A Hot Hot Summer!

We’re not quite sure where the credit crunch is crunching because we’ve been rushed off our feet all summer with orders from our customers and various trade projects!  So busy there has been a substantial Blogbreak here but hopefully we’ll be writing a bit more over the coming week’s than has been the case recently.  If you haven’t visited our ecommerce site recently at www.artistsuk.co.uk then you might like to take a look as there are lots of new items all over the place.  Use the SEARCH function because not everything has found a home on the Updates Page yet although you will probably find a few things there you didn’t know had arrived.

A bright bold new website !

Well, here it is at long last! The all-brand-new Artists UK DotNet website we’ve been working on. Pretty much all the old content is still here but with new features and content added. You can now search the whole of Artists UK DotNet from the search box at the bottom of the sidebar. Just enter text and click enter. The results will show in the main panel. Do you like it? Tell us what you think and what you’d like to see on the website either by leaving a comment or using the Contact Us form. Remember that all you have to do is click on the Comments link on any of the Blog entrries to leave your own comment.

William Blake, sir, he’s on the 34th Floor with Salvador Dali

The phone rang and a gentleman asked to be put through to one of the most famous artists we deal with ostensibly because he is trying to track down someone this artist knows in order to ensure they get the back-royalties they are owed. A noble venture we can only praise and support. However, the gentleman in question seemed unable to comprehend that the artists featured on our website are not in fact resident at Artists UK’s offices!

My mind was filled with the wonderful idea of all these artists from present and past living and working at Artists UK. Salvador Dali might be in the restaurant chatting with Bob Venosa (that’s no surprise since they did know each other) but what about Brian Froud, Alan Lee and a few others having lunch with Arthur Rackham? It would be lovely to see Josh Kirby back again and the corridors could be filled with his Voyage of the Ayeguy paintings! There’d be a group of old TSR artists and Magic would be Gathering in the bar. What would Picasso think of digital imaging? William Blake might be rather shocked by Todd Lockwood’s War of Angels. Sulamith Wulfing and Susan Seddon-Boulet in mutual admiration? Cicely Mary Barker and Beatrix Potter would probably be astounded at some of the modern fairy paintings and fantasy illustrations but perhaps feel that they were a bit too gaudy for their taste. Rodney Matthews and William Blake might have a fair bit in common … or possibly not. Who knows? Who would you like to see in the great art skyscraper?

We did of course forward the gentleman’s request to the artist concerned and hopefully a particular writer will get the royalties he’s due … and they all lived happily everafter :-)

Dogs and Mad Englishmen

At Artists UK we recently received a handwritten letter from a prospective customer seeking information about a number of posters he was trying to get hold of. The letter was addressed to “Dear Sir or Madman”. Since then we have been trying to figure out which one of us is the Sir and which one is the Madman. The girls are out of the running for either title so it must be down to one of us guys to be Sir and another to be Madman. I quite like the idea of being Sir Keith (yes, that means you know who’s writing this one :-) ) but the vote so far seems to be that I’m more likely to get the other title, although I’m sure that Madman Jim has a much better ring to it, but the consensus appears to be that he is more likely to be Sir Jim than I am to be Sir Keith. Oh well, Madman Keith it is then … at least until I can write a sentence with less than two “buts”in it :-(

2008 must be a lucky year !

Well, so far, at Artists UK we have been pleased with 2008. Not only have we had lots of orders from all you wonderful people visiting our sites but we’ve also been finding lots more rare items that we thought long since gone forever. Since we are know for having such unavailable collectibles these little finds boosts our feeling of raison d’etre into the stratosphere :-) But don’t worry we always come down eventually from the initial joy and surprise to actually getting the stuff onto the website so that you lovely people (see above) can come along and snaffle it up. We always hope these items go to good homes, rather like the RSPCA shelters finding homes for cute little poozikats and doggies. If you’re not sure whether you would be a good home then that’s easily sorted as there are several fact sheets on this website for looking after prints and posters. Anyway, enough rambling as there is much to do on www.artistsuk.co.uk and DotNet may not be seeing so much action for a week or so though we’ll always do our best to reply to comments left here.

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