another inspiring greeting card from me in regards to my ability to sustain a healthy relationship.
this one is from that day when everything went dark…so so dark…when dealing with relations between dusty & me.
i am talking about the future of our relationship, not the future in general…except for when i am talking about the future in general…which, most the time, i am not.
to the screams
as the world fogs over
on a cold morning
waiting for a plumber
to return my
so i can stop
in the yard
(i’m not really
in the yard)
i can tell you this
so someone over on tumbr asked me to illustrate a story for his girlfriend’s book. this is the work in progress for that.
however, as usual, i said “yes” without agreeing on a rate/price for the artwork.
i mean, i love doing art.
i love seeing if i can illustrate someone else’s ideas.
it’s fun & challenging for me. i like fun. i like a challenge.
but, yes, i need to start being more professional & less quixotic sometimes. like…when i’m done with this, there is going to be that awkward email where i have to say, “um, in order to get the finished piece, i need money.”
and what if they are all–you never said it cost! and yes…they should know artists do not work for free nor donate their talent (except for a good cause.) but i still dread that point when i have to ask for a fee.
crap. i should have settled it sooner.
i can’t afford to give it away for free.
(that’s what she said)
meanwhile, for another commission i am doing without settling on cost first, i am googling images of every cool sea creature i can think of to make a set of greeting cards and getting excited about painting them.
however, there is probably no way someone expects to pay as much as i think they should pay for a hand painted series of greeting cards.
and i do know this person–which makes it even harder for me to ask for what i feel my art is worth.
i need an agent.
so i haven’t made any cards in awhile despite my determination to send actual birthday greetings for birthdays. i mean, i did not get an actual birthday card in the mail on my birthday which made me a little sad & jaded….
my little sister sent me another box of chocolate from germany–so i wanted to make her a thank you card.
a wonderful friend of mine has a birthday on halloween–so i wanted to make her a birthday card.
and i was having so much fun that i made a couple more…with aspirations to continue this series & be ahead on the card making.
also, these are ink brush paintings on 6X6 watercolor paper–if anyone is interested in buying one i have made already or commissioning one. just let me know.
okay. so i am sort of keeping up with sending cards. unfortunately, i do not know everyone’s address. so even though your name might be on my calendar, if i don’t know your address, it’s just good intentions.
also, my greeting cards are turning into…well, not cards. which are more difficult & expensive to mail…but i have had complaints in the past about my folding of artwork. apparently people do not like their art work folded.
so here is the latest in my attempts at a homemade birthday greeting. to my entomologist-doctor-who-loving-brother-in-law.