Time-Lapse Thursday

I am still not sure about the title.
Should I move my video releases to a different day of the week?
Here is this weeks video.
 In other news:
I am having a fight with my current project.  The gold leaf and I are not working well together.  I am going to pick up some new glue, hopefully that will help.
I should have some art on display at a local game store.  I have to take a few pictures things so he can make sure they work for his store.
I am planning new stuff for 2018 already.  I hope to be able to participate in some Valentine’s Day events.  So you will see some really crazy weird art in January to sell.
I am open for commissions.  Art is a great gift!

 

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Did I Miss Anything?

I do not think so….

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Maybe a checklist to double check.

 

  • I finally have ALL my available Christmas stuff in the store.
    • Even one that got overlooked yesterday, which is the one for the video!
    • It is in the store!  There are prints and greeting cards available for it.
  • I added stuff to the gallery, including two new pages.  One for my Acrylic paintings (more to be added) and a page for Misc art, such as colored pencil, gouache, and the random things I end up making.
  • I uploaded a bunch of art to Pinterest.
    • I might add stuff to DeviantArt later, it is not high on my list.
    • I should update my Facebook Albums also..
      • There is so much to update!  I spend almost 3 hours updating things for every new painting I do.
  • Writing blog post
  • New video is available on my Youtube!
    • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tEBeIksYvAk
    • It is nice to change up what I paint.  This was a lot less “fiddly” than the portrait style paintings I usually do.
      • Do not forget to subscribe and like!
        • In order to get a custom URL I need subscribers and likes.  If its a huge help when you take that millisecond to click.
  • I posted to Patreon yesterday, so I do not have to do that today.
    • If you want to see what I posted you will have to support me on Patreon, even a $1 will unlock early views and secret videos.

I think that is it.

Time to work on more art!

Updating the Shop!

I am working on adding my new items to the e-store.
I got all the postcards in,  I have to edit some more photos so I can get the greeting cards and 8×10 prints up.
I hope to have everything up tomorrow.
This is a bit late, I should have had this all done by Thanksgiving.  That, of course, would have been hard seeing how I only had a few of the things created then.
This is probably the last group of creations I will be getting prints of.  I will not be able to afford new prints for quite a while.  Prints and cards are rather expensive to get created.
I will not stop making art.  If you wish to support me (and get free stuff out of it) check out my Patreon page.  Patreon is a way for art fans to support artists by pledging an amount of money based off work done.  Basically I create art, show it off on Patreon, you think I did good and patronize me for the good work.  In return you will get cool things based off the amount you pledge.
You can get some awesome art, inside tips and tricks, early access to content and the good feeling of supporting a local artist reach great heights.  At the higher levels (of my pledge tree) you can even get a commissioned piece.  Something made just for you.
You can check out my Patreon at this link or the link at the top of this blogsite.
PS: Patreon patrons (how weird is that to say) will have access to something I have created that I have not shown anyone else.
Here are a few of the things I framed today.  They are all items I had done this year and just got printed.

 

Getting Ready for the Holidays!

Yes, I am.
To get ready for the holidays that come at the end of the year I am….
wait for it….
making art.
Probably not what you were expecting.
I am a bit behind the curve as I only have one Christmas / Holiday themed art piece!
I have been working to remedy that with “25 Days of Christmas.”
My goal is to create 25 winter holiday themed images.  I am going to do my best to work in a few other religions that celebrate winter holidays.  Suggestions are always welcome as I might miss things, or misunderstand something.
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Unlike Inktober where the goal was to do line drawings that I could turn into a coloring book, I want to create 25 finished pieces.  Each of these takes about 2 days to do (drying between layers takes a while.)  Even a simple one can take 10-12 hours of work and 10-12 hours of waiting for paint to dry.
To give myself better odds of being able to reach my goal (25 is A LOT) I started around Thanksgiving.
This first one was simple (kind of) to draw and simple to paint, just 4 colors!
Please enjoy the video of me paint this.
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Cleaning out the Cobwebs

I got a bug up my butt to clean today.  I swept, mopped, dusted, lifted, moved, shifted, sorted, tossed and recycled a lot.  I actually filled my 13g recycling tub full of cardboard and paper (scratch paper – no art was harmed in this clean-up.)

I have a bit more to do.  I am getting rid of the small tv table in favor of something with drawers.  Stuff needs to get off the floors.  There is so much cat hair and pine needles floating around this year.  It would also be helpful to be able to find things without moving a bunch of stuff.

I need to figure out how I can hang all my empty frames instead of hiding them on the floor.  The walls are plaster and it is hard to put screws in the wall without a bunch of damage.  I might have to modify some hooks so they protrude a foot or so from the wall.

Anyway, there is still more to do.  I am excited to do it, but I have no more energy to do more tonight.  Things will wait until tomorrow.

It is nice to have things clean.  I can think better and SEE what is available.  I also know where things are and I will not have to panic when getting ready for events or packing art for buyers.

I also changed up the “Wall of Inspiration.”  New stuff is good to get rid of the old thoughts.

Here is a look at what I have as of tonight.  I stitched together a bunch of pictures in a panoramic type view.  it is quite different.  I might play with this later and see what other things Photoshop might play with this.

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10 Things I am Thankful For

10676251_696228827157585_8069659737897504433_nIt is Thanksgiving Day in the USA.
What is Thanksgiving?
People in the US and Canada have been educated to believe that our ancestors that landed on the North American continent almost three centuries ago, were saved by the natives during a bad winter.  To show their thanks these settlers held a feast, when they were able to (probably a year or so later,) and invited the natives.
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That is what we are taught.  I kid you not.
Thanksgiving now is just a great excuse to have a short work week and justify the extra eating and extra laziness.
Some people actually think about the things that they are thankful for.  Not something I normally do, but why not.
10 things I am thankful for:
10. Spell Check.  I constantly miss letters as I try to type as fast as I think and read.  Spell check keeps things pretty clear.  Though I did type ‘think’ several times instead of ‘thank.’
9.  YouTube.  I love to listen to music and watch videos.  This year YouTube has been a great help.  I had to give up Netflix and Hulu, so most of my Television watching has come from the lovely people that post shows on YouTube.  In addition I have been posting my time lapse videos on the service.  There is that.
(a video was realeased earlier today, make sure you go check it out *hint hint*)
8.  Fans.  You would think as an artist trying to make a living off art I would put my fans closer to the top.  Nope.  Most of my friends are fans (lots of love and thank you’s) and I do not have that many fans.  Also my fans are not helping me live off my art yet.  So far I am only covering shipping costs for the year, it is not paying for new supplies or helping with bills.
I am thankful to have the few fans I do have.  I love you all. As I acquire more fans that are able to help me reach my goal of supporting myself with my art, you will definitely move up my list.
7.  Friends.  Friends are kind of far down the list.  I have never been great with people, even as a child, so I have mixed feelings about having friends.  I love my friends and I am thankful for them.
6.  The Internet.  No internet no blog, no art marketing, and no reference photos/images.  My art would be significantly different without the internet.  I am not sure if it would be better or worse, more or less, but it would be different.
5.  Public transportation.  Not many know that I do not have a drivers licence.  If I have to go any great distance I usually take the bus.  It is a cheap and fairly reliable way to get to the places I frequent.
4.  Music.  Music goes with me almost everywhere.  I listen while I paint, read, walk, bus, cook and do chores.  You would think that it would be higher on the this than books, but it is not.  Books were my salvation before music.
3. Books.  Yep books.  I love reading and research.  Books are great, and in a pinch they make good art holders, raisers and weights.  I am also thankful to the authors, writing is an art, and they are artists.
2. Art, mostly painting.  Without art I would be lost.  I would have no good way to express myself and how I understand the world. Art is an abstract concept, so it is kind of strange to be thankful for it, but I am.
1.  My spouse.  It is corny but I have really appreciated my spouse this year.  We have had our differences and difficulties this year.  We are still together and supporting each other.  He has supported my decisions this year, even though the big one caused financial issues.  He has been supportive in my desire to pursue art.
There you have it.
The 10 things I am most thankful for.
I know that things like family, work, and health are not on the the list.
I love my family, they are awesome, and I am thankful for them, just not as much as spell check… this year any way.
Work and health?
Weeeellll, that is a mixed bag.  I am employed part time.  That really does not cover many of the house expenses, but it does get me out and moving.  As for health….
I am not on my death bed, but my allergies have been bad this year.  My back has also been an issue this year.
What are you thankful for?

It’s Thursday?!

Wow, this week has flown by.
I did not post anything on Monday.  I was not motivated and I really did not have much to talk about.
Today is different.
Mostly because it is Thursday and things have been going this week.
1. I have sent off a bunch of art!  I had art actually sell and I am stoked. I have a few people that are contemplating purchases and have to wait for their paychecks.  Hopefully I will have more sales shortly.
2. I signed up for a small creepy holiday sales event.  I withdrew from the RAWk Seattle event.  I just do not have the energy to attempt to sell tickets and I cannot afford to buy out all the tickets.
3. I have started creating holiday art.  I want to have some items ready in time for the December holidays.  I already have one done and started another.  I have ideas for 3 or 4 more.
4.  I have ideas!  I have so many ideas and I am thinking about how to make them work.  Acrylic paintings and the holiday ink wash paintings.
That is about all.  I hope to be motivated to do the Monday blog post next week.