good things…

February 4, 2009

Everybody likes to harp on the negative…the economy…the slower sales…the yata yata yata, and I’m not going to lie, I’ve experienced a little lull just like the rest of you folks out there.  I’ve had to work a lot harder to rope in commissions and reach a broader market, but in the midst of all this negativity, there is something happening in the arts that really gives me hope.

I’ve seen artists across the board working very hard to support and promote each others work.  I’ve seen locals pulling together markets, art shows, and festivals, on shoestring budgets just to get the word out…I’ve seen galleries on the verge of closing shop, stay afloat by artists willing to volunteer their time.  I’ve seen more artists sharing their blog forums to promote other artists work.  It’s so wonderful to ride out the storm with such a great support system of like-minded people.  I can’t thank you all enough!

Oh and speaking of sharing the love…PaperMichelle was kind enough to feature me on her bloggity blog…CLICK! As did  AJ all the way in Canada! ..CLICK! I’ve added both these gals to the blog list, so be sure to see what they’re up to from time to time.

In other happy news…I received my Glass Diamonds Print from the ever so talented Victoria Bennett Beyer today!!!  It’s even more gorgeous in real life, I’ll be sure to post more on this little gem when I get her all framed and happy.  AND…(saving the best for last you know…)  My new printer is here, and fired up!  New prints and a new Etsy store are in the works…It’s like Christmas!

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Etsy is such a wonderful medium for meeting new artists!  I received a “convo” from etsy seller, PaperMichelle, that she had included me in her fabulous guacamole treasury…(clever idea, I know)…

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See my Little Garlic hanging out in there?  Click here to find out more about the other lovelies in this treasury…

Anyhoo…I thought I’d take a peek at the PaperMichelle shop, and boy did I find some gems, perfect for you little love birds out there.  All of Michelle’s cards are intricately hand-cut…no die cutters around here!

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(I figure she’s about as much a ninja with an x-acto blade as I am…maybe even more so)

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Delightful aren’t they?  I hope you’ll take a moment to visit her shop, PaperMichelle.etsy.com and show her some love.

Photos courtesy of  PaperMichelle may not be reproduced without permission of the artista herself.

Have a lovely Tuesday!