Psssttt.... This is going to be a wordy one, and since there's no single painting to breakdown or discuss, I've sprinkled photos of things that've taken up time which has not been spent painting. I hope this will be somewhat more appealing to
The second and shorter thing, which is why I'm starting with it, is an overall frustration with Etsy as a promoting and selling platform for "all things handmade"(Lies upon lies!). It's been fairly easy and inexpensive to display things to sell on Etsy. For my meager inventory, it's certainly cheaper than building a website with shopping cart capabilities. The majority of my frustration is on the promotion end. While Etsy makes a claim for all things handmade, it's branding itself to a very specific market *cough, hipsters, cough*. Since most of my items feature more than one color, and do not contain owls and handlebar mustaches, it's likely my stuff will not gain much exposure. And so, the lackluster store debut doesn't have me clearing the candles from my coffee table to build up my inventory.
not alone in my frustration with Etsy, which is nice. When I'm annoyed or angry about something, I feel like less of a crazy malcontent when there's a community for that annoyance and anger-- always comforting. Speaking of community, I tend to have trouble finding them, which is one Etsy element that has me pleased. Art and writing are more often than not, solitary activities. Even when you find communities and groups devoted to encouraging and creating connections among its members, I've never found much long-term fraternity or success among them. Writers often pretend they want to discuss and help improve your work, but most writers use that as a pretense to discuss their work, or at least apply/compare your style and methods to their own. It's hard not to. You want to offer advice from experience, so what do you have to work with apart from your own writing experience? Talking to other writers is great when you want to talk about the publishing industry or personal quirks that come with the process-- it's also extremely important to learn how to workshop among them. But once you learn how to do it and do it well, don't bother with it unless you haven't heard the word "theme" or "form" in a while. I have yet to hear a non-writer ever give a crap about "theme" or "form"in anything (and to a lesser extent "tone"). In the real world, "theme" is for lame parties and "form" is something you use to sew or display a dress. If you want help with writing, get a bitchin' community of readers, not fellow writers. With artists, it's either hit or miss. It's not uncommon for artists to hate other artists based on nothing more than the fact that they're artists (writers do this too). For the most part, we're a contentious, pretentious and ultimately insecure lot-- myself certainly included! When you do encounter fellow artists, whose company you find enjoyable and inspiring, it usually has more to do with them being nice, easy-going people apart from being artists. The only problem with this sort is their incredible flakiness-- myself less certainly included. If you actively want to do something artistic and communal, it often involves some degree having of your shit together. Hate to say it, but friendly, fun, artists who have their shit together are rare. Happy to say, I seem to have found a few on Etsy. Etsy is many people who enjoy creating things, but have at least enough of their shit together to open a shop for those things. Connections there are slowly starting to develop. Wish I could say the same for sales, but I'll have to follow up on this after some
|Finally finished that freakin' hemp water bottle carry|
after fourteen months or so.
here and there.
|The only recent bit of two dimensional art I've done over the past couple weeks.|
It's colored pencil on artagain paper. I got sick of em before I filled in his back leg.
|An unfinished painted egg. I wanted to do a couple of these in art nouveau|
style for an Easter post. Maybe next year?
|And here's the cell phone I used to take the picture of my camera. I like red|
electronics. I should post a picture of my coffee grinder to prove it. And yup,
that's a Moonserpent header design mug.
|Well hello, Phidippus audax! Thank you for posing.|
|And you, Cepaea nemoralis. You may end up in a painting.|