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Tuesday, March 21, 2017

March Portrait Special

The entire month of March I'm having a portrait special.

$35.00 for Sketch Card Sized paintings and $45.00 for 5x7's.

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Show Season Wrap / Research & Development Time

For me show season wrapped up last weekend with the Chicago Pop Culture Convention.  I've never done a show that has over lapped with the Holiday shopping season before, so I wasn't really sure what to expect.  Even though sales were incredibly slow, several small framed paintings found homes. Which, you know, this is something I've been trying to do more of.  Hopefully this will be my focus this coming year:  Art 8x10 and smaller, framed, ready to hang 100.00 and under.

This year (2016) overall sales were down, because attendance was down. Several friends of mine speculated it was because of the political atmosphere of the election.   Personally I have yet to see (from my end being freelance) that the economy is getting better. I guess only time will tell.

Next up: 
Now that show season is over it's time to get working on advancing my painting skills.  For a while, I've been itching to experiment without worrying about messing up expensive watercolor paper. I just feel like I'm severely lacking the experimentation element of art, being so consumed with finishing work to sell.

Over the weekend I got a peek at Brian Stelfreeze's Artbook. I absolutely love the way he uses color. And I've been in love with Drew's work since I was old enough to realize who he was. So I bought a few things: books from Amazon (Amazon Prime 18% off w/free 2 day shipping) and a new sketchbook from Michael's (YAY 50% off coupon).

I may have time to just play and start recording some of this for video episodes on my YouTube channel and maybe make some of it only available on my Patreon site.  Which is another thing I really need to work on.


This week, I'm cutting and decorating mats for the smaller works from my convention art bin. I'm also going to try and squeeze in some personal sketch/art cards. I'll be listing everything in my Etsy Shop as I go.

Till next time!

Monday, November 14, 2016

Dr. Robert Miller

Today I found out that my High School Art Instructor had passed away on November 2.   For years I've been trying to locate him, my old high school didn't have any forwarding info, and any internet searches always came up empty.  I'm feeling a little heartbroken that I will never get to see him again.

Dr. Robert Miller more so than any other person had such an immense impact on my early art career.  He really did care about helping his students succeed, and if you put in the effort he would help you to become a better artist.   His classes were not for the weary, or for the students thinking they were going to get an easy grade.

I always marveled at his drawing skills. That first demonstration he gave on how to draw a skeleton, I wanted to draw like that.  His pencil renderings were a thing of beauty. Every mark he made on the paper had it's purpose.  'No Chicken scratches were allowed'. Something he'd say about those short little wispy lines he'd see us drawing.

Doc Bob got me into Art Competition, I still have my ribbons, they are packed away at my parents house.  I really enjoyed it and it was something I really missed once I was out of High School. I will always remember him saying (when we'd get the exacto knife from him to cut mats) 'count your fingers' and you'd count them out loud, he'd hand you the exacto and say 'I want you to have that many when you're done.'

Doc Bob also got me my first scholarship, a week of 'Art Camp' at the University of Illinois.  He gave me a bunch of supplies I would need and told me, as long as I used them, they were mine to keep.  I still have the watercolor palettes, some of the paints and I think I still have a brush or two.

Senior year I spent so much time in the Art Department it felt like home. Even now when I looked through the pictures I had taken so long ago, nearly all of them were taken in the art department.

I'm sad that I will never get the chance to tell him that his guidance and instruction in those early years helped mold me into the artist I am today.

For what it's worth -
Doc Bob, Thank you so much for being an excellent teacher and mentor. I am deeply grateful and you will forever be remembered.

http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/aurora-beacon-news/obituary.aspx?n=robert-miller&pid=182468331&



Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Zurko's Haunted Halloween All Night Flea Market and Meeting the Mighty Wez

The Wheaton All Night Flea Markets have become some of my favorite shows. This past weekend was no exception even with the sluggish sales (thanks cubs game).  I had signed on to do this show earlier in the year (probably around June), and it wasn't till sometime in September did I realize who the media guest was going to be.   Vernon Wells!  I was excited and nervous at the same time.

Day of the show I get there super early, and found out that my booth was right next to his, now I was really nervous, I think it was just the anticipation of meeting him and giving him a print of the drawing I made of his character from Mad Max 2 / The Road Warrior.

Once he got there it was all good, probably one of the best evenings I've had in a loong time.





Saturday, October 01, 2016

2016 Halloween Art and The Unexpected Consequences of 31 Day Challenges...

First up, is a painting from last years #drawlloween drawing challenge:

Drawlloween Day 25

Original is for sale over at my Etsy Shoppe Along with 11x17 (A3) Prints and 8.5x11 (A4) Prints.

As well as a whole bunch of merchandise over at Society6.


Then there was a last minute inspiration.
Totoro If you haven't seen 'My Neighbor Totoro', you are seriously missing out.




This original is for sale too, at my Etsy Shoppe.
Along with 11x17(A3) Prints and 8.5x11 (A4) Prints.

I made a few things over at Society 6, mainly I just wanted to have phone cases and tote bags available.

Now starts the mad dash, I have a show next weekend and I would really like to have this done by then.


I love this movie, and it's sad that Gene Wilder has passed, which is what originally prompted this drawing.

 

Ok, so The Unexpected Consequences of 31 Day Challenges

Last year when I embarked on this journey, I had no idea how much I'd fall in love with these challenges. It's been a year, and I've noticed a LOT of creative growth, not only in my subject matter but my drawing skills have greatly improved along with my creative thinking.  It helps get you out of your own head and onto subject matter you might not have even considered drawing. 

I can't recommend at least trying 1 31/30 day challenges enough. It's hard and it'll seem like a chore, but if you keep with it, you'll too see improvements in your skills.  It only takes 30 days to create a habit for better or worse.  Hopefully for the better, it'll get you into some good artistic habits.  And in order to get better at any skill you must constantly practice and challenge yourself, if you're really serious about improving.

There are quite a few Drawlloween calenders out there, my group is doing a mash up between the two.  Then there's Jake Parker's Inktober challenge, doesn't matter which calendar you do, just go for and stick with it.



Monday, September 19, 2016

Store has MOVED!

It's official, my store has moved back to ETSY!  So to celebrate I have a little coupon to help kick things off.

https://www.etsy.com/shop/ConnieFaye

I really should have been trying to get this illustration completed instead of moving my art from one store to another.  I just didn't want to give those rotten bastards at storenvy any more of my or my patron's money.

Saturday, September 17, 2016

My Online Store may be moving back to Etsy...

So, If there's anything you want out of my store, you should go and get it now. I hate to move my store again, but, I can't deal with a company being flat out dishonest about what they've done.

 For the past year I've been paying for an extra for my store to get greater control over my coupon codes. I log into my store yesterday to make a coupon code so that new followers to my fan page can get a little off their first purchase. I noticed that the extra was reverted back to the 'free' state. I go to my 'extras' page and see that it has been turned off. I turned it back on and they want more for it, I contact support and I was told that I turned it off (on the 13th), and that I have to pay the higher price. But, I didn't turn it off. Same thing happened last month, when it was turned on they gave me the regular price I had been paying.

Meanwhile I need to figure out what else there is out there. I may just bite the bullet and go back to Etsy. I know it'll cost way more than what I'm currently paying, but they have a better marketplace and don't require me to use their payment source in order to participate in it


http://conniefaye.storenvy.com/

30% off of Art use code: LASTFLINGOA
 
20% off of Prints use code: LASTFLINGPRINTS

I will not be relisting any prints on Etsy, But when I get new prints made you can find them on my Facebook Page or my personal wall if you're either following that or are already on my friends list. All of my online print sales will be at my Society6 shop or RedBubble.