We had such a mild winter this year.. and I think it’s over already! But that’s okay; I’m so happy there’s been more sun the past while. I’ve been waiting for great sunny days again to retake some photographs and pretty up the Etsy shop.. something I’ve wanted to do for a long time. Taking these photos is probably one of my least favourite things to do sometimes, but today has been great since it’s a sign that winter is going to end!
Catching up with Project 365. With my boyfriend visiting last month, we were patiently waiting for a good snow day so we could build a snowman! That particular day was perfect; so we bundled up (or rather, I bundled up and he just threw on a hoodie because he’s like freaking Iceman and the cold has like zero effect on him, sigh) and headed out to the backyard to build an awesome snowman. It went from a lumpy unidentifiable pile of snow to an awesome snowbunny. Some small twigs for whiskers and two button eyes and our snowbunny was super silly and super cute (:
On day 23 we were at the mall and I picked up this amazingly huge and fluffy pair of earmuffs. They’re massive and loud and totally suited my quirkiness. Best purchase ever (:
I made a new small batch of pendants not long ago that I plan to list in the new year.. some are actual prints (finally) while others are hand painted. I have a soft spot for the Sad Panda ones and plan to make more.. Sad Pandas are SAD! ..it’s been a tough month.
I think the holiday sales have slowed down for me on Etsy; so my plan for this month has been to paint more and prep more listings so that the next month will be easier. It’s been a really hard month mentally for me so I really hope the new year will bring some promise.
It’s funny that painting Sad Pandas kinda helps.
I hope everyone’s having a nice safe December so far ❤
I’ve actually taken a bit of a break lately from painting pendants. Painting so small is hard on the eyes.. not that painting tiny little ACEOs is a whole lot better, but it’s probably a step up – and a step away from going cross-eyed.
I finally learned how to split content in a post. About time, right?
It’s been a tough week with my fibro really just beating me up, but I’m trying to chug along. New paintings have been slow, mostly because I’ve been working away at making a logo and overall branding of my shop. I think I’m making some progress, but it’s a very slow and involving task and it’s been taking time away from actually creating new art. I need to either stop being so picky.. or start looking into creating a robot to do all the extra work for me.
Anyone have a spare robot??
I’ve been looking expanding and creating pendants of my art. It’s taken a bit of research and time to hunt down the right supplies for me, because it’s like when I first got into making prints: I always have to make sure that I do things right before putting anything up for purchase. When I first decided to make prints, I spent hours and hours researching and learning and seeing what equipment would suit me, what paper to use, what supplies I needed to protect my artwork, and all the effort I think was worth it and I’ve been super pleased with the prints that I can make now.
So the same goes with pendant making. I didn’t want just an image with a dome covering it, or something like a glaze covering the image like I’ve read so much about. I decided that I would try my hand at resin making.
This is not a tutorial, but just some progress shots of my first attempt at using resin. It’s not as hard as I thought it’d be! I first sized and printed out a sheet of my art that I thought would work as a circle pendant.
Hope everyone had a great weekend! I managed to get some more painting in before the barbecue we had on Saturday. It’s also been rainy the past week.. and temperatures are dropping quickly so I have a feeling the beach won’t be in my future again this year ):
Here are some progress shots of some new art:
A friend suggested an alpaca as an animal on my to-do list and I just couldn’t resist their fluffy faces and incredibly spiffy hairdo! I just want to ruffle the hair on their heads in glee. I probably spent too much time painting this nerdy alpaca’s ‘do, but I really wanted it to be ruffle-worthy =)
I haven’t spent as much time as I would like creating new art but that’s because I’ve been preoccupied trying out new things that I would like to eventually add to my little Etsy shop.
Also I’ve actually been kind of social the past little while! Kinda crazy. There’s been family barbecues, nights out for dinner with relatives and family friends, pigging out at The Ex with friends, not to mention all the deliciousness when I headed out to Buskerfest, I think I probably need to start being a little more busy with that treadmill after the last month or so though, ohmygosh! *pats belly*
I need a little break from photos and treasuries and tags before I go a bit crazy.. okay, I admit I’m already a bit crazy – I remember one day when I was hanging out with a friend.. this huge bright light made me want to grab my tablet pen, go to the Photoshop window and adjust the exposure.. tweak the gamma a bit, perhaps, maybe the saturation..
Except that I was actually outside.
Away from any computer.
And the bright light I was seeing was actually the sun.
I spent the next few minutes muttering that real life really needs some tweaking in Photoshop.
.. I think I might be sitting in front of the computer a bit too much.
Some more updates, perhaps?
I’ve been slowly getting into the groove of the tarot cards again. I think a (crazy) goal of mine is to ultimately paint the entire tarot deck.. it’s only, well.. *mutter – 78 cards – mutter* and I know I won’t reach that goal anytime soon. It’s a far away dream, and I plan on taking my time, but I am enjoying the ride! I have the next tarot card in mind, and I think I’m definitely going to be having a lot of fun with that one. (Also, this is probably just slightly more attainable then when I decided to paint all the pokemon.. we’re at what now, 649 pokemon? Eek.)
The Six of Wands was first, and I almost chose to paint a lynx but decided on the sleek looking caracal. I wanted a powerful cat to represent the victory of the Six of Wands card, but not a common choice like a lion or tiger. Playing with the caracal’s fur and the gradients in the background was especially fun, as well as the fluffy ear bits. Fluffy ear bits make me happy!
The Star was a bit of a challenge as well. If you ever look at the original card, you can tell that there’s a LOT of stuff going on, and every aspect of the card has a meaning: the number of stars in the sky, even the number of points on the stars mean something. I didn’t want to overload my painting too much, but decided to paint an American White Ibis. The ibis is actually the bird in the original card and seemed like the best choice in the end.
Here’s a bit of the rambly side of being a seller on Etsy. (You have been warned!)
I’ve probably spent a good several solid days tweaking all of my listings in my Etsy shop, but not because of this whole ‘relevency’ thing (more on that another day, perhaps), but because of all the photos I’ve been adding.. I have 200+ listings in my shop now, and that means 200+ photographs to add!
Here’s a link to the ‘before‘ shot of the shop. Kinda.. static? Repetitive? Weird?
Here’s how it looks as of today:
I think the variety of display shots is at least a bit of improvement.. I still have a few more listings to go through and photographs to add – WHEW. This feels like it never ends! And I still want to tackle improving descriptions and tags even further.. not to mention making a shop banner that’s um, a little.. better? The one I have up there was really one I just slapped together for the sake of having a banner up. I think I gotta dig up the digital art side of me again. It feels like it’s been a long time!
I also added some new sale items: customizable listings for multiple prints.
Hopefully August isn’t as slow as people say it is. If anything, I’ll have the rest of the month to draw and paint more, and to enjoy that blinding ball of light in the sky before it stops being so bright.
Once winter comes, I’ll probably be complaining about how I need to open up Photoshop and bump up the levels and contrast of the sky..
So much work.
I should probably invest in some natural indoor lighting, because although today was a nice, sunny, beautiful day, the clouds would go all Flanders on me.
Clouds: HI NEIBOUREENO!
Me: Get lost, Flanders.
Clouds: Okely dokely!
2 minutes later..
Clouds: Hi neighboureeno!!
It’s already August! How the heck did that happen? It feels like I’ve just blinked a few times and summer’s already half over. I barely just got into July!
While looking for inspiration, I realized that the first week of August (again, how did August sneak up like that?) is ‘Simplify Your Life Week’. This is a time where we should really just pause and re-evaluate your priorities and figure out how to leave clutter out and simplify everything around you.
.. this is a hell of a lot easier said than done, of course.