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Latest Zazzle product- 2014 calendar

Well, I got myself to do it. I got myself to create a calendar to be available for purchase at Zazzle, which will include a combination of my work from this year and last year, making sure to get in favorites like Nymph, Masquerade, and Torrent. I get the royalties for every purchase. What I don’t tithe of what I earn will go toward my education, and education will make me a better person, and if I am a better person I will be able to bring more happiness to the world, therefore purchasing one of these calendars will bring happiness to the world. Alright, so that’s a logical fallacy, but since real advertisements use logical fallacies all the time, I figured I could have a go at it. Anyway, you can access the calendar at http://www.zazzle.com/2014_calendar-158047769807698495

 

I am also going to see if I can go about getting some prints available, and of course you can contact me if you want a custom made calendar so that I can produce one with all of your favorite of my works, in case you’re not completely satisfied with my picks, which are shown below.

 

Ice PrincessesMay I returnTorrentNymphOut of the WildernessEnchanted PlaceCaptain of the Red WingsCastle in the CloudsRagna's WrathMasqueradeCelebrating AutumnSwan Lake Dream

Early in the morning

Being a light sleeper has its advantages. For example, earlier this year when I had a 6:30 am class, I never once overslept my alarm clock. On the other hand, it also has its drawbacks. Like being awake at 4:00 am and not feeling like it’s worth trying to get back to sleep for an hour and a half.

 

But maybe you want to hear what’s been going on the last few days. Well, I haven’t come up with a new concept for my next artwork yet, I got a few chapters into a book I don’t know if I want to finish, and I tried to write a story only to get stuck again.

 

However, as it is nearing the end of the year, its time for me to start getting ready for the school year. I have no doubt it will be an adventure, and I kind of need an adventure. I’m not an adventurous soul, but I feel that I’m still rough and unpolished and that’s what I need to smooth out the edges. There’s always a bit of anxiousness attached to starting a new year.

 

Do you think maybe I should start making calendars and stuff on Zazzle? I have a hard time getting myself to do it. After all, it never makes a difference. Nobody buys. Wouldn’t it be great if they did though? All proceeds that aren’t tithed will go toward my education of course.

Awesomeness needs refueling

I really like my latest image. Not only does it look good, but it’s got meaning in it, and it was a bit ambitious for me. I don’t usually involve that many people in one image, which means I’ve also never incorporated such a variety of different poses, they were also in a building, which I don’t normally do. It was fun to conceptualize and fun to see it come together.

 

However, up until this point I’ve managed to go smoothly from one image to the next. As soon as I finished one, I could start in on another almost right away. I thought it was a bit unusual, last year it would usually take me a while between projects to do some brainstorming for my next image. That changed this past year. But after I finished Masquerade… I didn’t have anywhere to go. It’s like… all the images that I did before this year were building up to this last image, and that was the culminating moment. It turned out wonderfully, to the point where I even liked it while I was doing it, but now that it’s done, the awesomeness gage is low, and it needs refueling.

 

Even though I feel like Masquerade was, in some way, a culminating moment for my artwork this year, that doesn’t mean I’m going to stop doing artwork for the year. But it’s falling action at this point. I don’t have a lot of time left in the year, and I have even less time to make my artwork available on Zazzle. You know, on the off chance that some crazy person actually wants to give a calendar with my artwork to someone as a Christmas gift. It could happen.

 

 

AAAAAAAAAAH! Not even long after I posted this, one of my friends asked if I was still selling prints! HAPPINESS! I love my friends. Their awesomeness gage doesn’t even need refueling, because they can hardly contain all of their awesomeness as it is.

 

Calendar available

Yesterday a lady from church told me that my work was a wonderful and asked if I was ever planning on doing anything with it or if it was still just a fun hobby. Well, if youlve been reading my posts you might know that I’ve been asking and struggling with that same kind of question myself.

But in response to that question, I decided I would create a calendar for 2013 after all. I wasn’t sure if I would, my grandparents sent me their own custom made calendar with pictures they took while in South Africa, so it wasn’t like I needed a calandar. Besides, I always hate spending money when there’s a new semester looming on the horizon. Within the next week or two, I’m going to have to be taking care of tuition, rent, books, living expenses, and travel fees. So… I may not buy this calendar for a while. But it is nice to have the calendar, because then at school when people find out I am an artist and want to see my work, I can just show them my calendar. It’s a quick and easy demonstration.

Besides, you never know, somebody might actually buy it. After all, somebody bought one of my calendars last year. That’s what baffled me, somebody bought my calendar in May. So their paying full price when they only have part of the year left.

The bottom line is, it can’t hurt to post it. It doesn’t cost anything to make it available. I’m not going to advertise or make a big deal out of it though. It doesn’t matter if anybody else wants it. I made it for me. Maybe that’s one of the things that would make me a terrible buisness person. Not only do I hate advertising or adding a price onto my work, but my goal is not ‘to give them what they want’ but to do what I want. For my calendar, I would choose the images I want there, and not the images that are ‘most popular’ or whatever.

Anyway, if you are interested you can check it out too. If you want a calandar, but with different images- look through my gallary, pick the ones you want, and leave a comment.

http://www.zazzle.com/everyday_2013-158655239444751175

Of course it wouldn’t last

Well, I worked on the project… and then got stuck again.

Also, when somebody on Facebook said that if those Christmas card images were actually Christmas cards, she would buy them. So I linked her to my Zazzle store. Now I feel… lame. I’m really not cut out for business. I hate advertising. I hate trying to get people to buy something from me. Maybe that’s partly because I wouldn’t buy it if I was in their shoes. You could probably get a better deal on real Christmas cards. Same thing with the calendars and the t-shirts. I just don’t think the stuff I’m producing is good enough quality to be worth the extra money. I’d buy for myself, but that’s because it does artist good to see her artwork printed up. I can’t imagine why other people would want it though, so trying to convince them that they do want it seems like a lie.

Besides, if she did buy the cards, I would get- what? Thirty cents I think. That’s not even enough for a load of laundry. If she bought some cards, and then two other people saw the link and bought cards…. I’d get a whole entire dollar! That’s enough for… half a load of laundry or a candy bar.

But it’s good to have to images anyway, to send in a Christmas e-mail or something.

My plans for the day are to push through that project again. I mean, I don’t have all that much time, and it’s not like I gain much by delay. Whereas, if I do delay, there is much I have to lose. Push through the project, that’s the ticket. Hope and pray for success. I believe there is much that can be gained by hope and prayer anyway.

New Image: Nymph

 

I know I wanted to have it done before today. But I wasn’t as close to done as I wanted to, and yesterday I did a lot of work on it. It got to the point where sometimes I would look over at it, and then not want to look at it because it wasn’t finished. I liked what I had though. The water is my favorite part, and it’s one of the earliest things I did. The original doesn’t quite look as it is shown here, our scanner sometimes does wierd things to the colors, but I like the way it looks here. Shadowy, but there is light as you look upon the scene wih the water nymph.

I would go on to talk more about the image but… I’ve been doing that all this time while it’s been a work in progress. That’s the thing with images that take a while to do- you say everything before the big reveal, and then you don’t have anything to say at the big reveal.

But it’s great that I have another image. This is, what? my eighth one since I got back? It’s not as much as I like. I’m pretty sure I had more done by this time last year (although I must say, I think that I have improved since then, and I like most of this year’s images better). I want to get started fairly soon on another one. My goal is that by the end of tomorrow I’ll have an idea and maybe a start on a new image. I don’t want to go through so many days brainstorming as I usually do. I’ve got to pick up speed.

See, Mom wanted me to get more calendar images done earlier this year, so that she could send a new calendar to my grandparents in time for Christmas. And I figure, I may as well see if anyone else is interested in a calendar at the same time, I have a number of Facebook friends who like to look at my artwork whenever I post it. In fact, I get a number of Relief Society Sisters tell me they like to see my artwork on Facebook. There was a time last year where we were having a talent show, and if we had a talent we wanted to present or display, we were supposed to sign up. But the sign-up sheet somehow never got to me. So after a few weeks of this, they reminded us in the announcements one Sunday to make sure we remembered the talent show, and she said “So if you have done lots of pretty artwork while you were at collage and haven’t shown any of it except on Facebook….” and suddenly I was surrounded in a chorus of coughs and “Oh I wonder who that could be,” and “It couldn’t possibly be Azure” and stuff like that. It was kind of fun.

The point is, that I may as well see who else is interested. And if they are, then I want to give them plenty of options so that they can choose their favorites.

I enter into the world of art dealing

Today Mom and I went around to look at the hows and wherefores of getting artwork printed, matted, and framed. We should have most of the information we need to get it done, should my ‘commissioner’ agree to it. It’s nice to have things pretty much figured out. But it’s a bit of an eye-opening experience for me, I’ve never had work printed and framed (I’ve only had the originals matted by my high school art teachers). What gets me is looking at the cost of the frames, certainly not a price I generally associate with my artwork. But there’s not much I can do about that.

So what do you think guys? Will this buisness transaction go through? Could this be the start of a brand new beginning for me in the realm of art?

I was kidding about that last part.

But you never know. If I do work my way up, and build my talent until I have some real skill, then at least I know the process of getting my work printed and framed to interesting buyers. So keep a weather eye out, eh? Who knows what sorts of works I’ll be producing in the future.

Though the future seems a bit far ahead to be thinking about when I can’t even come up with a new image to work on now.