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New ACEO's on ebay

I have two new bird paintings on ebay.


Old age? Senility? ADD? Or am I just becoming aware of a lifetime issue of not thinking things all the way through.  Sigh........
As I was ordering a couple more ACEO size cards from Printfirm.com, clicking on the item link several times, I suddenly noticed a link where you could order thank you cards, why I didn't see this before is beyond explanation, they were right next to each other.  Anyway I went to check it out and low and behold thank you cards in several sizes beginning at 3"x 3" and 50 to an order versus the 25 per order for the ACEO cards, and for just a couple of dollars more.  I immediately got excited and my brain automatically shut down again as I quickly placed an order for one set of 3"x 5" size cards.  If I can get printed cards without having to enlarge the images too much from their original size and at a great price and without having to order a minimum of 250 and up, it would be perfect. It was a few minutes later after submitting the order when I suddenly wondered.....are these flat cards or folded cards?  No where could I find a proper description and folded is what I wanted.  Luckily there is a chat link on their site and I was able to send a message (too early to chat live, they're on the west coast).  Hopefully they will get the message before they start printing, I've asked them to cancel that particular order if the cards are flat.  Still, its only a few dollars so not a huge problem, could use them as giveaways.

Meanwhile I did receive my second order from them, 5 bird cards.......
and the boxes with the clear slip on lids also arrived.......
so I'm able to start putting things together. Lots of packaging to do and photos to take.

UPDATE:  The thank you cards offered on Printfirm are just flat cards so I was able to cancel that :-)


What's that song?......

Oh yes.....Welcome Back, the theme song for that 70's show Welcome Back Kotter, it keeps playing through my thoughts right now.  Its been some time since I've visited my blog and as I'm sitting here I'm trying to pin down the reason(s), not sure that's even really important though.  Life is all about changes isn't it.  This blog was (is?) mostly about my time being an artist and I don't seem to be doing much of that, at least not in the last few months, not sure if that will change.  I've been stuck in this fork in the road totally unsure of myself and its like my feet are planted in cement, I can't seem to move in any direction.  Certainly can't go backwards and there's not a lot of forward left.  Aging is a crazy thing, realizing you have 10 maybe 15 years of life left if you're lucky, what a strange concept.  What's it all about?  You're just a tiny, insignificant speck in the realm of things, think of the billions of years before us and the billions more to follow.  I feel so small.

Enough of that!  I can tell you what is new........I moved again!  I moved at the end of April from the lovely suburb of Narberth to the edge of Philadelphia back into Germantown.  My rent was to go up again in Narberth and $1055. was just too much for a studio apartment, at least in my income bracket anyway.  I found a charming 2 bedroom apartment for $950 right off of beautiful Wissahickon Drive.  I'm still trying to get use to having all this space! A living room (with a fireplace), dining room, kitchen with all new appliances (even a dishwasher, but I don't use it), two bedrooms and a bath, plenty of closets, and my own thermostat!....no landlord controlling the heat.
Even though I'm not painting much, artist that I am, I claimed the largest bedroom (no, not as a master bedroom) as my studio!  Pictures don't do it justice, to me its huge.....
Lots of shelving on one side and a huge closet on the other as you approach the door to the studio (ex master bedroom/dressing area), plenty of storage and room to work.  I'm still working on the space, I need to get some lighting set up and better organize my different work stations.  But what fun to have all this space to create in, this one area is almost the size of my entire last apartment!
This is the building I live in now, built in the early 1900's, she's a bit tired looking inside but still charming.  I should go back and look at older posts.....I feel like I may have shown this already?? I'm having a deja vu moment......oh well.
And I have to show you this building down the street from me on Wissahickon Dr, Alden Park Apts (view from my living room). I remember posting about this place before, I was considering moving there but it was too expensive, has a gorgeous indoor pool. Grace Kelly's mother used to live in a penthouse there.  Its such a beautiful building. Philly has some of the most beautiful old architecture.
Although I'm not painting right now I am still working with my ACEO paintings.  I'm having prints made of some of my best ones and putting card collections together, note cards.  I will add them to my website for sale and probably here and on facebook as well, craft shows are also under consideration although I'd include actual paintings to the mix as well if I do that.
Don't judge the picture quality of the cards, the prints are in clear sleeves so there's a dull glare in the photo. The cards themselves are very bright and the image very crisp, I'm really happy with them.
If you are considering having prints of your own made I can recommend two places I use.  One is iprintfromhome.com , they are who I use to do giclee prints of my ACEO paintings, I think its 8 prints on a sheet for $10.  For the prints for my note cards I'm using printfirm.com , they print 'collector' cards in various finishes and papers but don't do giclee printing.  I get the cards done on 16pt card in a glossy finish with a UV protective coating and its just $5 for 25 cards.  You can order a sample package from them for just the cost of shipping.  Just to share more info.......I'm using pocket frame note cards/envelopes from Jerrysartarama (online), the only place I could find such a product made for an ACEO card specifically. they're Strathmore brand and don't bother checking Amazon for better pricing cause Jerry's is the cheapest....I checked.   I have to say though that once I received them (and I do like them) I realized I could probably make them myself with pretty paper and a steady hand......still they're reasonably priced and nice quality (and I'm lazy hahaha). For clear packaging ie sleeves/card boxes I discovered Clearbags.com , good prices and selection.  Hope this helps anyone who has thought of doing something like this and spent hours and hours and hours searching for good products with reasonable prices.
Till next time :-)



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 paint.......it 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: http://aceopaintings.org
But three hundred plus small paintings later....I'm bored.  I'm wanting to paint large again.
No........no one has asked me to do any mural work, and to be perfectly honest?........it 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 reasons......one, 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 roomdividers.com  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 Patreon.com 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 work.....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 :-)