art sales today

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We sold two paintings today. Guitar #20: Frozen Coast caught an art lover’s eye on Craigslist. While she was here, she took a liking to Dream Journal #8: Night at the Lake. Good choice! We are very fond of that one, and miss it already. We hope to see some pics of them in their new homes soon!

 
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You can read more about Guitar #20, or Dream Journal #8, in our archives. Their original posts include detailed close-up photos.

 
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Your Guide to Getting Started Selling Comic Books on eBay

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This informative post drew on the numerous emails we’ve sent in reply to inquiries from friends and readers about selling their comic books on eBay. We thought, sure, a few people might be interested, but it got picked up on Twitter and Reddit and did surprisingly well. So many page views! The silver lining to the cloud of selling off our comic book collection also includes our new eBay status as both a Top Seller and a Power Seller – and having 100% positive feedback feels pretty darn good, too.

If you’d like to know how we got there, and how you can too, check out this post from our comic book and art blog.

Your Guide to Getting Started Selling Comic Books on eBay.

Celebrating Recent Art Sales

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10 guitar 7 detailThe business coach we’ve worked for the past seven years often reminds us to take time to celebrate our successes. This carries a special importance when you work independently. After all, a sole proprietor works without any sort of company hierarchy to hand out employee-of-the-month awards, bonuses, or other forms of recognition. Artists working independently face the same challenge.

Plus, you can easily focus on all the things that haven’t yet worked out the way you hoped. If you try ten different things and one succeeds wildly, you might be too caught up in your nine other failures to really appreciate it. It takes a certain mental fortitude to keep moving forward, and celebrating your successes plays an important role in that.

Last week, we had a wonderful chat with a local business owner referred to us to discuss some potential ways we could work together. We mentioned, somewhat dejectedly, that we had only sold about five pieces of artwork since we began seriously attempting it last fall. She said it was funny we viewed it negatively, since she found that number quite impressive.

That made us pause and remember to celebrate our successes. So, we hope you don’t mind if we take a moment to review what pieces have sold in the last nine months. On a side note, our little poetry book has been selling a couple of copies each month, mostly overseas. Though that isn’t a phenomenal sales figure, it certainly does make us happy that the collection is getting out there.

Let’s have a look at what we’ve sold so far.

 
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Guitar #1 sold in October 2013 through Etsy to a MWSNM reader in Canada.
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Guitar #7 sold in November 2013 through Etsy to family in the USA.
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Guitar #15 sold in November 2013 through eBay to a buyer in the USA.
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Behold the Awesomizer sold in February 2014 through eBay to a buyer in the USA.

 
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Diving Frog sold in June 2014 through eBay to an overseas buyer.
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feather

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Here in Phoenix we have Harris’ Hawks. John Audubon, renowned bird painter, named the species after a friend of his. The ones in my neighborhood love diving into the palm trees to catch pigeons. Often, you don’t see or hear them coming until the loud CRASH in the treetop and the explosion of pigeon feathers.

 
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Harris Hawks are often employed at sporting events and facilities to ward off pigeons.

I am pretty sure this feather came from one of the local hawks. I found it on the ground while Ellie the Studio Cat and I were out for one of our pre-dawn walks. Yes, Ellie kitty and I go for walks together. We do it in the quiet hours between the time the bars close and the time people start driving to work, since neither of us care for cars and traffic.

And no, Ellie does not wear a leash. We just walk. Our walks, in fact, were Ellie’s idea. When she first came to live with me, it took a while to learn her style of communication and body language, but she definitely communicates. It took me a couple of months to realize she was trying to invite me to walk around the block with her. Now, it is one of our favorite things to do together.

She also likes boxes.

 
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framed pastel and ink drawings

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Instead of sketching this week, we devoted our sketch time to framing and listing several of our favorite pieces from the past year. It turns out to be quite a process: selecting and ordering frames, photographing each piece, and coming up with something compelling to say about them for the listing. Add to that unpacking, assembling, packing, and uploading, and you’ve suddenly got a pretty big project on your hands.

 
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But, at the end, the final framed piece of art gives you a major feeling of satisfaction. You’ve taken an idea and made it real. In today’s world of goods and services performed virtually and delivered by email, we sometimes lose an important reward: that day you can step back, take a look at what you accomplished, and know it as a tangible thing.

 
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Big cats and comic book themes in pastels, along with ink drawings of abstracts and animals, have now joined our art listings on eBay. If you see something there that you like, know that it is already packed up and ready to ship Priority Mail the same or next day. That goes for our readers outside the USA, too, if your country is covered by eBay’s Global Shipping program. If not, we can still do International Priority Mail to many more countries, for an additional shipping charge.

 
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A few people had their eyes on Behold the Awesomizer! That painting, a tribute to jack Kirby, sold. We would really like the chance to create a couple more on larger canvas.

We have a 24×36 inch version of a similar “cosmic hand” on unframed canvas which has been waiting for a frame. If you’re interested in owning it and framing it yourself, send us an email and we will work out a shipping solution for you. For now, we have a 9×12 treatment in pastel, framed.

 
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A couple more photos of framed ink drawings and that’s it for this Sketchbook Sunday. Happy sketching!

 
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The Santa Barbara Mission

Originally posted on ScienceAndReligion.com:

According to its guidebook, the original Santa Barbara Mission in Southern California, established on the Feast of St Barbara, December 4, 1786 was the 10th of 21 such Californian Missions founded by the Spanish Franciscans, and built by skilled Mexican labour.

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My daughter somewhere in the middle, revelling in the California sunshine outside the Santa Barbara Mission

Be that as it may, my own Santa Barbara mission 226 years later was to deal with a nasty case of squamous cell carcinoma that if left untreated, I was reliably informed, would remove from me all the cares of this world in around 18 months’ time.  The plan of two separate specialists was to subject me to major surgery, chemo and radiation, surviving which would take “about a year”, with a slim chance of this extending my planetary residence by six months.  Mentioned obliquely was the chance of severing in the…

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a box of poems

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A box of ten copies of our new poetry book, The Fates of Stars, arrived today. They came out really well. We are very happy with the printing by CreateSpace! The covers are a high-quality glossy white, on a heavier cardstock, with light cream pages. Our graphics of the stars and the puma logo came out quite crisp. The binding looks great and the books feel, well, real! Wow – it even has an ISBN! This may be our fifth or sixth self-publishing adventure, but that’s a first. Despite the many advantages of going digital, nothing brings an author the same satisfaction as holding a physical copy. We snapped a few photos if you’d like to take a look.

You can pick up a printed copy of The Fates of Stars directly from CreateSpace, or buy one on Amazon where they have both the paperback and Kindle versions.

 
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