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My NEW Etsy shop page

I have opened up a Etsy shop to sell my rarely seen artPoem line of mini giclees. I don't show these pieces often at the shows I do so this is were they will live for now on. The images are taken from my 6x6 original panels. The 6x6 images are giclee printed on 8x8 pieces of archival paper. Each giclee print is titled and signed by me and placed in a crystal clear art sleeve with a backing board and short bio. Since these pieces are not part of any limited edition, they are unnumbered . They end up being quite cute little works that look great as a stand alone pieces or as part of a grouping forming a larger collection. Please check them out at: etsy.com/shop/BrettVarneyArt

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Edmonds Arts Festival Poster

2015 Edmonds Arts Festival Poster " Puget Sound Sighting"  by Brett Varney

2015 Edmonds Arts Festival Poster " Puget Sound Sighting"  by Brett Varney

Since the Edmonds Arts Fair is over for 2015, I have been getting calls about obtaining the poster. I am sorry to say that the poster image I created for the Edmonds Arts Festival is not something that I have available sell. It is the sole product of the Edmonds Arts Festival organization. I am not sure if they have any to ship either, but you may want to give them a ring if you are interested in obtaining one of the products offered with the poster image (posters, magnets, calendar, tea towel, aprons) - Try calling 425.771.6412  also check out their web page here.

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My oil pastel Origin Story

Selection of my serigraphs from the early 1990’s

Selection of my serigraphs from the early 1990’s

My first creative works were hand-pulled serigraphs (or silk-screen prints). I do not recall how many actual images I created, but I hand-printed and sold my serigraphs until 1996. Every serigraph I produced was totally planned out in advance. There was no room to change an idea in mid-stream. It was about that time that I also realized that all those printing inks, thinning solvents and screen cleaning chemicals were extremely toxic and very harmful to my health. So I looked for another medium that was still hands-on and intense in color. I had purchased a set of oil pastels but had not yet found the time to experiment with them; I was still printing serigraphs - I had to make a living of course.

The event that prompted me to work with the oil pastels full-time was the following:  I had loaded up my truck to go to an art festival to sell over the weekend in Corvallis ,OR. I arrived in Corvallis on time and proceeded to check into my hotel. They did not have my reservation on file, but they discovered they had booked me for the following weekend. Oh well, No problem, there were plenty of rooms. I then went to the show site to start setting up and saw not a soul. No spaces were marked and there were no staff around to answer questions. It finally dawned on me that I drove down on the wrong weekend!! …. I turned around and drove home. 

So there I was, completely ready for this show, all my book keeping was caught up, and all my orders were filled. So finding myself with a completely open week, I decided to finally experiment with the oil pastels that I bought. I almost immediately discovered that I loved to work with the oil pastels. I could not believe that it took me so long to figure that out. I fell in love with the colours and the feeling of freedom to be able to add spontaneity to my work. Oddly enough, the black paper I had been using for serigraphs for years, was indeed actually a paper for pastel artists.  Fortuitous indeed. I stopped production of my current Serigraphs, after the arts festival, and never looked back.

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New Website - Debut

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I am finally joining the modern era - 2014 will be the year of online marketing for me. Its been a long time coming - but I badly needed a website makeover, since the old one was up since 2006. This new design is based on templates provided by Squarespace and is hosted by them as well. My new LIVE payments processor is STRIPE.com.
With this new website I will be able to post new Originals and Reproductions much quicker. I also will be able to sell Originals online and know immediately when they have sold. 
Also, new Newsletter is in the works for this year, with studio sale coupons ( sign up now! ), as well as a new shop space on Etsy.com. And, for those who have been asking -- later this year,a new shop section for my older Serigraph archive! All this and more...

Plus, its my 25th Year of selling my artwork to my many faithful collectors! Without you - all this would not have been possible. THANK YOU.

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