It’s amazing how quickly your life can change. In a matter of months I no longer work for the place I’ve been for the past 18 years. My husband got a new job and they keep changing his schedule. My nights, days and weekends are all a blur now.
I’m trying to get a handle on things and add some structure back to my life. I don’t mind some chaos, but these last few months have really done a number on my mental state. The good part is that I have much more time to concentrate on my art. I was able to do a painting for my husband for Christmas that I’ve been wanting to do for quite a while now. He loves it! I’m pretty happy with it, too.
Dive Deep with Me. © 2014 Aprille Lipton. Original acrylic painting on canvas.
I’m really loosening up my style, and the orders for custom works are still coming in. I also launched my own website — which was WAY overdue. It still has a long way to go until I’m satisfied, but it’s a step in the right direction.
Blue Owl with Heart. © 2014 Aprille Lipton. Original acrylic painting on paper.
Happy New Year! And please, if you like my work, share with friends and family, Like my Facebook page or follow me on Pinterest.
I just listed my little holiday polar bear with his warm cup of cocoa and red scarf, all bundled up against the snow. This is an INSTANT DOWNLOAD and only $2! Just think of the adorable holiday cards, gift tags, ornaments, mugs, t-shirts/sweatshirts or totes (and I’m sure even more things I haven’t thought of) you could make with this.
Christmas Bear. © 2013 Aprille Lipton. Original watercolor and ink painting on paper.
On Etsy, that is. I’m going to take the plunge and start offering instant digital download art for printing at home. I’m still not convinced that Etsy is where I really should be, but if I can generate some money to help tide over between original artwork sales, it would be welcome.
I’ve already started with a few of my digitally altered photos and will work on getting some of my watercolor and mixed media sketches online.
These Boots – ©2013 Aprille Lipton – digitally altered photo
Number 33 – ©2013 Aprille Lipton – digitally altered photo
Hawk’s Hill – ©2013 Aprille Lipton – digitally altered photo
I also have an idea for a series of child-themed initial art that would translate well to instant download.
What are your thoughts? Have any of you tried selling instant download works? If so, what has your experience been like?
OK, I’m going to go “there” — the holidays. Yes, I said the h-word before Halloween. But I have good reason. It’s personal… as in personal gifts.
If you know an artist and want to give something really special (and special does not necessarily = expensive) this season, whether it be for a birthday, anniversary, wedding, new baby gift, the big Holiday or other occasion, check in with them. They can probably come up with something custom within your budget if you give them a little notice.
And how awesome would it be to give a uniquely crafted art gift to someone you love?
First Whale of Spring – crappy phone pic. © 2014 Aprille Lipton. Original watercolor with acrylic painting on paper.
The prints for By the Light of the Moon – Wolf are now available in my Etsy shop and they are GORGEOUS! Two sizes to choose from.
By the Light of the Moon. © 2014 Aprille Lipton. Original watercolor with acrylic painting on paper.