“Flowering Kale Leaf” Original watercolor by Mindy Lighthipe

About nine months ago I got an email from a design company in Australia called Swear Words. They design packaging and websites, and create brands for companies.  One of their clients is Loving Earth. Loving Earth recently started selling gourmet organic  kale chips and needed a package design. They went surfing on the internet and came upon a painting that I did of a kale leaf. They approached me about using it for the package design. At first I was skeptical. A company name Swear Words?  I can’t tell you how many emails I have received that are bogus. I have had people see my work on websites like the ASBA asking about purchasing a painting from me. I have had inquiries for teaching in far away places, people stranded in a foreign country looking for money,  claims I won the lottery and my person all time favorite; my dead relative leaving me the family fortune. I thought this was probably in the same category but I wanted to give it a shot.  I started a dialogue via email and quickly started negotiating price and usage etc.. I still wasn’t convinced that it was legitimate, but things were going in the right direction. I sent an invoice to be paid via PayPal and told them I would send a high resolution scan through Dropbox and send the original out by FedEx when I received payment. I had to convert US dollars to AU dollars. A few hours later the payment was in my PayPal account. I couldn’t believe it! Woot! They made it so easy. I enjoyed dealing with them and was thrilled that they trusted me to do what I said I would do. It was an awesome experience.

I just received an update from Swear  Words and they sent me a digital picture of the final project. Here it is! I thought I would share it with you.

“Loving Earth- Kale Chips” package design by Swear Words; original painting by Mindy Lighthipe

I write this post today because you never know where your next sale or client will come from. Make sure that when you post your images, whether it be on Pinterest, blogs, websites that you attach your name, website, and description along with it. Part of being a successful artist is making sure you can be found. It is worth it!

If you are interested in purchasing Loving Earth Kale Chips, visit their website.