Saturday, July 26, 2008

More About Art, Fabric, Time and Just Ranting in General

Hello out there. I just realized that I haven't posted anything in about 2 weeks or so. I read somewhere that if you want your blog noticed, you should post everyday. OMG, everyday!!!!!! What would I say, Hello, Goodbye? And, who has the time? Sometimes I don't know if I'm an artist or someone that spends way too much time posting art and updating art on umteen different art sites. It's very time consuming. I really think I have to pick a few good ones that get alot of traffic and stick with them. Like 3 or 4 sites, not 10 like I have now. I want to paint and create not constantly update and check-in with all these different web sites.

Anyway, I've done a few pieces incorporating fabric and I'm not thrilled with them. They are OK. I'm going to post them here and see if I can get any input from anyone who may possibly view them. I have a blog counter, but I don't know if it's working correctly. I've gotten comments, but the counter doesn't show that the person leaving the comments visited my blog. What's up with that? Anyway, (forgive me, I start alot of my sentences with anyway) these are the acrylic and mixed media fabric pieces that I just finished.

This one is called "Bridging the Gap":

and this next piece is yet unnamed:

Now that I've seen this second piece through the lens of a camera, I think I like it alot better. I think I'm done with this one.

Maybe I need to take pictures of my work as I'm doing it to get a different perspective of the piece. I'm sure other artists do this. Or, when I get stuck on a piece and don't know if I'm finished or not, take a picture of it and down load it to get a better idea of where to go with it. Yet again, another time consuming thing to do that involves the computer.

I'm done for today, I'm burnt out sitting at this computer and want to paint. Til next time. (I'll leave a quote for this blog later.)


Monday, July 14, 2008

Quilting, Fabric and Art

I'm torn - no pun intended. I don't know if I want to quilt or paint or create art with fabric. I'm having a Sybil moment or more like a Sybil week or month.

My first artistic outlet was in the form of making quilts. I love fabric. These are some of the quilts that I've made:




I'm itching to do more, but they are so time consuming, especially the quilting part. And, I love planning the layout, picking the fabrics and piecing them together so much better than the actual quilting.

I do have some ideas for little girls quilts, which wouldn't be so time consuming, since they would be smaller. I also have some ideas for some artwork incorporating fabric.

Like I said, I feel like Sybil. I have creativity ADD. I'm jumping from one style to the next, one medium to the next. I think right now, I'm working on little girls quilts, a mixed media and acrylic piece of art, a reg. piece of art and a piece of art that just uses fabric, no paint. I know that my work probably suffers, because I'm jumping from one piece to the next. When I get bored with one, I move onto another. Do other artists do this? I know I've heard other artist's say 'I just work on one piece at a time.' or 'I just do what I know will sell.' I can't do that, I've got to love what I'm doing, or I'm not doing it.

Well, that's all for today. I've got some other on-line projects to do, then onto trying to get into my creative mode.

Oh, by the way, my .99 auctions are ending tonight. Looks like a few might sell, but not for much. I guess my little experiment back-fired. (Pitiful little laugh)I guess I know what my art is worth. Oh well, I won't be discouraged. Like my statement says, 'It takes courage to have confidence despite it all.'

I quess that can be my quote for this blog even though I have that in my blog statement. Til next time . . .


Monday, July 7, 2008

Listing Art on e-Bay

OK, other artists reading this are probably thinking 'you're crazy' or 'yeah, you better list for .99 because that's all it's worth'. Either way, that's what I just did. I listed a bunch of my paintings (some are 18x24) on e-Bay with most bids starting as low as .99, two starting at 4.99 and I believe a few at 9.99. We'll see what happens.

Things are so slow now, I thought I would list pieces that I was thinking of painting over anyway because for some reason or other, I'm not really as pleased with them as I once was.

Also, I remember reading sometime back a blog from one of the most successful e-Bay selling artists of all time (whose work now sells for thousands of dollars), that when she first started selling her art on e-Bay she would list everything at .99, sometimes pieces would sell for .99, sometimes they would be bid up to a more fair price and it was a risk she was willing to take in order to get her work out there. She basically did this until her work could command much higher starting bids. I wish I had the guts (and inventory) to do that. I guess I'm a little more attached to some of my pieces and if they sold for too low, I would be really upset. (Maybe that's why I'm listing older pieces that have been around for awhile. I'm over 'em.)

Anyway, it will be interesting to see what happens. It's sort of a little experiment. But, with e-Bay so fucked up right now - with all that best match bull shit, who knows if anyone will even see my listings. I'm not about to pay 9.95 for feature plus on a .99 listing. It's so depressing over there, I don't know why I keep putting my work on e-Bay.

Do you know what insanity is? It's when you keep doing the same thing over again and expecting to get a different result each time. That's it, I'm insane. E-Bay has driven me insane.

That bring's me to my quote for this blog and I should look at my .99 art sale this way:

"There is an ancient meta-physical law that says if we desire more abundence in our lives, we must create a vacuum to allow ourselves to receive the good we seek. The way to create that vacuum is by giving away what we no longer need or desire but what can serve others."

Nice. 'Til next time.


Wednesday, July 2, 2008

Why 'No Fear Art'?

Good morning all!

I just went back and read my previous blogs and realized that I never explained why I use the term 'No Fear Art' when everywhere else (e-Bay, Etsy, MyArtSpace, FineArtAmerica, web site, etc.) it is just Kat Crosby Art. Well. . . awhile back someone left a comment for me on a piece, I believe it was 'It's a New Day' (posted in a previous post). They said that I use color, placement and objects obviously without fear. Well, I was a little taken aback by that comment, but then realized that it was meant as a compliment and so embrace it. Thus, 'No Fear Art' was born.

The ironies of my journey into this realm of art and painting and putting it 'out there' is:

- I'm fearless, yet afraid
- I'm an outsider artist, who wants to be on the inside
- I want to do ugly art that is pretty and colorful
- I want to show everyone, yet no one
- I'm passionate about my work, yet get so depressed.

Just last night, as I was falling asleep, I was thinking about my art (as usual), but those seeds of insecurity and self-doubt crept in and my thoughts went to 'Why am I doing this? I suck. How can I possibly show anyone my work face to face? (It is so much easier on-line, your insulated.) I should just give it up. But, I can't and won't. I'll just keep on keeping on.

Well, I sorta write down and collect quotes and sayings that I read and pick up here and there. I think from now on, I will end each blog with a different quote. Instead of 'quote of the day', it will be 'quote of the blog'. (I know, I have a nerdy sense of humor.) One of my favorite quotes is "Fear repeals abundance rather than attracting it." So, that is my quote for this blog.

No posting of paintings today, maybe tomorrow or the next. Take care til then.

"Fear repeals abundance rather than attracting it." - author unknown