Sunday, March 27, 2016

My heart is so full!

My cup is running over! I am so happy I'm finally seeing the manifestation of my dreams.
This book is catching fire! I have so many orders to fill and once the first print run comes in I will have already ordered a second print run. Then there is the launch party and round table discussion I am planning to have. I'm in the process of looking for a few sponsors now.

This book and others like it will become the new book club brunch thing. Except it will be adults having fun with crayons and coffee! 
Guys I can not tell you how excited I am about whats taking place here. This reminds me of my first vending event where I completely sold out of all my art inventory I had accumulated over two years back in 2009. I walked away on that Saturday afternoon with $780 in cash and that was very early in my career as an artist. Now fast forward to 2016 the first day the pre-order link went live my PayPal notifications were jumping!

Friday I did a Periscope broadcast on BlackBizScope. They are a black owned community base initiative that showcases and supports black owned business. They have a huge audience and they use their platform to help other black businesses gain exposure through a #passthescope #blackbizfriday hour long segment through both am and pm 15 minute spotlights. 
Below is my 15 minutes of fame where I had over 300 people in my broadcast and over 2k in hearts. While I was scoping I was selling and continued to sell while the replay was up. It was such a surreal experience. Periscope turned 1 year old today and I must say it has definitely change my brand for the better. I think because it's live unedited unscripted and a up close intimate look into the soul of the person or people behind the product or brand. It allows people to connect with you on a more personal level. People tend to be more loyal, trusting, and supportive when they feel they can trust you. It's the reason why I will be scoping more often. 

I understand a lot of people won't understand or get it. However it's either change with the ever evolving times and they way people do social media to influence the masses or get left behind.

Sunday, March 20, 2016

Friday, March 18, 2016

I'm committing to being more active on Periscope. Which is particularly hard for me because I prefer to broadcast when the house is quite and during the day.  I however do not live alone so I'm not always in that ideal situation.  So I will try to pop in and make many quick broadcast just so there is always a scope in my que.

Friday, March 11, 2016

So I decided to write a book. Well not exactly write. More like illustrate a coloring book for black young girls and women and my gawd it ain't easy!
18 more pages before publishing!

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

New to the shop

I just varnished and signed my last two paintings and added them to my online shop! 

Dope Formation 
Oil on gallery edge canvas 

Dope Shades of Beauty
Oil on gallery edge canvas 

The ever going journey to passive income.

"Passive income is an income received on a regular basis, with little effort required to maintain it. It is closely related to the concept of "unearned income". The American Internal Revenue Service categorizes income into three broad types, active (earned) income,passive (unearned) income, and portfolioincome."

The ever continuing journey to create a life where I can monetize off my hobbies. However in doing so I definitely desire to create streams of income from passive money flow. So that even while I'm creating, teaching, or doing absolutely nothing I'm still generating sales. 

So here is the latest endeavor 

#blackgirlmagic coloring books. I will sell these books any and everywhere I can possibly sell them! Here is a sneak preview of what magical goodness that is in store.

Yes that's right 20 pages of beautiful images of crowns of glory! Showcasing natural hair and relaxed, with animal prints, kente inspired patterns and more! The goal is to allow the RichAnt art lovers collaborate with RichAnt the artist. 
I'm currently in the process of looking for self publishing companies that allow for print and production to take place on a larger format of 9x12 or even better 11x14. 

To be continued and coming very soon!

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Shades of beauty

So I spent all last night trying to finish up this piece. I decided to go to bed since I had a somewhat early am start. However I am having so much fun creating this. I may actually recreate it on a larger canvas with different poses and hairstyles. 

As always it feels soooooo good to create. Especially when there is music involed. It just takes you away. Mentally transporting you into a place of peace. 
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