While the studio stockpile is being tidied and the bear is galloomping around the studio, let's chat for a second about online art sales and best practices. Artists, feel free to listen in! Collectors, thank you for letting me bend your ear for a moment.
Online galleries are wonderful places to be introduced to new collectors and to be tantalized by art from around the world. But they also charge artists a percentage of each painting sold - less than a brick and mortar gallery, for sure, but still a sizable chunk. Then Square or PayPal grab a slice of the pie. It gets whittled away pretty fast.
When collectors purchase directly from the artist (like on my website here, or in person), there is no commission paid to anyone - just Square or PayPal fees. The artist gets to keep most everything! So, for me personally, this means two things:
1. I love it when people buy from my website! It is a huge help.
2. There is more flexibility in prices on my website. This lets me work with your budget and help you get what you want for less cha-ching.
So, to encourage you to take a few minutes exploring my gallery, here is a coupon for 25% off anything on my site. It is sort of like I am paying YOU the commission instead of a middle-person. Let's be rebels together! Enter REBEL25 at checkout - good until 1/21/19.
Thanks for listening. Now go out there and cause a little trouble. :)
"Rearranged" - charcoal and pencil on toned paper, 18" x 24" "Blue" - acrylic and charcoal on paper, 11" x 14" . Ready to frame. Each available here and at Artfinder.
"Inevitably, certain experiences rearrange us."
Oh, Mark Nepo! How did you know? Rearranged. I have been rearranged. And still sorting out where the pieces fit well together.
This puddling into the new year is a bit off-putting for me. Plans? Schedules? Calendars? These have always been my crutches. They're still here, of course, but I am keeping them just out of reach. Careening through each day like a drunken bull and letting the terrain beneath my feet determine which way I will meander.
This isn't a graceful method for navigating through life. But it is something new, which leads to, well, more new things. Like an urban hike after dark with my sisters - standing on the muddy bluff of Overlook, peering down at the sparkly lights of the rail yard and the glistening Willamette river, navigating flooded back alleyways and streets. Graceful? No. Exhilarating? Yes.
For those who attended my "Once Upon an Artist" demonstrations this past fall (or anyone else who is interested), Andrew Simonet, author of Making Your Life as an Artist now has a workbook you can download for FREE here. The book is also available for download. It's a little roadmap toward making your artsy dreams come true.
If you freed your heart and mind from just one less-than-stellar habit, where else would you put them to use? Maybe toward bravery, or making home-made ramen (like my soup goddess sister, Wendy), toward understanding something elusive or maybe just daydreaming of the many things you can put your newly-freed heart and mind to use on. :)
My hands are working gently at slump softening. One drawing at a time. One leave-it-all-on-the-table-in-a-heap-of-exhaustion life-drawing session at a time. Thank goodness I now live in the land of caffeinated goodness on every corner.
This week's PDX recommendation is Sweedeedee, where you can start your day with a savory porridge and a slice of honey whiskey bread. And where the staff will dazzle you with vinyl LPs played continuously while you eat. You'll get a kick out of saying "Sweedeedee" all day long, too.
And that is truly the beauty of a well-run session. The leader carefully times, announces, forces a pose change and starts the clock again. You are at the mercy of the tick tick ticking and forced to shut out all of your hesitation and just do it. While others are watching. And there, in that space between thoughts, you are awakened.
Every fiber of your being is in the moment, in flow, observing and responding, not thinking, just being. In a packed classroom, "the sea of all beings" is right there, ebbing and flowing around you, touching but not touching as you are completely alone but not alone. Finally, finally - the monkey mind (of which I am ABSOLUTELY CERTAIN I am the QUEEN) is hushed. Oh bliss! Oh perfection! Let's do that again, shall we?
Jen Walls and her imaJENation