Friday, January 30, 2009

Our dark art website.

I have had a website, that I've shared with
a couple of my children, for over four
years and in that time,
we have never really been happy with
the site or it's design.
I know there are many hosting sites that have
'easy to use' templates...and make it look sooo easy
to set up a professional looking site in just 'minutes'.
Oh...I don't think so.
On these sites, I am always unhappy with
the template choices...or userability...or something.
The same with the site I'm using.
So...I decided, if I'm going to continue to pay $14.00 a month
for a site...
I'm going to use it!
It's taken me 3 days --- I'm not kidding ---3 days
to get 3 pages redone.
(I kept having problems and having to start from scratch.)
But, I'm much happier with these pages than
I was with the originals.
Now that I've got these three pages
completed and operational,
I'll work on one or two pages every week...
until the site is completely done
and fully functional.

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Migrating from CMZ Art.

For those who have followed both of my Etsy Shops, you will see, some pieces migrating from my CMZ Art Etsy Shop into my Rustic Goth Etsy Shop...even though, they don't really 'fit the shop theme'.

Problem is...I LOVE these pieces and just can't bear to 'let them go' while I search for a new home for them.

Since my Rustic Goth shop is almost entirely, character based, I needed to find a home for a few of my CMZ Art character pieces, at least temporarily.

'Sophie and the Baby Seal' and 'Maybelline's Ferret' have already been moved and I'll be moving a few more, at some point this week.

While they are 'visiting' Rustic Goth, I plan to continue to search for more permanent homes for these 'orphaned' pieces.
In the meantime, for anyone who wondered what might have happened, to these sweet little pieces, you can find them at Rustic Goth.

Monday, January 26, 2009

The Orphan Art Act

I hadn't heard anything about the 'orphan art act' until recently. I guess I've been living under a rock for some time. I am only JUST now hearing about this bill and I am 'simply put', quite upset by this 'travesty'.

Here's a video...if you've been 'living under a rock' too...for more information.

And, a link to where you can find more information.

Orphan Works Opposition Headquarters.

If you create for a living...or even just for fun...don't stay silent on this one. I mean...what the hell!!! What's the point of creating if someone can just take what you've created and do whatever the hell they want to with it????

I can't believe I hadn't heard about this before now!! If you haven't heard either...spread the word...hopefully it's not too late!

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Dark art paintings in the Shop.

I have a couple new "dark art paintings" listed

"Heart On A Stick"
2.5" x 3.5"
Original ACEO Painting.
Acrylic on 140# Cold Press Watercolor Paper.

"Gothic Beauty"
2.5" x 3.5"
Original ACEO painting.
Acrylic on canvas paper.

"The Lady and The Owl"
4.5" x 6"
Acrylic on canvas Paper. to "what I've been up to"....
well..I've been making some
MAJOR decisions on what I will
be doing with my art, from this point on.
For Rustic Goth shop will
remain intact...although I will be making
a few changes in the coming weeks.
I will post those updates when they occur.

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Art and the Economy

“Hundreds of years from now we will not remember our corporations of today or even prominent politicians.” says, MIT Prof. Nicholas Negroponte’s point during his keynote at RISD.

Instead we will be remembered for the great art that our society will leave for future generations. It follows that great art is a great loooooooong-term investment. So if you’re going to invest, think about investing in art. (Please reference an article about 'Art and the Economy' written by John Maeda .)

I didn't say any of the above but, I did give the author credit and include a link to the article he wrote in reference to 'art and the economy'.

Normally I am not so 'serious minded' but, today I had to make a decision...'which shop stayed open and which shop closed.' Wow..that was tough...I have a strong affection and, what I considered, a valid reason for both!

Economically though...well you can't pay the bills...if you don't make the sales! Recently, I haven't been able to do either....I guess we're called 'starving artists' for a reason.

Anyway...after much agonizing I decided...I would keep my Rustic Goth Etsy Shop open and close my CMZ Art Shop! I had already decided to close the 'Pendants Plus' shop...just because it was becoming 'impossible' to keep up with three shops.

I am cautiously optimistic though. We'll just have to see how things turn out!

The painting I showed in this post is one I painted in 2007 titled, "Mystic Blessings"....I thought it somehow appropriate!

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Buy Two and Get One Free

is currently having a
buy two..get one free
fine art print Sale.
These are two of her
'Heartache and Poetry'
She is also offering free shipping
on purchases of $100 or more.
She has some wonderful paintings
and might
want to check out her shop.

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Newest Dark Art Painting

This is my newest
dark art painting, titled...
'In the Air Tonight'.
It is a little 4x6" chunky...about 1.5 inches Thick.
It was listed yesterday,

Monday, January 12, 2009

New Dark Art Painting

Here is a new 'dark art painting' that I just
I also think it will be the first of my
'dark' Valentines.
It is titled..
"Affairs of the Heart"
and is now available in my

Sunday, January 11, 2009

Finishing 'Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban'

Thanks to all who have 'hung in there' with me during my 'Harry Potter fest'. This is the last that I have of the Prisoner of Azkaban, complete with the little game quirks. I think I'll take a little break before I bring you 'Goblet of Fire'.

Friday, January 9, 2009

Rustic Goth Shop Announcement

I will be listing the first of my new pieces
in the Shop
on - Sunday - Jan 11th
New pieces will be added
every other day or so.
I will also be listing some
"dark Valentines"
within the next week or two.
I'm really looking forward to these
little pieces.

Thursday, January 8, 2009

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

More Harry Potter and The Prisoner of Azkaban

I'm quite impressed by the graphics of these little pieces. Hope you're enjoying them. I decided to run, two per post, until this book is over.

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Harry Potter..Prisoner of Azkaban..'cont

The book 'version' of the Prisoner of Azkaban stopped at Chapter 8, so I searched and searched...I found this gamecube version of POA and decided to finish out this book, with these little videos. I found them rather entertaining.

Monday, January 5, 2009

A New Year...

You might not be able to tell
by looking at my
but I have been busy.
I had a wonderful Holiday Season,
celebrating Christmas and welcoming
the New Year,
with my family. between the visiting and the celebrating...
I have actually been pretty busy.
and I've been working hard to keep it.
I've got a few new pieces
in the works that I hope to
have in the Shop
sometime this week-end.
I'm working on putting a lot of new
items in my
by month's end.
I'm pretty excited about everything
that I currently have going..
I'll be even more excited
when I am able to get
everything finished and posted.
I'll post previews, as I get them finished.
Now..I need to get busy and get some
new Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
ready to post.