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!
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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!

 

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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Taking Breaks

It is time for a long weekend!
I am very tired of work and would LOVE the chance to refresh over a long weekend. There really should be more. At least one every other month.

I really enjoy my job and the organization I work for is pretty awesome. I accrue Paid Time Off at a very good rate. Taking it is sometimes a problem. I have checked into how many hours the “average” American works and how much PTO they get. We are in the top 10 of most hours worked ! And women tend to work more hours when they “like” their job.  The figures do not leave much of a chance for anyone not to work to hard.
I take great pride in doing my job well. I do not really believe that my trainees have the same pride when it comes to doing their jobs, or my job.  I am pretty sure that my attitude to my work is what helps me work myself into exhaustion.  It’s not like my job is really hard, it is just detailed and involves people.  Lots of people.  People who are stuck in their own bubbles most of the time, caught up in their own self importance.  That is the most tiring part of my job, dealing with those people.

Anyway!  That was not where I was going with this.

In the US companies only have to offer 5 of the 11 Federal Holidays.  Most companies go with Labor Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year Day, and Memorial Day.  That is not even enough to take one long weekend every other month!  With Christmas, Thanksgiving and New Year all in the same time the end of the year is seriously holiday heavy.  This leaves employee’s having to budget their PTO so they can cover the excessive amount of time off at the end of the year.

Many people choose to work through all the holiday’s they can for the bonus pay.  Then cash out their PTO to afford nice things, like extra Christmas gifts or down payment on a car or home.  These people tend to burn out quickly, if they cannot find a balance.

I am kind of like that.  I usually work 90% of the holidays one year and take my holidays and a few long weekends the following year.  I am starting to notice that I have a lower tolerance for this since I have started my internship.  I REALLY want to take every holiday I can.  Either to relax or work on things for my internship.  In the end I am still working and that keeps me tired.

Now I have a question.  What do you do with your Paid Time Off?

Some nice info-graphs for everyone to enjoy 🙂

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Designs for the Holiday’s: Part two

Here are my designs for Christmas and New Year.

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I like how cold everything but the words are.  No department store vomit on my Christmas design.

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This turned out much darker than I intended.  I am going to have to work on it a bit more.  It is almost like Hallowe’en all over again.

I also think I like purple a bit to much…