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Following a Dream in 2017 – Day 42 of 100


It’s Valentine’s Day and I’m heading out soon to have dinner with my girlfriend. I’m sure we are bound to see a ton of people at the restaurant, and I’m a little worried that our reservations won’t be on the list when we arrive (I called on the phone to confirm, but no one answered). It’s a first world problem, I know. I’m aware that I’m lucky I don’t have the problems we see in the news, so I keep that in mind as I head out for what I hope to be a lovely meal with lovely woman.

Today’s picture is from Palos Verdes. Please enjoy.

-Vincent (Author of American Vineyard and #LucysLetter)

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Following a Dream in 2017 – Day 37 of 100


I’m posting another Facebook live video today with my girlfriend. I’m showcasing two new metal prints, both of them pictures of flowers. The first is a rose, which was taken in my backyard, and the second is a daisy, an image that I captured inside my house. I think both of them came out great on the 16×20″ sizes on which I printed the shots. I’m fortunate to have my girlfriend help out with the “revealing” of the metal prints, because I have to manage the camera.

It’s time to film!

-Vincent Lowry (Author of American Vineyard and #LucysLetter)


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Following a Dream in 2017 – Day 36 of 100


I can hear some strange critter under my bathtub right now. It’s living in a crawlspace beneath my house, where it has been for over a year, and it’s currently scratching and bumping my tub in a most annoying and disturbing fashion. I know your question. Why haven’t I gotten rid of the thing after knowing about it for a year? My answer is a lame one: I’ve been attempting home remedies in the hope that I’ll find one that finally sends the creature packing to other crawlspaces far away from my bathroom. Of course, none of the remedies proved successful. I’ve tried lemons. Oranges. Chili powder. A pine detergent that was so strong that I smelled mountain fresh (see picture) for days after using it. All of these were meant to produce an odor that my uninvited guest would dislike. While I cannot say it didn’t have that desired effect for at least a few weeks, when Mr. Critter sought shelter elsewhere, the move was always temporary. My place, it seems, was the best on the block.

I’ll have to end this blog post now so I can look on online about what else I can do.

If come across anything about chili powder, I’m going to write the authors a not-so-pleasant note.

-Vincent Lowry (Author of American Vineyard and #LucysLetter)

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Following a Dream in 2017 – Day 28 of 100


I’ve made 2 sales and one potential sale in the past 24 hours–a record for me outside of the Venice Beach vendor spots. This is important because the sales were done through three sources: word-of-mouth, social media, and physical location. The word-of-mouth happened when one brother noticed a print that his brother had purchased from me. The social media sale happened when a coworker saw the Facebook live video I had posted and wanted one of the prints used in the broadcast for his house. The physical location sale happened at the Coffee Cartel, which has metal prints of mine up on the wall (just like the picture posted on this blog entry).

As I mentioned on a different blog entry, I have good days and difficult days when it comes to sales. I don’t expect this to change. I do hope, however, that I can make my sales sustainable enough to justify doing my business for a lot longer than 100 days.

Time to get to work again.

-Vincent Lowry (Author of American Vineyard and #LucysLetter)

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Following a Dream in 2017 – Day 24 of 100

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I did my first fine art metal print live video today on Facebook with my girlfriend. It turned out pretty good considering that we have never done a video before showcase the fine art. I wanted to post the video on this blog, but I need to upgrade my service in order to do so. Instead, all I can post is a link: https://www.facebook.com/VincentLowryPhotography/.

I hope you enjoy it! My girlfriend did a wonderful job with the water and ketchup on the print!

(Vincent Lowry – Author of American Vineyard and #LucysLetter)


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Following a Dream in 2017 – Day 22 of 100

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Two of my customers received 24×36″ metal prints today, and both customers praised the quality and look of the prints. They were very pleased about their purchase, which will serve well when friends and family ask about the new art in their house. I try my best to produce quality work when it comes to my prints and books. If my art ever falls short of that desired goal (even in blog posts that contain typos), I will always try to do better next time to fix my mistakes.

It’s time for dinner now. I’m making myself salmon with veggie soup. It’s still very cold outside because of the rain (I saw frost this morning!), so eating something warm sounds amazing right now. 🙂

-Vincent Lowry (Author of American Vineyard and #LucysLetter)


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Following a Dream in 2017 – Day 15 of 100



From my notes on the 10 Reasons Why You Should Purchase Metal Prints:

#10 – Moisture Resistant! Great in kitchens, bathrooms, outdoors, etc! They will not warp or ripple like paper prints!

#9 – Bye-Bye Frames! Welcome to the modern age! Why spend time on the hassle with frames? Do built-in hangers!

#8 – Save Money! No frames means you won’t have to pay hundreds for quality framing!

#7 – Longer Durability!  Paper prints are easy to tear and stain. Metal prints won’t tear, and you can easily wipe stains off!

#6 – Brighter Colors! Colors pop off the prints when exposed to sunlight or indoor lights!

#5 – High Detail and Resolution! Metal prints look like paused HD TVs! It’s almost 3D!

#4 – Minimize Sun Bleaching! Sunlight does not bleach metal the same way as paper!

#3 – Easy to Transport! Simple to move from place to place!

#2 – Great Conversation Starter! Tell your friends and family about the new metal photo!

#1 – They Relax You and Beautify Your Home or Office!

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Following a Dream in 2017 – Day 4 of 100


Who is Randy? Is he still in the photography business?

These two questions pop in my mind as I enter a pizza restaurant in Los Angeles and see several photos of Randy’s work hanging on a dining room wall. The pictures are nice, but a bit worn with age. One framed print has noticeable ripples. Another print looks a hint yellow, like a newspaper starting to age. On each photo is Randy’s cursive signature at the bottom right corner–a warning for photographers like myself to stay away from his territory.

Rather than walk back out, I timidly approach two employees standing beside the register at the front counter.

“What would you like to eat?” Janice, as per her nametag, asks me.

“Um, well…” I start. Here it goes again. The speech. It’s time for me to explain that I’m not really a customer, what they expect, but a salesman. “I do landscape photography and I thought some of my metal prints might look great for your restaurant.”

Their eyes narrow. My status has instantly changed. I can hear alarm bells sounding in their heads, and I can feel the awkwardness between us like a thick invisible field. I reconsider leaving again. For some crazy reason, I stay and share a 4×6 promotional photo with my info on it, as well as a 16×20 sample metal print to show them my art.

“Are you Randy’s competition?” asks Ben, the employee standing next to Janice.

“No. I don’t want to remove his stuff,” I say, looking behind me. “He has some good shots.”

“That’s pretty cool,” Ben adds, now staring at the metal print in my hand. “How much are you selling that for?” I quote a price. Ben and Janice whistle as if on cue. “But what does it cost to make the photo? How much are you making?”

I want to ask them how much it costs for them to make a slice of pizza and how much of a slice they are taking from their customers, but I hold my tongue.  Business 101: negotiate, don’t argue.

“Well, we can work something out,” I say.

“And take Randy’s stuff down?” Janice asks. “We’ve known him for years. We can’t do that to our friend.”

It’s at this point I make a beginner’s mistake. I accept what they’ve told me as rejection and start packing my metal print back in my bag.

“What do I do with this?” Janice asks, still holding my promotional 4×6 print.

“It’s no big deal,” I say, getting it, wishing I now had an invisible cloak. “I’ll take it back.”

“It’s a really nice photo,” Janice says, handing it to me.

“Thanks. I’m sure Randy can get one just like it.”

I wince a little at the unexpected catty remark that escapes my lips, but I’m also glad I said it. I’m a bit tired of hearing about Randy.

I finally exit the restaurant.

(by Vincent Lowry – author of Lucy’s Letter and American Vineyard; vincentlowry.zenfolio.com)

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