Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Pigion zazzle T-shirt design

Pigion Poetry Inspiration
that's right, I made a t-shirt design on Zazzle! I thought I'd share with all my blogger friends and followers, and I'd also like to ask for some help. I'd like to brainstorm some tags for this. so far I have a few simple ones: Pigions, Photography, Poetry, and Philosophical. I'm not sure it could be called philosophical or not, but that's what I got. 
I'm not sure if people would look for poetry on a t-shirt, but I guess that's where I'm putting this poem I wrote. it's called "Pigions in the Yard"
"Yard full of bounty,
Peck and scratch the soil,
No cares for tomarrow.
Today you work and toil,
Tomarrow enjoy your spoil."

tell me what you think!

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

my Redbubble has been updated

 ok so today I took a little bit of time to update my redbubble account with a few new photos. I added some photos of pigions. 5 photos to be exsact.  the photos are from when we were living off ramsey st, but I edited them just 2 days ago. added color saturation and croped out the background and generally fixed them up some. don't know what it will bring but I'm planing on doing the same to my other photo printing sites. Diviantart, threadless, zazzle.... all of which have a system for making prints of photos, allowing a photographer the ability to sell the photographs and recieve a minimal markup for taking and in some cases editing a photo. hoping my photography has improved enough to maybe sell some prints, t shirts, hats and things, cause I could really use the extra $$ right about now!!! the photos you see here are just a few that I have done.

Sunday, September 25, 2011

collection of fine art paintings of animals

just made an artfire collection of fine art paintings. hope you like it.

Saturday, July 9, 2011

Dot the One Eyed Monster

Once there was a one eyed monster named Dot.  She had only one eye. Dot had lots of dots all along her arms and feet and even above her one eye. It wasn't easy for Dot, be a one eyed monster, especially since she was the only one with so many dots. She often wished someone whould just ignore her dots for once. No one ever seemed to notice other traits, just her one eye, and the dots. She just wished she could find a monster friend who would understand.
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If you like this story and want to hear / read more about Dot the One Eyed Monster please leave your comment below.

Saturday, July 2, 2011

Thought provoking Poem

Desiderata by Max Ehrmann

Go placidly amid the noise and haste,
and remember what peace there may be in silence.

As far as possible without surrender
be on good terms with all persons.
Speak your truth quietly and clearly;
and listen to others,
even the dull and the ignorant;
they too have their story.
Avoid loud and aggressive persons,
they are vexatious to the spirit.

If you compare yourself with others,
you may become vain and bitter;
for always there will be greater and lesser persons than yourself.

Enjoy your achievements as well as your plans.
Keep interested in your own career, however humble;
it is a real possession in the changing fortunes of time.
Exercise caution in your business affairs;
for the world is full of trickery.
But let this not blind you to what virtue there is;
many persons strive for high ideals;
and everywhere life is full of heroism.

Be yourself.
Especially, do not feign affection.
Neither be cynical about love;
for in the face of all aridity and disenchantment
it is as perennial as the grass.

Take kindly the counsel of the years,
gracefully surrendering the things of youth.
Nurture strength of spirit to shield you in sudden misfortune.
But do not distress yourself with dark imaginings.
Many fears are born of fatigue and loneliness.

Beyond a wholesome discipline,
be gentle with yourself.
You are a child of the universe,
no less than the trees and the stars;
you have a right to be here.
And whether or not it is clear to you,
no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should.

Therefore be at peace with God,
whatever you conceive Him to be,
and whatever your labors and aspirations,
in the noisy confusion of life keep peace with your soul.

With all its sham, drudgery, and broken dreams,
it is still a beautiful world.
Be cheerful.
Strive to be happy.

this is a poem I found one day while serfing the net. (someone mentioned it in a blog or something I think) so I was curious and looked it up. after reading it through I decided I had to save it somewhere for future reference, so I saved it as a blog draft, intending to put my thoughts on it down at some point and just have a general thought provoking post. so here are my thoughts:
being the owner of an online art and craft studio and store, work can tend to be quite noisey and haste, especially around the big holidays , is an understatement.  I tend to forget the meaning of placidly, or peace, and silence.  The stress can take me two ways, giving in too much, or not surrendering enough.  It can be hard to listen to others, especially when they seem to want to take me away from what I've been working so hard on. The Aggressive and loud persons; unfortunately can sometimes be myself, and I need to stop that. Being Disciplined, and over-working are two very different things. Sometimes I tend to compare myself with those that I view as more successful, and use that as an excuse to beat myself up about not doing more, or why I'm doing so much, and not taking time off to have fun and recharge.  Maybe some of you see yourselves doing the same things.... if so take a moment and really read this poem slowly, and think about what it is saying. Take better care of yourself, and enjoy life more!

Saturday, June 25, 2011

JennFamousArt Artfire studio store inventory expantion

I have a studio store on Artfire, an online marketplace, called JennFamousArt.  I am in the process of building up and expanding JennFamousArt's inventory.  My first goal is to reach an expanded inventory of 100 items. Working from a home studio which is cramped and nothing more than a fold out chair, a tv dinner table, and a laundry basket with a lid which serves double duty, stores my supplies, and I put the paints I'm currently using on top for easy access and reach. I paint figurines, or watercolor paintings from photographs I've taken over the years.  I then take photos of my work, and with my camera and small laptop computer in hand, I walk or ride my bycycle, or the bus to the library so I can go online to expand JennFamousArt's shop listings on Artfire.  If this Artfire shop, JennFamousArt, is interesting to you and you would like to help with my studio and store expantion efforts feel free to Shop or

Saturday, June 18, 2011

Search engine optimization.

First you have to know what you want to do. For me that's not all that easy, but at the same time it's not difficult. I've always known I want to be an artist, and I've always loved to paint.

Next you brainstorm keywords that relate to what you want to do. Paint pictures, Artistry, color, murals. Those should be good, but the more specific you can get the better. I like animals and painting them is fun. I especially love wildlife, including squirils, chipmunks, deer, rabbits, Canadian Geese, and ducks, so those might be better keywords for me.

now that you have a list of keywords, you have a vocabulary assignment. Just like in grade school when you had to use each (keyword) in a sentance, only this time come up with several sentances, and use the (keyword) in different forms too.

Canadian geese remind me of home. When I was young the geese used to gather by the hundreds every year before they migrated south. I suppose Canadians would say the same thing, because the Canadian Geese live throughout the whole region from alaska's west cost to Canada's east and they all migrate to southern regions where it's not so cold in winter.

Notice how I've repeated my keywords both together as one keyword and separate as individual keywords. I get more points in the seach engines for that! I could posibly have used different names for the same animal, but I don't get as many ponts to boost my search engine ranking. If I vary the keywords, even if I'm staying on subject, google wont know! The most google search can do with keywords is tell that canada and canadian are similar in subject matter and so both give me points. If i were to call the geese by their scientific name only once, that keyword would not boost my ranking as much. If I were to use it instead of the other keywords, and just as often, I would get the same points for the keyword usage, but who searches with the scientific name? So it is best to use a common name, like Canadian or Brown geese. (I happen to like Canadian Geese as the term because it's what I'm used to)

Now since I've stuffed this entire post full of keywords totally off the subject at hand - Google search engine optimization - how about a picture of some Canadian geese to liven your day! Enjoy and don't stress SEO too much, it's always changing anyway!

Saturday, June 11, 2011

“It’s story time” From Artfire Threads Date: March 15, 2010

Once upon a time there was a lovely lady called Gertrude and a wonderful man called Bert: Bert & Gert, they lived out in the countryside in a little cottage much like in the Hansel & Grettle stories. It was a beautiful spring morning and Bert woke up Gert with her usual cup of Earl Grey tea, Bert threw open the bedroom curtains and he saw.........
the flowers were in bloom and the birds were singing!
then he noticed something strange in the field....
Bert put on his coat and hat told Gert where he was going. Then headed out to see what was in the field
Burt opened the front door and was greeted by the smell of a fresh day. He began to walk towards the strange figure in the distance.
Bert could only walk slow with a cane, by the time he got up to the mysterious man, he had vanished
The lush grass was a spongy carpet beneath his feet. It gave him a feeling of walking on air, as he closed in on his object of focus...
The figure was wearing a dark hood. It was walking away as Burt approached.
he discovered a Fairy with light and delicate wings fluttering about...then he noticed the deep and large black hole........
But it was too late, his cane stuck on the moss covered ground and he fell in.
Gert heard his cry in the distance and rushed to the window but could not see him.
"Gasp" I wonder what I should do??
Running down the stairs Gert was almost out the door before she realized she was naked. Back up the stanna stair life she went to get dressed. Back down again and out the door she headed in the direction of the scream
She had forgotten her glasses and tripped over a branch that had fallen...
A bit shaken she got up and dusted herself off. She squinted and peered in the distance, near where she thought she had heard Bert.
Seeing nothing, she blindly ran.
But again she stumbled, knocking her left shoe of and falling to her knees. As she got up and dusted herself off, she saw a little boy standing next to her.
he urged her to follow him through the fog that had suddenly come about them..
in the fog she could barely see...
that the little boy had now become an iguana, who was leading her into a cave. Becoming frightened, Gert shouted, "Help!", "Help Me!"
But no one heard her as they went deeper into the cave...
Meanwhile, back at the cottage, Beauregard, their faithful hound dog went downstairs looking for his breakfast. Seeing that the door was open he sniffed the morning air and immediately knew what had happened: Bert and Gert had gone off alone, leaving Beauregard with no other choice but to follow their scent and find them.
Beauregard, being so short and pump, headed out into the field with his nose to the ground.
following the scent of his beloved owners he comes across....
Beauregard came across a cloth bag. It had the scent of..
fairy dust and golden wings.
Then Beauregard sneezed, scattering the fairy dust and golden wings all over the ground.
And when the dust cleared this old hound dog couldn't believe his eyes, A tiny little fairy just like he saw on tv the other night , in that old movie Peter Pan
the Hound Dog explained to the fairy what he was searching for...and could the good fairy help him ???
the fairy told Beauregard the his masters were.........
to be found down the big mole hole, and if he wanted to see them and help them out he had to go down the mole hole too.
Beauregard didn't like the idea of going down in the hole but he loved his masters, so down he went...
he thought he could crawl down , but the hole turned out to be too steep and as he inched himself in he found himself falling..
Down into the abyss he fell, farther and deeper. Then suddenly.....
Whuump! He hit the bottom, and he saw stars, now he thought these stars were like the ones he saw before when he hit the fence chasing the postman but these stars were different...
These weren't stars at all! These were more fairies!
The fairies danced above him in a shimmering display of yellows, greens and pinks.
Looking around he could not see his masters but a small rounded figure came towards him.
Who is it? What is it? He just couldn't figure it out...
Beauregard sniffed the air and decided whatever it was, it wasn't edible, which was too bad because he was really getting hungry. On the other hand, maybe this thing had some food with him or better yet, knew where Gert and Bert were.
In frustration Beauregard started to chase his tail
All of a sudden the figure was in front of him it was a teeny man dressed in green from head to toe. Beau stopped chasing his tail and the Man spoke...
"Top of the Mornin to ya' Beau." Beau shook his head fairies and now a Leprechaun.
He really must of hit his head in the fall. But how was he gonna find Gert and Bert, and he was getting hungrier.

the leprechaun told him for his loyalty to his masters he would get one wish, but to choose it wisely, for it could not be undone. Beau thought and though, and with a sigh said, Mr Leprechaun, I can not think of a good wish, I thank you kindly for the offer, but I wondered if you could help me find my masters, and help them if you please.

the leprechaun contemplated Beau’s request for a moment, then he pulled out of his pocket some food for the starving dog...and then he said to Beau because you did not think of your self but of your masters.........

Participating Artfire Artists:

AmbientLights, ArtWrkz (nolonger found), Butterfly-Crafts, CalicoCat, CatFluff, ChristinaKosinskiDesigns, Collar_Up_Pup, DancingWindDesigns, GalleryGrrl, GlassAndWireGems, KgKrafts, MothersLove, MzzThang, NormasBathAndBody, PinkCloudsAndAngels, Scarlet-Impressions

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Google Search 101 - a computer class at the Library

so today I went to the library for a computer class entitled "Google 101" where I picked up some google search tips I thought might be interesting to share what I learned and a few tips on how to apply them to Art, and an artists online shop.
First I will list the tips with some exsamples of how to use them for art searches.   then I will give some ways they could be applied to artists shops.
  • " " quotation marks - use these for exsact phrase searches like "North Carolina" or "Fine Art Painting" they work particularly well if you're searching for a particular work of art  "Madonna and Child" or "The Last Supper"
  • + plus sign - use this to make sure a word is included in the search results. 
  • - minus sign -- use this when a word has more than one meaning,
  • OR - by inserting an uppercase "or" between two terms you can search for pages with either of the terms  -- Fine art dragons wall OR 2D  -- dragon figurines OR miniatures
  • ~  tilde sign (located left of 1 on qwerty keyboard) -- used for searching using synonyms  ~craft shows ~figurine collectibles
using this info to apply to an artist's online shop might be somewhat self explanitory, but here are some of my ideas.
  1. use quotations around the title of a particular work / peice "Life's Brutality" or "Self Portrait of an Artist" every time it is mentioned - in your blog - in the item description - on social media sites - etc.
  2. when you are mentioning a sorce of inspiration for a particular item such as "Micky Mouse" or "My Little Poney" also use quotations around them. (not only good grammer, but calls google's attention to the "phrase" rather than single search terms.
  3. when there is more than one commonly searched term that applies use both terms near the begining of the item description and then continue to use one or the other. ex Wall art, 2D art  2D drawing, 2D design, etc (sentence format of course) use Wall art on the next item to create ranking for your shop.
  4. use the thesarus to come up with synonyms, and use a few of the more common ones in the begining of your description, and repeat one or two through out. you can also alternate between them on every item where they apply.

Friday, April 8, 2011

Friday Funday Introduced

When I first started this blog, I guess I really didn't have much of a direction other than I wanted to talk about art, and my life as an artist and crafts person. - The people I've met, or anything else that could be of some interest to the creative world.
My goals in this have been two fold - First to provide my readers with interesting and or entertaining material to read with their morning orange Juice - since I hate coffee! - Sorry had to throw that in there. And second to gennerate traffic that may or may not provide a small - very small infact - income for myself and my family. I am after all a typical "Starving Artist" - A lucky one who always has a full belly thanks to a wonderful hubby who works to pay the bills.
   In the interests of being able to write more blogs for my readers, I have come up with Friday Funday, the second part of a two part blog.  The first part on my facebook FanPage Notes is Work Wednesday, and is about the Business side - Planning, Marketing, Financials, Not the fun part - Manufacturing Ie: - The Art.
   So to kick off here's the latest Fun:  Since you have to have lots of art work and unique paintings to hope to create a following of collectors and fans, I did some crative brainstorming of ideas for what to paint.  I want to capitalize on my strengths: Uniqueness, eco friendly, Functional Art, Flexibility, creative. So since I love animals of all sorts, I started a list of all the ones I could think of off the top of my head, and I"ve come up with sixty, including some mytyical  creatures some of which I have already painted onto my drink coasters designs and listed for sale. Even sold one (locally) - Yay me! Now time to go Create more!

Monday, April 4, 2011

Believe in Yourself - a poem/song I'm working on writing

You're down on your luck today
babe it hurts when you get this way
you say you're no good
if you only would

believe in yourself like I do
maybe you'd see
All that you could be

you could fly to the stars
swim across the ocean
climb to the top yeah
the top of the world

dig deep babe, it's in your destiny
you can make your dreams reality

Believe in yourself the way I do
and you will see
All that you will be

You will fly to the stars
swim yeah swim across the ocean
Climb up, up to the top
the top of the world
Yeah the top with me
come up top with me
Just believe like me

Monday, March 28, 2011

Just some Random thoughts about start up business.

OK so I felt kinda like writing a blog post today, especially since I haven't written one in a while. I have kept pretty busy lately, and done a lot of reading, some was for fun, but most has been for learning. the main topic? Business plans. I'm trying to come up with a good one that could possibly get me a grant to help get my business off the ground and possibly get me and my family on our feet and stabilized in a bad economy.  I'd like to be able to buy a house, and have a studio room that I could base my Shop out of.  perhaps have it be a well organized "craft" room with a desk for the computer so I can list my items and keep up with the Internet social media thing.  with the way so much of commerce in general is moving to the Internet, there is so much to think about and the world just seems to be expanding at a very rapid pace.  some ideas I've been thinking about are the various causes and fundraising for them. it seems that some business strategies donate a portion of their sales to causes to give their buyers more incentive to buy from them. I have two ideas for some of my items: for my scarves, for every one sold donate one to the salvation army for the homeless; for art... ATC, I could paint picture portraits of Animals at various shelters and sell them, donating $1 for every one sold to the shelter or Foster pet parent for upkeep, helping get the word out about a particular dog cat or other homeless animal....  I'm not sure which one I want to pursue with more determination, both could prove to be somewhat profitable to me, and help my bottom line in my business. I am seriously considering both. 

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Marketing for Dummies chapter 1: Optimizing your Marketing Program

So, I've been reading, and rereading, and taking notes, and reading some more from this realy great book "marketing for dummies" (I borrowed my copy from my local library)  Now I'm not dummy, but the reasons why I've been reading - the first chapter even! - over and over, is because it is just that good.  I've litterally been using it like a text book for colledge, using the questions like assignments and going the extra mile on them. Chapter 1 is all about "optimizing your Marketing Program".  Well I didn't really have a marketing program, or a marketing strategy, or know anything about marketing and sales other than you have to do some sort of marketing to make sales.  what an eye opener this one chapter has been!  Now that I've been made aware of this, I've been developing a plan that will be more successful for me.  A few key points made are focusing your time, and your money on marketing techniques that have a major or secondary but helpful impact on your product or brand, and limiting or even eliminating those costs or activities that don't or have little impact.  For me it means to get ALL my links to my shop, my fan page, my twitter, and here in order.  It means using the social web frequently, and in the right places.  It means updating often, and for every product picture posted socially placing a link to buy in the caption. It also means optimizing everything for search engines as much as humanly possible. Break Out The Thesarus!  Descriptive words and lots of them, and never leave a caption blank on my photos for Facebook! -- guess I've got some work to do!

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Watercolor BIBLE?

This past week I've been reading a book by Joe Garcia, a watercolor painter.  That's one of his paintings on the left. The book is called "The Watercolor Bible"  It was written in 2006, so it is fairly current.  It gets down to all the little details watercolor artists need to know, but one thing I noticed: it barely mentioned watercolor pencils!  I was rather dissapointed by this at first, but after reading further I found that while the watercolor pencils are slightly different, the same techniques and general rules still apply. There were many exsamples with detailed explanations throught the 8 sections, from materials and supplies, collecting and recording ideas for paintings, composition, Drawing and painting techniques and properties, Color and special effects, even demonstrationss of popular subjects. It was easy to understand, and really helpful, and I came away inspired and full of ideas.  Perhaps I'll show you some in later blogs!  I willdefinately be checking out the website for more North Light Art Instructions Books, to at least find titles to check out from the Library! - I may even end up buying this book If I can find it at a good price!

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

I just got some Watercolor Colored pencils

this is the first thing I did with my new pencils. (it's not finnished yet) I started it in the car on the way home! all that's left to do is use water to make it look all soft and watercolor painting ish. I took a pic and posted it to my facebookFanPage it would appear that I'm starting a watercolor pencil obsession... last month it was knitting I made several scarves and have listed a few in my ArtfireShop I will be adding more as I find the time.  I've been away for a while, mostly because new internet arangements... um ie get it at the Library or taco bell or other Free wi fi connection places around town instead of at my own home.... it's been rough.... but I guess I'm just a survivor.... I've survived w/ no phone, even no electric for about a month or two... no internet is no big deal... Library's only a mile away... and weather is getting nicer so if I can just fix my bycycle tire it'll be a sinch to get here.... oh yeah... don't let me forget to get a bycycle lock!!!! so anyway... I aim to start this blogging thing a bit more regular again... especially since I'm volunteering at the library and going to be here anyway.. least for a few hours / week.