Progress – November 19, 2018

Another week done. I really, really, really can’t believe we’re nearing the end of this year so quickly.

My son came home from college over the weekend. It’s good to have him back; the house feels full again. I’ve been torturing him about branding/logos. We’ve been working mine over. He’s currently told me to “go sleep on it” so I can give our developments some space and I can review them accurately with fresh eyes. He’s right, but dang it, I’m too much of a bulldog. Once I get into something, I like to get it done. Otherwise, I’m likely to be bored and not come back. I know myself all too well. But, I’ll hope he can keep me on task now.

He’s become such an amazing adult. Both my boys are. And yes, it’s hard to believe they are both full blown adults now. They still feel like my young babies. It’s weird. *grin*

I have so much to get done over the next few weeks. There’s a special promotion deal I’m going to be in during December — more on this later. I also have 1, maybe 2 shows to do in December. Just for these two things alone I have quite a list. But there’s so much more I want to get in before December hits. Hence why getting the branding/logos done are so important; I have a lot of things to get set up before the end of the year. I’m really trying to breathe about several things in my life, but this mostly.

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Inktober #2

Here are my drawings from Inktober since last Thursday:

Prompt #4 was “spell.”

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While “spelling bee” came to mind, I didn’t go with it. I also didn’t want to do someone casting a spell. I’m am trying to “think beyond what I see.” Then I thought of the doorway in the Lord of the Rings movie.

Prompt # 5 was “chicken.”

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Again, I didn’t want to go for the ordinary. Hmmm, it was also the second time I’d been thinking about chicken. Remember, the first time was with the word “roasted.” Okay, I really like chicken in my Instant Pot. And now that I’m writing this sentence, that would have been really funny if I’d drawn my Instant Pot. (grin, and some maniacal laughter)

Instead, I let the chicken get some revenge on those Chick-Fil-A cows.

Prompt # 6 was “drooling.”

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Alert! The eggs are at play!

Just a reminder that Eggs at Play released for Kindle this week.

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I do have the other platforms (mainly Kobo, Nook, and iBooks) as well as print coming soon.

This is a new process for me – not something I have down as slick as publishing normal books. The epub version (which is why none of the other platforms are ready) has all sorts of coding issues to it. I’ve decided to resize the print book since I really had nothing working on it (yeah, that’s a mess of I-don’t-even-know-where-to-begin).

I’m glad for the struggle. I’m forced to think outside the box and learn something new, even as frustrating as it is. Yes, the eggs are definitely amuck and reeking havoc on this book. When I’m done, I will truly feel as if I’ve conquered.

Eggs at Play

I finished my children’s book. It’s really amazing to think that this day is here.

Here’s one more page from the book:

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As you’ll see below, this page also became the cover for the book. I haven’t decided yet if I want this to be the actual cover or if it’s just temporary. Decisions, decisions.

I hope you’ve enjoyed seeing these pages each week. As of my writing this, I haven’t decided what I want to work on next, so I might just spend a little time working on Weblinks and Rockin’ Life.

If you’re interested in the full book, you can pre-order the ebook now.

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More links coming soon.

 

The Bright Spot

It was Day 2 for Art in the Park in Twin Falls. I’m tired now, but it’s a good tired. I think I’m a little sunburned too! Either that or it’s the warm glow of meeting lots of people.

I’ve written before about selling my ACEO’s to kids, hoping to inspire future collectors. Well, let me tell you how it paid out.

The Bright Spot (Study #1)
12x9 Acrylic on Bristol Board
© 2010 Dawn Blair

I participated in Art in the Park two years ago. It was a time when I sold several ACEO’s to kids and started my own interest in selling small artworks to kids.

Today, I had a girl come into my booth and look around. She stood at the edge, half afraid to enter and shy, like she wasn’t quite sure about something. I engaged in conversation with her and she asked if I’d been at Art in the Park a couple years ago. I said I had. Her face lit up and she told me she still had the piece she’d bought from me then. She was so excited. She uses it all the time as a bookmark. Good use for it. I let her know I was glad to hear she was still enjoying her piece.

The Bright Spot (Study #2)
10x8 Acrylic on canvas
© 2010 Dawn Blair

Later, I had another girl come in. She was intently looking for something. I asked if I could help her. She told me she still had her piece she’d bought from me. I told her she was the second person who’d said that to me. I think she was looking for more ACEO’s. Unfortunately, I didn’t have any prepared for this show — my lesson learned: if you’re going to start a fan base, don’t let them down. I will go armed with ACEO’s tomorrow, even if it’s just a handful. Still, as we were shutting down for the night, she popped her head into my tent and shouted, “I love your work!” Yep, just try to head home for the night without a smile on your face after that one. It’s impossible.

As I was writing this post, my son turned to me and said, “You’re happy!” He followed up by saying that I was “all glow-y.” Yes, that’s what comes with finding the bright shiny spot in selling your art.

The Final Frontier

The Final Frontier <br> 14x11 acrylic on Bristol board <br>© 2009 Dawn Blair
The Final Frontier
14x11 acrylic on Bristol board
© 2009 Dawn Blair

I completed this painting on the first day of the Thousand Springs Festival. A group of kids that came around as I started it and then again about the time I finished it. I loved watching the amazement on their faces. I enjoy it when kids get into art.

One girl at Thousand Springs stopped by my booth shortly after she and her mother had gotten there. She enjoyed my art, but wanted to look around some more. Before they left, they stopped back by my booth and the mother said to me, “She looked all around, and she loves your art best. She wants to pick out a card.” She was referring to the ACEO cards. If you missed my discussion on ACEO’s, you can click here for more information. The girl carefully looked over the cards and picked her favorite.

I love selling ACEO’s to kids. I keep ACEO’s reasonably priced for that fact – kids love them and parents don’t mind spending a couple dollars on art for their children. I hope they each have a great experience and enjoy it for many years, even if they’re using it for a bookmark. They’ll become the collectors of tomorrow.

Do you think we as artists get so focused on selling today (mostly because we need to support our habit now) that we forget to cultivate for tomorrow? Who are your favorite collectors?