Tuesday, December 24, 2013
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Friday, December 13, 2013
Sunday, December 8, 2013
I have been debating all week whether or not to blog about a recent art related experience. I don't want to come across as negative or whiny. But the truth is, my experience is something all artists go through and I feel it's important to share how I am dealing with it and what I've learned so, here it goes.
Last weekend was the Black Friday Chrismtas Sales' Extravaganza that every retail store engaged in. I jumped on board and loaded my shop with affordable originals and I lowered my prices for my prints. I promoted it over the weekend trying to be "just enough" without being annoying. I didn't get a single sale. I was super disappointed. I did get more traffic but no purchases.
When a disappointment like this happens in your life, especially if you are an artist, a lot of negative thoughts start filling your head. Stuff like "your art isn't good enough", "all your friends who've told you your art is good were lying", "there are hundreds of people who are better than you", "maybe you should make jewelry instead" and so on. These thoughts lasted about a day or two and I tried my best to ignore them. They were just a story I was creating in my own head and they aren't the truths I want to believe in.
After a couple days objectivity comes into play. I had thoughts like "you haven't been active with your shop until this past weekend. You need to work on that.", "self promotion isn't your favorite thing to do. Find a more creative way to do it.", "make good art". That last one really stuck with me. There's a great commencement speech from Neil Gaiman called "Make Good Art". And that is what it's all about. During last weekend I had some time to paint and it felt so good and so peaceful. I didn't check Etsy. I didn't have negative thoughts. I was enjoying moving the paint on my surface and drawing with my pencils. I got lost in the art making for a while. It was joyful.
So, I'm moving forward from last weekend. It's okay that I felt disappointment but I don't want to stay in that place. I have to move forward and do what I love doing. I have to learn from the experience. So, I will spend time analyzing and honing my business skills. First and formost I have to make art that I love and not what I think people will love. I have faith my audience will find me and sales will come my way when they are supposed to.
Here are some pieces I've been working on. I just love making critters! Hopefully these guys will be in my shop this week.
Here is the link to the Neil Gaiman speech. It's very inspiring!
If you would like to share how you deal with disappointment, I'd love to hear! Just post a comment below.
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Wednesday, November 27, 2013
Black Friday through Sunday Night I am having a sale in my Etsy Shop! I have lowered the prices on all my prints.
8x10's are $15.00 this weekend instead of $20.00
I also have my first originals available in the shop. I did a series of foxes on 4x6 Strathmore Mixed Media Paper. Each fox is different and I varied the mediums used as well.
This weekend only they are $12 each!
Thursday, November 21, 2013
Since "Make Art That Sells" ended I've been giving Adobe Illustrator (Ai) a go. It is quite the challenging application but it can do so much. It's actually the perfect medium to play in with the little sketches that I do. While playing around I decided to utilize my iPad and use Adobe Ideas. This app is vector based (just like Ai) and you can share your "ideas" to Adobe Cloud and then download them into Ai.
I found this photo from my sketchbook and traced the giraffe and then colored him in all on the app. When I downloaded the image into Ai I was able to correct all my mistakes and I can edit and manipulate it even more!
And here is a not so great photo from my mini sketch book.
I traced it and played on my iPad.
And then I played a little in Ai.
I'm still getting the hang of everything and how the two programs work together. This has loads of potential that is super exciting for me. I can use my sketchbook and existing art in a whole new way! Things that I didn't see as having potential for a finished piece may work perfectly in this format. How fun!
Click here to read about the apps Adobe has for the iPad.
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Tuesday, November 12, 2013
Week 3 was Scrapbooking week and I thought I was going to have an easy time with this one. Nope. I found it quite difficult. I think it was the subject matter, cameras and typewriters. I don't normally draw objects. I like characters better so I couldn't envision anything. I also prefer the papers section of the Scrapbooking department and the focus was more on icons for stickers and embellishments for pages. I don't go into that section.
Monday, October 21, 2013
Monday, October 14, 2013
I dove into my Christmas memories for inspiration. My favorite ornament was one of an elf sitting on a mistletoe ball from my Grandma, candy canes, handmade ornaments and Christmas TV Specials. When we got the main assignment of a Christmas Card I was ready and I had a concept.