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Well Hello, New Website!

A BIG, BIG, BIG Welcome to you all, if you are reading this you are finally on my new website, I’m so glad you’re here for a visit!

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What has changed?

Well I have gone through a bit of a re-branding as you can tell, and my domain name now includes my full name ( Amélie Gagné) and the domain name ameliegagne.com also points to this website.  According to my statistics, 85% of get to me by typing my name directly as a search term.

 

Why did I make this change? I loved my old website,  but it was a Flash website that didn’t allow me a lot of control over the different elements, hence my move to WordPress.

My Licensing collection is also better presented now and I’m hoping to do more work in this department in the future…!

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My online shop will show you prints and jewellery available for purchase. At the moment it is a live feed from my Etsy shop, and Etsy handles the transaction when you are ready to check out. Very soon the shop section will be handled by Woocommerce.

There is also a wholesale section for retailers who would like to carry my line of prints and greeting cards. coasters and cards

So there! I wanted all these pages along with my blog and my original art to be under one brand new and colourful roof.

I would love to hear your thoughts! Many thanks for being here,

Amélie 🙂

15 Before 2015 : Taking on the Challenge!

It’s only this year that I have discovered the wonderful blog of Lisa Jacob, Market Your Creativity. I took an online class over the summer with Lisa and she was full of fabulous insights. In a recent post she encourages people to write a list of 15 goals to accomplish before the end of the year… I have decided to give it a go since I haven’t done much goal setting this year…! So here we go, these are a mixture of personal and professional goals, in no particular order:

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1.Do a complete Fall cleaning in the house. With my last exhibition and then getting this website ready, house cleaning (which was never my forte I must admit) was put a little on the back burner… Say no more.

2.Find retailers to wholesale my line of prints and greeting cards. It’s something I had in mind for a while! I even have a webpage for it…

3.Write a list of Goals for 2015. I’m usually good at it but I don’t think I did it last year… 2013 and 2014 have been a little quiet since I became a mum and I want to be more prepared and focus for the coming year.

4.Put some systems in place to be better organised for 2015. From accountancy to supplies order, I have a constant feeling of being all over the place…

5.Take part in the annual Wine & Art event in the Malton, Killarney. Always a lovely night out and with the proceeds going to a local charity.

6.Take part in the Christmas Craft Fair in the Killarney Outlet Centre. My prints and jewellery did quite well at this fair over the years, and I like to pick a few presents there while I’m at it!

7.Do a MAJOR clean up in the studio. Seriously. I can’t see the table anymore.

8.Launch my new series of inspirational prints. Judging by the reactions I’ve had on Facebook, they should be quite popular! I will organise a pre-order very soon.

9.Create a Gift Guide for Christmas. Something I would send to my subscribers, with suggestions for your spouse, your work colleague, your best friend etc…!

10.Do up a Marketing Calendar. (Thanks again to Lisa Jacob for this one!) Something that  will include the different holidays, when to send newsletters accordingly etc…

11.Start going to the pool with my son. We’ve had a nice summer so plenty of playing outside but with the winter setting in it would be a great activity for me and him, and he loooooves water.

12.Get to 2000 fans on Facebook. I’m getting really close and with your help I will get there!

13.Have a successful holiday season. With a combination of gallery sales, craft fair sales and online sales…

14.Make Christmas truly magical for my little boy. He was still a baby last year but he’s a little curious toddler now and I can’t wait to see him discover all the magic of Christmas!

15.Host a fab dinner party to ring in the New Year. We are receiving the whole family on my partner’s side for dinner on New Year’s eve, it’s the first time that we are hosting this traditional event, which usually involves everybody staying over, lounging, watching movies and have a few drinks. A little daunting (7 adults and 7 kids) but I’m looking forward to it!

Do you fancy taking up the challenge too…? Please feel free to let me know!

So what’s next??

After the rush of an exhibition, I like to take a little break from painting… But rest assured I’m not sitting there just twidling my thumbs! I have two things I want to focus on for the next little while..

– Find markets to wholesale my prints
– Complete my new website
I am working on a submission to send to different shops right now, and on top of my framed prints, I will also be offering fine art coaster sets, and a selection of greeting cards.
Would you like to help me? 
If you can think of a nice local gift shop where you live (in Ireland only for now) and where my prints could fit in nicely,  then please share your suggestion with me and I’ll research it further. If it ends up with a collaboration I’ll make sure you get a little present 🙂 I am looking for wholesale opportunities only as I have several galleries working on a sale-or-return basis.
The Elusive New Website…
I have been working on that for a few months, and then the painting took priority because of the exhibition in Kinsale… I have my current website for quite a few years, and while I still think it looks great, it doesn’t give me much flexibility, I cannot direct people to a specific painting with it’s own url, and it has no shopping cart facility for online purchases… So I am working on a self-hosted  Wordpress site at the minute, which seems the way to go when you want more flexibility.
As I mentioned before in this post, the new site will include my paintings, my blog, my collection available for art licensing, and eventually an online store with my prints etc…
I have been using Blogger since I started this blog, and it has been soooo easy, so I find WordPress a lot trickier and I’m learning my way through plugins and widgets, and I do think it’s coming along nicely, so bare with me! I am hoping to organise a little launch event when everything is ready…
So there! I just didn’t want you to think that I’m being lazy 🙂
Thanks for reading folks, and thank you for your continued encouragements.
Amélie

Number 100 – Christmas…Finally!, 3″x3″

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WOOOOHHHOOOOOO!!!!! 100 paintings done!! Wow, it was such a challenge, with ups and downs and little hickups along the way, done in a period where I was very busy with one of my best friend’s wedding, preparing for an Art fair in Dublin, an exhibition in Killarney, visitors from Canada, and the Christmas preparations!! But overall I am glad I did it, and thank you so much for your support and all the lovely comments you left over the 100 days…

I wish you all a beautiful, peaceful and colourful Christmas, un beau et Joyeux Noël à vous tous…!

So here is my 100th and final painting:
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Number 99 – Candy Hills, 3″x3″

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This is the 99th of my 100 x 100 x 100 collection…
Read about it here and see them all here!
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Day 50 (6th Nov) – Two Moons, 3″x3″

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Half way there folks…! I can hardly believe it..!

This is the 50th of my 100 x 100 x 100 collection…
Read about it here and see them all here!
SOLD



Day 49 Pink Hills, 3″x3″

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This is the 49th of my 100 x 100 x 100 collection…
Read about it here and see them all here!

SOLD!

Day 48 – Umbrella-Magenta, 3″x3″

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It’s been a while since I painted an umbrella.. And let’s say it is quite apropriate with the weather lately…! Please forgive the poor image quality and the absence of paypal button, there’s only so much I can do with the iPhone… Will improve all that after I return..

This is the 48th of my 100 x 100 x 100 collection…
Read about it here and see them all here!

Day 47 – Welcome to Narnia, 3″x3″

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I know, it’s a little early for the snow… but I had this in mind for a while so here we go… Leaving in the morning for Dublin where I am attending the Art Fair 2010, worry not I have packed a little box with a few tubes so I can continue the 100x100x100 challenge…!

This is the 47th of my 100 x 100 x 100 collection…

Read about it here and see them all here!

SOLD !!

Day 46 – The Meeting, 3″x3″

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This is the 46th of my 100 x 100 x 100 collection…
Read about it here and see them all here!
SOLD!



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