Two new.....

I got this little paint box/easel yesterday from Amazon to help ease the stress I'm beginning to feel in my  back from bending over a flat desk top to helps :-)  And I have to say, I don't think I'll buy much from Michaels anymore, their product offerings seems so limited (not to mention over priced) compared to whats available at Amazon and I never seem to find the 'on sale' items when visiting their store, very frustrating.

Long time....

Its been a while since I've posted here, I confess I just haven't been feeling inspired lately.....winter blues perhaps, not sure.  I've been thinking about (and missing a lot) my old shop/studio in Florida. Its been a couple of years since I move to Philly and left that behind so I'm not sure why its on my mind now.  I'm bored I think, and painting seems to be falling further and further to the wayside as my focus has to be on keeping up with the bills. Doing work that guarantees an income has to take precedence.......a familiar circumstance to most artists.
I have to turn this around!
I decided step one was to think about when I was the happiest and see if that could give me some direction......two things came to mind.  One, as mention, was when I had the shop/studio......lots of social interaction, tons of room to work on projects, great resources to find furniture to redo and treasures to resell, space to hold classes.....perfect.......til it all came to an end.
The second happiest time was after the move to Philly and doing lots of mural work for The Hospital of The University of Pennsylvania, so so happy.  Again.....lots of social interaction, putting smiles on kids faces, and tons of room to work, those are looooong hallways.

Well, I can't replicate what I had in Florida (for financial reasons) and mural work has eluded me for the last two/three years, so what to do.
If you follow this blog you know that when mural work stopped coming I turned to painting smaller......way smaller!  If you're new to this blog see what I mean here:
But three hundred plus small paintings later....I'm bored.  I'm wanting to paint large again. one has asked me to do any mural work, and to be perfectly honest? would take a lot of money plus an assistant to get me to do any mural work these days, age takes its toll.
So......what to do.
I just ordered this......
For two reasons, no make that three, I can paint large......two, I live in a studio apartment and can use a screen.......and three, I can try to sell it/them for a lot more than I get for the small aceo paintings.....a LOT more.  I got it from  and they offer a bunch of different sizes and free shipping.  Let me share some images that inspired me....

 Years ago I use to build my own cloth panel screens from scratch......

And did some painted ones every now and then.....
We'll see what happens :-)

Here we go again.  If you read the previous post where I mentioned a site called Patreon I was totally hopeful this site could help me gain some support both financially and professionally, open up my world to new people interested in owning some of my work ......... well, it turns out not so much.  It turns out you're pretty much on your own, its up to you to bring in the patrons by basically soliciting your friends and then hope that blossoms into attracting new patrons. There was also one suggestion from a member of the site that the members 'patronize' each other to look as though there is interest in their projects to get the ball rolling so to speak.....say what?  Well, since posting my attempt to get support on my facebook page I've gotten zero support, other than 3 friends 'sharing' the post and that just added to the  humiliation of learning even more people had no interest in my work, or helping.... ouch.  Call me silly but I wasn't asking for hand outs, I thought $5 for a giclee print was more than reasonable.  So now do I get caught up in questioning my work, my friends?  No......I'm not going there, well......maybe for a second ;-)
While I was beginning to gather an email list together of previous buyers of my work for a mass mailing it dawned on me........why would I direct all these people to a website (Patreon) that doesn't help promote my efforts and takes 5% of any money that comes in?  Shoot, when I went to the site and looked under the category I had listed myself under I wasn't even showing up in the listings?  So I will send people instead to my restructured ACEO website to be able to purchase a giclee print for the same amount I was asking for in 'patronage' on the other site.  They will be able to choose a print and click a Paypal button right there, and I'm also adding a page that will link to my current ebay auctions.
Just call me bruised but resilient :-) And check out the new look of the ACEO website.
Its been a while since I've posted, so what have I been up too? Not much unfortunately. Ebay sales are slow and the house cleaning work is starting to get to me so I've been down in the dumps a bit. I'm still painting but with less enthusiasm :-(  Here's something I tried just for fun.  Its on ebay right now.  I'll be painting more in the next few days.

Anyway I found an interesting website a couple days ago that helped lift my spirits or at least raised my hope.  Its a site for creative people where they can solicit patronage.  You fill out a profile, talk about your goals, post your work and ask people to pledge money every month to help you achieve your goals.  The patrons can subscribe to ongoing monthly payments but also stop donating anytime they want.  Pledges can be as low as $1 a month or as high as you/they like, and you give/offer rewards or gifts for each level of donation. You post your work on the site so patrons can follow your progress and interact with you. Its patterned after all the other crowd funding sites but the twist is to have the pledges support you month to month rather than support one particular project or cause.  So I jumped in and filled out a profile and launched my page today.  I just wish I could become a full time artist and stop cleaning, and lack of money has always been an obstacle to getting further in my career.  I'd love to take classes or study with an established artist, buy my brushes somewhere other than Walmart, get good photos and prints of my macbook will no longer update it's so old, my camera is 10+ yrs old and lets not forget my 23 yr old car!  Sigh........anyway, I figure I've nothing to lose......ha, obviously and hope is a good thing :-)  Fingers crossed!
Happy Memorial Day weekend everyone, hope you're having a wonderful time :-)
Click the ebay new listings link in the sidebar if interested :-) first return.  I don't know whether to be flattered or hurt?  I guess I'm more hurt, I'm not use to being called a liar.  The person who purchased this painting.....
wants to return it because she thinks its a print and not an original painting.  I explained that it is a painting and that I haven't had giclee prints made of that piece yet, but she probably won't believe that either.  Oh well.........anyone interested?  I'll put it back on ebay when I get it.
Meanwhile here's a new one......

Little Blue Teapot is selling :-)
But the Copper Pot did not......not yet anyway.  It can now be found for sale here. .....
it along with a couple of others that did not sell on ebay.  Oh, and 105 prints are also listed for sale.
Paintings on art cards are just $15 and prints are too but the prints come with a black matte and snap frame, I've listened to my buyers and this seems to be where they are comfortable price wise.
After two days of trying out different themes and color combinations I decided to just go basic black and white for the ACEO site.  The new site is where my work will be available from now on.  No more auctions, well maybe a listing now and then to try and sneak in a message of where to find more ;-) I'll be sending out an email to past buyers and will be more diligent about using social networking to get the word out.
I dug out my picture hanging system from when I had my shop in Florida and rehung the ACEO's I've purchased over the past year or so.  I had taken them down when I thought I might move and didn't want to rehang them using many holes to patch!
Notice at the end of the row one spot is empty, I lost a clip somewhere along the way.  I searched online for replacements and my goodness they're pricey little buggers, average just under $5 for one clip!  I did find a packet of 10 available from a place in England for a good price around $15 but it'll have to wait till I get some bills paid.

My latest sales on ebay:

 This baby chick is going to be part of a group I'm going to create as a learn your alphabet set.  
And a few cherries still looking for a home: