September 21, 2014
Hello and greetings from Rose City Comic Con!
I’m all set up in Artist Alley (S-11) and ready to go. Here’s a picture from yesterday after set up:
If you are at the con, please be sure to stop by my booth and get my Rose City Comic Con exclusive button. They will only be sold at the con. Here’s a sample:
Also, since I’m at Rose City, that means History of a Dead Man is free for Kindle today and tomorrow. Just remember, it’s not really meant to be read if you haven’t read the first three books in the Sacred Knight series. I just don’t feel that it’ll have the same meaning without that basis. But get it now for when you are ready for it.
See you at the con!
September 16, 2014
Several years ago when I first started selling ACEO’s on eBay, I was afraid they’d get bent in the mail. So, I started making little cardboard protectors.
They were simple little things, made from boxes of things I bought at the store, like Hamburger Helper.
I collected cardboard box by box. Even more, I hated putting these protectors together. It wasn’t that it was hard or even took long, it just was boring. I don’t do well with boring.
Then one day, I came across Geninne’s Art Blog. She had all these cute envelopes that she would send out to people who were collecting her art. As much as I’d like to say the idea was mine, I really decided while looking at her website that I really needed to be more creative with my ACEO protectors. Even more, I dare say that I considered the idea of becoming a **GASP!** stamper.
I started making stamped ACEO protectors then and decided I really liked doing it. It’s amazing how something as simple as adding stamps can make a boring job creative and fun.
Here’s some of my protectors that will be going out to winners of my eBay auctions for original ACEO artwork this month. I hope they find the stamped creations as fun and delightful as I had in making them.
Here’s the backside of a couple of these:
And occasionally it’s challenging to use the actual box:
September 13, 2014
Space 2014-12.5 x 3.5 Acrylic on bristol board
Dawn Blair ©2014
Currently available on eBay. My next few posts will show a few fun things that I do when I ship out an ACEO. I certainly hope they delight the recipient.
June 26, 2014
I sometimes feel like I might be being a little too blunt with Rockin’ Life. I know I’m assertive and I’ve had some people take that as aggression. I just can’t understand why anyone would want to be “normal” or “average.” What is that anyway? Who makes the benchmark on an ordinary, average life? Is keeping up with the Joneses normal?
Here’s a case in point: The Lego Movie. The hero just wants to fit in, to not be alone, to have friends. Everything he does is geared to being part of the crowd, which he isn’t. He’s following other people’s formula’s and trying to be one of the gang. As the movie progresses, we find out that his being just like everyone else and wanting a place in the world is what makes him special. Really, being a nobody who wants to be just like everybody else is a superpower? Being average is okay? According to that movie it is. I left the theater feeling depressed. My kids were saying how spectacular it was and were all excited — “When’s the second one coming out?” — and I just wanted to crawl inside my car and cry. School makes us all sheep, we struggle to find our place in the world, we want to be liked, we want to possess things and keep up with our friends, we get jealous when someone has something we don’t. I know. I’ve felt these things too. I remember being the outside, the ghost no one paid any attention too. I understand what the invisible girl in Buffy the Vampire Slayer went through as she faded away. But then I realized that I wanted more. I didn’t want to be average.
I want to be a ROCKSTAR!
To hell with average. Blah! Oh, and while we’re at it, I have no desire to save the world either. I believe we’re all here for our own lessons, whatever they might be. For a deeper understanding, go read Mike Dooley’s work — he’s got a great way of explaining it.
But what I do want to do is SAVOR the world. We have a truly beautiful world and we should enjoy it. In joy.
If we’d all wake up and realize that we are to be rockstars “in joying” ourselves while we learn how to be the creators we are, that’s when we’ll save the world and we can all savor together.