I just launched a 20%-off sale on all matted prints and blank notecards offered on my photography sales site. Mothers Day is just around the corner. Don’t delay, as some images are in short supply.
I’m pleased and proud to officially announce here on my blog that I have opened an Etsy shop and I’m selling my photography! Matted prints of varying sizes, journals, and note cards featuring images from my trips in France and the British Virgin Islands are available for purchase.
Pulling this all together has been a challenge and a very gratifying one. This is something I’ve considered doing for a while, and I’m very happy to have it successfully underway.
I’ve got two art shows under my belt now, having completed the second of three showings at my local Farmers’ Market this summer. I made a few sales but I’ve come to the conclusion that this is just not the venue for selling artwork. At least, not the way they have it set up, with the artists shoved over to the side where few people pass by. Plus, people who are shopping for fresh fruit and veggies just aren’t in the zone for buying art. Yesterday was fun and I’ve learned a lot doing this, so it has been a valuable experience.
After years of thinking about it, I’m excited to finally give it a go and see if I can sell my photography. Images from my trips to France and the British Virgin Islands were burning a hole in my hard drive. It was time to set them loose on the world and see what happens.
So, this past spring, I’ve been busily preparing for some summer showings. I decided the annual street festival in my neighborhood would be a good opportunity to test the waters, so I set up right out front of my place, amongst the neighborhood yard sale, and put out the word. Walk-by traffic was fairly slow, but that was okay. This was really just a test drive to see if I had all the pieces I’d need for future showings. I had a steady stream of friends come by, which was fun, and did a decent bit of business. I was happy to have nearly doubled the modest goal I’d set for myself.
I’m very much looking forward to my first day selling at the Evanston Farmers’ Market as part of their new Homegrown Artists program. Exhibiting before an audience of mostly strangers will be a true test. I’ll be there on Saturday July 7th.
Unfortunately, the blog has suffered in the meantime. I’ve got a backlog of book reviews to get to, as well as a wrap up on my trip to Minneapolis to see the Twins and Cubs play at Target Field. And speaking of travel, I’m very busy (and excitedly) planning a road trip through Virginia! Now, on to homework.
Recently, I’ve been spending a lot of time preparing my photos from France for sale: reprints, photo cards, notebooks, that sort of thing. There’s a street festival in my neighborhood every June and in the past we’ve used it as an excellent weekend to hold a yard sale. This year, I thought I’d float some of my photos out there to see what happens.
In the meantime, I’ve entered a photo contest sponsored by Le Boat, the charter company we used on the Canal du Midi in France last fall. The contest is through Facebook, so if you’re so inclined, I’d really appreciate your voting for my photos. The contest page is here; scroll to the bottom and you’ll find my photos a few pages in. The grand prize is a boat charter in France. If I win, I promise to raise a toast in your honor while I’m there. Thanks!
PS–If you’re on Facebook and we’re not already connected, feel free to send me a request.
For a while now, I’ve been telling myself I’m going to apply myself, pick up my camera and get out there shooting photographs. The only way I’m going to get any better and improve my craft is to shoot, shoot, shoot. It just wasn’t happening organically, as I’d hoped, and now I’m only a few months away from the big trip to France. If I’m not comfortable using my new camera by then, I’ll be kicking myself up one side of the canal and down the other.
So, toward those goals, I’ve decided to devote a portion of every Friday to shooting photographs. Last Friday was my first photo walk, which I took late in the day at the Pratt Street beach in Chicago.
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Saturday, 14 May
Charles Swedlund: Circa 1955 @ Stephen Daiter Gallery thru June 25. Well worth the trek downtown.
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Now that the temperature has turned frigid (single digit wind-chill tomorrow!) I thought it was a good time to get to processing my photos from my BVI trip this past April. I can immerse myself in warm breezes and blue waters. I've pared down 900+ images to 166 potential keepers. I'm determined to get them edited before the new year.