Friday, November 6, 2009
This has been the most exciting semester so far which is one reason I haven't been nearly as worried about my art or business. Timing is everything. Right now I am getting my education and that is enough.
One class I ended up in, service marketing, has turned out to be one of the best classes I could ever have taken to be in the art business. I have all kinds of crazy ideas running through my head. Not so much, ' How can I promote?' or what crazy scheme can I come up with now but thinking about "how I can meet the needs and wants of customers and still make a profit". And how can I do that as an artist?
Basically, what kind of art do people want? Do they want prints? Do they want large or small? What colors do they like?
This is the quandry I find myself in a lot because I love the subject of business. I am majoring in finance and doing really well in those classes. And yet I love to paint. I love fashion. I love all of these things that are actually big businesses and creative at the same time.
So...as an experiment, I have entered one of the largest shows in my area. It's a longshot. People from all over the country apply for this show.
So there is a scary and wonderful part to this: the jury process is open to the public. They project the pictures of the entrants onto a huge screen and the jury openly discusses them. Hopefully I will be there when they discuss my art (and put it on the short list!). I want to hear what they say about my art and I want to hear what they say about the others. I want to know what makes them choose one artist over another. They may say some things that don't feel great but that's okay. I want to know.
That's whats up with me for right now. I'll keep you posted on the jury process experience.
Wednesday, September 2, 2009
Friday, August 28, 2009
It's my senior year...the only year of my college career that will actually be completely in a year. Go me!
So, by now I have learned that most professors don't even use the book in their class. It's completely pointless to go to the bookstore and pay full price for the text unless they assign problems out of the text to turn in for grades. Most of mine don't so I bought my books online. I used www.amazon.com and www.half.com to find books this year. I know there are others but these are the ones I use the most. I also buy older versions of the text if I can because it is way cheaper. WAY cheaper.
I also have an app on my phone that I like for a to do list. It's easy to update online or on the iPhone if you have it. It's at www.toodledo.com. I do think the name is kind of cheesy but I like having a place to keep track of my lists.
As for all the art, I will still be making it but not cranking it out like I wish I could. My next project is selling prints of some paintings that I have done recently. I think it's a good business decision and something I have wanted to do for a while.
I'm also taking a class in service marketing so I'm sure I will be sharing my findings from there.
Hope everyone is doing well!
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Wednesday, August 19, 2009
Tuesday, August 18, 2009
I have been out of town for the last couple of weeks,, give or take a couple days. With school starting next week, I will be around a lot more. I had a lot of fun, of course, and as soon as I edit the pictures, I will definitely share.
Hope everyone is doing well. Talk to you soon!
:: Liz ::
Thursday, August 6, 2009
In three days I head south towards San Antonio, Austin and Corpus Christi. When I come back, there will be one week before school starts. Damn!
I only had a few hours in Santa Fe and loved it. For some reason, I thought it was bigger but it's actually pretty small. The concentration of artists far outweighs anything we have here, however. Driving through Canyon Road was such a tease for me. So many galleries and so little time. I will definitely be planning a trip back there. Talk to you soon! Liz
Monday, July 27, 2009
My first visit to the new Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas happened to be a soccer match between Chelsea FC and Club America. It turned out to be a championship game in this tournament, which made it all the more fun and exciting.
The rain started when everyone was leaving. There's not much you can do when you have a bit of a walk ahead of you. At least it cools everything off. We needed that!
I've never associated country music or Jerry Jones with soccer but anything can happen in the Cowboys Stadium. Garth Brooks did the coin toss and Jerry Jones handed out the trophy. I thought this was quite hilarious.
The stadium features a retractable roof but we didn't get to see it open. I think the rain might have had something to do with that.
This is me being all excited, taking pictures of myself in Ben's convertible. The rain had yet to begin.
Thursday, July 23, 2009
Wednesday, July 22, 2009
With this work, I intend to explore the idea that some questions are better off un-asked. Sometimes the answer will be more hurtful than helpful, therefore it is more kind to just leave it alone.
Lately I have been pondering the idea of being nice. Are you really being nice when you do something you don't truly want to do? Is it possible that doing nice things can be a way to manipulate others into liking you?
If you are a nice person who "just wants everyone to be happy", do you find yourself wondering if people like you or the niceness?
For me, the copper represents a melting away of the facade and the fear of what will happen if you say no to someone.
This painting is currently available for sale: Lizardo Art Abstract
Sunday, July 19, 2009
Thanks to Cheyne Little at Cut Out and Collect, I was able to have my first solo showing at the Coffee Haus in Arlington, Texas. She runs the show over there and does a damn good job!
When you walk into the coffee shop, there is a great little area to the right full of fun items...necklaces, purses, pouches. It's awesome! My friends ran over as soon as they saw the purses and went crazy.
So, check out Cheyne's shop for well made bags with fun prints!
P.S. She also did a fun feature of me for the Etsy Dallas blog. You can check it out here!
Saturday, July 18, 2009
Last night's reception at the Coffee Haus downtown went well. It was pretty low key and that is totally fine with me. This is also my first solo show so I feel like I have reached a little milestone in my emerging art career. Thankfully, Ben was on hand to take pictures and I was able to talk about my work. It's getting easier for me to talk about my art. I guess that just comes with practice.
I'm also excited because Ben has been taking video interviews at all of my latest shows so he'll be putting something really cool together. I'm looking forward to being able to share my personality a little bit with all of my internet friends. So, thank you Ben!
Friday, July 17, 2009
It's so easy to get caught up in marketing, promoting or general worrying about how you are going to sell the next painting. I am convinced that my path to sold art is taking trips. I have sold a painting before the last four trips I have taken. (I'm going on another at the end of the month, in case anyone planned on purchasing art from me!)
Anyway, today I took some time to just paint. And it felt really really good. Soon as the paint dries, I will share some of my latest work!
Thursday, July 16, 2009
When I first joined Etsy I did all of the Twitter lists and follow my blog lists and now I am kind of regretting it because I follow a lot of blogs/twitter streams that I am not interested in. And then I feel kind of mean because I am not interested. However, there are so many people in the world and I think it's just better to go where you feel good.
Oh, and not feel guilty about it!
This may sound kind of strange but I have learned how not to be nice at my current job. By nice, I mean, being a people-pleaser. Okay...I still have a lot of that going on but it is not nearly as bad as it used to be.
Mainly because I realized that you will never be happy if you go against your own wishes. And if you are unhappy you have nothing to give anyway!
So, cheers to being happy and true to yourself!
Tuesday, July 7, 2009
Thursday, June 18, 2009
There is my official 30th birthday pic...it wasn't nearly as scary as I thought it would be! We had tons of fun in Vegas. I'll share more pics as soon as I get them edited a little.
This month has absolutely flown by! I am so glad I took the summer off. July will be a great time to lay by the pool and relax.
I am still getting ready for my show in San Fran. Super excited about it! It's my first time in Cali and I am sooo looking forward to a break from the Texas heat. We've been in the triple digits lately. It gets in the 50's in SF and I'm freaking out about wearing sweaters and jackets and light layers in June! Yeah!
Alright, y'all, I'll talk to you soon!
Saturday, May 30, 2009
If anyone is wanting some art for their home or office, this would be a good time to buy a peice!
Please pass the word to anyone who may be looking for paintings. Thanks!
Wednesday, May 27, 2009
This June, I will be joining two talented artists in San Fransisco for an art show. I would love to meet anyone who lives in the area! I am super excited since I have never been to the west coast before and I have always wanted to visit San Fran.
Tuesday, May 26, 2009
Wednesday, April 29, 2009
Monday, April 27, 2009
I have been working on a commission and can't wait to share.! :)
As I get closer to graduation, I've been thinking about the level of commitment I have to my art. It's something I think about all the time. My art, I mean. During my business classes, I think of how it can apply to an artist/entrepreneur. How do I want to use this for my art career? Who goes to business school to be an artist? Well... me. I think it was a good decision. I will be looking forward to taking some art classes though.
Anyway...that's what is on my mind these days. What's on yours?
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Friday, April 10, 2009
I've been working on a series of small paintings that I plan to turn into my first line of prints. It seems like prints do really well on etsy and I like selling on etsy.
I donated a painting from 2005 to a silent auction and it sold. It's kind of funny how you never know which painting is going to sell. They don't sell in the order that you paint them. What seems like old work to me is new work to someone else.
I hope everyone has a great Friday night!
Friday, April 3, 2009
In case you have forgotten how to conjugate verbs, I have included a helpful example...
The conversation moved from conjugating verbs to politics. Not the best when you are dealing with someone who has been drinking and is making themselves angrier by the minute. I think he might have asked me to take Hilary Clinton out but I refused. I'm a good bartender but some things I cannot do. Sorry, sir.
I have to admit that people get on my nerves a bit but it's so much easier to deal with them when I can laugh at them. It's easier when I am laughing at the other bartender dealing with a guest.
For example, last night, this woman told the other bartender that he looked like Snoop Dogg. Ummm...not so much. Another bartender has been told that he looks like an Egyptian hieroglyphic. What does that even mean?
Its back to the bar for me tonight...we'll see what interesting stories I have to share. ;) Hope everyone is visiting thier fave bartender tonight!
Thursday, April 2, 2009
Hope you enjoy a glimpse into my process!
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Wednesday, April 1, 2009
Monday, March 30, 2009
For Illustration Friday I created this original aceo painting. It represents the type of person who moves through life with ease and grace no matter what is going on around them. This person handles any difficult situation, making it look easy.
To add this aceo to your collection, click here.
To view other aceo's as well as original paintings, click here.
Wednesday, March 25, 2009
In the meantime, click here to view my shop and have a great day!
Sunday, March 22, 2009
I wish I could say I sold everything but I didn't. I didn't sell a damn thing! Is that Etsy's fault? No. The economy? No. Blaming those things won't get me anywhere.
What have I learned? If you want the big opportunities, you have to be prepared for them. I have 30 original paintings in my shop, which is pretty decent but I have no prints, nothing that gives a different price point. I am not leveraging my art. That is the truth and it really doesn't hurt at all. If I can be in one article, I can be featured in another.
The more I work at this, the more I realize there will never be one thing that gets me there. It will always be a consistent continued effort and growth. I have been featured in a Storque article twice and on the front page several times. If you read the forums, you would get the impression that your business takes off when those things happen. Maybe some do.
There are really so many factors in a business and I am learning them firsthand. School can teach you certain things but experience teaches you something totally different.
Of course I am not giving up. I don't see any reason to. There are people that really enjoy my work and I am going to continue working. Now, the question is, how can I add value? In other words, what do my potential customers see as value?
Wednesday, March 18, 2009
Monday, March 16, 2009
I've always been inspired when I am in Dallas or any downtown area. I love looking at all the time periods kind of thrown together in a small area. I love the way a new skyscraper looks next to an old brick building. I like to wonder what some of the areas were originally intended for and what life was like before the city was the city.
I've never come right out and painted a cityscape but the influence is definitely there. I think the color choices I make come from driving around the city. I like the energy and the mood there.
Sunday, March 15, 2009
Today I'll be in Dallas again at another block party but this time I want to check out the booths. (I think I am done with beer for a while. ) I saw an ad advertising the booths for pretty cheap. I want to see how the crowd is before I start doing anything in the West End. It's been a while since I've been to that side of town anyway.
Wednesday, March 11, 2009
So, I started with my 30 minutes of walking 5 times a week. After a little while I realized I could do more than that. I was starting to feel more comfortable there and feeling better overall. In time, I have built up my workouts. Now I like to jog or do the elliptical. And lift weights. I have a workout partner now and that helps so much.
I used to feel embarrassed to even go near the weights because I didn't know how much I could lift and all kinds of weird reasons I made up in my head. Looking back, it makes me laugh. It's so easy. All you have to do is set it on a weight, try it and adjust. No one cares or even knows how much you are lifting. They are all looking at themselves. (Okay, that's not totally true. I am completely fascinated by the guy wearing those little biker shorts and the tank top that has a scoop neck all the way to his waist. I'm fascinated because he looks like he just stepped out of a bad 80's movie, not because I care about his workout. But that's neither here nor there)
Why am I sharing this with you? Is it to get you to work out? No. I'm not going to be a personal trainer any time soon. I am sharing this because it is my method for building a good habit. Start with something small and let it grow. I knew I could walk for 30 minutes a day and it actually seemed really easy. I let myself succeed right away and then built it up from there. Now working out is something I do every day no matter what. I don't go at the same time every day but I go every day. If I don't go, I feel weird, like something is out of place. That is a good habit.
The funny thing is that I am more apt to challenge myself now. I push it to the limit more often. I increase the weights and increase the resistance on the elliptical or run for longer periods of time. Totally different attitude than when I started.
What habits are you wanting to start? How can you break it down to start small and build up? What are your successful methods for building new habits? Let me know in the comments!
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Tuesday, March 10, 2009
Jay Neale III, who is great at promoting artists from Etsy, included me in a blog that he wrote for the Design Style Guide. Awesome team, by the way. Be sure to check out Jay's shop on Etsy.
The spring season always gives me a feeling of optimism. I feel excited about so many things this year. I am on the home stretch of my super extended college career. My blog is starting to take off a little bit. I am learning the ins and outs of selling art online. Life is good!
Monday, March 9, 2009
This word gets thrown around a lot. Exposure. When I used to dabble in acting, I would often run across listings that promised exposure rather than pay. To whom? I'm not sure. Now, on Etsy, I hear that word quite a bit. Exposure. Mainly when someone says that word, it has to do with the front page.
I love being on the front page of Etsy. It's cool to see something you made pop up on the home page of the site. That being said, it's a really short thrill. Once the front page comes down, the exposure screeches to a grinding halt and you're left feeling empty and alone. Okay. I'm being a drama queen.
I have been asking myself how I can get regular exposure whether I am on the front page or not. In other words, how can I market myself and bring traffic to my website?
I do some things that a lot of people might not be willing to do. For one, I use LinkReferral to bring traffic to my blog. Yes, you have to click on 30 websites and do the reviews and it takes a little bit of time. But I have regular traffic to my blog and I can gauge how interesting the content is better than not having any traffic at all. I have also found some really cool sites (and some truly horrible ones.) Yes, I get some bogus reviews that make absolutely no sense. Every once in a while some one will review my site and give me the suggestion that I need to hear. That is a great thing!
I have also started using paid advertising. I know, I know. No one has the money for that and they don't want to advertise if they don't know it is going to work. I get that. I also get that quite a few of the most successful artists I have seen have pay for advertising. Businesses have advertising budgets, whether they be small or large.
Here are some options that I have been experimenting with.
With both of these sites you can set a spending limit. A lot of sellers use $1 a day budget to renew items on Etsy. I have decided to use that $1 a day to advertise my blog and my Etsy shop.
Since I started doing this, the traffic to my blog has increased and I have gained followers and feed subscribers. So I know it is working. I am not looking for extreme growth but I do want to let it build.
One thing I have learned about business is that you have to seek out problems and then give people the solutions to them. Sometimes, you will give a solution for a problem that no one knew they had.
Other times it will be glaring them in the face. And if you are looking for something to glare at you, I would suggest the ideas forum on Etsy. Why? Because there is no possible way that Etsy can address every single suggestion that shows up on that board.
There are always discussions about who gets to be on the front page and which categories are "exposed" the most. I have seen a few people really take the bull by the horns and create websites and blog features to get some exposure to artists. There are several people doing this, actually.
Some good ones:
There is no possible way for every single seller on Etsy to reach the front page. The numbers are too big. Why not seek exposure elsewhere?
Another example...someone created a site where you can check to see if you are featured in an Etsy treasury. Now, if we are really being honest, we can admit that it is not that hard to check for the gold stars from time to time. However, it is nice to type in your shop name and have someone else check the gold stars for you. I am guessing whoever started this site probably read the forums a little bit. Maybe not. The good news is that they can sell advertising, bring in revenue to their business and provide a service to use at the same time.
I'll be letting you know how everything works out for me. If anyone has ideas, feel free to leave a comment below!
Friday, March 6, 2009
When you add the code to the layout, the easiest way to find that line is to click control F and copy "div class='post-footer'>" into the box on the bottom of the screen. It takes you directly where you need to go without trying to scan all of the code to find it.
Hope you find this tip useful in some way!
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Monday, March 2, 2009
Original ACEO by Lizardo
I really like to study small business and entrepreneurship. If you start reading the statistics for new businesses, you will see that Etsy is really on par with all of that. The majority of shops that open will never do anything. There are a few people that will do really well. Others might piddle around for a while and eventually give up. This is not Etsy's fault. This is the business world.
I know I don't sound compassionate at all. But I am being realistic. I am seeing demands to see the marketing plan of Etsy and I think it is ridiculous. For starters, I don't think it is practical to have that info in the hands of hundreds of thousands of people that may or may not be with Etsy while this is being implemented.
The good thing about these forums is that I am able to see some needs that I can fill. That is how you start a business. Find a need and fill it. The forums are full of needs. And I have some ideas on how to fill them. More on that later...
My next big project is actually for myself and my boyfriend. I have been wanting to do a huge painting similar to the sizes you would see in an art museum. The only thing stopping me was the lack of skills making frames. So I did find the stretcher bars that I wanted online and everything will be started soon. I'm thinking spring break will be a good time to start this project. Of course I will keep everyone posted because it will take quite a while. I should apologize in advance to Ben because I will be taking over the front part of the living room.
All right, ya'll, time for school work. I'll talk to you soon!
Friday, February 13, 2009
Wednesday, February 11, 2009
I'm actually pretty immune to tornados. They happen all the time in my area and if I freaked out over every single one I would be insane. I understand they happen and I am okay with that. I can't control it and I'm not even going to try. If one is coming straight towards me, I'll take shelter and wait for it to pass. And I have never been inside a tornado in the 27 years I've lived here.
My professor has been talking about how the business world is complete chaos. From my experiences with the jobs I've had so far, I can agree. He said we are seeking structure and all kinds of good stuff like that. I see that all the time at work really. People are always asking the managers to enforce rules to make up more rules. It makes them feel better I guess. I hate being micromanaged. That is why I am learning how to build a successful business.
So...as a self employeed person trying to survive the choas, how do you find structure? Create every day. Promote every day. I am not the type to stick to a specific schedule. I have my list of things to do and do them one at a time. As long as they get done, it's cool. And now that I have my list on my phone, things get done. (I think this phone is magical...LOL)
I truly believe Etsy is chaos, just like any other business. The front page selection is chaos. Completely out of our control. The design of the website....out of our control. The featured seller...out of our control. The aesthetic of the site...out of our control. So let's not try to control that. Let's do the best we can with what we have. There are so many ways we can help each other out and help ourselves out.
I keep seeing threads in the forums about how Etsy needs to do stuff for us. I'm never going to bank on that. It is my job to promote my business and I know that. If they change a search or whatever, that's fine. If I am getting views from my promotional efforts, what's a few hits here and there? They are providing the place to list and potential customers. I'll take it from here. I have learned so much from the Storque and from the forums...I think Etsy has done enough for me.
You know, the more I do this, the more I realize that it will take a lot more than listing on Etsy. It will take art shows and openings and mingling with the art world. It will require getting up at hours I don't necessarily care to be up at sometimes. It will mean working at art shows on weekends when I'd rather be drinking beer on the patio somewhere. It will mean taking a serious amount of rejection. The more I get into it, the more that I see there will be some rejection. I can deal with that.
I have been taking a long hard look at myself lately. As my confidence grows, I see that I am capable of much more than I am doing for myself. That's why I started working out. That's why I study in little pockets of time, work on my business in little pockets of time. I've already decided that I am not giving up. Not after this week where I have been featured in 2 places and have one on the way. I'm getting closer!
Thank you for sticking this post out!
Friday, February 6, 2009
Thursday, February 5, 2009
The low point? I am talking to my boyfriend's parents and suddenly the unmistakable smell of weed fills the air. You couldn't light up somewhere else? Just a few feet away? It really doesn't bother me and I don't think his mom really noticed. Made me laugh actually.
I like selling my work online but there is something so cool about watching people view your art in person. At one point, I noticed some people taking pictures of my painting on thier phones and talking about the texture and it was just the best feeling in the world.
I'll definitely be applying for more and more shows this year. It's just fun.
In the meantime I have been on this organizing kick all week. It's easier to create when you don't have laundry looming in the backround. My goal is to sell so many paintings I can afford to have someone clean my house from time to time.
Sunday, January 25, 2009
So...I am learning that the way to be consistent is to do it every day. This applies to art too. You don't have to spend 8 hours in the studio every day but do something every day. Even if you just get your workspace set up to paint the next day. It is something and it keeps you in touch with what you are doing. It works.
There will be days when it looks like nothing is happening. I have had many of those. Then out of nowhere things will just appear. They were on the way the whole time! I did a google search for 'original abstract art' today and my shop is listed on the second page. I don't know how many times I have done that search and found nothing! But now here I am. I have been working on this since October and it's nice to see some signs that I exist online!
I am becoming convinced that a small consistent effort will work better than a sporadic huge effort. The little things really do add up and I find myself wanting to do more and more. I hope that you will find something you can try consistently for a time and see how it works for you!
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Thursday, January 22, 2009
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Tuesday, January 20, 2009
I don't agree with everything that Bush did and I'm fairly certain that Obama will do things I don't agree with. I do respect Bush for taking on a job like that because I know I wouldn't want to do it. So thanks for that, if anything.
As for me, I can feel personal change in the air too. I think it is this whole reaching 30 thing. All of the sudden I am wanting things I have never wanted. And wondering if certain things are ever going to happen, yet realizing it is better that they haven't. All in good time and under the right circumstances. And since I am still in college, I am obviously on my own little path here. Oh well. At least I look as young as most of the college students I go to school with.
I think I feel hope with the rest of the nation. I don't think that Obama is to the answer to my life's problems but I do think the attitude is changing. It's a good thing to see. This is probably one of the most historic days in my life so far. Life is good!
Saturday, January 17, 2009
Friday, January 16, 2009
I didn't make any New Year's resolutions this year because I wanted to carry on what I am doing from last year. December was a fun month for me. I was featured in an Etsy e-mail and made my first sales. Great success! (Sorry , but I still quote Borat and I don't know when I'll ever stop.)
Use my passport
Celebrate my 30th birthday in Vegas
Get my diploma
Offer prints in my Etsy shop
Have extra money for Christmas next year
Make enough money to hire someone to clean this poor house every once in a while
Be one of those people who is always in good shape no matter what the season because they consistently work out
Make my blog more interesting
Take more pictures
Actually visit hawaii now that I have two friends within 30 minutes of each other living there
Have one of my curated treasuries hit the front page
Be in more FP treasuries...it's happened once it can happen again
Promote myself in Dallas, Austin, Houston
Have a the best year ever!
Okay, there it is. Now everyone knows and I will always be able to find my list.
Today I'm working on a painting to submit to a gallery. I have no guaruntee that it will be in the show but I am having fun with it anyway. It has to be computer inspired. I am already calling it Cyberstalker and have some basic ideas in my head. Of course what is in my head usually morphs into something completely different when I start painting. But who really cares? It's not like anyone saw the mental idea, compared it to the finished product and found themselves disappointed. Oh wait, I did! Just kidding. If I remember, and I hope that I do, my plan is to take pictures of the entire process and post them in a future blog.
Hope everyone has a great day! Be sure to check out my interview if you haven't already!
Thursday, January 15, 2009
So, I am thinking my next series of paintings is going to be called space. Because that is what I am feeling right now. A huge amount of space. I am the type that needs some space but I don't like to have too much. I guess we all have our limits. I think it will be a great series.
I am not sure why I am complaining about having too much space. On Tuesday morning I start school again and there will be no space and I will be complaining about that. You can't win with me! LOL
I am looking forward to my classes this semester. At first I wasn't because there were some issues with registration and a lot of classes were gone by the time I got there. But now that I look at it, I think I ended up in the perfect classes. Sometimes life has a way of guiding you.
I hope my sister doesn't mind but I want to tell her story. It's pretty cool!
Okay, she's been wanting to move to a certain city for quite a while now. Got her diploma, started sending out her resume and everything but no leads. The company she worked for went out of business last week so she decided to take the trip to the new city. Some of her leads had told her that they would interview her if she could come in person.
So she's taking the big step, gets to the airport and does the whole security thing. Well..someone in line with her had the exact same model of laptop as she does. I'm sure you can guess where this is going. She takes this guy's laptop to her city and he takes hers to another city. Funny, they were sitting in the same terminal for two hours or something.
You would think this would be pretty awful...
Somehow during the whole FedEx involved laptop exchange, he ends up asking her why she flew there in the first place. She tells him she is going to look for a job because she is moving there. They talk a little more and he actually ends up forwarding her resume to some of his contacts and she gets more interviews. Go sis!!!!
Just wanted to share. I wish I could convey her excitement. It was pretty awesome.
I have to go but I hope everyone is having a great week!
Monday, January 12, 2009
Friday, January 9, 2009
Last night excited the hell out of me! I absentmindedly clicked on Etsy,only to find my painting in a Treasury on the front page. The extra exposure was short lived but it happened and that is all that matters. Funny, I spent the entire day updating pictures in my shop. I'm glad I did! Here's the famous painting…
8" x 10" acrylic on canvas panel
© Lizardo, 2008.
Wednesday, January 7, 2009
So...I am walking around looking at things, not really knowing where I am going. I start heading towards the homecoming section. I thought for sure I was crazy but I went anyway. I thought I might find something comparable but lo and behold....My item is sitting there on the shelf, cut exactly the way that I need it and on clearance. Hell yeah!
Moral of the story...follow your gut instinct....sometimes it leads you to good things.
Tuesday, January 6, 2009
New work posted! I have been working on this for the past week and am very pleased with the results. There is lots of texture and structure but it's not too perfect. It's a little symbolic of how my attempts to be more structured usually come out.
My Christmas vacation has been awesome! Just having the time to do normal things like laundry, grocery shopping and sleeping in has been great. I have the rest of this week and one more week until school starts again.
I've been having a lot of fun with my Etsy shop. I have been able to get a Treasury or two. When you create a Treasury, you are showcasing other sellers and things that you like. It's a fun way for me to explore Etsy.
I haven't been to work since the holidays ended but we're back to convention season. Yeah! I like kids and all but hundreds of them is a little overwhelming. Plus everyone has been getting sick and we're all tired. And I love my business travelers.
Who knows what the year will bring with that. I have heard that conventions have been canceled but I'm sure they will do something to bring the business in. I've always done well there.
Okay...off to ship my first sale of the year!
Friday, January 2, 2009
It's funny that I can actually feel something changing. I feel more grown up and still the same. I think differently than I used to.
I am starting my senior year of college. I know...a 30 year old senior! I don't think it's any secret that I want to be an artist when I grow up, even though I am getting a degree in Finance. I am interested in both. I would like to be a rich artist.
I have to be honest when I say that I am feeling a bit of conflict towards graduating. I know I can get a good job and blah blah blah. But that seems so boring and easy. I have so much more fun when I am working on my Etsy shop, painting, promoting myself or working to get my art out into the world. I like the challenge and every little reward is worth it.
I think having a business degree is going to be the best thing. It helps me think both ways. I can't help but be creative and scatterbrained. The business side helps me to see opportunities to make money doing what I love.
My goals for this year include developing my online presence as well as my offline presence. I love being in shows because you get to meet new people and guage thier reactions in person. I'd like to start doing art fairs on some weekends. I'd also like to start offering prints.
Times have changed so much. Before it used to be that you would establish your art career to the point of being able to offer prints. Now, you can easily start offering prints. I am looking into the details but look for it in the next few months.
The business/creative thing isn't exactly new for me. When I was in 5th or 6th grade, I used to draw earrings and jewelry and clothing for hours. Then I somehow got my hands on some beads and wanted to sell jewelry. My friends thought it was a game and I remember feeling so frustrated because I fully intended for it to be a business. Maybe I had read to many Babysitter's Club books. LOL
So for now, I will get my degree and get a lame job until I get my art career to the point where I can just work for myself. Or better yet...have some people working for me! :)