Monday, December 15, 2014

Digital Downloads - Something A Little Different

I have re-opened my Etsy shop at and while I have big plans for the future (like my handmade jewelry and canvas paintings), for right now I'm going to focus on digital downloads or printable art for my typography.  Here's an example:

"So what's so good about digital downloads or printable art?" you ask.  

First of all - it saves you money.  The download price for the piece shown above (without the watermark) is only $5.00.  Shipping Cost ?  Zero, zip, nada, zilch. So read on.

What Do You Get?
An instant digital download of the image (minus the watermark).  Once you purchase and pay for the listing, both a JPEG file and a PDF file will be delivered almost instantly to the email address you provide. Simply click on the link to download the file and save it to your computer. 

Once you have the file on your computer, you can print it in a variety of ways.  The image size is 8 x 10, but the resolution is high enough to enlarge up to quadruple its size.  You can print it at home from your computer and printer, or you can take it to your local printer, or you can use any of the vast number of photo printing services on the internet.  Do an internet search for “photo prints” or “canvas photo prints”.  Yes, these images look great on canvas!  Printing from these images is just like having a photo printed.  It’s that easy!

You could have it printed on a coffee mug, tee shirt, pillow case, tote bag, mouse pad - whatever you like for your own personal use or as gifts.  You just can't market it, mass produce it or sell it because of my copyright.  "© Lee Owenby 2014. All rights reserved. This digital file is for personal use only and may only be used by the purchaser. You may not share, sell or alter this digital file in any way. Goods made using this file may not be sold. "

Like the art but don't want to print it yourself?  Please visit:
For pillow, totes, phone cases:  Lee Owenby at Red Bubble
For prints on fine art papers, canvas and frames:  Lee Owenby at Imagekind.   or Lee Owenby at Fine Art America.

Please feel free to send me a message with any questions or special requests!
Thank you!

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Art As Christmas Gifts

Hope you'll keep me in mind when shopping for Christmas gifts for that special person.   My fine art paintings and prints on archival paper and canvas are available online as well as here in my neighborhood.  My online galleries make shopping easy and will even ship your presents for you.

This year, I've added a new format for a few of my paintings as throw pillows, tote bags and phone cases at My Red Bubble Gallery.  Just click on your favorite image to see it as a throw pillow, etc.

I also have a large line of jewelry available at T.F. Rice & Co.  right here in Paris Landing.  I hand make each piece from a variety of materials.  Many are from recycled buttons, watercolor paper and old jewelry.  I've also started experimenting with clay.  Each piece is unique.

In Paris and Paris Landing Tennessee

Handmade Jewelry available at T.F. Rice & Co.

  • Merison's - Fine art paintings and prints.  Largest selection of prints of Jack's Pool Room
  • T.F. Rice & Co. - Largest selection of my handmade jewelry, original fine art paintings and prints.



Tote Bags, Throw Pillows, Phone Cases at Red Bubble

Monday, October 13, 2014

Live In Paris? I've Got Your Sign!

Whether you live in Paris, France; Paris, Tennessee; Paris, Texas or Paris wherever - I've got your sign.  These are painted in acrylic on gallery wrapped canvas.  They have 2 coats of Golden Polymer Varnish for UV protection and to make them easy to dust.  The sides are painted black.  They are ready to hang.  No frame necessary!

Paris 101214
Acrylic on 12" x 24" x 1.75" gallery wrapped canvas

Paris 101314
Acrylic on 8" x 24" x .75" gallery wrapped canvas.
Don't like these colors?  And you don't dream of Paris?  These are also available by commission with your choice of words and colors. No two signs are alike.    Contact me by email if you are interested in a commission for a sign or any other work.

Monday, October 6, 2014

Busy, Busy

Busy matting and restocking prints.  Yes!  I cut my own mats!  Thanks to everyone who purchased art during my September sale at T.F. Rice & Company.

Busy teaching painting classes.  This one was lots of fun.

So was this one.

Everyone seems happy!!!!!  We've gotten behind on our painting class schedule due to some family health problems, so please bear with us.

Making more jewelry.  These are clay.  Something different!

And trying to find some time to paint!

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Something Different

In addition to prints on fine art papers or canvas, some of my artwork is now available on pillows and tote bags.  I'm really excited about this because it gives folks a different way to collect and display my art.  So if you've been wanting a print of my "Red Poppies on Blue" but just couldn't find the right wall for it, now you can put it on your couch or favorite chair.
Red Poppies On Blue

The pillows:  are super soft 100% spun polyester.  Some of them come in 3 sizes - 15”, 18” or 20” square.  They have a concealed zipper so you can easily remove the cover for cleaning.  And you can purchase just the pillow cover or the cover with the 100% recycled polyester fibre insert.  My art work is printed on both sides.

Dragonfly on Orange

The tote bags:  My art is printed on both sides.  Three square sizes available: 13", 16", 18".  1" wide, super strong cotton shoulder strap (14" length)  Soft yet hard-wearing 100% spun Polyester Poplin fabric.  Capable of carrying a potentially infinite amount of exciting things.  Care Instructions: Dry or Spot Clean Only

Birds On Wires
Peacock Love

Did I mention iphone and ipads cases also!

So far, I only have six  items listed.  You'll have to check them out here and let me know which one you like best.   Look down the left side of that page for different products.  If you would like to see a particular piece of my art on a tote bag or pillow, just let me know and I will work up a sample.

These are only available on the internet and at my gift shop here:

Hope you love this idea as much as I do!

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Personalized Art

For those of you who like the art we have for our canvas painting classes at T.F. Rice & Co.  - but  are not into painting ... all these images are also available as ready to purchase art.  Just check in the store.

We also have personalized art which you can order.

We had a lot of inquiries about the "Scare Crow" canvas we painted the other day.  This is a subject for one of our canvas painting classes.  You can come to class, paint and personalize it for $30, or we can paint it for you on a 12" x 16" canvas, personalize it, put a coat of varnish on it, and add a wire hanger to the back for $42. The edges will also be painted, so no frame is necessary.

Also available for personalization is this Sunflower & Pumpkin on a 10" x 20" canvas, also for $42.

These are painted and signed by me, Lee Owenby, and no two are exactly alike.   A deposit is required, since once the canvas is varnished it can not be painted over.  I will email a photo of the finished painting for your approval before varnishing, if requested.  They are available only at T.F. Rice & Co.  Contact Cindy Rice to order yours.  

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Birthday Sale!

Because September is my favorite month and it's my birthday, I'm having a 30% Off SALE on all my prints, original art and jewelery at T.F. Rice & Co.  This is for items in-stock only and does not include special orders.  Sale runs from September 17th through September 30th ... so hurry!

T.F. Rice & Co. is on the lake highway out in my neighborhood at Paris Landing, Tennessee.
11620 Hwy 79 North
Phone 731-336-1290
Visit them on Facebook at

Happy Birthday To Me!

Sunday, September 14, 2014

New Stuff! Red Geraniums

To purchase or make inquiries. please contact me.

Scroll on down for different views.  

To buy as prints , maybe matted in one of the colors shown above, or tote bags or throw pillows, click here.

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Purple Spring

Purple Spring
$69 plus shipping
Acrylic on 12"x12" gallery wrapped canvas.  
The edge is painted black.  No frame necessary.  Ready to hang.

It is available as a print (framed or unframed), as a tote bag or pillow in my online gallery here.

Friday, August 15, 2014

Button, button, who's got the button?

Button, button, who's got the button?  I do.  Or, at least a few of them.

Bracelets made from buttons, baubles and beads.  I've been having entirely too much fun lately making jewelry.  I don't seem to be able to make myself stop.  These button bracelets are lots of fun.

This one made from an assortment of vintage and new white buttons with a tiny vintage gold heart is my favorite this week.

And of course I had to make some more earrings.

More buttons!  Green and black, black and tan.  The ones on the right are navy blue, but look black in this photo.

Recycled watercolor paper and doo hickeys.

These will be at T.F. Rice & Co. as so as I can get them packaged and delivered.  

Thursday, August 7, 2014

A Few Baubles For Your Ears

Every now and then ....

I make jewelry. 
 It's another creative outlet for me and in this case, I get to use up scraps of watercolor paper.
You won't believe how light earrings can be when they are made from paper.

Here are some more.

And more.  These are made from little bitty buttons.

All these are made with hypoallergenic earwires.  The paper ones are sealed to make them somewhat water-proof.   They are all available at T.F. Rice & Co.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Red Vase With Flowers

Red Vase With Flowers
$129 plus shipping
Acrylic on 14" x 18" gallery wrapped canvas.
The edge is painted so no frame is necessary.  Ready to hang.
To purchase original, contact me.

 It would look awfully good on your red accent wall.

Don't have a red accent wall?  How about blue?



And even on white.
You can even buy it as a print, tote bag, note card, or pillow - click here.  

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Photo Manipulation - Digital Art. What The Heck Is It!

I am frequently asked about the term "photo manipulation."  People look at the fine art prints of my photography and think they are ink drawings, or watercolors - anything but photography.

"The Enola at Paris Landing" is frequently mistaken for an ink drawing, but it is actually an artistically manipulated digital photograph.

"The Well House at Paris Winery" is mistaken for a watercolor because of it's painterly look, but it is actually a digital photograph.

The "digital" part is easy.  It's digital photography instead of photography using film.  Film photography can also be converted to digital.  When you scan a photograph into your computer, it becomes digital. Artwork, such as watercolors, ink drawings, paintings of any sort can also be converted to digital by scanning them or photographing them and then scanning the photograph.

You probably see manipulated images all the time on the covers of magazines, particularly fashion magazines.  Photo manipulation is also known as "photoshopping."  

Per Wikipedia: With the advent of computers, graphics tablets, and digital cameras, the term image editing encompasses everything that can be done to a photo, whether in a darkroom or on a computer. Photo manipulation is often much more explicit than subtle alterations to color balance or contrast and may involve overlaying a head onto a different body or changing a sign's text, for examples. Image editing software can be used to apply effects and warp an image until the desired result is achieved. The resulting image may have little or no resemblance to the photo from which it originated. Today, photo manipulation is widely accepted as an art form.  For more of this article visit Wikipedia here.  

In my case I  use different filters, adjustments, colors, etc. to alter the image.  Just as an oil painter looks at a scene and uses oil paints and brushes on canvas to create an artistic interpretation of that scene, I use Photoshop and eventually print my finished interpretation of the scene on archival paper with archival inks.

Perhaps these before and after samples will help.

An original, untouched, digital photo of one of the fishing piers at Paris Landing State Park.  I became obsessed with these piers a few years back.  You can see at lot of them here.  

This was my first interpretation of the scene - reved up the drama with some filters, enhanced details and color, and borrowed some clouds from another one of my photos.  I take lots of photos of  just clouds just for scenes like this.  I like it okay, but it just didn't have the look I wanted.   So ....

In "Pier 2, Image A" I took out the clouds, reversed the colors, played with the colors a lot and finally arrived at a much more dramatic and artistic impression of the scene.

On the lighter side, photo manipulation can be used for fun.

Like taking a cute photo and making it 4 times as much fun.

Or creating a memorable collage.

Or to create photos of your friends whacking giant golf balls.  

You can click on any of these images to get a larger view.