It has been rainy and chilly here for the past few days. So much so that my fav after dinner pasttime is curling up under my blanket and watching TV…
So, to combat these rainy days I have some sunny landscapes I completed recently
These are turning into monthly updates, LOL. It can’t be helped.
For the past month, I’ve been trying to get some extra funds through crowdfunding. I selected GoFundMe because it seemed like the easiest to use and rather flexible. I’ve sending the link to my Twitter feed and Tumbler blog, but I haven’t gotten any donations yet. I suspected it would be difficult. I even tried to make it more appealing by offering custom artwork for certain donation levels. Still nothing. Now, the thing with GoFundMe is that you can’t even show up in the searches until you have at least $100 dollars donated through the site (you have the option to add donations that were not given online). And then you have to meet the approval of the administrators of the site.
I knew it would be difficult to raise money for myself because I had hard time raising money for a 5K run/walk for Cancer and I was asking my friends. Not a one could bother to donate even a dollar. So, even though my GoFundMe is connected to my Facebook page but I don’t share that page…..
Now, why would I need extra funding. Because in this economy, we could all use a little help. Being a fulltime artist is hardwork, it is stressful. You do what you can to supplement your income, but when you “supplement” job starts to take over your life, then your work starts to suffer. No one likes that. On top of that, I have one parent battling cancer and another with mobility issues (in addition to my own health problems), so my presence at home is almost always needed…especially in the afternoons and weekends. So, yeah, this life is hard and difficult..and I never imagined that it would be like this but it is what it is. My expensive art school/training gave me lots of knowledge, skills, and tools (and debt)…that most people in a capitalist society have no need for. HA!
But I find peace in my work and in my faith.
This is one of my most recent digital paintings.
Sweet Journey, 2013
by K. Brown
I’ve come to realize you really need to be careful who you let in. I mean, who you let see the true you. Some folks will stop at nothing to take advantage of you once they think they have gained your trust. This is especially true for those who work in the arts. A lot of the work we do is very personal and comes from a personal place. To have some one tear that work apart can be traumatic. I’m not even talking about constructive criticism, I’m talking about someone just saying or doing things that totally disrespects the work you are doing.
For all of us, the way we express ourselves is different. How we work, why we work, who we work with shapes our art and shapes us. I suppose, what I’m trying to say is be careful and be kind. Be careful who you open yourself to and be kind to yourself and your work.
The Ship Arrives by K.Brown
I don’t know about you, but this year has just been flying by. I don’t even know where February went. All of sudden it is March.
February was a rough month on a creative and on a personal level. It is actually hard to separate the two with me. What I create is so connected to what is or isn’t going on in my personal life. I’ve suffered from a lack of motivation that stems from not knowing what it is I want to do next. I have also been overwhelmed with many ideas that I struggle to start. I don’t know where to start. Then there is feeling as though nothing I do will be good enough or note worthy enough. It can be very hard to create things when battling inner demons.
What goals, if any, do I set for myself for March? What is it that I want to achieve?
I’ll need to sleep on that for now.
Hello my friends!
I hope you are well.
I’m still working on my memoir about living and working in Japan. I’m very excited about this project.
I’ve been working on more jewelry. I spent the afternoon shaping porcelain medallions for hand-painting designs on. I have some simple pendants I will put on chains tonight for placement in my shop by tomorrow afternoon. I’m need to decide if I want to put more earrings into my shop. When I think about jewelry, earrings just don’t come into my mind. I definitely need to do more earrings.
Business wise, I’m still waiting for business to pick up. The market is tough. But I know I make quality interesting things that come from the heart. I am willing to put myself out there. Each painting is piece of myself. I’m also building some collage pieces. I may test some small collages out in my shop.
If you haven’t check it out, please visit Perfumed Plums.
Until next time…
This past week, I’ve been in bit of a rut. It may be that I have too many potential projects to focus on. I have this book on Art and fear; and I think I have a lot of fear right now. When you create something, it is so personal and it is born of you life and experiences. I piece of your soul goes into it. I can be maddening, but the results are beautiful. Paintings, illustrations, photos…whatever it is you do to express yourself does not have to be complex. It just has to be real, authentic, genuine. I believe people enjoy that about works of art they view and/or experience.
Yup. I had an unintentional hiatus. I didn’t mean for it to happen, but I hit a major roadblock creatively. I haven’t been able to write or paint or make jewelry/art. I have lost my inspiration and drive. Not sure what direction I want to take my work in.
The issue is that I have too many interests and outlets I want to pursue. I have to scale back and focus.
But, I am on my way back. I’m sketching again. I’m thinking about a photo project but it is just a sparkle in my eye for now.