After spending the last solid week covered in boxes from head to toe, calming concerned kitties, and getting a lovely little chest cold, I am finally able to snag a few moments to let everyone out there know that The Husband and I have arrived, and are settling in, Asheville, North Carolina. It’s been an extremely stressful week for both of us. As David said, we pretty much took our lives, put them in a glass jar and shook them as violently as possible. So here we are.
I hope to get started unpacking my NEW STUDIO tomorrow. In the meantime, here are a few pictures I took today to whet your appetites. I am so ready to start working on my business again and to begin firing on all cylinders as soon as possible.
I recently took a long overdue trip to the botanical gardens, hoping to get some new photos while everything was in bloom. I came away with literally hundreds of beautiful photographs, along with a week’s worth of allergy problems. Still, I think it was worth it. I feel so excited when I look at these photographs; I’m trying out some new processing styles that I think you’ll like. Dreamy, ethereal art. I just LOVE it. Check these out (and more) in the store, as I’ll be adding new photographs all week. When I look at these photos, I am reminded why I so love photography: that deliciously satisfying feeling that you’ve made something wonderful and magical and captured a singular moment in time. I love sharing that feeling with everyone on my blog.
I’ve finally had a chance to begin updating my Etsy shop with NEW IMAGES! I’m so very, very excited about these prints as I had an incredibly fun time taking them at the Birmingham Botanical Gardens several weeks ago. It was amazing to hold my camera in my hands again and to get down on my hands and knees for some incredible macro shots.
I feel positively INVIGORATED with my art! I’ve been spending a lot of time working on my collages and paintings, and was able to sit down at the computer recently to work on these magnificent macro images I’m now making available for purchase. It’s a wonderful feeling to be energized again, and I’m even taking next Friday off work so I can have an entire day to create and to work on projects I’ve been putting off for far too long.
Please do take a look at my Etsy shop in the next few days. I have a ton of new works that I will be posting there. My plan is to post a few new images each day and to spread them out a bit so it doesn’t get overwhelming.
Happy weekend, everyone!
P.S. Please do check out my ArtFire store as well! The same items for the same price, but NO need to sign up to buy! Just pay straight with PayPal and you’re done!
I decided to make a few changes to my Etsy shop: I removed all of the rural and urban decay images. I just felt like they didn’t fit in with my niche very well and after looking at the stats and seeing that they got very few views and even fewer hearts, I removed them. Now I feel like my look is more cohesive. Don’t worry: I still plan on photographing these subjects, but I’m going to reserve those photographs for myself instead of trying to sell them. You can check out my existing urban decay and rural decay photographs on Flickr. Any further images I take of these subjects will be posted in various Flickr sets.
In new image news, I spent yesterday afternoon taking pictures of a bouquet of flowers my boyfriend was kind enough to buy for me over the weekend. It’s still hot as hell outside, so I set up a table by my window to take advantage of natural lighting while not having to go outside on my patio and sweat like a pig. I plan on working on them tonight and tomorrow evening and hope to send a new order to the printer soon.
Although I have participated and done quite well in a number of craft fairs (back when I sold my hand-made jewelry and paintings), I’ve never done an actual art show before. I feel like I’m at a place in my work where I’m willing to put myself out there and apply to some juried art shows. These are shows that have to select you to participate; you can’t just write a check and get a booth space, like you can in a typical arts and crafts fair. There are two somewhat large shows in the Southeast that I’m thinking about right now. I don’t want to mention any names yet since it’s still a somewhat nebulous idea floating about in my head, but I’m excited at the possibility, while at the same time, realizing that my chances of getting in are likely small. I applied to a local juried show a few years ago with some collage work and was rejected; even though you expect it in many ways, it still hurts and it’s difficult to not let that rejection wound you in some way. Still, you never know until you put yourself out there, right? I feel as though I need to seize these opportunities as they come along and not be timid!
I think I’m going to spend part of this long weekend picking out my three best images to submit to these shows. I have so many good ones to choose from (wow, that sounds snobby, doesn’t it?), that I think it might take some time.
I hope everyone out there has a nice Labor Day weekend!
Yay! My metallic prints finally came in the mail yesterday and I have posted several of them in the shop today. I plan on adding more throughout the day and week. There is nothing like getting that big box in the mail, opening it up, and being amazed at the clarity and extreme COLOR in these metallic prints! It’s a feeling that just can’t be beat.
I’ve been doing some looking around my Etsy store lately and wondering if I should chuck the rural and urban decay images and just focus on my colorful macro flower images. Any thoughts? I’ve sold a few of the decay images, but I’m not sure how well they fit in with the little niche I’m trying to carve out here online. Something to ponder over this upcoming LONG Labor Day weekend….
It’s always an honor to me when someone picks one of my images to be in their Treasury on Etsy. Most people spend a lot of time curating these Treasuries, carefully picking out items that fall into a certain theme and that they personally admire. Right now, I am in 37 treasuries. Please take a few minutes to look at them if you can; you may find some really awesome work by an undiscovered talent! My hope is that one day, a Treasury that I am in will make it to the front page of Etsy. It’s the dream!!