Tuesday, August 02, 2005
I am amazed that I have been so dilligent about posting this blog. I honestly didn't think I'd put the effort into it. It's kind of therapeutic to post my artwork and write about it. I hope it's of interest to anyone who reads it......
Is anyone reading it?????????
My art time the last two mornings has been filled by making ACEOs/ATCs with the intention of selling them on eBay. This can be a controversial subject because a lot of artists think that ATCs (Artist Trading Cards) should only be traded and not sold. Thus the acronym ACEO (Artist Cards Editions and Originals) was born to distinguish. Now for my opinion...
I think that it is silly to get your panties in a wad over something so trivial. I am sure that before ATCs ever came along some artist created something 2.5" x 3.5" with no intention of trading it. I think that it's terrific that people who love contemporary art and artists, but don't have loads of money, can collect these small creations. Finally, it's my art, and I will sell it if I want to!
So, why am I selling ACEOs anyhow? I am a stay at home Mom, and I would like to contribute to our family income, or at least pay for my art supplies, because I'd be creating even if I didn't sell anything. I am not new to the eBay scene either. I have been a glass bead maker for about 8 years, and have sold my beads on eBay, on another auction site called Just Beads, through my own website and at bead shows. I was pretty darn successful actually. Two of my beads were even published in a book. A couple of years ago though, I started fooling around with papers and paints, and the siren call of mixed media began to lure me. That, coupled with feeling burned out from traveling to bead shows and making very little profit, began to pull me away from making beads. I still have all of my equipment, and I sit down and melt some glass from time to time. I may go back to it. For now, though, my mind is consumed with mixed media art.
Thanks for hanging with me through that ramble.
These 3 ACEOs are the first 3 of a series called "Janie Doll." I haven't the slightest idea where she came from. Her backgrounds are collaged with text and old sewing patterns, and if I remember to do it, distressed with ink. She is hand painted in my primitive (read unskilled) style. I like her. I hope someone else will too.