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  1. this picture sold. it was inspired by a famous scene in vermont. but it looks like that around here, in the fall. and that helped. imho.
  2. thank you! I did it. I made some money but that wasn't the point. got a chance to talk about my art and get some feedback. the art needs to be a little more relateable. local scenery rather than pretty art inspired by the internet.
  3. wow. 10 days have passed. I'm not active like I used to be, am i? ohwell. my first show is LESS than a week away. massive nervousness and excitement. meanwhile in my art I am moving one, evolving. I'm rather interested (right now) in cariacuture. now thats something that seems very challenging! trying a few creative stabs at it ; I need to be more comfortable with faster drawing, ink and marker. you can't spend an hour doing a cariacuture. I want to get it down to just a few minutes. I want to do caricuture at my local fair, next summer. these are just sketches;
  4. WOW so awesome great things are happening in both of art lives coincidence!? I THINK not ngl; the cool peps are winning right now
  5. PS. regarding profit, though, Just saying If I were to sell just about all this stuff at or near the end of the calender year (almost impossible, tbh) I would barely break even with costs. there's been lots and lots of things to buy I'm very ok with this though cause all these little expenses are like investments for the future
  6. as HARD as things have been,I'm very VERY happy today. my son is back; life is more normal, and ART is really starting up again here in Warren PA IN FACT! Im on the verge of signing onto an art festival on November 20 and I am thrilled, REALLY thrilled- and very happy, excited, anxious etc I've been ironing out the last few steps of making sure I'm ready to do this. I've selected 8 colored pencil pictures and 2 paintings. I have 6 beauiful ALL wood frames- that fit what this art, and next week early I want to make sure I can get * business cards * (custom) holiday cards and maybe * custom calenders for the upcoming festival. ----- my wife's not sold on the calenders. while the peices of art and cards will keep- 2022 calenders will be unsellable shortly after Jan 2022. but just to say how big things are getting I've already got $80 of paintings in a window display downstairs. if I price the colored pencil pics at $35... then I might be up to $450 of inventory "out there" for sale. as I've told my wife... what I don't sell on this art festival - I will roll into the next. very happy and encouraged about it. plus, when brennon came out, we had really awesome quality time together. it was awesome.
  7. I kind of missed this when I was reading your post yesterday. a lot on my mind. but is WONDERFUL. I look forward (past my own troubles) to a day where people will be talking to me about Making their art (for $$$) its really a wonderful idea when you think about it...
  8. well, guys. I have had one of the worst days of my whole life. my son got unvoluntary committed to a hospital. this was not done compassionately, wisely,... and it wasn't even neccesary. my sone was voluntarily willing to hear out the idea of being in a mental health while they tinkered with his depression medicine. but some Jacka$$'s commitment to some policy or procedure was more important than dealing with a beautiful person compassionately I am SHAKING, UPSET, SAD BEYOND BELIEF and traumatized by what happend. they litterally called the cops to 'get him' because I wanted to solace a wonderful young men that was being misitreated very badly by callous 'medical professionals' even worse then me was what this did to my wife who has been at my son's side nearly every moment of his 19 year life. we have endured much and I'm sad to report that this is a new low on how Horrible some people treat the mentally ill; a disease that is no one's fault and one that my son has fought nearly every life since he was small sorry for the sorry news artwise everything is blue, not necessarily in admiration to the men how made it a thing (my understanding is that he was a terrible person)-- but as an acknowledgement that sometimes everyone goes through horrible terrible things and things need to blue for a little while. blue is the color of health and the color of the sky- a symbol of freedom and of being sick enough to yearn for the freedom. my poor son right now has no blue in his life; so I will put it in every picture until and maybe after- he comes home I'm not so sure about painting and Never mind decision to limit or fix the topic of my art. I know it was the big goal of this challenge- but it now longer fits. Art needs to be a solace and therapeutic right now; it cannot be a business. I have hopes when I get with my therapist next week; life will improve and he/she will help me deal with what has happened.
  9. tonights art peice I'm feeling it ...
  10. thats sad and hard regarding MY situation you should see my "studio" if you want to call it that. actually its just a big beautiful painting easel in my small bedroom and there's definitely Not a lot of room to paint. On one hand; I spose you could say it makes it as easy to paint in the morning as possible; all I hae to do is get awake enough to grab the paints and brushes from a tackle box. OTOH; its not a very inspiring place nor a comfortable way to paint. paint tends to get everywhere and everything tends to be a mess. I would LOVE a studio- err something big enough to organize my stuff. hopefully your art fortunes change and you can get it back.
  11. well, from the perspective of THIS week I'm very grateful I don't have much demands on my art right now- I am VERY stressed. my son may need to go to a mental hospitol.... but I am also very happy to hear that you have a business however tentative, or if you undercharge and lack confidence. You can do it! and you are doing it- which is a major Woot in my book. also, I have tried a few pics from bad photos so I admire your skills. its very very hard to do a good job when the reference is poor, ---- so today I'm officially orienting my art on therapy and comfort. life is to hard right now to demand technical improvement. in honor of picasso who did something similar during a deep depression he faced; I'm nicknaming this the blue period. i'm seriously going to try to stick a lot of blue in my pics and worry less about realism and more about emotional expression. there's deep emotions in me; but this is not familiar and not something I'm good at. I've also scheduled an appointment with a therapist. --- I really appreciate your beautiful posts rookie. ty. this part of my art journey might be hard- but in thinking about it deeply- I must use the art to help get over this. I don't know if I said earlier, but my MIL is also living with us and we are balancing full time care with mental health issues in the house. btw; a few recent peices. nothing extraordinary
  12. well, guys I won't hide it.... there's been hard days for me-- Last weekend was particularly bad. one of our cats was very, very sick- we thought she might die! turns out she has an absess- much, much better then what it could have been. regarding the stick to a subject idea- I did stick to "fishing" for about a week. I'm moving on to a favorite idea- park benches. boats will also be in there. BTW; are you guys familiar with Art block? thats when a good picture idea doesn't come to you when you want to create art. its awful. I've been on the edge of it for the last little bit.. anyways; I'll post pics here in a bit-- but I don't have my cell phone handy right now
  13. wow, what a neat background and so much experience with stuff ! that's really awesome. thank you for your compliment, I sincerely appreciate it
  14. this is , though, an era of focusing and I need to try to focus a little bit of my effort rather then forever and ever start new medium and new ideas. to my eyes, both watercolor and ink and watercolor/guosh are great types of art and I look foward to trying to build some skill. but the big passion is still with Acryllic painting. THAT is what I've vowed I will concentrate on like mad... these days I'm only doing colored pencil/ink and drawing as a break - and to avoid getting SO focused that I burn myself out.
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