This original oil painting, and 52 limited-edition prints are for sale at our Etsy shop RealArtIsBetter.
~ by Maria Benner
For those of you who are considering ordering gifts from Real Art Is Better this holiday season, here are some important dates to keep in mind.
HOLIDAY SALES EVENTS
- First Friday Annual Holiday Open Studio Event
- What: we will transform our studio into a pop-up shop for the evening. Complimentary refreshments included. Receive a free 99 Bottles of Beer on the Wall poster with every purchase of $20 or higher! Enter a drawing for a Clendaniel art print of your choice.
- When: December 1st, 5:30pm – 7:30pm.
- Where: Real Art Is Better Studio. Inside the 4th Avenue Market Place in Suite 4. 333 W 4th Avenue.
- Winter Maker’s Market
- What: 30 of Alaska’s most talented artists and crafters will set up shop at the Church of Love in beautiful downtown Spenard. Complete your holiday shopping all in one place.
- When: December 2nd, 12pm – 5pm.
- Where: Church of Love Spenard, 3502 Spenard Rd.
DEADLINE TO COMMISSION OIL PAINTINGS
The last day to order a custom painting is Friday, December 8th if the painting needs to be mailed, and December 14th if you’re picking it up at the studio.
IMPORTANT SHIPPING DEADLINES
When you order from us online, your order will be shipped within one business day. Here are the last days that your package can be shipped in order for it to arrive by December 25th.
The original oil painting sold. Limited-edition prints are available at our Etsy shop RealArtIsBetter.
The original oil painting sold. You can order limited-edition prints, or a custom beer painting at my Etsy shop RealArtIsBetter.
~ by Maria Benner
There are few gifts more unique and personal than a commissioned oil painting. If you’re considering giving one as a gift this holiday season, but don’t know how to commission a painting, here’s a step-by-step guide.
Step 1. Decide on the subject matter for the painting: a place, person, or thing (or all of the above).
Step 2. Contact us at least two weeks before you need the painting. During busy times, like the holiday season, the earlier you place the order, the better. Now is actually a great time. We will need to know the size, and when you need the painting. Then we’ll send you a price quote.
Step 3. Send us photos. The more, the better. Don’t be shy. You can either e-mail them to us, or stop by the studio to discuss the concept in person.
Step 4. Scott will create sketches of different options, or just one sketch (if the concept is straight forward), and send it to you for approval. This is the time to make changes, and dial in the painting concept.
Step 5. After the sketch is good to go, Scott will start painting. When the painting is done, he’ll send you a photo. Then you’ll have a very short window to make any small, last-minute tweaks, if necessary, before the paint dries.
Step 6. The oil paint will take about 10 days to dry. Then Scott will coat it with a clear protective varnish, and frame it. Then you can pick it up, or we can mail it to you, or to the recipient.
Another option is to give someone the experience of commissioning a painting, by giving them a Gift Certificate.
Here are a few examples of recent commissions.
This week I was lucky enough to get a chance to visit La Cumbre Brewing’s tasting room in Albuquerque, New Mexico! We set up a live painting session ahead of time, and I worked outside in the beer garden right up until it was getting too dark to paint. I decided to paint one of the brewery’s flagship beers, Elevated IPA. This beer is aggressively hopped, and tastes just like advertised at 100 IBUs. La Cumbre is Spanish for peak, and the brewery is at 5,313 feet altitude, so its tag line, “Get Elevated” is right on target. This was the first beer I drank after we landed in New Mexico, and it seemed to be everywhere we went. A very enchanting beer from the Land of Enchantment. This brew pairs well with street tacos, burritos or enchiladas. Whatever it is that you are doing, I recommend pairing it with a great IPA. Goes well with hiking, biking, or warming up around the fire! Cheers to the Elevated IPA! A beer that takes it to the next level!