Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Monster Heartbreak

I have long wanted to do something with monsters, and finally have started with the first in a series. "Monster Heartbreaks" uses some of my urban textrues with a simple illsutration style. I am still figuring out exactly what this series will be.

You can find this at Etsy.

BTW, the BOGO sale is still going on. Details in my store description.

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

ACEO ATC Backgrounds...

Some of my collage friends begged me to make some of my urban textures available as card backgrounds for Artist Cards Editions and Originals and Artist Trading Cards. So, I did.

These were a lot of fun to make, and I can't wait to see what people will do with them.

$7 gets you 9 backgrounds on which to build your next great masterpiece. There are 2 sets to choose from. Each texture is a composite image made from at least 3 urban texture photographs that I have taken.

Available on Etsy.

Art Greeting Cards now available...

I mentioned cards early this year, and finally...they are becoming available in my Etsy Store.

Right now, I am starting with a Pick your Mix set of 4 from the Fido Series. You can pick 4 of the current breeds I offer. I will be adding more sets of my choosing, and an option to Pick your Mix from almost every image I offer.

These cards are made by me, using hand-tipping (pasting) to apply the fine quality print to each card. Set of 4 envelopes included.

Cards are blank inside and have a small URL for my shop on the back side.
Your recipient can frame the art later if they want. These are the same high quality prints and papers that I sell in my shop, just sized for greeting cards.

Do I really want to bring another robot into this crazy world...?

Well... of course I do! Robots need love too!

This series was without one single lady robot, as was pointed out to me by way of a request, so now Doreen makes an appearance in the Etsy shop. More to come, and maybe a robot dog, too!

I love New Yorkie...

One of my most frequent requests for my Fido Series is the Yorkshire Terrier. Finally done, and on Etsy. This was a good exercise, as long hair was not something I had done yet with the dog series, so some stylistic figuring out was required. This will make a Sheepdog and some other dogs lots easier to do.

Wednesday, October 17, 2007


This is by far the hardest breed I have done! It took several days to get the hair on the top of the heads right. But they are finally done and available on Etsy.

Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Waking the sleeping giant...

Years ago we jumped onto the world wide web with thegoldengallery.com. It was pretty much a portfolio site for our gallery. People in a hurry could briefly visit the brick and mortar gallery and then go to the website later if they liked what they saw.

Problem was, they couldn't buy directly from the site. This was pre-Paypal. Well, after years of laying dormant, we are going to re-launch the site, hopefully soon. It will feature my work, my mother's work, some of my grandmother's knitted scarves, my dad's audio CDs, and my son's and daughters' artwork. We will also have some of our long-time employee Melissa Manley's metalsmith work.

The re-launch may coincide with our 30th Anniversary celebration (more on that later) in November.

You can see the beginnings of the new homepage here.

Monday, October 15, 2007

1000 orders...

Last week, quietly and with no fanfare at all, I passed 1000 items sold in my Etsy store.

So today...TA-DA! Fanfare. Thanks to everyone who has purchased a print from me over the life of the store. I am planning a customer appreciation sale in the near future.

For now, you can take advantage of the BOGO sale going on in the Etsy Store.

Thursday, October 11, 2007

Custom Art for Kids - Mot and Dot

About 5 years ago, my wife and I collaborated to make a cute little fairy princess print for my daughter. Then we ended up making them for our friends' daughters.

Everytime we made one, I would think that customized characters for kids would be a cool way that parents could get art for their kid's room that meant something special to each kid.

So...in typical John W. Golden fashion, I let the idea stew for 5 years until some nudging in the right direction by my wife brought about our new collaboration, motanddot. We have a growing collection of little characters that can be personalized for your little character.

Check them out on motanddot.etsy.com

Monday, October 08, 2007

Time for more BOGO...

It's time for another BOGO sale. See details in my Etsy Shop description...

This sale has no set end date, but it is subject to end without notice.

This is a great time to get some holiday shopping done early...

Tuesday, October 02, 2007

Soapbox Derby...

I have always loved soapbox derby cars and the roundness of the racecars of the 1930s. That's what inspired these 4 collages of some racers that I designed. These are new and really have a masculine bent to them.

Available at Etsy...