Extending Vacation

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vacationI’ve been on vacation for the past week and I liked it so much I’m going to extend it for few more weeks. Because it finally just dawned on me that I own this business and can do whatever I want.

I have been working straight ever since I moved into my new home and studio in April 2017.  Time for a break.

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From the Artist’s Private Collection

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I saw him there

Title: I saw him there

Digital Photography  / dimensions  6,675 x 3,479 / 300ppi

Description: A man building a retro-futuristic steam punk motorcycle

 

 

 

 

 

February Art Give-Away

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Celestial Rabbit online preview

For my first month’s Give-Away I will be sending out a fully-sized printable image file of my Celestial Rabbit. This is a 3,000 x 2,400 pixel image (300 pixels per inch). Here is what it looks like printed on 8.5 x 11 paper –

Celestial Rabbit Framed

In order to receive your own copy of this you need to be on my email list. If you’re not already on it – please click below.

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How to Follow, Contact & Get Freebies

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contact webI’ve added a new contact form to the site. It can be found at the top left of any page in the main menu. This is the BEST way to get the Monthly Freebies and Special Offers on Original Art.

Now that I am no longer using Facebook the best way to keep-up with my Latest Releases, including films and videos, is to click on the triangle at the bottom of the Home page and choose Follow Blog. Please note – clicking this does not give me your email address so you will not receive Freebies and Special Offers on Original Art.

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As always – THANK YOU for joining me on this journey of Imagination and Creativity.

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Taking a Break from Social Media

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My drawings have been getting a lot of “LIKES” on Social Media – 300-400 per drawing. Facebook recently congratulated me on having 18,000 LIKES. In fact people LIKE my art so much they’ve begun downloading and printing it out without paying for it.

While all these LIKES are great for my ego and quite frankly, very addictive (see the videos at the end of this post OR just Google “Is Facebook Addictive?”) – the LIKES do not translate into sales. They are vapor – they mean nothing. So the time I spend prepping previews, curating pages and posts and thanking people for their LIKES amounts to nothing more than an exercise in financial futility.

Early last year Artist Noah Bradley left social media entirely. We all thought, “Yeah but he’ll be back.” But you know what? Noah never came back. When questioned about his move he said – “The freedom of not having to think about social media has been so refreshing. I highly recommend it to anyone who’s able.”

While I hardly have the following Noah has I think it’s time for me to take a little break and see what happens. I have made no secret lately of my frustration with the level of intelligence I’ve been finding on Social Media. I have become acutely aware that every time I log into Facebook I begin to feel either depressed or angry. These feelings have escalated recently in proportion to the greater amount of time I spend on the site. Something is wrong and the alarm started going off in my head – despite feeling bad every time I log-in I cannot stop logging-in. THAT IS ADDICTION. I am also keenly aware of recent articles and interviews with Facebook developers about how it was designed to be psychologically addictive  A former Facebook executive reported  he would not allow his children to use social media.  He says he feels ‘tremendous guilt’ for the influence Facebook has had and its ability to manipulate users, suggesting users take a break from using social media altogether.

And then there’s Apple CEO, Tim Cook who publicly admitted he would not allow kids to use social media.

As the old folks used to say in the Adirondacks,  I smell a rat in the wood pile.

So – it’s break time for me. I have deactivated my Facebook account effective 10:50AM PST today.

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My email address is open to the public and let’s face it – my studio is called The Undisclosed Studio for a reason. hahaha

Until next time …

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Studio Growth & Service Expansion

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Hello I amI am very excited to share with you that the re-branding of the studio is now complete and I have just drawn-up a business plan for my expansion of services to include:

Personalized Original Fine Art Prints for Home and OfficeAD

Personalized Original Fine Art Design For:

Gifts, Home Décor, Motivational Posters, Marketing Materials, Product Photo Mock-Ups, Visualization & Labeling, Book & Magazine Covers, Custom Tattoo Designs, Digital Marketing, Customized Fine Art for Business, Corporate and Nonprofit Spaces. 

So – Please Stay Tuned! In the coming weeks I will be releasing more information about new product offerings.