{Frequently Asked Questions}

 

What's the meaning behind the name Golly Bard? 

Golly Bard is a nonsense name, a nickname from childhood given to me by my family. It doesn't have any real significance but it's sentimental and I love the notion of a nom de plume or a pseudonym. So, I decided to use it as my business name.

Where can I buy your work?

Original paintings and reproduction prints are for sale in my Etsy shop. My fabric, wallpaper and gift wrap designs are for sale through Spoonflower and they handle all of the printing packaging and customer service for their products. Occasionally, my work is exhibited in galleries. Click on my SHOP page in the menu above.

Do you ever do commissioned paintings?

Not very often, I'm afraid. These days I have a bit of client work that keeps my busy aside from painting for myself. I prefer to work as spontaneously and freely as I can. It makes me happy.

Can you change the size or color of your fabric designs for my project?

Unfortunately, no. Though, I try to release new designs each year. 

Can I post about your work on my blog or website?

Sure! Just give proper credit and attribution and link back to me. 

My company is interested in working with you. How can I contact you?

Kindly send a letter of introduction about your company and a brief description of your project. Click CONTACT in the menu above. I will get back to you as soon as I can.

I am starting a business. Do you design logos | business cards | letterhead?

No, brand identity is not an area of design that I have ventured into.

Do you offer your work wholesale?

Yes, my prints are available wholesale. Stockists kindly visit Etsy wholesale to view my line sheet and wholesale terms.

Where is you studio? I like your work and would like to see it in person. Can I visit your studio?

My studio is located in Upperville, Virginia, USA.  I have a studio open house in the spring. Otherwise, please contact me to schedule an appointment. I also post lots of pictures on my blog, facebook or instagram if a visit is not possible. Click on the links below.

I am intested in watercolor painting. Do you offer classes?

Not at this time but I have a short series on my blog called Watercolor 101. Everything you need to get started painting and lots of questions are answered in the comments by myself and other artists too! My best advice is to invest in your materials. Good brushes, paper and paint make all the difference in the world!

I am just starting out as an artist. Do you have any advice?

Oscar Wilde said it best, "Be yourself. Everyone else is already taken." Do what you love. Be authentic. Be you. Honestly, don't think too much. I read somewhere there is a such a thing as "analysis paralysis". So with that in mind, my advice is simply this: Just do. Don't be afraid. Jump in! You'll figure things out along the way. Dreams and ideas are fantastic and we can't do without them, but taking action is even better! 

Where do you buy your art supplies and printing equipment?

I buy the majority of my painting supplies from Dick Blick, Daniel Smith, and Pearl Paint. I like Mac computers and Epson printers, visit their websites for the latest models available. If you are not ready to invest in your own equipment then I suggest searching for giclee printing companies local to your area or an online service. I buy all of my packaging from Clearbags and shipping supplies from Uline and Staples.

What kind of camera do you use?

I snap pictures with my point and shoot canon and quite frequently with my iphone!