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I also just finished this banana for a friend. I traded it for a Groupon worth 75$ in wine!
Last Saturday night I had a small art show in the home of some friends who are collectors, and it went great. I sold several paintings and a good time was had by all.
Thanks to a viente Pike Place Roast at 4pm (what was I thinking?) I am still awake at 4am and counting. The good thing is A) I don’t have to work at my day job tomorrow, and B) I’ve been getting a good deal of work done. I grew up with an artist dad, and based on my memories all-nighters are kind of normal. You can concentrate much easier without as many distractions. One of the things I used my Kickstarter funds for was good studio lighting, and now I’m really seeing how valuable it is.
One of the paintings I completed tonight is a 12″ square called Big Bang. I’m running out of my standard paint colors and having to branch out into non-standard ones. But maybe this is a good thing. It’s so exciting to see this series evolve and change. I have a bright orange one on the work table right now. I have at least 8 or so of these to make (I’d like to give my backers some choices and I had 3 choose this size) so I’ll be picking up more paint before I finish them, but I am loving the bright colors. I already completed ten paintings in the 8″ square size, and the brightly colored ones are some of my favorites.
In other somewhat related news, I have all my new limited editions up on ArtByChristel.com now, and I am planning to put up all the available new paintings next week. Yay!
Lately I’ve been working on getting a website set up. I have a very quick one up now that I put together with Websitetonight, which is not the best looking thing ever but it got the job done for very little money and effort. My new one is now functioning and looking pretty nice, I think. If I have done everything correctly then within a day or so artbychristel.com should go to it. I’m crossing my fingers. This stuff is not really my forte. I have to say am really glad I took the time in college to teach myself some basic HTML though, because having a bit of base knowledge has made this experience far less of a headache.
In the past I have sold my art through Etsy.com, and while I think Etsy is a great service, I decided this time I’d like something more flexible and customizable, but still as easy to set up and maintain as possible. After researching several options I decided on Bigcartel.com. I think for the monthly price it is a very good deal. Big Cartel doesn’t charge any listing or transaction fees, it integrates easily and seamlessly with Paypal, and your site is fully customizable if you wish, but also set up to be simple enough for a total idiot like me to be able to use. You can add as many pages as you like to your store and put whatever you want in them. This is probably my favorite feature because that means you don’t have to host the rest of your site elsewhere. You can have it all in one place for one very reasonable price. I also like that the pricing structure is tiered depending on how many products you want to have, and which features you want to use (though most features are available with any level of paid account) so you don’t have to pay for more “store” than you need at any given time.
They also have a very thorough and detailed help file that explains how to customize your store, and they must have done a pretty good job because I was able to get things working like they should in one try so far. I have this magical ability to “break” pretty much anything involving a computer just by touching it so that is pretty impressive to me. Seriously, I can’t even go into Kinko’s without needing help every five minutes. I wish that were an exaggeration. If you’d like to see the new site, it’s currently available at artbychristel.bigcartel.com and I have to say I’m very pleased with how it’s looking and working right now.
There are just a couple of features that I wish they had, like the ability to sell gift certificates through their platform. You can use the Paypal gift certificate feature with it, but I’m not overly fond of how it works and you can’t really make gift certificates to use for use as, say, giveaways and such because someone has to actually pay for a GC in order for it to exist. And then you don’t get any money until the gift certificate is actually used, which is a pretty sweet deal for Paypal, but not so much for the business owner. Also I’d like to see the option to accept other forms of payment. But overall it’s the best blend of functionality, price, and ease of use that I’ve seen yet. They also seem to be good about listening to what their customers want and adding new features. So maybe someday I’ll get those capabilities I am wanting anyway.
I’m glad I’ve finished working on it for now because I’ve got plenty of painting to do. Right now I am working on backer rewards for my recent Kickstarter campaign, which I will be posting more about soon.