Saturday, November 29, 2008
Last week was an interesting week for a holiday. Historically I am slow right around Thanksgiving and Christmas (mostly due to my own desire for extra baking and fun). However I was contacted on Monday by a supplier of art to Art.com asking if I would like to sell open editions via Art.com and Allposters.com and Amazon.com. Now the ink isn't dry (I haven't read the whole contract), but as long as I don't see anything that would prevent me from licensing my pieces for other products, my cupcakes will be available early next year on Art.com, Allposters.com and Amazon.com. I think lots of sugar-a-holics and baked-good-admirers will be happy to support my yummy art. I am also considering selling my fun kids imagery as well, specifically my airplane, and the toy doggie, as well as some bugs. After I read the contract and sign and send, I will post more.
Monday, November 24, 2008
I just finished another cupcake. Or mostly finished. I think it needs a few more touches but I am happy it is 96% done. The stripes caused me much grief but I knew I wanted all of them in the piece. Just getting them to play together nicely was the problem. Luckily I have a brilliant friend down the street who has a fantastic eye and all I had to do was send her the image and she was able to give me the fresh opinion I needed and the stripes became good friends. Aww such luck. Thank you Melanie!
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
One of the hardest things for me as an artist with a family is staying on target. There is always something demanding attention. But that isn't all. With technology changing so quickly and new ways to connect ever evolving, it seems I am always adjusting my focus. The art is of course paramount, but along with doing the art, keeping the faith and being true to your muse, comes along family and technology. Sometimes I find I just need to take small bites. Don't look at every avenue, just like you can't look at your whole house when it seems as though it has thrown up on itself. No, instead you just take one thing at a time. And then build on it. If you have read my posts you know I am working on a collection of cupcakes. I have 5 done now, and am expanding to include design elements with each of the 5. Along with making the art, I have joined the Art Licensing Forum. Which has led me to a great luncheon meeting fellow artists in Portland that are working the licensing angle. That in turn led me to Twitter. Which no doubt will lead me to the next curve in the road. All along the way there are the holidays which demand personal time. Which is my salvation on many days. I won't wax poetic on being a mom, because it is a dirty job full of mess, mediation and madness, but it is the reason I get up every morning. Art has been just as selfish, just as thankless a job but never cuddles up and says I love you. But alas here I am deviating from my message, staying on target. Essentially what I struggle with is keeping the big picture out there, working on the small steps to get me closer without getting too sidetracked. Note to self as said in a monotonous tone in Star Wars (#4 for all you nerds) - Stay On Target.