Thursday, July 20, 2017


...or something like that!

With August coming up, I've decided to take a bit of a holiday. Don't worry, I'll be around to fill orders and answer questions. I will be taking a break from listing on eBid for August. I will continue to list on eBay, but mainly because I have limited listings there.

Why am I taking a break? Well... the past couple of months have been rough, dealing with my Dad's medical problems (he's doing better now!). Taking care of elderly parents is not always easy or fun. I am generally driving one or the other somewhere on any given day, running errands for 3, running the house, etc... It's tiring. That means that work (ebay, ebid, etc...) has been on auto-pilot for me.

Now, maybe that's not a horrible thing, but I haven't been doing much creatively. There have been NO new models (or old ones) to work with this year! I've been trying, but can't get anything sorted. Dad's illness didn't help matters. I've taken very few photos in general this year. I've also been too run down (tired) to do much in other areas. I've produced some sketch cards, and written a little, but nothing like what I should be doing. So, part of August is going to be dedicated to getting back on track creatively.

I am also going to work on finding new revenue streams in August. With sales declining, I have to find ways to survive. August sales will determine the future of my eBay store. In the future, I will mainly list 4x6 photos on eBid. Sales-wise, I've been in tight spots before. I understand it's a cycle of highs and lows. That doesn't mean I should just wait it out. I've run sales, but that's not helping anymore. I may have to find new ways to make product available, and I'm open to suggestions.

As always, please visit the links below. I'm a solitary artist/photographer, and not a big business, so if you like what I do, please consider supporting me. And, if not me, please lend your support to other artists and photographers out there who are working on their own. Nothing against the big guns, but often the "little guy" is producing worthwhile work!

Take Care! Have a Groovy Summer!


Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Updates and Sketch Cards and Doughnuts

So, it's been a while since I updated...

Dad was in the rehab facility for two weeks. They took excellent care of him there, but he was ready to come home. He's doing much better. The incisions on his right hand have been healing, and no longer require bandages. He's in physical therapy, and that is going well. Dad still can't use his right hand, but he's been learning to use his left for a lot of things. He's progressing.

So, in regards to other things... for the most part, work has been on auto-pilot for me. The exception being that I did a drawing of my friend Tim. During Dad's stay at rehab, there was a week where Tim was posting a selfie each day with a "Have a great day" type message. I was catching that at the right time of day and it was nice to see. I had decided I wanted to draw something other than my usual sketch cards, so I tried drawing Tim, based off one of the photos. I was going for more of a realistic style, and it's been a while. I got something decent enough to send to him, but I wasn't overly happy with it.

A couple of weeks later, I decided to try again. This time, I did it sketch card style! It was a success!

This past weekend, I met up with Tim at the Riverside Arts Market and gave him the card.
It was nice seeing Tim, but we didn't get to visit for long. He was with friends, who were doing some sort of run they were having that day. However, my next stop wound up being his next stop also! After Tim left RAM, I took a quick turn around, was underwhelmed, and went on to Good Dough in San Marco. I ran into Tim there! Awesome! We got to visit for a few minutes more there, and it was a better visit for me as we weren't competing with the band that had been playing at RAM. It was good to see Tim. I'm happy that he liked the card, and hopefully I'll get to hang out with him again soon.
Now, on to the doughnuts.... Good Dough is relatively new to Jax, and I've been wanting to try them out for a while. I got four doughnuts, and they were all yummy! I tried the hibiscus, blackberry thyme (my fave), the Molly Ringwald, and salted caramel. The doughnuts had a good chew to them. They were soft, like a doughnut should be, but still had a little texture to the dough. The flavor was delicious, without being too sweet. I was happy, and I'm looking forward to going back for more!
That's all for this update! Take it easy!