A #357: Pondering Possibilities
July 15, 2014



About time I posted again… summer is here and I haven’t felt like blogging.  Haven’t felt like drawing much either.  It was so humid, the heavy cotton paper absorbed moisture from the air and my heavy hand with the pencil points returned an embossed effect, which some would say is a “bad” thing (only if you belong to the keep the paper perfectly smooth club) but I kind of liked giving it some texture.

I gave up trying to scan art, opted to just photograph instead and leave a bit of “edge” around it as I tend to photograph rectangles as trapezoids and cropping to the edge tends to cut off something.  This is also displayed smaller than actual size of 2.5 x 3.5 inches, unless you click to zoom it up and then it is much larger than actual size.  But, does it really matter?  I could spend hours being so anal and it is just a waste of time.  I still want to complete the 1000 pieces. Although I pitter out now and then, opting to make larger size art, this size still appeals to me.

I should change the name of this blog from BeesATC to BeesACEO as I am seriously thinking of trying to sell art in this size again.   Right now, I’m debating between Ebay, Etsy, and Artfire.   Also thinking of selling other handmade things online, beaded jewelry and such… I’m kind of leaning towards Artfire because it is a flat rate site, one monthly fee plus, of course, payment transaction fees for PayPal whereas the other two charge listing fees and selling fees and all those little fees can add up to selling at a loss if low priced items are relisted several times before selling.  Another perk about Artfire is that anyone can shop there… buyers do not have to sign up or join anything.   To shop on Ebay, you have to be a member of Ebay.  I think Etsy requires membership, too.  It’s been so many years since I sold online, I don’t remember.

I don’t know… it is just one of those days when I’m pondering possibilities.

Any suggestions?

By the way, if you are on Facebook, I have a new page just for my art and handmade things… it’s called Barnes Artsy Things   (that link should take you there, if you want to check it out.)  Please keep in mind that it is “new” so there is not much there yet.   Thanks for viewing my art today!


Winter’s Weave
January 9, 2013

This is #329, colored pencils applied over watercolours, and not exactly a winter scene.

Thank you for viewing my art today!

ATC #327
January 5, 2013

Pig Skin
February 5, 2012

There is some kind of game today. Yes, I know it is the Super Bowl, but I can’t even tell you who is playing.  I know it is not the Browns or the Steelers or else the locals would be going crazy. I never understood football.  It’s some macho territorial thing, something about yards and plays and they get six points for a touchdown, rah-rah, knock each other down.  (Other games, like basketball or hockey, make more sense.)  I also know that a football is sometimes called a pigskin, but that is not the kind of pig skin that I had in mind while working on this drawing.  This is an artistic pig skin as in stubborn determination, being thick-skinned, a bit of an emotional shell, but not too hard.  It is more like the hard candy coating on a M&M so it will melt in your mouth but not in your hands.  It is a do it anyway.

I think one of the reasons that I quit showing my paintings years ago, which eventually lead to a “why bother” attitude coming on as slowly as it took for the paints to dry in the tubes, was because the people I cared about did not care about my art.  Artists are like fanatic pet owners with “love me, love my dog” bumper stickers but substitute ART for the word DOG.  We put so much of ourselves into our work that rejection feels personal.  If you don’t like my art, then you don’t like me.  Who cares if a stranger doesn’t like it… but when your significant other, your siblings (not you Jai), friends and family, whatever give you the yeah-yeah roll their eyes brush-off and/or don’t bother to even look at it or worse yet, tell you that making art is a colossal waste of time, then being a little pig skinned is beneficial.

I suppose this applies to any kind of creative endeavors, from poets to writers, bloggers and videographers, anyone who pours their heart and soul into making something.

Do it anyway.

If those words, the “do it anyway” sound familiar, there is a poem by that name… Dr. Kent Keith wrote the original version.  Mother Teresa, perhaps misquoting from memory or by modifying the words to apply to her own situation, wrote her version on a wall in Calcutta.  Both versions can be found here.

Well, football fans… enjoy your game.  I’m going to sew pillows today, then maybe channel surf for a movie.  Thank you for viewing my art!

ATC #257
January 12, 2012

No words today.
Thank you for viewing my art!

September 30, 2011

Here is a one-post peek of all art posted in the month of September.  If you click on one, you can scroll thru a slide show… Thanks for viewing my art! ~ Nancy

UPDATED October 24, 2011 to add title and brief description to each photo (click on photo to zoom up and see). I also deleted the original posts to reduce the electronic footprint of this blog. That leaves ONE post (just the gallery) in the archives for each month. I think it will make it easier to view old art in years to come. ~ Thanks, N.

August 31, 2011

Note: Gallery created September 11 and back-dated to the last day of August to place this gallery post where it belongs. 🙂

UPDATED October 20, 2011 to add title and brief description to each photo (click on photo to zoom up and see).   I also deleted the original posts to reduce the electronic footprint of this blog.  That leaves ONE post (just the gallery) in the archives for each month.  I think it will make it easier to view old art in years to come.  ~ Thanks, N.

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