BOGO for BLOGGERS!!!

I recently closed my print shop on etsy. It was a hard decision as it was my original shop and had over 1000 hearts and 300 positive feedback. But I’m trying to move away from ‘The Bag Lady’ and it had to be done. I don’t want to have to list the prints I have left as my art is moving in a different direction and I’m on to new adventures. So, for this weekend only I’m having a BLOGGER SALE EVENT! 30% off the entire shop of original artwork, and A FREE PRINT WITH MATT for every piece purchased! The print will be of my choosing but all are 8×10 professional photo prints that I have a printing company do for me. Each will come backed by archival chipboard, matted and in a protective sleeve. The 30% discount will be reimbursed via PayPal after the order is placed, just check out as normal and I will do the rest.

When you go to pay for your purchase type the word ‘BLOGGER’ into the comment section so I’ll know you came by way of my blog. Feel free to spread the word, I don’t have many originals left. The sale will last until Sunday, after that I will be closing the shop for a few days to revamp it and list some new work. Several of the items in the shop have been featured in magazines so you may recognize them.

Thank you as always for your continued friendship and support of my work, it’s greatly appreciated!

Share Art

While writing down my goals for 2010 I realized there was a recurring theme, ‘Share Art’. Every goal was about sharing art in some way. It’s been the emerging theme from my journal pages, the voice of my muse.

When your muse is speaking it’s wise to listen. I have several ‘Share Art’ projects in the works and hope to add several more venues in the near future.

First on my list for today is ‘Hearts for Haiti’ an Etsy Shop opened to allow artists to share their work, all proceeds go to Haiti relief efforts, while artists donate work and pay for worldwide shipping. ‘Heart of Hearts’ is my donation. A 16×20 mixed media canvas. Pass the word around about this shop and let’s share art and raise money to help the horrible situation in Haiti.

I’d also like to Share Art with one of my blog readers! I just reached 300 followers and haven’t had a GIVEAWAY for awhile, so this seems like a great time! I’m going to giveaway an ONLINE WORKSHOP! Your choice of the three I have open right now, VISUAL JOURNALISM 101, SHADES OF GREY, or PURSUING PORTRAITS. If you have already taken all three, please still sign up and I’ll give you a $40 gift certificate for my Etsy Print Shop! And just to keep things fun, if we reach 100 entrants, I’ll up the giveaway to include two winners!!

So please encourage others to share in this giveaway, post on your blog, tweet, facebook, whatever way you want and help me to Share Art! Giveaway will end January 24th at 12:00pm, all you have to do is comment on this post~

The Flip Side of Sharing


As I wrote my last post about putting yourself ‘out there’ and sharing your art, I was feeling the warmth of acceptance and appreciation for doing so. On Christmas Eve the latest issue of CPS arrived and I quickly learned the sting that sometimes comes from being ‘out there’ in the form of a letter to the editor.

I will admit that it hurt. As artists we are very sensitive about our work, whether it be in the form of art or writing about art. This is what makes all of us fearful at times to share our creative side with others.

When I write an article sharing a new product or technique, I truly want to encourage, teach and share what I’ve learned to hopefully inspire and help others on their own journey which in turn inspires me to keep pushing ahead.

When I pick up a magazine I do so knowing that not every article will be ‘for me’ and still can appreciate the time and effort the person writing put into it. We don’t have to share, we want to and there wouldn’t be wonderful magazines if everyone was fearful of rejection and decided against sharing because their work may not please everyone.

I wasn’t going to address this issue, but I feel the need to be honest and if I’m going to talk about the positive aspects of sharing, I need to also address the sometimes negative aspects as well.

It has made me reflect on why I share and the need to continue on despite an occasional negative response.

I appreciate all of the support you all have given me and look forward to an art-filled New Year, sharing my journey, good and bad.

The new year will bring the birth of my first grand baby and my first book. These are the things that propel me forward and help me not to spend valuable time worrying over things that really aren’t important.

Bless you all in 2010!
xoxo

These and more have just been listed in my Etsy Shop

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In honor of my step mom I am offering fine art prints from my original piece, ‘Beauty in Strength’. I will only be offering these limited edition prints through the end of October and the proceeds will go to the Susan G. Komen foundation. If you purchase one for yourself or a friend, please accept my offer of 1/2 off the price of a second print of your choosing from my print shop. I will refund the difference through PayPal. What a great way to support a good cause and get something for yourself or a gift at the same time. Please help me to send a nice big check on November 1st!
Also feel free to use this image to promote this sale on your blog:-)

Beauty in Strength

I just got back from visiting my family. This was my first trip back since my step mom’s breast cancer diagnosis and the thing that struck me immediately, was the strength I saw in her eyes. She spent most of the weekend visiting with all of the family, head unadorned by hair, scarf, or wig. I thought I would feel uncomfortable at her new loss, but instead I felt her strength and was comforted by it. She is bravely facing this battle and confidently making plans for ‘after treatment’.
This piece titled Beauty in Strength is inspired by her and in an effort to continue raising funds for research efforts, I will be offering prints in my etsy Print Shop, with the profits going to the Susan G. Komen Center.
‘I don’t think of all the misery but
of the Beauty that still remains’

Passing Time

I spent several hours waiting for a flight with some empty seats on it this past weekend. We had a great time at the EAA Airshow in Wisconsin, walked our feet off! Now I am packing again to go to Washington and visit my family. When I get home there will be the flurry of school clothes shopping, end of summer boating and before I know it summer will be over. I have to say, we have not experienced many of those ‘endless’ summer days. Each one seems filled with activities but I manage to squeeze in some art time every day. Even if it’s just a quick little bit of journaling.
I hope you are finding time for art. It does not have to be a BIG block of time, just a few minutes spent in your journal can make all the difference in your creative state of mind.

I am participating in the Melange Team Etsy Sales Event August 7-9 even though I will be gone. I am offering 15% off both my Art Shop and my Print Shop.
Refunds to be made through PayPal.