I’m not going to discuss politics or how I feel about the election results this week. A lot of other people are doing that already. What I will say is that this week was an emotional one and I had to find a way to cope with all of it. Aside from hugging Bruno (who’s not a fan of hugs) and eating ice cream (something I already turn to in difficult times) I decided to use the act of creating as therapy.
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Continuing my Into The Ocean project, I visited Belmont Veterans Memorial Pier in Long Beach. That week there been having record heat in Southern California so I got there early. Okay, maybe 10am isn’t early for you morning people but given that it’s an hour and a half away, I had to take care of Bruno, AND have coffee it was early enough for me!
Since today is Halloween, I thought photos of spooky abandoned buildings would be appropriate. However, I’m a big chicken when it comes to scary movies, haunted houses and any other creepy stuff. Yes, I’ll admit it. Heck, I’d almost say I’m proud of it. But in spite of that, I loved taking pictures in this place. So much so that I went by myself a couple of times. Even if I only had the guts to go during the day…
“Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.” – Ferris Bueller
Alright, it’s time to focus! Pay attention and get to work! Keep moving forward! Let’s do this! That’s kind of the mindset these days, isn’t it? It seems like everyone is looking to get more done in less time and to just go, go, go. I fall into that thought process a lot and I’m sure many of us do.
What’s the point of all that efficiency and productivity, anyway? I’d much rather pause and take my time to see where I am—to be in that moment 100%. This is what happens when I stop and look around…
On October 2nd Bruno and I set off on a new adventure. We left California for Colorado. Leaving California was not an easy choice. In January of 2005 I moved to San Diego because I had this unshakeable feeling that I was supposed to be there. For 11 years it was home and it still felt that way—there is a big part of me that didn’t want to leave—but I made the choice to do so anyway.
In my defense, I have some very good reasons for doing what I did.
If you have considered selling your art online chances are you’ve come across Fine Art America. At first glance it looks like the perfect place: very low upfront costs, lots of ways to print, money back guarantee for buyers, and they handle printing, packing and shipping. The only problem is, not all artists are making money on Fine Art America. In fact, many aren’t.
When it comes to being creative, do professional tools matter? Those [evil] marketing people want us to think so! But a lot of times what our creative work needs to improve isn’t a shiny new gadget. A recent conversation brought up the topic of photography tools. In order to claim the title of “professional” do you really need “professional” tools? If you’re good at what you do, how much do professional tools matter?
Are you making money on Fine Art America? Or on RedBubble or Society6? Lots of sites offer convenient print on demand sales and all of them have tons of artists trying to make some money doing what they love. Many people think it’s not possible to sell art on websites like these because there’s too much competition. The market is saturated and there isn’t room for more. That’s partially true, but there is room for more. You can sell your work and you can make money. I do.
I’ve heard from fellow artists that they’d like to know how I sell my work on Fine Art America so I’m going to spill the beans and share what I do. This is the first of [probably] two posts on the topic because there’s a lot of info.
Who out there hasn’t experienced a creative slump? At some point every creative ends up facing a creative block. We can’t keep it from happening, but we can learn to cope effectively with it when it does. Otherwise, it’s too easy to fall into the head games and that can have serious setbacks. The strategies below have all worked for me and although the examples are specific to photography the same strategies can work for all creatives.
I began my first business a long time ago. Before blogging, social media, and smartphones were the business tools they are today. Many people don’t know this about me, but my first business was designing wedding flowers. For seven years (together with my mom) I owned and operated an event and floral design studio in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. I loved it. I was good at it. And eventually I closed it which broke my heart. This is the story of how it began and the events that led to the closing.