Thursday, April 28, 2011

Now Shipping Internationally.

After a few rough starts shipping beyond the USA I decided to give it another try. I have a new shipping outlet here in town that can help me with my seemingly many questions. I feel more confident that my pieces will arrive to my customers overseas. I have marked certain items with a flat rate at my Etsy Shop LRStudio but if there is a piece you would like to purchase or buying several please contact me and I will get the shipping charges for you. All international orders are billed through PayPal it is the only merchant service I use. 

I always marvel at the similarities of this grand world we all share and it is important to remember we are all connected. Because of a few people that tried some underhanded business practices I became fearful of this world beyond my own little country. I apologize to everyone for being so small-minded and I am overcoming those fears. I love the idea that one of my pieces could end up in Japan or Brazil or Australia or a remote little island in the ocean.

Feel free to browse through my online shops and remember just contact me and I will ship it anywhere you want.

Monday, April 25, 2011

Had to share this it is that good!

This is a re-post from Keith Bond on FineArtViews. I just had to pass this on. He absolutely nails it. Please read.

The Crossroads

by Keith Bond

This article is by Keith Bond, Regular contributing writer for FineArtViews.  You should submit an article and share your views as a guest author by clicking here.

It was a point of decision.  Should I turn right or continue straight ahead?  I had reached a crossroads.  En route to a remote area in Southeastern Arizona, I was traveling through Silver City, New Mexico.  Just outside Truth or Consequences, New Mexico, I was faced with the decision to stay on the more traveled major roads or take a less traveled road.

The main roads – the well traveled roads – have a total mileage of 136 miles with about a 2 ½ hour drive time.  The smaller, less traveled road has a total mileage of about 88 miles with a 2 ½ hour drive time.  I chose the latter.

This drive was narrow, winding over mountains and canyons.  The hairpin turns were many and frequent.  On such a road, my average speed was about 25 miles an hour with several curves as slow as 10 mph.  This country is open range, so there were also several areas with cattle on the road.

But for me, the decision was well worth it.  The scenery was spectacular and breathtaking.  The drive was much more interesting.  And I only saw one other vehicle the entire time.

Your art career has a similar parallel.

Let’s define the destination as whatever success means to you.  There comes a time in your career where you reach the crossroads.  You must make the decision of which road to take.  Either way, the amount of time to reach the destination will be about the same.  Do you take the road that everyone else is taking?  Do you take the easy, less adventurous road?  Do you travel the interstate?

Or do you set off on your own, taking the back roads?  Do you take the road less traveled?  On this road there will be fewer artists.  But there will be obstacles.  The travel may seem slow with many turns.  But on this road there is excitement.  There is exploration.  There is adventure.  And the view is spectacular.

Either way, you will likely reach your destination at about the same time – give or take a bit.  But the experience along the way will be vastly different.

Don’t Wander Off Too Soon

My journey began just north of Fort Collins, Colorado – several hundred miles to the north.  I took the interstate the entire way. It was only when I reached Truth or Consequences, did I set out off the beaten path. Had I taken the back roads from the beginning, my arrival time would have been delayed by several hours or even days.

Your career is similar.  If you set out too soon, you may delay reaching your goal of success.  If, however, you have no destination in mind and you wish to explore, then by all means, set off on your journey wandering to and fro.  But if you do have a goal in mind, if there is a destination you wish to reach, if you want to find success in art, then you must travel a well charted course until the Truth or Consequences crossroads.

What is That Course?

It is learning your craft.  Developing your skills up to a certain level of proficiency.  It means study and practice.  Learn the fundamentals.  Learn the rules.  Intimately learn your medium and subject of choice.  Once you do, you will be at the crossroads where either route will get you to success in relatively the same amount of time.

I began my trip in Northern Colorado.  Some may begin their trip even further away, say Billings, Montana.  Others will begin their trip much closer to their destination, maybe Colorado Springs or Santa Fe.  A few might even begin their journey near the crossroads.

Very few are so fortunate in their artistic journey to begin so close to the crossroads.  Most of us start further away.  Wherever you begin, you will know when you reach the crossroads.  You will have confidence in your abilities, but you will have a strong urge to set off and not follow the road that everyone else is taking.

Many Fear the Less Traveled Road

To some, the winding and turning and slow speeds with many drop-offs are too scary.  Too worried about getting into a crash, they don’t even see the beautiful scenery.  This road is anything but enjoyable to these folk.  Some artists likewise will only feel secure on the main roads.

Many Find Boredom with the Interstate

For others, only the excitement of discovery and solitude bring fulfillment and satisfaction.  The well traveled road with hundreds of other travelers brings no excitement.  Everything is predictable and mundane.  These artists must get off the interstate.

Which type of artist are you?  Have you reached your crossroads yet?

Best Wishes,
Keith Bond



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Wednesday, April 20, 2011

I'm Spreading The Word.

I'm spreading the word about artist I find on Etsy out into the world via social networking and blogs. Anyone I admire and whose work I appreciate. Some of it is just fun and uplifting and some is so creative it knocks your shoes off. Now why would I do this? Because I see the world as a friendly, ever expanding, place to live and it is filled with oodles of creative people. All they want is to share their work and improve someones life. If I can be of any help expanding the awareness of another creative person's work then everyone wins. You see I firmly believe buying from a creative artist is a beautiful thing. We diligently work at producing high quality pieces for the sole purpose of giving enjoyment to others. Yes we like getting paid. But ask anyone who has a shop on Etsy most will say even if I make no money I will still keep making art. Our purpose is to give to the world the beauty and creative awesomeness we see each and every day. Even if you do not buy anything you have to go and browse through the many shops at etsy.com. Maybe if you see someone who inspires you, you will spread the word, too. 

Thursday, April 7, 2011

New in Laurie Rohner Studio Etsy Shop

I just added this Vermont Landscape to my Etsy Shop, LRStudio: The Painted Cottage because this painting combined with painted furniture gives any room a warm grounded feeling connecting you to nature. The colors are soft and subdued. Placed over a distressed hand painted dresser or accent the wall with of a slip covered comfy chair in front makes this piece a winner.

Original Vermont Landscape Oil Painting by Laurie Rohner


Original Vermont Landscape Oil Painting by Laurie Rohner
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A Vermont wooded landscape of birch trees standing in the sunlight and a road traveled less. Painted with soft shades of greens and browns and blues gives a peacefulness to this painting. While you gaze at the birches you can almost smell the sweet scent of the ferns drifting in the warm breeze.

Path to the Birches
An oil painting of the path I would take each day with the boys my Standard Poodles on our daily hikes through the property. I painted this scene with a twist on Impressionism and Realism giving my work an upbeat contemporary look. Please contact me for shipping options.


24"H x 24"W
Price: $1800 + $50 shipping and insurance.
Contact me for shipping internationally.

Saturday, April 2, 2011

Fairy Potting Shed House from Laurie Rohner Studio

Between the Weeds Collection has a new addition the Fairy Potting Shed House. I fell in love with this concept and had loads of fun putting it all together.

Fairy Potting Shed House

From LRStudio
Fairy Potting Shed House
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Custom Fairy House Potting Shed
I used a clay pot for this concept and then filled it with a chair, shelf, a painted storage pot, a gazing ball (of course), and assorted rocks and sea glass with moss and bark. It is a custom piece and very unique. Great conversational addition to your porch or anywhere protected outside. I love to place them by the fireplace. This fairy potting shed is a part of my Between the Weeds collection.  Measures 8.25" x 8" x 8.5". Weighs 3.4lbs.
It costs $55 and $10 shipping. This piece won't last it is just that cute.
Check it out and go to my Etsy Shop to BUY.

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