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Archive for January 2011

Update on my Etsy shop..!

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Wow, I don’t think I had fully realised all the work involved in creating my online shop for the pendants and rings…!

For the past few weeks I’ve been researching and experimenting… Gift boxes, bubble wrap mailer, rigid cardboard mailer for the prints, a good archival paper for the prints, good supliers for the material needed to make the pendants, chokers, snake chains etc…

It’s about time I get moving on this, as opening an Etsy shop for my prints was on my list of goals for the last 3 years! In fact the shop was set up to my name in 2008!

Now that I have a few items that are ready to go, the last few days have been spent experimenting with the photography…

Although im interested in it, I’ve only got basic knowledge of photography.. I am able to photograph my own work and to tweak the image a little so it looks as MUCH as possible as the original. Photographing jewellery is a different thing! But I’m happy enough with the images I prepared for my listing… Here’s a quick peek..!

Right now I’m sipping a coffee in town waiting for a lovely breakfast sandwich in the Smokehouse… In fact I’m waiting for the post office to be open so I can go get some prices on registered local and international shipping… So I’m happy to say that I will start listing today and over the weekend…!

THIS IS THE YEAR!!!

I was recently inspired by my friend Kellie from New York, who started a great blog called “Off-Peak”, and I liked the energy behind one of her recent post… Instead of writing a regular goal list, Kellie has transformed the usual format into a powerful list of affirmations… So I tweaked some of my goals too…!

-THIS IS THE YEAR where I will find representation in 1 gallery in Montréal

-THIS IS THE YEAR where I will find representation in a gallery in mainland Europe

-THIS IS THE YEAR where I will find representation in 1 gallery in the US

-THIS IS THE YEAR where I will set up and run a successful Etsy shop to sell my art jewelry and prints,

-THIS IS THE YEAR where I will have at least 2 successful solo exhibitions,

-THIS IS THE YEAR I will participate in at least 2 craft fairs with the art jewelry,

-THIS IS THE YEAR I will participate at Art Fair 2011 in the RDS, Dublin,

-THIS IS THE YEAR I will prepare a portfolio for art licensing,

-THIS IS THE YEAR I will reach the 1000 fans on Facebook,

-THIS IS THE YEAR I will start offering one-day workshops on painting with acrylics,

-THIS IS THE YEAR I will create and use a more efficient database and inventory for my paintings,

-THIS IS THE YEAR where I will get more use out of Twitter and LinkedIn,

-THIS IS THE YEAR I will be more committed to my blog, and

-THIS IS THE YEAR I will stick to a better, more organised weekly schedule…

An Other New Painting…

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“Purple Gap”, 8″x8″ is one of my new paintings, based on the Gap of Dunloe in Killarney… And it was painted on a purpose!

When the Nationwide show contacted me a while ago to make a little piece on me (it should be aired in February or March..!) we made plans to go to the Gap of Dunloe to take some scenic footage of me walking around and sketching, so I wanted to have a painting from the area of course…! I had painted the Gap before but in a more realistic kind of way… I quite like my new version which clearly has my own stamp on it..!

My Goals for 2011…

I’m sure I could add on to the list forever, but here are the ones I am thinking of right now…:

My goals for 2011 are:

-to create around 100 paintings,
-to find representation in 1 gallery in Montréal
-to find representation in 1 Europeen gallery
-to find representation in 1 gallery in the US
-to set up and run a successful Etsy shop to sell my art jewelry and prints,
-to have at least 2 solo exhibitions,
-to participate in at least 2 craft fairs with the art jewelry,
-to participate at Art Fair 2011 in the RDS, Dublin,
-to prepare a portfolio for art licensing,
-to reach the 1000 fans on Facebook,
-to start offering one-day workshops on painting with acrylics,
-to create and use a more efficient database and inventory for my paintings,
-getting more use out of Twitter and LinkedIn,
-to be more committed to my blog, and
-to stick to a better, more organised weekly schedule…

Voilà…! I give you full permission to question me about them throughout the year and see if I’m sticking to them! Care to share YOUR goals…?

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