwork is diverse — at least, I’m featuring at least two distinct styles, arguably three. I have my black and white drawings of sea birds and seashells on rich background colors. And my beverage series prints of oil paintings, which includes two fairly realistic portraits of women and six more graphic profiles of friends sipping cocktails in silhouette with wallpaper-like patterned backgrounds. You can see for yourself what’s sold by checking “sold” in my shop. At first, it doesn’t appear as if there is a pattern. Sipping Sunshine is popular — two limited edition prints have sold, and one inquiry about the original — and people really love the shells, but only Wild Abalone has sold. Then, of course, I realized. Duh. They are all larger prints. The 5x7s are collecting virtual dust. Interesting.

Then my favorite photographer Gary had a suggestion — I turn to him for art direction whenever I’m stuck. He suggested turning to larger format paper, to easily fit in a 11 x 17 frame. The paper these prints are made on is really beautiful, and could be considered a mat all by themselves. The prints are more expensive to produce, as you might imagine, but I tried it for my last sale, and it really turned out beautiful. I hope she likes it!

Would you like to see larger format seashell drawings offered from my studio? Let me know!

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Wanna Dance?

Wanna Dance? Archival print of original oil paintingHere’s a new piece I painted in oils a few years ago, but wasn’t ever totally satisfied with it, and justyesterday I added bits of magnified dust and light, as if their dancing stirred up such disco spirals and spirographs of hearts.

I haven’t offered it up in shellybee’s art studio yet. Wanted to see what you all thought first.

This one is 4.5 X 9 inches. Archival quality print, as usual.

Copyright (c) 2007 Shelly Bowen. shellybee.etsy.com

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