New Year and no Art … yet

Happy first blog post of 2018.
I was not sure what to right about.  The turn of the year was quite interesting…
There were some bad things that happened.  Mostly caused be the poor financial situation I am in right now.  They were expected, and I do not see one of them as being that bad.
I have been applying for creative type jobs.  I am extremely grateful for the job I have, but I would like something a bit more stable, higher pay, and better hours.  Food on the table is great, but I would like to be able to keep the roof over my head also.  Wish me luck!
I took a week off art and the blog (did you notice?)  I wanted to rest up and refresh my view point.  Maybe try to come up with something cool to write about (failed at that.)  I started four paintings, and set up a few small drawings, as experiments of sorts.
I need to come up with something for Valentines day… None of my current ideas get the fire burning so I keep kicking things around my head hoping that one will click and work.
I do not have any solid plans for events this year.  The cool ones that I did last year, have not put out anything for this year (yet) and money is tight.  I would like the creative jobs to help find out what events are available.  Some are hard to find if you do not know where to look.
I should have some art to share on Thursday.
Happy New Year!
May 2018 bring good things, or at the least be better than 2017 was.
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The Rain Continues…2017 Review

This year has been… interesting.
January and February were stressful…  It was when I created “The Maw.”
My spouse was forced to resign from his position and he spent most of this time being (in my opinion) unproductive.  I had a lot of anger and frustration from my job also.  A lot of additional responsibilities with out additional pay or staffing.  Not that the pay would have made things better.  I was at my limit anyway, I needed extra man hours.
Either way, I was miserable at work and home.  If I was not painting I was sleeping.  I slept a lot.
March is when I put notice into my full time employer.  I can only stand so much misery.  Either leave my spouse (it was very bad) or leave the job.  Things are scary.  For the second time in my life I was “unemployed” but the first that it was my choice.  This was also the month I started looking for Art groups to be a part of.  Looking back I only did two major works this month.
April saw me excited at the prospect of being free.  It was still scary and stressful.  Trying to get things cleaned up at work for the new person and at home…  I also was getting ready for a show in May.  I did a full sized acrylic painting, the skull experiments and a farewell flower bouquet!  Busy girl!
May: All done at the job.  I never have to go back and work that thankless job ever again.  As crazy and desperate as things are right now, I am so glad I do not have to work there anymore.
I did my first vendor event!  Oddmall Tacoma.
I was a flurry of work to get things ready for the event.  Title pages for my portfolio, making sure I had to much to display, pricing, and color pages.  I even painted a set of cute birds that an awesome friend purchased. (I cannot find the photo of it.)
June and July were also a bit crazy.  I did that awesome jellyfish painting and an Octopus painting (sold.)  I did a few more ink wash paintings and geared up for Art on the Ave in Tacoma with the color-me puzzles and Music and Art in Wright Park.  I also started to work on “motivation Monday” stuff.  In July I also got two commissions!  It was so cool.  I will be working on another commission for the one of those people in 2018.
The worries of not having steady income and my spouse not having a job yet, is starting to bother me.  My spouse and I are selling icecream when we can for a local iceream maker, Viking Feast Icecream.
I also got a part time job at the end of July.  Gotta make ends meet.
PS. I was not happy about it.  I was “unemployed” for less than two months.  It still makes me angry to think about.  I could go on for days about the work balance in my relationship.
August and September is when the dread really set in.  I got a small commission in August and prepped a lot for Music and Art in Wright Park.
This is also the time frame where I had the awesome pleasure of working with a talented artist on a collaboration!  I had started with an idea for an abstract painting for a comic related piece and it just did not go well.
I did a small commission and started getting ready for events that I work. I sold icecream and got laid up because I hurt my back and could not work.
I created a bunch of nerd oriented art for Jet City Comic Show in November.
October… Should have been the best month ever.  Halloween, Inktober and a fun little Halloween event for me to vendor at, and a Friday the 13th.  My spouse was working steady hours, not full time, but steady.  All the makings for an excellent month.
Then my spouse’s best friend committed suicide… a few block from our house. Messed up the whole month.  We did what we had to.  My spouse got fired from his job and the whole emotional mess that comes with losing your best friend…  I think that it is worse than losing a family member.  You do not get to pick those, but you pick your friends (just try not to pick their noses *hahaha.*)
October and November were really just horrible, terrible, and no good.
In November and December I did not work much, just art.  The job that I work at has its slow time during the holidays.  I made enough to pay the utility bills.  I also did a few small events and sold some art that helped pay a few more small bills.
I had art on display at a restaurant in Fremont, Washington.  It was exciting to see my art on a wall that was not mine.  I also was at Jet City Comic Show as a guest of Terra Crux Games.
I spent most of the November and December coloring Inktober drawings and cursing my spouses best friend.
It has been a long time since $400 felt like a lot of money.  I was a teenager when that last happened.  My first pay check was $281.64 in the mid 90’s.  I felt so rich.
Now I hope I get that much so I can make sure we have light, food, and heat.
I am also frustrated with “the system.”  A person who has worked their butt off since they were old enough to work, cannot get help.  There is virtually no one who is around to help my family (no kids) keep the house and pay the bills, during this bad year we have had.
A person who has only worked long enough to ensure they get state and federal benefits can easily get “assistance” for housing, food, and bills.
I do not understand it.
This is the last post of the year.
A summary of what I have done.
I look toward 2018 with hope.
I am an eternal optimist.

 

Almost Christmas!

Christmas is three days away!
I bet the young and young at heart are excited.
The Holiday season is hard for lots of people.  We remember friends and family that have past.  You might be one of the many that are in a seasonal relationship or not in a relationship.
Make sure everyone feels the love of the season, so give your Scroogy friends a big hug and invite them over (if you can.)  The invitation means a lot even if you are sure they will decline.  Who knows, they might surprise you!
Today I have lots of art to share.
First it is Time-Lapse Thursday.  A new video is available to watch on my Youtube channel, or you can watch it below.  Santa has come to town!
Next up is these two Christmas wreaths I did.
One is creepy and the other less so.
The first one has metallic gold paint for the background.  It looks very nice in person.  It has a good feeling of depth.
The second has a gold leaf background.  It also looks better in person.  The gold leaf does take over the image though.  I will not be using it as a background anytime soon.  It is definitely better as an accent.  It is extremely shiny though.
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I will not be making prints of the second one.  The gold leaf just does not photograph or scan very well (as you can see.)  The creepy wreath will be available next year.  Maybe I can do a Christmas in July thing. hmmmm….
I am already starting to plan new things for 2018 and trying to figure out what shows and events I want to do. (Gotta get a new business licences first.)
Merry Christmas!

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!

 

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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