November is a busy month. I’m painting and hoping that buyers will be keen to purchase affordable fine art. If they aren’t, then Christmas is a struggle. I get the most joy from buying presents for my family. It makes me feel whole inside. In contrast, I’m the worse person to buy gifts for, as I always have a hard time coming up with a list! I guess it stems from not asking for things as a child. I knew we didn’t have a lot of money, so why ask? I didn’t have much, but I had all I needed and maybe more. My imagination took me anywhere I wanted to go and I had a mother who installed the gift of creativity.
Now, before I get lost on another tangent, I wanted to let everyone know that blog posts will be more informal now through the holidays. I’ll still have Writing on Wednesdays but everything else in between is a grab bag. Could be fun? I think so and it takes the pressure off my shoulders. This week I’m working on pebble paintings–unfinished ones and new ones. I’m also going to be offering some prints of past favorites.
As far as books go, I’m going to begin reading Geist tonight! I would have began sooner but I wanted to read a small set of short stories, on Philippa Ballantine’s website, which introduce the world of Geist. Now I’m ready!
I received word today from LibraryThing that I’m set to receive a review copy of The Demon Trapper’s Daughter by Jana Oliver! I also found out yesterday that I won a giveaway, through John Ottinger’s site Grasping for the Wind. The book? The Silent Army by James Knapp! Which means, yes, I lost my own bet that I would not win any books for 6 months. But that’s all I lost since no one took me seriously. 😉
Writing is also on my plate. Since becoming ill my unfinished novel has been giving me the evil eye, but it can continue to do so all it wants. I’m not ready to tackle it again. Yet. For the moment I’m focusing my attention on short stories. Short stories will make for good writing experience and practice. I need them right now to regain my focus and dedication.
I also have a few other misc. side projects that are of no concern to you. These are not the droids you are looking for… 😀
Kimmy Vanlandingham said:
Love the painting you have a photo of in this post. Your work is just lovely. I know what you mean about selling for the Holidays too. We’re all at the mercy of the public as artists. I hope it’s a good year for all of us.
Amanda Makepeace said:
Thank you, Kimmy! A fellow EBSQ Artist own that little painting. It’s one of my favorites. 🙂 I will be thinking about all artists this holiday season. I don’t mean to sound pessimistic but I know I won’t make as much this year as last. Hopefully, it will be enough!
Last Christmas in Seattle was a bust for the retail and specifically book community due to the economy and the snow. This year has just got to be better than that! I send out that and along with a good vibe for you & your continued success!
I double clicked to take a better look at your painting and I, too, think that it is lovely!!! Do you sometimes wish that you’d held onto a piece like that? or are you happier knowing that it’s found a good home?
Amanda Makepeace said:
Thanks, Jan! 🙂 Once upon a time, that was a difficult thing to do. Painting these pebble paintings is exhausting, more exhausting than anything else I paint. I think I put a piece of my soul into each one. One day, I decided it was better to share that piece than hide it away. 😉