Posted on

Visual Update

Hi ho friends.

It was time to change up the look of my site to feature my art images over the words so I’ve changed themes.  I hope you like the new look.

cropped-reflection_20131111_013331.jpg

This is one of my favorite photos. It is a selfie.  I took the photo back in 2013 when I was taking Vivienne McMaster’s “Be Your Own Beloved” on-line photo course. For the most part, I don’t like images of me, but this class helped me with creative exercises for selfies.  I highly recommend the class. Vivienne offers her classes live. If you’re interested in BYOB, please check her website for the current schedule

I took it with my cell phone at the time. It was a rainy Seattle day, and the reflection includes the giant sculpture on campus at my at-the-time employer.  I called the piece The Beer Glass.

I’m feeling the call of my camera lately.  It’s time to carry it around and visually explore the area around my current job.

I’d love to know what you’re working on.  Leave a comment and link and I’ll stop by.

Happy creating!

 

 

Posted on

Art By Numbers

Hi ho friends.

You may have noticed the entire look of this site has changed.

Have I lost my mind?

Mwhahahahaha!

As you may know, I have an Etsy shop. In the past couple of years, I’ve brought my listings over 50 and regularly promote my shop on social media on on the Etsy forms and teams. Overall, sales have picked up, but most of my sales come from exhibitions and tables at local events.

I’m a bit of a Budget Geek.  I track my sales, bank fees, posting fees, commission fees, shipping, etc. Not just for the Tax Man, but also so I can play with the numbers and see how well I’m managing my business. I’ve set a milestone to re-examine the benefit of keeping my Etsy shop once my monthly fees were equivalent to paying for self-hosting on wordpress.org or upgrading my wordpress.com plan.

Etsy charges $0.20 for each item to be listed for 4 months and 3.5% commission on each sale.  That’s totally reasonable for a shop with enough sales to avoid re-listing products or a small number of products.  According to the Etsy gurus, if you have more items in your shop, you are considered “serious” about your business. Fifty items is generally accepted around the forms as the Magical Number that gets your shop better visibility in searches, blah, blah, blah. In the past 6 months, I noticed my Etsy bill had crept up to around $10 a month from a combination of relisting fees and commissions on sales.

I was also curious how my payments to Etsy compared to commissions paid to the local gallery that sells my prints. I collected my monthly data on sales and fees for the life of my shop from my Etsy dashboard, dropped them into a LibreOffice spreadsheet, and totaled each.  I divided the fees by the sales to get the percent commission paid to Etsy. On average, I pay Etsy 31% of my sales. One of the shops with my prints gets 35%.

That told me it was time make the switch to selling from my own site. After reviewing the pros and cons of self-hosting vs keeping this WP.com site, I decided I’m not ready to make the jump to managing a WP.org site. I don’t have the skillset or time at this stage to be in charge of that. I can barely back-up my laptop on a regular schedule.

I have upgraded my WP.com plan and to celebrate, I’m changing the look of this website. Over the next couple of weekends, I’ll be making tweeks to my new site template, adding art for sale, and merging in my former life as a crafter.

So please forgive any weird things you see as you explore the site. My new template has some cool features that show up as example pages, posts, etc. I need to switch the samples out for my own things. Plus, you know, work that full-time job, make art, etc.

Stay tuned!

 

 

Posted on

Goal!

Hi ho my lovelives.  2016 is shaping up to be a big year for my art.  My summer exhibition of Zeus’ Women; I’ve sold more pieces in the first 6 months of 2016 since I re-opened my Etsy shop; and now, my art has been published!

As I mentioned in a previous Minimalist Planner Preview, my art goal for 2016 was to get published. I’ve been submitting art to Cloth Paper Scissors art challenges and have been trying to find a theme to submit work to various Somerset publications.  Several months ago, I received an email out of the blue from Anastasia Yakupova, who found my posts on Instagram. She invited me to participate in a book she was working on about female artists around the world. I sent her some photos, answered a few questions, a short bio.  I can’t say I forgot about it, but I figured it would be a loooong time before I heard back.  So I plugged along and last week, she messaged the artists that the book was published!

My copy of the book arrived today. It is a beautiful book. I’ve flipped through the pages and am amazed at the beautiful art and company I’m in.  I can’t wait to dive into each of the women’s stories.

If you’re interested, the book is available in paperback and Kindle versions: Creative Women Worldwide.

Follow your dearest dream, my friend. Who knows where it will take you?

Posted on

Event: Zeus’ Women Exhibition

Hi ho, my lovelies!

I’m happy to officially announce my upcoming mixed media art exhibition. The name of the show is Zeus’ Women and features portraits of 10 of the most notable women in Zeus’ life. It’s a drama-filled world of womanizing, rape, deceit, revenge, illegitimate children, murder, and lost souls.

Sounds like an episode of Game of Thrones.

The official opening and Meet the Artist  event is on Friday, May 6 at 6 pm.  Stop by and say hi!

Original art and prints, will be available for sale at the gallery. A separate announcement will go out when the prints area available at my online shops.

If you’re in the Seattle area this summer, please stop by. Doug and Don, the Artfx Gallery owners, are wonderful people and the gift shop is a treasure-trove of goodies by local artists.

I hope to see you there!

Zeus'_women

Posted on

Swedish Arts Bazaar

Hi ho, my lovelies.

I’ll be sharing a table with one of my Periop Administration co-workers at the Swedish Arts Bazaar in 2 weeks.  This is my first table with my art, so I’m feeling both freaked out and excited to have people come up and comment on my work.  And, hopefully, to buy! A portion of the proceeds go to help Swedish patients and families.

I’m bringing everything I have: mixed media prints, canvases, and works on watercolor paper.

I went to Geek Girl Con a couple weeks ago and visited the Artist shops.  One of the artists had a portfolio on his table with all of his prints and it reminded me I needed to assemble my own.  I wanted to promote my Society6 shop since a few of my pieces are only available through print on demand. I didn’t have time to get 1 of each print ordered from S6, so I sent them to Bartells for printing on matte paper.  Unfortunately, I had to manually crop some of the photos – that was mildly annoying. However, I like how every print turned out. I now have three portfolios for the sizes I work most frequently in: 8×10; 9×12 and 11×17. Excluding canvases, of course.

Once I had the portfolios assembled, I felt like an artist and seeing that body of work.

Tenukihandcrafts-2015-SwedishArtsBazaar

I’ve still got work ahead of me: make a something (probably a room divider) to hang my canvases on; print a poster for the table; get some cash for making change; and figure out how to sell out of my Etsy shop on my phone since I’m not ready to pay for a subscription for one of those square card reader thingies.

Here are a few of the pieces in progress, which will need to be photographed or scanned before the show.

SAB-canvases-WiP

Here’s the link to my Etsy shop for all your inner child art needs: https://tenukihandcrafts.etsy.com.

Which is where I’m off to in order to do some Etsy shop promotion and figure out the selling app thingy.

Fly, be free!

Posted on

Banner Contest Winner!

The votes are in and it’s unanimous: Banner #1 is the new Tenukihandcrafts banner. The new banner, and it’s variations, will be featured in my Etsy shop, on my twitter profile and Facebook page for the shop.

2015-pink-etsybanner1.jpg

The winner of the drawing for a one-of-a-kind ATC is Carrie.  Congrats, lady! I’ll be in touch for getting your little art to you.

Thanks to everyone who voted.

Fly, be free, my lovelies!