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! 😃

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