Wednesday, November 01, 2006

Poppies in Spring
Originally uploaded by m.Lee.
Poppies in Spring
Fall Tree
Little Birds
Life Begins
Night and Day

Poppies just never seem to get old for me. I go through periods where I want nothing to do with that block, but I always come back to it because it is a classic.

Now that I have some art pimpage out of the way it is time to talk about what has been going on and is on my mind. First, I recently got a big portrait commission and that is taking up a lot of my time. I still want to do other things and keep the new pieces flowing, but I should focus on that right now until it is done. It is a portrait of two children, no babies so it shouldn't be too difficult. But I am putting a lot of pressure on myself about it and am hesitate about starting the carving because I don't want it to merely be good. I want it to be a Wow piece. I want the buyer to be as happy as she possibly can be. She has bought from me before so I have the added security of knowing that she already loves my work and trusts that I will do a good job. Plus the examples I have on my portrait listing are my very best. I want this to be one such example of that. This piece means a lot to me. These prints are going to be Christmas gifts for an entire family and I need them to be impressive.

Version two of Etsy is coming up next Monday! This means that Etsy will be down this weekend and I will have plenty of time to work. Too bad my weekend is looking pretty busy already. Saturday I am booked from 8-6. Ugh. Sunday is mostly open though. I am so excited about Version Two coming out even though it means slightly higher listing fees and the listing period being cut from six months to four months. But at five cents a month it is still an incredible deal. They give us so much and they were losing money with the ten cents listing fee. Version Two will be a huge upgrade on the site yet some people still feel like complaining about the fee hike. Some people!

Last night a guy we were friends with a few years ago but lost touch with came over and was looking through my art and very excited about it and for me. Last time he saw me I was pretty much not making art at all and didn't know what I was going to do with my life since I hadn't found my voice yet. Then I took that life changing class at Mass Art and everything changed for me. The woodcut printmaking obsession took over and now I have hundreds of works of art out there in my studio and in people's home. I have so much work at my place that it could take over an hour for somebody to take a quick look through it all. I should be proud and feel lucky that I have all this in my life, and I do.

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