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$$$$$ Changes Everything $$$$$$

While I was unwinding from my day job, I called a good friend  In the course of conversation, she asked if I had any Christmas cards for sale.  Then it dawned on me, if I play my cards right, I could be making $$$$ with my artwork for Christmas, instead of slaving in a store among desperate shoppers….

I had a plan.  Instead of doing my one, little puny,  handmade card a day, I would take a holiday motif, make a full-sized picture and create Christmas cards with it for next year.  I was enthusiastic, and all set to go.

It then dawned on me, how long it takes for me to do a finished, full size work.  I have a backlog of ideas to do, and not enough time.  I may do the holiday card next year, but using one of my already finished winter themed works.  So, you see, sometimes money doesn’t change everything.

Here are some examples of previous winter works:

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For example.  Otherwise, I am putting it out to God, The Goddess, The Universe or Whatever It Is Out There, that I make enough money next year that I don’t have to do the Christmas rush in a retail store.

Oh, yes, and the Yuletide card of the day:

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Indecision is my vocation…

So, the holiday fair is long since over.  Considering the weather, it was okay (in that I didn’t lose too much money).  I did, however, learn a lot from a fellow vendor. Plus a chance to visit with my long time friends…so, it was worth it.

But what has that to do with indecision? Absolutely nothing….as usual, I digressed.  What it does mean is that the time I spent preparing for it is now free…..but my day job is going through the annual terror known as the Christmas rush.

I have only bits and pieces of time to work on my art.  Precious little dribbles of minutes.  It’s not enough uninterupted time to really put into a finished, large work…although I have an idea for one.

So what do I do with these miser portions of time?  Making holiday cards is over, I will make some Valentines,  but I’m not psyched for that yet.  I could work on the sketch of the large work. Or I could just dedicate myself to making some small finished works.

But the time is so meager, that I use it for that great time-waster, Facebook. Really not enough changes with my friends THAT many times a day.

So, while I ponder…here are some drawing from days of Christmas past:

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It was a dark and stormy day…

Typical November day here…gray, rainy, brown leaves….a totally depressing mess.  Around the corner lurks the (gasp) winter holidays…which some love, some hate,  depending on your life and/or disposition.  Or your job….hello to my fellow retail workers!

So, no wonder I had to make peace with November.

Having left my day job in an ambulance, no less (I really like to go in style), I have lessened my schedule.  Listen, I love doing my artwork, but I need something to break it up…and hopefully find inspiration for the next drawing.

So, here is: Making Peace with November:

novemberSo, see you during the Christmas rush!  I’ll be the one wearing a rhinestone wreath and hawking olive oil….once again.

A Respite

Two whole days off from a wild, emotional roller-coaster of a Christmas rush in retail. One of the aspects of the roller-coaster? The managers of the store being threatened by the family of a terminated employee. Did I say I wanted a job without drama?

Anyway, the most recreational thing I can do for myself (besides giving lavish attention to my boyfriend), is to do something creative…..yes, I’m actually starting a drawing during the holiday season. The view of the skyline from my picture window at night just keeps nagging at my mind….so once again, I will try to interpret it. More abstractly this time, with out the idea that these are buildings, but just shapes of light. Here’s the ref:skyline

And, as promised: the postcards that I have done for Christmas…all mailed and received.

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And, if I don’t get back to this blog before then, Merry Christmas to those who celebrate it!