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I’ve added a few pencil drawings to eBay.. I know! Finally, right?!

I apologize for the wait, but I think bidders will be pleased that the starting bid is under $25 for each of 5 original pencil sketches, and the “Buy It Now” price is just $75 each.

AND….

10% of proceeds will be donated to Annabelle’s Second Chance Pit Bull Rescue.

You can view the new listings here.

 

Virginia Barn Pencil Drawing

Illustration of a southeastern Virginia barn by S.Lynnette.

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Update: I know, I know.. It’s been more than a “couple” of days!  Many humble apologies for keeping you waiting!  The following auction listings will be posted tomorrow!  (That’s November 11.)  Thank you for your patience. ❤

 

In the next couple of days, I will be posting some drawings on eBay.  Normally, if someone doesn’t claim them before the sealant is dry, I post paintings and drawings for sale on the main website.  But, since I originally started off selling some on eBay years ago, I thought it’d be a nice bit of nostalgia to list them that way again.   And, it’s a way of saying “thank you” to my supporters.   The starting bids will be affordable, and I have not done a lot of publicizing, so there’s a chance to get some deals!

Each drawing is in ebony pencil, on 9×12 sketch paper with smudge resistant clear coat.

Here’s a preview of some of the listings– the “S.Lynnette” watermarks are not part of the drawings.  🙂

Dairy Barn Pencil Drawing

Illustration of a southeastern Virginia dairy barn by S.Lynnette.

Virginia Barn Pencil Drawing

Illustration of a southeastern Virginia barn by S.Lynnette.

Lighthouse Pencil Drawing

Ebony pencil drawing on 9x12in. acid-free sketch paper. Lighthouse, by S.Lynnette


The holidays are coming!  And I have reduced prices on most of the items in my Zazzle store, just in time!

 

And, those art auctions I mentioned several days ago are on the way.  I’ve finished a few new sketches, and will be listing them for auction on eBay with low starting bids.  Those will be posted in the next couple of days, and of course I will post a blog update when I list them!  It’s my way of saying “thank you” to the clients and customers who have supported me, and it’s how I pay for website maintenance, too, so don’t be bashful about bidding high! 😀

And, since most of us can always use a little luck, I will also be listing a few lucky clovers for auction at reduced prices, even though they are already very affordable and available on the main website at soulbearing.com.  Happy shopping!

framed 4 leaf clovers

framed 4 leaf clovers


When I first started offering original paintings and drawings online, I started by listing them on eBay with very affordable starting bids.  As the quality of and demand for an artist’s work increases, the price usually increases, too.  Often, the result is that the original works become unattainable for many.  This is one of the reasons I offer prints of some of my work in a store on Zazzle.

But, I’ve decided to go a step further.

The plan for the next couple of days is to finish several drawings, which will then be auctioned on eBay with very reasonable starting bids.

I’ll post the link in a new entry on this blog when the listings are open for bids.  It should be just a few days.

Proceeds will go toward keeping the soulbearing.com website running, and toward paying off my student loans. 🙂

Many humble thanks to all my clients and customers– past, present, and future!

 

 

 


I was looking at my recent sales on Zazzle and noticing how many “3rd party referrals” there have been!  Wow!  Thanks so much for helping spread the word!

As rewarding as it is to earn an income with my artistic talents and skills, it is even more rewarding knowing that others are also benefitting financially by promoting my work.  (For any non-Zazzlers reading this, Zazzle will pay a 15% sales commission on sales generated by members’ referrals, in addition to paying royalties to the artist.)

An interesting side effect is the sudden feeling of being less alone.  Often in freelance art, artists work alone, and there are times when one might think, “It’s. Just. Me.”   But, how could I possibly feel that way when I have an entire team of fantastic promoters, most of whom are complete strangers somewhere in cyberspace but help to promote my work anyway?

I’ve often joked that “by this time next year, I’ll be bigger than Warhol.”  At this rate, perhaps someday I will be stating with astonishment, “Omg! I was kidding when I said that! I never expected this to actually happen!”

Thank you, again, Zazzlers.  And thanks to my clients and customers, too.  Your efforts allow me to do what I do.  Please know that you are always appreciated.

 


I finally managed to get the photos and shopping cart buttons added for the latest framed 4 leaf clover style– they’re gorgeous, of course!  And, I managed to keep the price reasonable!

Now, my focus will be on finishing the overhaul I started on the art studio *2 years* ago, and on creating more art, more photos, and yes, more 4 leaf clover goodies, too!

I still have the 4 leaf clover key chains to post, and I have also been looking through some of my earlier artwork, considering listing some of it for sale.  I am not sure about that though– I’m a bit sentimental about a lot of that.  But, while I am deciding, have a look at the newest framed clovers, and the latest additions to the zazzle store.

Framed Clovers - Newest Style

Framed Clovers – Newest Style

 


If you missed the original tangent about student loans and my mother recently taking up photography, here’s that entry.

But you don’t need the explanation to appreciate the images.

The new photos are finally posted, and the new framed 4 leaf clovers are still on the way.

The latest images are by *Mom* (yes, that’s my mother! and I’m so glad she’s creating again!).  She wants to use the money from the proceeds of her images to help with my student loans.  I have some mixed feelings about it because she shouldn’t have to worry about this stuff, but I am glad she is motivated to be creative again.   Photography is a fairly new medium for her.  She worked as an illustrator and did silk screening for a long time, but stopped creating years ago.  If some of the subject matter in the photos seems familiar, it should!  The photos were taken in the same area as many of mine, and some which haven’t been posted yet are even of some of the same buildings.

These images are already available on a wide range of items (the squirrel is a personal fave):

 

Pink Red Tulips, Photos by *Mom* Apron
Pink Red Tulips, Photos by *Mom* Apron by soulbearing
Check out Tulips Aprons online at zazzle

I was planning to do updates on the main soulbearing.com site tonight, but spaced and forgot the thumb drive with the clover photos on it!  I am still kicking myself!  I can’t believe I did that!  So, it will be at least another day  or 2.  I’m sorry.  I know I said they’d be posted days ago.  But there is more good news!  There will be a few of the 4 leaf clover key chains, in addition to the framed clovers.

And, I have the new photos for the zazzle store with me, so I will be working on those tonight, and the newest ones will be there as soon as Zazzle updates it all.  That can take up to 48 hours, but they’re usually speedier than that, and it’s usually within the first 24 hours… usually.

Thank you all for being so patient!  I will try not to keep you waiting much longer!

 


Remember when I said I have some good news to share?

After years of refusing to create anything, in spite of my nudges to get back to drawing and painting, my mother would not return to making art.  Until now.

For many years, my mother was a professional artist, and was very good at it.  However, after she became ill, she stopped creating.  It’s rarely a good sign when an artist stops creating.  I nudged, I pestered, I gently requested, I nagged.  She refused to create.

But, she recently picked up a camera and started making photos.  When I saw them, I suggested letting me post some of them online, and she’s agreed to it.  Yay!  The plan is to add some of them this week, along with the photos of the new framed 4 leaf clovers.

When I asked how she wanted to be credited, she said “Just use my name… *Mom*”, and grinned.  So, that is how they will be credited when I post them.

Then she said something that nearly brought tears to my eyes.

“I want to put the money toward your student loans.”

The student loans I accumulated in college weigh heavy on me, even though my current payment arrangement seems pretty fair.  The interest is piling on faster than I can pay the bill, and the debt just keeps growing.  It’s my only large debt, and it keeps getting larger, even though I have been out of school for several years now.  It’s one of the things that keeps me awake some nights, and it’s one of the reasons I have been doing fewer charity auctions.

It’s interesting that we are judged no matter what we do.  If we do not go to college and end up struggling, people will say “you should have gone to college”.  If we go to college and end up struggling, people will say “you should have just gotten a ‘real’ job”.  This really has nothing to do with the rest of the story, though.  Just a passing observation of “damned if you do, damned if you don’t” in action.

Of course, now, in spite of the realization that it is so great that my mother is creating again, and it is so touching that she wants to use that to help with one of my biggest stressors, it upsets me that my stress has washed into her thoughts.  My student loans are not something she should be worrying about.  But, if that’s what makes her start creating art again, I suppose I’ll take that.

But the whole situation got me thinking about how many others are in the same boat.  We’re not allowed to file bankruptcy on student loans.  There is an income-based repayment plan, but it does not leave the debtor anything for savings.  They can defer the loans, but only for a couple of years during the entire life of the loan.  And, the debts count as assets for the lenders, similar to the way the housing loans counted as assets a few years ago.  It all seems like a dangerous mix on a large scale.

So, I started this petition: http://www.thepetitionsite.com/takeaction/483/761/623/

Someone asked, “Do you think it’ll do anything?”

I have no idea.  It was born of frustration, and I do not even know how many people will see it.  Currently, at 23 signatures, the petition has already exceeded my expectations, and with so many who are struggling with student loans, I’m sure there will be more signatures.

I’m not sure what happens when we tug at this thread.  I know I would much rather pay off my student loans than file bankruptcy.  But it isn’t fair to trap so many people in excessive debt either, especially when education is for the betterment of everyone– or at least, it is supposed to be.  So, sign the petition and share it.

 


I know it’s been a long wait, but there will be new paintings and drawings on the website soon!

And, the newest frames for the four leaf clovers have arrived!  It’s a new style, and I know it will be as popular as the current frame style has been.  The current selection is almost gone, so if you want the current frame style, get them fast!  I will likely discontinue that frame style when it is gone, and there are just a few pieces left.

But, wait! There’s more!

I will also be adding some new designs, photos, and products to the soulbearing store on zazzle! (At the moment of this posting, the zazzle site seems to be undergoing maintenance and the store page will not open, but this should be remedied soon. So if it won’t open for you, try again later.)

I have a few more plans also, but one thing at a time! I’ve kept everyone waiting long enough for more new originals.  The plan is to have it all added within the next couple of weeks– I’ll keep ya posted!

 

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