I have not had an update since September. Regular job took me out of town for several days. Then I took 11 day vacation for the last week of early archery season. I was successful and harvested a 3pt Bull Elk & a 6pt Whitetail deer.
I proceeded to create over 70 belt bracelets while hubby hunted and I stayed in camp. He had a hot meal waiting for him every night. I used every last metal snap!
Bald Eagle Feather - we stumbled upon in the forest
so then I painted an 18x24 inch canvas for an event for work, I was donating the painting.
|My view in Elk Camp - overlooking creek|
I celebrated my 40th birthday in October. It was pretty epic to say the least... I got my wish!!! I got to paint a mural downstairs, where customers can see my work.
I hope someday... I can travel and paint more murals... Wait and see what happens!
I set 1 panel aside and focused on the 4 main panels... chalked in general idea of where I wanted everything. I did not do a practice sketch... just what you see on this board. I used three photos of old growth timber to reference scene.
My sweet view of the Sasquatch to be....
On Wednesday, I had two sweet ladies that were mall walkers ask to take a photo with me! :) then I got them to take this pic. My inner Wonder Woman was coming thru here!! LOL
I am finishing up the rocks to blend into the water feature and rocks surrounding mural.
Mr. Sasquatch turned out great... I paid homage to the vintage footage that everyone see's when you google bigfoot. There are 3 family members in the mural as well. Not hidden but have to stand and look at the mural before you notice them right away. Customers have really enjoyed the mural. Taking photos with it. Just today, myself and our HR team to a group photo in front of the mural for our holiday photos.
Stop by some time and see the only Cabela's with a Sasquatch Mural.
IN FOUR DAYS!!!!!!!!
November has come in with grace and the beauty of fall.
I was able to participate in a holiday bazaar last weekend.
I didn't do well. I was feeling discouraged overall with where I am at with my art.
I sat down on Sunday morning... made a list of what I have accomplished in the last year:
*Started my etsy site.
*Signed up with Society6 (I've had a few sells) and Zazzle.
*Made an Artist Page on Facebook - show my portfolio.
*finally ordered real business cards! Vistaprint was great and really great prices!!!
* sold a print on canvas from my Beautiful girl mixed media piece. 18 x 24 inch
*started making more upcycled art and jewelry.
* sold some of my belt bracelets :)
* was able to make a lot of stock during hunting season.
* received a 3 commissions for custom paintings (2 completed)
* made custom bracelets for clients (3x's)
I still want to build a community of other artists that I can talk to bounce off of.
so Sunday after reading my paper.. I went to Etsy Team Oregon Event - signed up and
hopefully in the future we can brainstorm...
I posted on my sites that I am for hire during the holidays to decorate homes and paint windows.
as I post... I get a message, then a phone call from a customer referral from last years client - FINS drive in...Thank you!!!I will be painting windows at a day care next monday - weather prevailing... fingers crossed.
I got up on monday morning and I had my first ETSY sale!!!
a bracelet got shipped to California.
I was invited to participate in holiday bazaar that will let me drop my product off and they set up and sell it for me!!! WHAT!!! So cool!
I was invited to showcase during Downtown Springfield 2nd Friday Art Walk!!!!!!( I thought it was too late cause I didn't get back in touch with the ladies last month)
Update on my "archery instructor" I got the job...just waiting to get liability insurance.. and signing a contract... :) I won't start teaching until March 2015. But I have to committed to 1 day a week, 6 week sessions. I will be teaching adults.
See where this will take me.....
Holy CoW!!! what a crazy start to my week! - I was past due to share and update my blog.
Thank you for taking time to read it! Please send me a comment or feed back.. would you like me to share more???
I am still learning the whole BLOG thing. Taking baby steps and I am try not to be too hard on myself.
I still feel like a clock is ticking... and not doing something everyday to get me to my dream of someday working full time on my art... makes me feel bummed.. and I'm slacking on the job.
I love my regular job.. but my heart says... paint! Create! Grow! Let Go! and Fly!!!
breathing... taking one day at a time.
I need to make new goals.. I think thats what I will share on my next post.. and hopefully how I did on my bazaar. and the art walk... sigh.... I can see another month just slipping away...