Friday, November 02, 2007


I just came to the stunning realization that I'm only four posts away from 500. 500?! I can't believe it. I only know that I started blogging about 10 minutes after I discovered what a blog was, with no idea what I was letting myself in for. To celebrate this momentous event I am having a draw for a print. I'm not sure yet what I'm offering (depends what's available) but there will be a selection of several A4-sized (8.25" x 11.75") prints available to the winner. Stay tuned.

Meantime, to enter all you need to do is leave a comment on this, my 496th post (thanks for the idea, Dinah!). Post #500 will reveal the winner, names drawn from a hat.

As you can see by the image, I have been experimenting. The original of this print is huge: 48" x 48" or 122 cm x 122 cm. What I did here was take a print (306 gsm Hahnemuhle Photo Rag) of the painting and mount it on an 8" x 8" x 1.5" cradled wood panel. I gessoed the panel first and painted the sides raw umber, then attached the print with matte acrylic gel medium. The whole thing is then sealed with the medium, the light texturing on the surface giving it the illusion of an original painting. All materials are the best I could find and completely archival. I was chuffed as all get-out at the results. This one's at Etsy (check out my new shop banner) and I plan to try this with more prints. If there's anything you've seen that you'd like me to do up, I'll be trying the following sizes: 6" x 6" ($25), 6" x 8" ($30), 8" x 8" ($35) and 8" x 10" ($40).


Blogger Ilva said...

Yes yes!! I want to participate in the draw! But are you aware of that I will have great problems from now on as I will keep my fingers crossed so please post that 500th post soon so that I can work properly. Not to speak of feeding my children...

2/11/07 10:15 a.m.  
Blogger Leah said...

oh, i've silently adored your art and i would love to be in the draw! :-)

2/11/07 11:26 a.m.  
Blogger muddy red shoes said...

me too, mememememememe I love your work, should buy I know, one day when money feels less scarce...but till then 500! blimy thats a lot, addictive stuff blogging!

2/11/07 11:27 a.m.  
Blogger Angela Rockett said...

Oh, you know I want in on the draw!

As for what I'd be interested in seeing a print of - I want a print of that Desert piece that sold!

2/11/07 12:26 p.m.  
Blogger tlc illustration said...

What a lot of blogging you've done. :-) (Lucky us).

What a cool idea to mount a smaller version one of your large pieces. One day, I would love to be able to afford one of your large ones - they are so impressive large scale, I'm sure. In the interim, I think this is great.

2/11/07 4:50 p.m.  
Blogger daisies said...

oh yes .. i would love to be entered in a draw ... would love to add to the beautiful prints i already enjoy on a daily basis :)

congratulations on 500!!! it sure adds up quickly doesn't it ;)

2/11/07 5:17 p.m.  
Blogger Anna said...

Oh me too please! What a great idea - your work is beautiful!

2/11/07 5:17 p.m.  
Blogger carla said...

Of course I'd love to be in on the draw, but I really just wanted to comment on what a splendid idea that is to mount your prints! It looks wonderful! And also...500 posts!!! My goodness! That's quite an accomplishment:>

2/11/07 5:19 p.m.  
Blogger Janvangogh said...

Great solution. I would love to be included in the drawing for the drawing :-)

2/11/07 6:06 p.m.  
Blogger Heather said...

Oh, oh, ooh... pick me! PICK ME! I keep dreaming of the day when I can add to my collection. :-)

2/11/07 7:13 p.m.  
Blogger nadine said...

500?! Who knew you had so much to tell?!!
This new print-mount technique looks like a success. How is the original painting scanned?

2/11/07 7:31 p.m.  
Blogger dinahmow said...

You have been a busy little blogger!

And of course I want my name in the hat.

500 posts seems a lot and, with some blogs, probably is. But I'd say yours takes it up a level as you only ever post interesting stuff and even on days when you feel rushed or tapped-out, you give us links.So, for this reader, the value has more than doubled.Keep it comin,' Andrea!

2/11/07 7:45 p.m.  
Anonymous angie's pink fuzzy said...

I love your work and reading your blog!

2/11/07 7:51 p.m.  
Blogger andrea said...

I count two from France, one from Italy, five from America, three from Canada, one from a Canadian who lives in America and one from Dinah Down Under! This is turning out to be quite international. (Nadine: the image is from a digital photograph.)

2/11/07 10:22 p.m.  
Blogger beadbabe49 said...

How cool! I'm still a couple of hundred from 300 on my blog, but I think I'll do the same...nice way to celebrate!

2/11/07 10:59 p.m.  
Blogger Iona said...

Please count me in, love your work!

And congrats on your 500th post ;0)

3/11/07 12:02 a.m.  
Blogger ziggi said...

me me me me me me

oh please please please let it be me!

3/11/07 12:46 a.m.  
Blogger Toni said...

You better throw my name into the hat for the draw! ha ..hat like your next post. ok my mind went for a minute.

What you did here is a great idea. There are to many that i like so i will just keep checking out what you have done.

3/11/07 4:30 a.m.  
Blogger HMBT said...

I would love to be put in the hat too! That's a brilliant idea about mounting the prints...sheesh, why didn't I think of that? *Giggles*
I have not done prints really, yet...this might be the thing that gets me started though! I must try to the store to by some cradled wood panels! 500 posts is great...I am only a 100 away from a 1000, I think I'll have a blog give away to celebrate too. Great Idea.

3/11/07 6:19 a.m.  
Anonymous Laurie said...

This is a very cool look and you can do signed and numbered pieces if you like. What a great idea. good quality printing too.

3/11/07 10:26 a.m.  
Blogger A Kite Rises said...

Please can I be included in your draw? Such a warm hearted idea and congratulations on your upcoming 500th blog!

3/11/07 2:55 p.m.  
Blogger Paula Manning-Lewis said...

Wow! 500 posts! That's awesome!

Please include me in your draw, I just adore your work!

I love the way you did the print in this post, what a great idea!

4/11/07 7:04 a.m.  
Blogger Within Without said...

Does this mean that in blogging terms, you're an ancient fossil? Ha! Hardly!!!

I'm glad I got here before your 500th, so I can possibly get yet another Andrea Pratt work to hang on my would be No. 5.

If I leave 20 comments, do I get 20 chances?

(What about a self-portrait? Have you or would you ever do such a thing?)

4/11/07 9:28 a.m.  
Blogger Ian Lidster said...

Me-me-me!! I want an original Andrea! Pick me.

4/11/07 2:32 p.m.  
Blogger Alda said...

I wanna play too! I love your work. And now you can add Iceland to your list.

Congrats on all those posts. Well done!

4/11/07 3:11 p.m.  
Blogger andrea said...

Add to my last comment one from Spain, one from the UK, one from Ireland, four from the USA, three from Canada and one from Iceland. We're up to nine countries. Anyone care to make it 10?

4/11/07 4:58 p.m.  
Anonymous b-man said...

Enter I will, win prize I hope!

500 blogs - is that half a mega-blog?


4/11/07 6:01 p.m.  
Blogger Cynthia said...

Does Colorado count as it's own country? No? Doh... Pick me, pick me!

What a terrific way to display your work - I love the fact that these are on a raised canvas.

5/11/07 5:16 a.m.  
Anonymous Susie Chavez said...

Am I too late to have my name thrown in the hat? I've truly enjoyed viewing your work from afar. Your art it so powerful and strong I love it. Here's to you and your affirming productivity. Susie

5/11/07 6:52 a.m.  
Blogger andrea said...

Another Canadaina, another American and a Susie. Susie, please tell me you come from Vietnam or Colombia or Slovakia!

5/11/07 7:59 p.m.  
Blogger kj said...

am i too late? i hope i win. i don't care about anyone else.


5/11/07 9:14 p.m.  
Blogger DesignsByBari said...

congrats on a great blog!
I wish I had the time to blog!
I have a lot to say! LOL!

6/11/07 6:27 a.m.  
Blogger Michele said...

i'd love to be drawn.

6/11/07 8:14 a.m.  
Blogger EmPrint said...

Add me to the drawing.
And - attaching your prints to a gessoed canvas and sealed with gel medium is brilliant. Bravo.
I love every cottage that you've done. Would that I had more walls and more money.

6/11/07 11:17 a.m.  
Blogger Brian the Mennonite said...

Pick me, pick me! I have my hand raised like an excited sixth grader with the answer.

7/11/07 11:37 a.m.  
Blogger andrea said...

NOTE TO SELF: enter Judy and Raydel from Etsy

7/11/07 12:45 p.m.  
Blogger A Kite Rises said...

Hey Andrea, nearly there huh? I'm toasting you as I type, my first coffee of the day in hand (a double espresso with milk foam and a sprinkling of cinnamon on top ; ) Hearty congratulations and can't wait to read the 500th

8/11/07 2:53 a.m.  
Blogger andrea said...


8/11/07 11:49 a.m.  
Blogger Lori McNamara said...

Pick me please! I love your work and I enjoy looking at your painting I got awhile back.

8/11/07 4:58 p.m.  
Blogger Caty said...


I love your art, you know. Your blog as well is very interesting and smart. Congratulations!

8/11/07 11:30 p.m.  
Blogger andrea said...

Paula Snyder

9/11/07 10:50 a.m.  

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