The Little Shoppe of Cards

It’s back, and this time for good as I now have Shopify (lite), a third party thingie that makes things very secure for the buyer. My Little Shoppe(ify) of Art and Sketch Cards probably won’t every have, like, tons of artwork but I’ve always got at least a card or two available.

I like to communicate with people who take the time to look, or purchase, or comment on my work. It means a lot to me that anyone likes what I try to do! So, a couple of weeks ago when someone contacted me through Ebay with a question, the word “mail” came up on my end (and the other person’s as well, for what it’s worth). Two days later I get an email from Ebay telling me my selling will be restricted as a warning for the future. Ebay is shooting itself in the foot. Communication is ULTRA important between buyer and seller, and sometimes it’s just not possible to communicate properly when:

  • A: You have limited vocabulary, because the dictatorship of Ebay forbids a whole bunch of words…
  • B: It takes more time to get into Ebay to reply than it does through my own email account, and dammit Jim I’m a painter not an 18 year old with time on their hands.

Ebay shouldn’t be so dammed insecure. It’s the largest arena for auctions – and I’ll still be using it for such! Let us (especially the small seller like me) communicate with buyers, use all the words, give email addresses! We still come back, f’f**k’s sake.

Anyhoo, lotsa words to say I’ll still have occasional auctions, like always, but for Personal Sketch/Art Cards, or any fixed price work, I’ll be selling from this site AND from my Facebook Page (in Store, on the left side when you are logged in), if you prefer it there. I have yet to make a sale through this medium, so I’ll be breaking out the virtual bubbly if it happens! It’s hard to leave the Big House behind, but well, it has to happen, I guess.

Thank you, as always, for your support and understanding. In other news, all the sketches I’ve been doing for my Patreon page has gotten me thinking I may try putting a book together at the end of this year, show sketches of both traditional subjects (landscapes, still lifes, portraits, etc) and some more fantastical subjects. Stick around to see if and how it progresses!

By the way (last note, I promise), all Patrons get a code to apply to ANY purchase from here or Facebook, corresponding to their level of support – from 10 % to 20% off, and that includes Ebay auctions (I apply it manually to the ebay invoice after the auctions ends). So consider becoming a Patron! Drop on over and see my latest commission of Salacious Crumb.

Have a great weekend! 😃

To a New Year of Experiences!

Thank you to everyone who follows my paintbrush! Have wonderful, healthy, and safe New Year!! In 2018, I’ll be posting my artwork more often on my Patreon page – anyone can follow that page whether you make a pledge or not, so you are very much invited to drop in over there and click the “Follow” button on the top left-hand side of the page. If you enjoy the posts, perhaps down the road you’d like to become a Patron!

Whatever you decide, I’m very appreciative of your interest in my work, and am humbled that you are here. I look forward to sharing many more paintings, drawing, sketches, art/sketch cards, and who knows what else, in 2018. As always, your comments and feedback are welcome where ever and however you wish.

Have a safe New Year’s Eve, and may the wind always blow from the back. ♥

Pinouche, the headmaster Teckel of our house, wishes you all Happy New Year. If he could stay awake long enough. lol…

Happy Holidays and Healthy New Year to All!

Posting on my website has been in the middle of my list this year, simply because I’ve run out of hours in the day to complete work AND update everything. So yesterday, to say thank you to everyone who has supported or followed me this year, I did a livestream on Facebook yesterday, just to chat and make a fool of myself. May as well finish the year properly, no? 😀

Anyway, I was pleasantly shocked by the fact that people actually showed up and tuned in! I’ll do it again next year, with a bit more preparation and forethought… (it’s terrifying to do something like this in front of people, even if you cannot see them…)

The video is below, as it appears on my Patreon (they had early access!) Thank you to all from the bottom of my heart for a wonderful year. You’ll see me around a lot in the new year, honored to share artwork and projects with you. The next video I’m doing will be a review of the Etchr Art Satchel I purchased from a Kickstarter last August (at a super low price!). It is an amazing satchel bag for any creative, and I look forward to showing it to you, but especially to using it!

À bientôt!

Porcelaine, En Couleur…

I wish this little statuette was still in my possession, it has many memories for me from when I was much younger. A couple of years ago, while wandering around a garage sale somewhere, I saw one just like it, which kind of shattered my fantasy of having something unique… lol. Oh well, my memories of the original stay unchanged. :-)I think the idea with watercolor is to really let it do what it does best, and not really try to paint what you think you want. Put it on the paper and see what it does… Push it, or rather “encourage” it, here and there… Let it dry and lay another layer on it. This is still a learning experience for me, but I’m thinking that three layers might be a good maximum, after that things get a bit muddy.

And by the way, I don’t think too many people can lay down a “perfect” one layer right off the bat. (actually I don’t think there is any such thing as perfect, but that’s another story entirely) There is, however, a good time to say “stop! wooooah Nellie, time to put the wagon away”, and stop messing with the piece.

I can’t wait to figure out when that is…. :-p

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