Don’t get me wrong — Being a self-employed artist is absolutely the most rewarding and fascinating journey I have ever undertaken. It lights my soul on fire and makes me happier than I ever thought possible. I feel empowered and capable. I absolutely love getting up every morning. I adore my job.
That doesn’t make it any less lonely though.
I’m not talking about the hermit-like lifestyle I lead all day, every day, in order to get work done. I’m talking about the absence of true connection with other people who don’t pursue goals in the same manner.
I’ve met many people who work 9-to-5’s and generally assume that I work very little, and that my daily life consists of TV, napping, and leisure. Somehow, amidst this life of endless stasis, my artwork, marketing, and writings burst forth into the universe simply because I think them into existence.
Whenever I achieve something I’ve been working towards, someone inevitably comments about how “lucky” I am. Ha. Continue reading
The last gallery hop of the year is happening this Friday from 5:00 to 8:00 PM in Uptown Saint John, New Brunswick. There will be art cards from several well-known local artists such as Cliff Turner, Colin Smith, David Hayward, John Johnson, Ed Coleman, ,Mary Young, Patricia Tingley, Pat Trecartin, Herzl Kashetsky and many more including myself.
There will also be a silent auction of a very special piece of art by Fred Ross. The proceeds will be donated to a charity of Fred’s choice.
I’ll be at the Klausen Gallery located at 106 Prince William Street that evening. Hope to see you there.
Yaelfran from Argentina contacted me in late August to ask if I’d be interested in submitting a drawing to the We Are… series of colouring books she produces monthly. Of course I said yes! What artist doesn’t love illustrating for children! And to quote the listing:
I can’t tell you how exited I am about this wonderful project.
“WE ARE…” is a monthly publication, that showcases Etsy’s artists illustrations in black for you to paint or just to keep as they are.
Every month we will featuring a group of 15 illustrators who will showcase their interpretation of a different theme. There will be also SPECIAL EDITIONS, like HALLOWEEN or CHRISTMAS ones.
This publication is printed on 250 gr paper, with a professional printer. It’s size is 4 x 6 inches closed. A very sweet size that gives you the possibility to take it with you in your bag, wallet, pocket, etc.
You can also separate the pages (by trimming them carefully) and have different and gorgeous postcards!!!!!
And below is the drawing I submitted to We Are Healthy of raindrops falling on a flower and a vine helping them both grow healthy.
Etsy Artists in this edition:
You can buy the colouring book in Yaelfran’s Etsy shop.
Just a small note of thanks to all of you! I read each and every one of your comments on this blog. If there is one thing I’ve learned during life it is this; to not to hide your sadness, anger or frustrations. And that those feelings are as valid as happiness, love and acceptance.
So, here’s to you today!
Kimberly from A Kimberly Design
Mark Dykeman from Broadcasting Brain
LynnDel from Mrs. Noodles
Julia from One Woman Studio
Karen Faulkner from Karen Faulkner Art
Nina from The Canvas Dog
BevE from Merry Weather Book Blog
Heather from Heather Jerdee
Karin Grow from Karin Grow
Son of Incogneato from Son of Incog
Goog from the comments
Donna from Tiny gold Crowns
Matt Craven from Bryght Path
Lorrie from Illusio Creative
range from The Memoirs
Alex from Lexi Art
Ruth from Ruth J. Jamieson
Beth from Indie North
Kara from Kara Phillips Design
Allison Whittington from Paint and Ink
Andrew from Drawing Strangers
France from Wagonized
Hélène from Une Page Sanistre
Joanna from Joanna Photography
Harold from Harold Fedderson
Tia from Sugar Lotus
Maria Cerezo from Neuva Primavera
Esther and Estella from Star of the East
Alicia from the Sunday Blog
Ruthie from 5 Precious Things
Crystal from Queen of Torts
Melinda from Melinda Mulcahy
Mario from Medusa de Lumbre
Melanie from Melanie’s Crafts
Dinah from DraginFly Enchantment
I traveled back in time one month to find you all here on this blog!
Thank you for the wonderful conversation!
Sadly, the ad is not an ad.
Sadly, I will not be able to showcase that rotating exhibit of other artists work from Gawker Artists in this blog’s sidebar.
Sadly, the ad was displaying on my blog for a full two months!
Sadly, someone must have reported me to WordPress.com when I finally announced my acceptance to Gawker artists two days ago.
Sadly, WordPress.com responded back to me, “I suspect that it is being automatically stripped because we’re not keen on it – sorry about that!”
Sadly, I will, respect WordPress.com rules.
…because I love blogging on WordPress.com.
Once upon a time I applied to become a Gawker Artist(s). And was approved for both an online gallery of art and also for displaying their rotating exhibit which encompasses all Gawker Artists in this blog’s sidebar (see below left). I submitted both the Sassy Sea Urchin and Sunflowering Times for their approval.
Today it went live!
To quote Gawker,
Gawker Artists promotes the works of artists of all media. Participating artists receive free profile pages and a select group have their images published on Gawker Media titles. When you spot one of these images, click on it to read about the artist or browse our collection by artist name, medium or location.
Liz Dimmitt is the curator for Gawker Artists. Thank you Liz!