New things

I installed this theme thinking it was going to have a portfolio feature. Alas, that’s only available on the WordPress-hosted WordPress blogs, which is lame. But there are plugins you can install to add the portfolio functionality. So that’s what I did.

Obviously there is no arty stuff here yet. Part of my life turning upside-down has involved me throwing out/ burning (in Dad’s fire pit, when I was staying with him two autumn/winters ago) a lot of old stuff I didn’t like anymore. It was no great loss, believe me. And I’ve not been creating to make up the lack, either, not that I had a lot to begin with. I seem to like to focus a lot of attention on a few pieces rather than get faster at producing many pieces, which has been a major obstacle in my Being An Artist.

Part of it has involved not being somewhere with easy access to a scanner. I do own a scanner, but it is part of a 3-in-1 printer device so it’s very clunky to deal with and lives in a storage locker right now. Acquiring one that is more transportation-friendly is an expense I really can’t justify right now.

But pretty soon here I intend to start creating small pieces, and I will simply photograph those and share them here. So there’ll be a portfolio at that point.

I also want to do a little bit of text-based digital stuff (I am not well-equipped for digital drawing), for the purposes of print-on-demand. And when I get that set up I’ll include those products too. I don’t know if I’ll be able to add links to the portfolio items, but if not I’ll just include information in the captions for where you can buy them.

The print-on-demand stuff will be at RedBubble for now. I have reasons to not want to use RedBubble, and certain of my pocket friends* know what I’m talking about, but I also have zero equipment to make my own stuff. I wanted to change that while I was still housed, but I am not now housed and that equipment would just wind up in the storage locker even if I could afford it, and I can’t. Not yet.

I also need to get more eyeballs on my mischief. I mean it’s not going to sell until people know it’s there, and people won’t know it’s there til I put it there ARGH.

So RedBubble is a stepping-stone, that’s all. I don’t intend to have a permanent relationship with them.

I’m also going to play it relatively safe on content for now. I hate to do that, but the idea is to start generating income doing something besides delivery-driving, so I will do what I need to do with the tools that work for me. I take comfort in knowing they’ll be helping someone their staff would despise if they really knew me and how I think. Serves ’em right. Next time, don’t play favorites, fellas.

You cannot know how frustrating it’s been to come up with stuff and then not be able to do anything with it. Overall, believe it or not, my life has been less stressful than it was, but I’d like to make it less stressful still.

Anyway. Onward.

*Pocket friends = my friends on the internet, whom I most often interact with using my phone. I got this lovely term from my pocket friend Vicki, whom I would totally go drinking with if we were in close geographical proximity. That’s true of a lot of them, actually.