The Business Of Being An Artist — 2010 Style

For a number of years, I’ve spend most of the summer teaching full time. This year, though, I’m concentrating on making art, writing and (hopefully) selling more of my work. I’m getting an education in the business side of being an artist, and all the new opportunities that the web has opened up for artists. Not to mention the opportunities for people who are interested in art to follow the progress of their favorite artists and craftspeople.

I do not think that in years past, arts and humanities councils would have been offering workshops for artists like one I attended recently. It was organized by the Arts & Humanities Council of Montgomery County – a great outfit, by the way, worth checking out whatever your interest in the arts.  The workshop was on the business of being an artist. Among other things, we were advised that a portfolio includes your web page, and maybe a flash drive with pictures of your work.  So much for those fancy folders they sell in art supply stores.

I myself, feel like I’ve just put my toe in the water of the internet and am in awe of the work and business savvy of other artists and crafts people. But I’m making progress. I do have a shop on Zazzle, where people can buy (or even design their own) products using my photos. If you want postage stamps with a picture of a lovely violin on them, my shop is definitely the place to go. At least that seems to be the opinion of a number of violin postage stamp buyers.

And I’m working on setting up an Etsy shop where I can sell my unique origami papers, as well as unusual papers for scrapbookers and collage artists.

I Have A Dog Named Bisky

Yes, her name is Bisky — not Bingo.  Bisky is short for Biscotti, like the Italian cookie. I chose the name because she is very sweet and sort of the the color of the cookie.  When we adopted her in February last year, she was a timid little thing with her tail constantly tucked tightly between her hind legs. We got her from the Washington Animal Rescue League, a great organization.

All the League could tell us about Bisky was that she had come to them from Georgia at the end of October 2008 and that she must have lost her left front leg soon before that. I saw her on the League web site and took my husband to look at her in person. He was not so sure, but I knew she was the dog for me as soon as I met her. In the months since we brought Bisky home, the whole family has fallen in love with her and she has become a happy bouncy — and occasionally bossy — dog. And she runs around with her tail high up like a banner, when she isn’t wagging it.

As for having only three legs, that does not slow her down at all. I’d be delighted if I could run as fast as my dog, because it would me that I was in really great shape.

This isn’t the best picture we have of Bisk, but I’m sure it will convince you that I am correct when I say that I have the cutest three-legged dog in the Western Hemisphere — unless, of course, you have a three-legged dog of your own.

Bisky playing with a roll of calculator paper. She loves playing with junk mail too.

I’m Back!

When I first set up this blog, I had great plans to post items frequently. But you know what they say about the best laid plans of mice & men – and all the rest of us. Like those of mice & men, my plans did go astray — very far astray. Indeed, I think my plans went around the world & maybe into the galaxy for a while.

At any rate, they’ve come home now and I have a whole bunch of things to add to this blog. The things I’ll be adding are a pretty eclectic bunch. If you know me or have looked at the About Me page here, you know that I have a wide collection of interests & experiences.  So I suppose that my ending up with an eclectic blog was inevitable.

I’m planning to keep topics on separate pages so you can find what interests you easily via the tabs at the top of the main page. But I’m still getting the hang of using WordPress, so I may not get things exactly as I want them right away.

I’ll also do my best to show which posts will be more interesting to my younger readers, and which posts are more for adults. And kids, by “more for adults” I do not mean R rated; I just mean you may well get bored reading them.