Yesterday was another day of website building. There are some things with WordPress that drive me crazy. When I post the link to my website on Facebook, it doesn’t have a thumbnail image on it, and I’ve tried all the tutorials to fix the problem, but it persists.
In spite of that, my website is coming along. I am making progress with it. I’ve imported past blog posts there, and for a while I’ll be posting on both, but soon I’ll be moving. I hope that those who have followed me on blogger will come over to this WordPress site and follow me here as well.
In addition to the website work, I’ve added up the cost of doing business as an artist over the past year, and compared that to what I’ve made in sales. I just wanted to find out how much money I’ve made lost as an artist. Well, I won’t share details, but I will say that I can see where the term starving artist comes from! I didn’t expect to make a profit over last year, but I did expect a smaller deficit than I saw.
On an encouraging note, there were a lot of expenses that I won’t have to repeat any time soon, like buying a canopy for art shows, tables for the canopy, a cart to move supplies with at art shows, and other big-ticket items like that. I also had quite a few prints and cards made of my most popular paintings. I still have some leftover stock of those that will carry into this year and perhaps make me a little money.
Last but not least, I actually got a little painting done, I’m still not happy with the clouds in my sky, but I’m getting closer to what I want. One thing I am figuring out with this sunset though, is that I have to stop in between colors and let things dry, otherwise my oranges, and purples mix into brown, and my yellows and blues mix into green. Here are two photos, neither one seems to really be right in color, the first one comes closer but is brighter than the painting really is I think…oh well, what can you expect from a cell phone?
I’m not really concerned about how much experimentation this is taking, I mean after all, this is how I’ve learned EVERYTHING I know about painting so far, by trying, messing up, and trying again, until I get I get it right.
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Fine Art America is the place to go for unsigned Prints of all my Paintings.
My Etsy shop is the place to go to buy my originals that I haven’t added to this site yet, I sell a few select prints there also, and there you can choose if you’d like me to sign them before shipping! Eventually I’ll move all of my fine art products to this page, and leave only crafts on Etsy, but for now my art is in both places.