I did a Give-Away

I have reached a landmark on my Instagram (@bycarissac) account of 200 Followers.  So I did a drawing… more of a raffle.  I used two of my Inktober paintings as prizes.
I will do another contest when I hit 300 followers.
 Tomorrow I will do a similar drawing for my Facebook account that reached 200 the day after Instagram did.  The prize will be two other Inktober paintings.
 One Day I imagine being able to hold give-away contests on YouTube and even this blog.
Today I started working on an octopus painting I started a few months ago, but set aside to work on commissions and Inktober.  I am also in the planning stages for another set of drawings that will be made into a coloring book.
Today another time-lapse video was uploaded to my YouTube Channel today.  It was the Flash inkwash drawing.
That should be all the news I have.
Have a great week!

 

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Not a very Motivational Monday

I try quite hard to keep a positive mindset.  I find that if I focus on the good things in a situation that I do better to get through it.  This year it has been exceptionally challenging to do this.
Some of the problems we (spouse and I) are facing are directly caused by us.  We were doing well at the beginning of the year so we were not managing our money well (less well than I originally thought.)  I quite my stable and good paying job (I do not regret it.)  Now we are plagued by things that are seemingly out of our control but caused by our actions early this year.
My spouse has been unable to get a consistent job.  My art is not selling well (I knew this was going to be the case.) People who want my art are having financial issues as well. I am not able to get a consistent job (waiting on the government to process some paper… really over 9 months!)
We do not qualify for most federal aide as we do not have children nor are we disabled.
I feel that we are in a pit and it is pouring rain out.  The pit is slowly filling with sludge and we are getting covered instead of being able to float to the surface.
My eternal optimism says we will get through this, more or less intact.  There is a part of me that would like to give up the fight and just walk away from everything.  Live off grid in the mountains or something equally as difficult or impossible.
The optimism wins out, because I am an eternal optimist, even if I do not act like it.
In an effort to give myself a boost I found some quotes to share.
I am not drawing the quote today.  I am NOT that optimistic right now.  Plus I am working on getting ready for Jet City Comic Show in Tacoma, Washington this weekend.
Yes, yes, yes.  I want to quit.  I want to hide away and never show my face to the world again.  Yet, I will not.  I want to share my art with everyone.  I want to make them see and feel and think new things.  So I will keep going, because I have not accomplished my goal yet.
I was “busy” Friday.  Sheer stubbornness made me waste a bunch of time on something.  I could have been working on other things.
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 I am doing this one.  I have never done a lot of the things that I did this year.  I am learning and growing.
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 I make lots of these.  I try a lot.
Thank you for reading.
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Inktober Week 2

Week two and still going strong!
I was having computer issues yesterday and I was not sure if I would be able to post this today.
I am also going to put all my Inktober drawings into a video… maybe two.  I have been doing good and recording my drawing sessions.  Even with my difficult work space (darn you Spawn!)

Motivation Monday… No Drawing!?

Today I went up to Seattle for a nice walk and to think about what to draw for today’s Motivation Monday.
I chose the quote on the bus and then thought on it during my errands and walk.  I ended up having a great “ah-ha” moment of understanding.
I chose this quote from Nelson Mandela, “I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it.  The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear.”
Life is full of fears.  They are all over the place.  Some are personal, others cultural, and others human.  Fears keep people from trying new things and achieving their goals.
Overcoming Fear is uncomfortable.  If you want to overcome the fear you MUST do things we do not like to do, learn new things, and even join forces with others.  You must take some kind of action.  There is no more hiding and being comfortable in your little zone.
How to visualize this…
That is the hard part for me, usually.
The “ah-ha” moment is what came to save the day… and you will have to wait to see the result.
I have no free workspace!
Inktober is taking up most of my table, a painting is taped to the rest of the table.  I have three things on my easel.
It will be a few days, and that makes me sad.  I am sure the art will be worth the wait.

Motivation Monday 14

The inevitable happened.

I used a quote a second time.

I have a hard time finding quotes that give me ideas. I find tons of great and motivational quotes and I even have a list of ones that I really like. The problem is that they give me nice visuals one day, and nothing the next.

Today is an Inktober / Drawlloween flavor of an Elon Musk quote I used a while ago.

“When something is important enough, you do it even if the odds are not in your favor.”

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It is true.

Think of all the challenges you never thought you would overcome. Getting a job… or maybe a better job. Maybe the challenge was something you did NOT do… get arrested, go to jail, get fired.

Our lives are filled with challenges; some easy, some hard. If it is important that you overcome the challenge, you will. You might never know how you did it but you will do it and you will survive.

An example is being a single parent. Try working two jobs to provide for your child. Maybe even take night classes so you can quite one in a few years. Many people are living this life, some with more than one child.

Another example is being a survivor of a horrific event. All of your friends/family are gone, you are the only one left. You are a shell of a person just living off the routine you had. The events of the past few months are leaving many in this situation.

Maybe you are a recovering addict. Maybe you had to move because there would be no way for you to recover where you were living. No job, no friends, no family, no support. Another life that many people are living.

All of these are realities.

It might be yours.

It might be your neighbors.

It might be reality for the guy who serves your coffee.

And in order to survive, you will do what you need to… WHATEVER is important for you to survive.

Motivation Monday #13

Today’s motivation is from George Bernard Shaw.
“Life isn’t about finding yourself.  Life is about creating yourself.”
I totally agree.
When you start off you are mostly what your parents want you to be.  They pick the bits and pieces of themselves that are “best” and give them to you.  As you grow up you are exposed to more and more people with different “best” things you can pick and chose which ones will serve you best.  As time goes on you can chose to get rid of things that no longer have a place.
In the end you are this amazing mosaic, a sculpture using various clays, stones, woods, and so many other materials.
I tried to take my time on this.
I am just so tired today.  Getting up at 3:30 is not helping my afternoon energy levels.  Plus I was on the phone with “customer service.”  That will suck the life out of anyone.  AAANNNDD the problem was not resolved.  I have to call again tomorrow.
On the plus side.  Once this is resolved, it should be the LAST little bit of the fallout from the financially rough year I have had.
PARTY!!!!
…not… no energy.
I did buy myself some Double Stuf Oreos though.  mmmmm heaven.
Have a great week.  I will post about arty things on Thursday.
Don’t forget to check out ArtByCarissaC on Youtube.  New videos on Thursdays!  (Time Lapse Thursday…?  is that a good name for them?)
I also have a bunch of stuff in my Etsy shop.  Original art that has been framed, and framed prints.  More will be coming (once I get more green.)
I am ALWAYS open to feedback and suggestions on improving my art, postings, and videos.  Feel free to leave comments and input.
I WANT to get better!
I messed up the wording of the quote.  I do that when I am not paying attention. *Sigh*
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Knock on Wood

Yesterday (Wednesday) started out pretty well.

The good started on Tuesday.  I got paid for PAX (earlier than expected -WOOT) and paid for my part time gig.   I was able to plan out how to take care of some bills.

Tuesday evening was productive, painted and ordered postcard prints of a few of my creations.  Even though it was cold,  I dyed my hair purple. I got things done and was pleased with my progress.

Work was pretty easy (Wednesday.)  There are still things I am not sure about with the job, but I can count things (most of the time!)  Even the ride back home was mellow.  I got to chat with a new co-worker.

Then the financial issue rears it’s ugly head.  Now I have no access to my pay checks to order prints or post new art on Etsy.  I have a few dollars in cash and I just put money on my bus card (thank goodness.)

When (if) the bank calls me back, I can try to get things coordinated again.  Forward movement is great.  Being stuck in a pit or haning off a broken rope bridge is not fun.  It is worse when there are things activly pushing you back down.  Be it slippery pit walls or Mola Ram trying to take your heart out, up and out is the goal.

In art related news:

  • Today is new time lapse thursday!  Check out my Youtube Channel for the new video!  Subscribe so I can get a personalized URL 🙂 https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC42kveNaEeIK0qrF4KeFU7A
  • Stuff is on Etsy.  I have some prints and several original creations.
    • I am looking for feedback on improving my listings.
    • I hope that you will share my store with people who are interested in buying art.
  • I have two creations on my table.  Both are in preparation for Jet City Comic Show.
    • I have a whole bunch of others in the final stages of planning.  Even a few for Inktober.

 

Up Coming Events!

  • Spooked in Seattle Bizarre Bizaar – October 28th.  I will be selling the spookiest of my creations, including some new ones (duh!)
  • Jet City Comic Show – November 4th and 5th.  I am a guest of TerraCrux Games!  Nerdy Fan art will be on sale.  Plus help me pay for Holiday RAWk by purchasing a print pack!
  • Holiday RAWk – December 13th.  My second attempt to particpate in a RAW Seattle event.   This time there is a lot of notice and I will be creating Christmas and other Holiday season art for this.

 

As soon as I have my finances straight  I will be setting up print packs.  They will be on sale on Facebook and Etsy as well as any events I am able to do.  Remember support a living artist.  We need the money and acknowledgement.  The dead artists are well past those needs.  ❤

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Djinn (genie) based off some art from Advanced Dungeons and Dragons.  I will have prints of this available at Jet City Comic Show.