Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Retiring Some of My Lines at the end of 2008

Sometimes, I think I try to be too much to too many people. Once I started naming my lines, the pressure was on to include EVERYONE in my family and close friends. So at the end of this year, I've decided I'll retire some of those lines, and paint what I like to paint. The hard part is trimming down without feelings being hurt. My favorite lines to paint are Sharon, Emily, Mandi, Rebecca, Judith, Elizabeth, April, Natalia, and Nicole (the rose lines are all the same, just different colors). I love Julie, but it's definitely a much more time-consuming line to do, but I know I'll leave it just because I love it. Connie is one that I wasn't so sure about but I love the jewel tones and it will stay. Angela is hard for me to paint emotionally, but it's very special and will always be part of what I do. I'm torn on Ashley ~ it's the Virginia Dogwood, my state flower, and named after my own adorable pooch. But I don't truly enjoy the act of painting it, just did it because I was asked if I could. Carole has such a Christmas feel to it, and is named after my best friend. I've only painted one pitcher set Karen so far, it would be silly to retire it too quickly! Kelsey is so fun and festive for summer, like the young lady it's named for, so I may keep it around as a special-order option. Michelle is a sweet person, but let's face it, my Calla lillies are not as good as I would like them to be. Marcia is definitely gone after the holidays, it's very holiday-ish anyway. Alana is so easy for me to do, my daughter could probably paint the grapes, and I like the colors so it will probably stay for awhile.

So what do you think? If I have to trim it down, which would you take out? It's like choosing a child for me, so I'm really hoping to hear from everyone out there, since you can be much more objective than I can. I've linked each of them above, or compare side-by-side. I appreciate any feedback you offer.

1 comment:

Margie said...

Wow, that's tough. They are all so lovely. I think the best thing is to keep the ones that you enjoy painting the most. Maybe you just need to take a break from some of them, but can pick them up again later. Maybe you're feeling a bit overwhelmed because you have a lot of different ones. You don't have to permanently retire any of them, just paint what you want to paint, when you want to paint them.

I hope that helps!