“Icons of the Natural World” painted block prints

These pieces were done as series for an exhibition at Unity Unitarian Church in St. Paul. They are illustrations of some of the animals that are found in urban settings in the Midwest. I hope to have 14 or more in the series eventually.

The pieces are done with my mixed media block print technique, hand-printed and then painted with acrylics. These are mounted on wood panels, and have metallic leaf accents. I’m really enjoying doing this series, there’s a nice mix of accuracy of the animal, with creative patterning and some whimsical and spiritual aspects mixed in that really appeals to me, and I hope to the viewer.

 

Steampunk Bracelet

Just finished this “steampunk bracelet” last weekend. Odd beads, lenses and gears, and washers strung on steel with gold wiring. I tried to do a necklace too, but so far the steel wires are too stiff, so that still needs some work!

Steampunk Bracelet

Can Marketing Be Fun? Part 1

Marketing Strategies

“Marketing can be fun!” Does this make you gag, roll your eyes, and choke? No way, you say? But it can be true. Marketing yourself and your work doesn’t have to be the never-ending chore that many people believe. But, I do think the only way that it’s going to be effective for you is to figure out a way to make marketing strategies be part of your every day art/business, and that means making it fun for YOU. All the marketing advice in the world isn’t going to help you out if you can’t or won’t follow it because it’s too hard, too scary or takes too much time away from producing your art or serving your clients. In this blog, I’ll be addressing ways and ideas that I hope will spark other ideas for you. And, please feel free to share your ideas, questions and success stories, too!

Focus your marketing time and tools.

There are a lot of ways to market yourself and your work, and it can seem very overwhelming. Doing too much is one of the ways to make marketing your work instantly “not fun.” So, be strategic – pick just a few things that you can handle on a regular basis, especially if the method is new to you or you have to learn new technology. You don’t have to join every networking group, social media site or professional group to be effective. Again, if you pick marketing strategies that are fun for you, you’ll be more likely to do them on a regular basis, and that’s the key. Consistent, doable effort can go a long way.

Think about focusing your marketing tools too. Brochures, postcards, flyers, handouts, business cards, websites, social media pages, etc. etc. etc. It never ends, does it? Ok, what is easiest, and most effective for you to do? What can you do on your own? If there’s something that you really want to do but can’t, where can you get help to do it? Can you get a service like us to help once in a while? If so, then budget for it, and then follow up! And don’t think you have to do everything!

January-March 2012 Events & Exhibitions

Ongoing
Project Art for Nature (PAN) http://www.projectartfornature.org
Group show at the National Eagle Center, Wabasha MN http://www.nationaleaglecenter.org/
Through January 9, 2012
Nature art exhibition in a variety of media by Project Art for Nature artists. At the beautiful Eagle Center through the first part of January. The Eagle Center is well worth a visit on its own merits, it’s situated on gorgeous Lake Pepin on the Mississippi River. Demos with live eagle, river view decks and our art! A can’t lose day trip from the Twin Cities.

Friday, January 6
Lowertown First Friday
6:00-9:00 pm
Northern Warehouse #206
308 Prince Street, St. Paul
Open studio event.
http://lowertownfirstfridays.com
Open studio tour in 5-7 buildings in Lowertown St. Paul, around the intersection of 4th & Broadway (around the Farmers Market). Block prints, paintings, journals, cards, and more.

Friday, February 3
Lowertown First Friday
6:00-9:00 pm
Northern Warehouse
308 Prince Street, St. Paul
Open studio event.
http://lowertownfirstfridays.com
Open studio tour in 5-7 buildings in Lowertown St. Paul, around the intersection of 4th & Broadway (around the Farmers Market). Block prints, paintings, journals, cards, and more.

Friday, March 2
Lowertown First Friday
6:00-9:00 pm
Northern Warehouse #206
308 Prince Street, St. Paul
Open studio event.
http://lowertownfirstfridays.com
Open studio tour in 5-7 buildings in Lowertown St. Paul, around the intersection of 4th & Broadway (around the Farmers Market). Block prints, paintings, journals, cards, and more.

December 2011 Events & Exhibitions

Ongoing December-January
Project Art for Nature (PAN) http://www.projectartfornature.org
Group show at the National Eagle Center, Wabasha MN http://www.nationaleaglecenter.org/
Through January 9, 2012
Nature art exhibition in a variety of media by Project Art for Nature artists. At the beautiful Eagle Center through the first part of January. The Eagle Center is well worth a visit on its own merits, it’s situated on gorgeous Lake Pepin on the Mississippi River. Demos with live eagle, river view decks and our art! A can’t lose day trip from the Twin Cities.

Friday, December 2
Lowertown First Friday
6:00-9:00 pm
Northern Warehouse #206
308 Prince Street, St. Paul
Open studio event.
http://lowertownfirstfridays.com
Open studio tour in 5-7 buildings in Lowertown St. Paul, around the intersection of 4th & Broadway (around the Farmers Market). Block prints, paintings, journals, cards, and more.