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“I’ve Got Your Back”
New Mixed Media Art
Whose got your back? In my lifetime, I’ve heard the words many times, but have learned that only a precious few have actually meant it. I can count on my fingers the friends and family that have truly been there for me through thick and thin. Today I solute them and am thankful that I only have ONE back. 😉
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Screen print from etched acrylic and ink.
This piece is definitely a one off by me. It started as an etching on a hard acrylic sheet that was then inked and pressed on a screen press. I remember the acrylic being very difficult to scratch into. I still have the block and the original sketch to this piece. A rare find…
I am heading out today with my husband to meet a new friend that I have been getting to know online through Fine Art America. I am excited to meet her! Her name is Jo Anne Tomaselli and I have enjoyed viewing and promoting her photography for the past few months. We plan on shooting some photos together today (weather permitting)…….So while I am away…..check out her work! I am especially fond of her portrait work. 🙂
Click on this link to see more of Jo Anne’s work: http://fineartamerica.com/profiles/jo-ann-tomaselli.html
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I am interrupting my regularly scheduled blog to make a reflective post today. Yes, my blogs have been scheduled for the past two weeks because I felt it was more important to spend time with my husband, family and friends. I took an intermission. I scheduled rather than leave each day empty because I’ve had a lot to say in 2013 and I felt some bore repeating. From all of the great comments, retweets, shares and likes I have received, I know it was the right choice.
For me 2013 was an amazing year both personally and business wise. There were a lot of changes and in retrospect each of them were positive. Sure I made some mistakes, but there is no success without some failure.
One of the changes I made was to focus on marketing my prints. For years I resisted selling prints with the mistaken belief that it would somehow cheapen my original work. I have discovered the opposite to be true. While my prints sales continue to increase, the sale of originals remains steady at much more appropriate pricing. I no longer feel like I am under appreciated. I can live off my prints and create for the sheer joy of it without a single worry about selling originals or commission work. I can now explore photography and digital work with great passion that is undiluted by constant struggling for sales. This is a great place to be as an artist!
Personally, I have had to let go of some negative people who were keeping me from being my best. A few friends and even some family members no longer have a place in my inner circle. I am what they call “middle aged”…..And I find in this second half of my upcoming life that I plan on being a lot more selective than I have been in the past. Mistakes will be forgiven, but abuse will not be tolerated in any form. With this said, I have finally found a wonderfully small yet supportive group of artist friends who consistently promote my work, share experiences and send me love/support when needed. And I do the same for them. In 2013 I learned that with a better attitude, I can attract better friends. I have also renewed my relationships with my sister and brother and have found great friendship, love and support there as well. I celebrated 10 years with my wonderful husband in a romantic getaway that restored and invigorated us.
I have so much great work and camaraderie planned for 2014. Everything is in place for me to have the BEST year of my life!
My hope is that each of you reading this blog can reflect back on the passing year and see the good in all of your experiences. That even in the negative you can find the good lesson. I wish that each of you look to 2014 with optimism and grace. Happy New Year!
Should old acquaintance be forgot,
and never brought to mind…..
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Yes I did! I’ve got my first art show under my belt and it was a great success! It was a very small show, but I still sold 3 originals and 30 prints. Other artists around me who have done many shows said I did amazing….phenomenal and outstanding. I’ve got my eye on something for March or April and then next year a BIG show (you have to apply to the big shows up to a year in advance).
I learned a lot going through this experience and that wisdom is priceless. Just like online sales, art does not sell itself. It is not enough to just set up your tent and hide to the side. Of all of the tents I could see and the two on either side of me, I was the one making sales and getting people into my space. And the phrase “getting people in” is similar to what I do online. I had to invite them. Smile. Engage them by talking and wave them in. Once inside they relaxed and looked around and many bought. I found just talking to folks…..including their kids…..laughing…..this is what made sales. I sold prints to two people who bought because their children liked my work. I engaged the kiddos too by addressing them and showing them work I thought they would like. Their parents seemed to love this and out came the credit cards when the wee ones had made their choices. That’s the sales person in me talking, but all of that was not the best part of the show.
I was touched by the friends who came out to support me. Some bought, but most just came to say hello and let me know that they wanted to be a part of my big day. My in-laws also made the drive up to help make the day special. One friend especially made me smile because I had not seen him in over 13 years. It felt really good to see the love and friendship.
So yes….I did it and I will do it again. 🙂
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If the only prayer you ever say in your entire life is thank you, it will be enough.
This is one of my favorite prayers and I say it first thing every morning when I awaken and last thing before I go to sleep. I am truly grateful for my life. I have had a hard one, but I have always had gratitude in my moments of prayer. I understand that my presence here is a gift from the Universe. Challenges are what allow me to see all of the good in my life with absolute clarity. Right now I have so much love, health, friendship and success that I can see no other way to live it but in gratitude. I still struggle at times, but even in the darkest hours there is always something to be thankful for. Happy Thanksgiving!
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I am creating new original paintings for my upcoming show. I do a lot more digital work these days, so it is a nice change to go back to more visceral creativity. I am recreating some of my pieces from 9 years ago, but with a different twist. Unfortunately the camera I had back then didn’t capture my work well enough for large prints. But these can go as large as 48×60! Now that is big and definitely “Standing Tall”! Happy Sunday all…..