Haven't done any new paintings in a while, but right before I left for Easter I finished another lino block. I think my favorite thing about printing by hand is that I can keep it light on the edges and darker in the middle. I'm finding that the harder, thinner lino makes for a better, more detailed print if you can ink it right, so that it transfers correctly.
I think about how this new skill could be useful to travelers, but I'm not so sure. It seems to cheapen the experience if you are trying to sell goods wherever you go. And in poor countries you'd be competing with the locals and their souvenirs. But for an artist on the gulf coast of the US, there isn't much competition in the area of souvenir postcards, or even local art for that matter, th
I got a couchsurfing request from Annie last week and,while I don't usually host folks on the boat, I made an exception because, 1 when you've been walking around the country for a year, you probably don't mind sleeping on a boat, and 2 I've been hoping for some time to get a travel blog started, and I think I know what it will be about. It's a travel blog, about travel blogs. And Annie's is going to be the first one I do a writeup of. So Annie stopped by, and was an amazing guest, and a small group of friends stayed kind of late and talked with her and got her to play some guitar. When I got back to the boat she was packing up to go. She's off to New Orleans and beyond. Annie wants to start a "Walking School" I forget the details, but I like the concept. It's something I'd like to cover in my new blog. Here is hers http://anniesoutpost.blogspot.com
Also stories like this, the Russian artist who makes his living trading portraits for things, and now he's traveling while doing it. http://shine.yahoo.com/healthy-living/russian-artist-sergey-balovin-and-the-in-kind-exchange-project--how-he-lives-without-money-202940946.html
So there are all these ways of living, and moving about the world. And I like to do the same, but more importantly, I'd like to emphasize just how do-able it is, and to serve as a sort of waypoint where these folks can pop in to compare notes, or in most cases to take the notes myself and to compare notes for them. Because each person, despite their drastically different approaches, can learn something from watching others do it.
Sometimes, it's just enough to know that you could just walk. Right now, if you wanted to, and keep walking, and not just survive, but thrive. And that can alone can take the pressure off of everyone's everyday life.
Just listed a few vintage items on Etsy, have a few paintings on there already and i'm looking into selling these cards on there.
I know it works for some things. I've sold a spice rack on Etsy, I've sold a bonsai. No paintings yet. I don't have high hopes for advertising my art through Etsy, but I do like it as a marketplace where I can sell through this website.
A poem, on a painting, on a 4 by 7 magnet with the website at the bottom.
The question is do I give them all away or sell them at my art booth and for how much?
I'm thinking sell the magnets, give away free postcards, which are much cheaper an will ultimately still make it on your fridge.
The concept I like. I got the idea from Blake's poetry/art prints, and I'm working on some linocuts that have poetry integrated into them like blake did with the Tygre
It was a perfect day for the Arts and Crafts fair. The streets were packed, though vendors said it was a little slower than last year. As I remember, it had been a little more crowded last time.
People sometimes complain about the art at these kinds of festivals and Arts and Crafts had it's fair share of corny stuff but it was reassuring to me that all the best booths were local artists.
Local businesses were doing pretty well too. Haint Blue was hopping and Papa's Pizza had all new art for sale, including these two of mine.
Meanwhile I was up a windmill painting away. They didn't sell much art at windmill, but they sold alot of food. People always enjoy the space. I know I do, that's why I like to paint there.