Monday, November 30, 2009

Updates and stuff..

Okay I have been on this social media network like crazy! My eyes are red and I need to get some freaking sleep. Why on earth does my brain like to turn on at night!
Okay as you can see >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>
I have been updating my sidebar. I have always had these accounts but never really had them all neatly displayed together. However my Artfire account is new. Like over the weekend new. I opened it to see if not having potential buyers have to sign up for an account would make it more user friendly and make folks more apt to spend.


I added my youtube tab as well and a tab for a few of my favorite etsyians as well.


I THINK I WANT TO DO ANOTHER GIVEAWAY AND POST IT ON YOUTUBE. I LIKE GIVING AWAY ALMOST AS MUCH AS I LOVE SELLING LOL.


BTW don't you just love my imaginary room...

Saturday, November 28, 2009

I'm thankful for...

I have so much to be thankful for. Even in my bouts of moodiness I do realize I am so blessed. I love my family and am so happy to have them all still with me. I am relatively healthy and most of the stuff I don't like I do possess the power somewhere to change them. lol

So with that being said I thought I do my quirky little what I'm thankful for spill.

1. My babies although they are 12 and 14 now but they are my sunshine and they are really cool kids.

2. My talent in my hands for making and creating beautiful things and people. I say I would have rather been a vocal artist with pipes like so many of my favorite female vocalist. However then you would never shut me up. lol

3. The color purple need I say more...

4. Pretty tchotchkes everywhere!

5. My new color printer for my prints on sale now in my shop.

6. BPA free aluminum pretty purple re-usable water bottle. Yay!

7. My Rocketdogs & ever so comfy Uggs


8. Coffee energy drinks mmm it just makes sense!

9. My silly playfulness remember troll dolls and my pretty ponies?

10.
Last but not least my go to craft store! I can spend hours in this place!




Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Lately I've been feeling like I need a new direction or voice for my art. I know I'm relatively new in my pursuit at a career as a full time artist. I understand the importance of finding a style and medium I am comfortable with and can master being good at. I know it takes time to build a fan base... Yet now I find myself just being pulled to do something with a greater meaning. Almost as if God himself is telling me something.
Now don't get me wrong...I love what I paint but I am feeling the urge to do much more challenging work. Some stuff that really tells a story. In a surreal dreamlike sort of way. I keep hearing certain inspirational songs in my head whenever I start sketching some the things my imagination comes up with.
There are even songs that have nothing to do with praise and worship that just sound awesome because of the instruments being used that linger in my head and bring about this new urge to draw. The strange thing is I draw figuratively much better (IMHO) than I paint.
Another strong desire I have is to start drawing from some of my inspiration as a hairstylist. I really want to do a series on fantasy hair art.

I find myself being somewhat intimidated by the degree of difficulty that some of my visions have when I think of how I am to interpret them onto canvas.

Now some may be wondering so whats stopping you?...
Than answer is simply me.
I stop me from doing so many things.
Change is not as easy as it is said... trying and doing actually require strength and courage in the face of adversity. These are things that are required because obstacles are going to be thrown on the road of the journey.
Being proactive is not for the faint at heart. Most times it takes being faced with the idea that your time is about to run out before most of us finally decide to start living.

The crazy thing is... this just about my challenges as an artist but the very same issues have made themselves right at home in every aspect of my life. Be it art, losing weight, doing hair, seeking God, being a good mother, daughter, grand daughter etc. etc.

I keep thinking I just need a get away of some sort. Like a 30 day sabbatical or something but there are people who have over come hurdles far greater than mine yet they didn't go away somewhere to do it.
Besides I've learned that the one thing I can't escape no matter how far I drive or fly away.
That which is me.

Friday, November 20, 2009

Twitter addict


Okay so its official I have lost my mind. I can't stop checking my twitter updates. I do it in the car, in the bathroom, while servicing my clients, in the grocery store, while having lunch with a friend, in the bed, as soon as I come home I turn on my tweetdeck. I am on twitter more than facebook.

Who do I follow? Mmmm mostly artist but 80% of the time I follow back everybody. I just have my favorites grouped together so their tweets don't get lost in all the info links and news tweets. Not that I don't love info because I have a group for them too and then the ones that aren't in a group don't show up in any of my feed but I will see their updated notification pop up and if I glance and it looks interesting than I click on it. However for the most part its pretty simple to organize and it is a information highway and an excellent tool for your business.

Like anything else I use it mainly to network with other artist and to sell my art.

This week I've been busy making hand painted greeting cards again and I have tried to photograph them in several different ways and to no avail have I had any success. Its the one thing I dread about listing my artwork is the picture taking aspect of it. Below are just a few but I've made tons. They will be available on my shop momentarily.

I have also been working on another tree with a collaged background. I don't know why its taking me so long to finish but oh well.

Ughh hmm lets see what else has been on my mind. Well since I've decided to be true to myself and blog or paint they way I deem fit me for my pleasure... her are a few things I want to rant about.

1. It kills me how everyone wants to be an expert on how I should live my life yet all the while their life is nothing I'd ever deem greener on the other side. Some folks you can see their yellow grass a mile away humph.

2. Hair salon clients who abuse the privilege of having my mobile number calling me and texting me like I'm their man on child. geshhh! I'm not open 24/7 stop harassing me! I got the first text message and your voice mail wtf. I will respond when I'm ready.

3. All the time your basement was empty you most likely very seldom went down in it. Why must you come down now that I stay in it. Why must you move my things around.

4. Is it wrong to want to buy stuff for your house you don't have yet?
(I know the answer to this question but I don't like it)

5. Can I buy a spice or a different brand of tea or any grocery item that isn't generic or on sale and not be chastised for it.?

6. It annoys me that guy from Project runway gets credit for coining "Hot Mess" its so old and its something in the fashion and hair world where flamboyant gay men have been saying it for eons.

7. America has dubbed the real term "pound" for "Fist bump"and makes me wanna pull my hair out but what really blows me is the black community has allowed it to happen. lol it just sounds so corny that way ughh


Okay enough ranting for one day. I must go and find a box large enough for my three gallery wrapped canvases to fit in that I sold. BTW I'm still having a 50% off sale until Dec16th on all Original paintings with free USA shipping.

Monday, November 16, 2009

and the winner is...

Through random.org the winner is Krista Hasson. Yay!
Email me your info at richant1015@gmail.com

Thursday, November 12, 2009

"I want it!" Part II

Give-Away!
give-away giveaway
celebration celebration celebration

Okay folks I've reached my 200th follower on Twitter and I'm happy about this milestone so I'm doing a give away to show my appreciation.

You can win this original painting on wood panel and 2 secret gifts.
How? You ask...
Simple just leave a comment below "I want it!" and that automatically enters your name into the give away list.
click on image for full view.

Giveaway ends Sunday @midnight
Winner revealed Monday evening.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

I did some drawings..

These last two days were spent home taking care of my sick son. Both of my kids slept in my bed with me for the past two nights. For some reason I can't paint with them in my space because all they do is demand my attention. Not to mention two big giant teen and pre-teen and a grown woman in a queen size bed was a recipe for disaster.

So instead of painting I pulled out the sketch book and worked on drawing faces and improving my value. Next will be my perception. So for now nothing that deviates from frontal poses if I happen to draw a full length person.

I watched a few youtube videos on how-to's when I get stuck feeling like there should be more.

Please feel free to comment and add any suggestions.




Okay now on to other things...I have been up the last two nights 'til 5am.
Which isn't very good for weight lost I keep eating late and sleeping in even later. I went to weight watchers close to my house and they weren't open yet they were supposed to be. I mean gesh! I'm tired of being fat and my dang knees hurt. So I went online and gathered some cooking light recipes from their website. I printed them out. Now I just need to get to the store.

The other thing is I'm addicted to twitter and the rest of the internet. I'd rather be packaging prints or original art and shipping out. LOL I love my free social media its has allowed me to have this lovely blog. The funny thing about this blog is it started out being all about art then it got way too personal. Now to me it lacks that personal touch. I think its because I don't want to be negative and share the darkness that I find myself being stuck in. But then I came upon a blog article I read by Don Dodge, Director of Business Development for Microsoft’s Emerging Business Team titled: Blogging has gone commercial - where are the individual voices? In the post he stated:

“Blogs used to be like online diaries for individual people to share their thoughts and observations, but that big media guys and corporate PR machines are using blogs in a big way; which has created an ideology about blogs where posts have become plugs to products, have some type of marketed branded approach or direction. Whatever happened to blogs that evoked emotion, thought, and theories that created engagement?”

Any thoughts about this?





Monday, November 9, 2009

Huge Sale 50% off



I'm having a huge 50% of all items in my etsy store
click on the collage

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

To do list....

Okay I have a list of things to do.

1. Make more greeting art cards.

2. Make more prints

3. Make more hand painted pendants

4. list them in etsy

5. Do holiday banner for etsy lots of items on SALE soon

6. blog about it, tweet about it, you tube about.

and then do a give away when I reach 200 hundred followers on Twitter.

I finished another original 18x24 painting.

I even did a time-lapse video of it


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