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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

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Since I get a few questions about these, I thought I would help solve the mystery of their sporadic appearances, disappearances, and reappearances.

When I originally started making the clover necklace pendants several years ago, I used resin.  That worked great for a short while, but then there was a batch that seemed fine at first, and then somehow “melted” in transit, becoming a total mess by the time the customers received the packages, or within a short time after receipt.  Naturally, I issued refunds for all who reported the problem.  And, that was the end of the resin pendants.  I would not risk having a repeat, and having unhappy buyers.  Plus, the resin is messy, time consuming, and requires chemicals I don’t like using.

So, then I switched to the glass pendants– and those are brilliant.  They’re easy to clean, they’re affordable, they’re unique.  As importantly, they don’t melt or require me to use weird chemical concoctions.

They are actually very durable.  I (unintentionally) bounced my own pendant on a brick walkway one day, and not a chip or scratch on either the pendant or the walkway.  Pretty lucky, eh?

The trick is getting the adhesive just right, and eliminating air bubbles.  Also, the clovers have to be coated with a protective sealant prior to setting in the pendant under the glass, to reduce the amount of adhesive they soak up, because that can alter the color.  And, even with all the care in the world, they don’t always turn out quite right, so I have to scrap a few from every batch.  In short, it’s not as easy as it might look, and it isn’t something I can make in large quantities, especially at the low price at which I generally offer them.

Also, (and this applies also to the key chains) a certain size is required.  For the key chains, a clover measuring less than 3/4-inch must be used.  If you think it’s difficult finding a four leaf clover at all, just imagine trying to find one about the size of your thumbnail in a pasture full of clovers!  So, I just don’t find enough of them to make large quantities.

I am looking at possibilities to overcome some of these challenges, but for now, the frames are the most attractive, efficient way to preserve and present these lovelies.

And if it’s lucky clovers you’re after, I have lots of those!  Photos of them too, printed on all sorts of fabulous products, printed to order, just for you.

Even on necklaces and playing cards.

 

 


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 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!

 


Some readers have noticed it has been quite some time since my last post, and since the website was last updated.  While I’d like to say I was away on some exotic photo shoot or relaxing at an art retreat, the truth is I have been struggling with a severe bout of depression.

When my grandfather passed away a little over 2 years ago, I was able to repress the grief for some time, but then finally the realization came– he is gone.

As a small child, I sat on his lap during church services, drawing on the church bulletin.  He is one of the biggest reasons I eventually chose to study and create art, because those early memories are among the best I have.  Since his passing, most attempts to paint or draw have only reminded me of how much I miss him.  I was on the brink of throwing in the towel, tossing out the art supplies, burning whatever paintings remain, and closing the website, not because I do not want to continue this line of work, but simply because at times it just felt like too much to take on in the midst of depression.

However, my supporters, friends, and clients have been determined to drag me out of my mental muck, and for that I am thankful.  From the friend who reminded me that the portrait of his dog still means so much to him even after more than a decade, to the stranger who ordered some of my ornaments on Zazzle knowing her loved ones will have and cherish them even after she is gone (hopefully many, many years from now), to the customers who ordered lucky clovers to give a boost to their own friends– all of you have helped me to realize… it is not really about me.  It is about leaving the world in better condition than it was in when I arrived, and how my work makes others think and feel.  In other words…  It is about all of you!

So for now, I am putting away my self-pity to make room for more new art & photography, more new additions to the Zazzle store, more auction listings, more 4 leaf clovers, and eventually more “Nonprofit of the Month” posts.  And, the main website should be updated soon, so be sure to check out http://soulbearing.com for the latest art & photography releases and lucky clovers, and for links to order prints of my work from Zazzle.

And, because all of you allow and encourage me to keep doing what I do, you have my eternal gratitude.

Thank You.


With the holidays coming, I decided now would be another good time to reduce my commission rate, and temporarily offer lower prices in the soulbearing store on zazzle.com as a way of saying “Thank you!!” to all the fabulous shoppers and promoters who help make it possible.

So, from October 20th through November 20th, shoppers can save 5-10% on all the made-to-order, custom printed photography and art products offered in the soulbearing zazzle store— plus all the great deals and discounts offered directly from zazzle.com.  Order fabulous images on all kinds of fabulous merchandise, from apparel to electronics to pendants, and even throw pillows.

Happy shopping!!


Since so many shoppers were so happy about last month’s reduced prices in the soulbearing zazzle store, I’ve decided to keep the lower prices in effect for a little longer. So, the “sale” has been continued until July 20, with much gratitude to all the patrons whose support allows me to do what I do. 🙂

 

While you’re shopping, don’t forget July 13 is FRIDAY 13TH!! (oooooooo…)  Visit my eBay auctions or soulbearing.com for framed 4 leaf clovers, 4 leaf clover necklaces, and  4 leaf clover keychains, to ward off the bad luck!!

Framed 4 Leaf Clovers

Framed 4 Leaf Clovers


If you have, I’d love to hear from you!!

When I first started posting images and merchandise on zazzle.com, I was skeptical.  However, I’ve ordered several things myself, and the quality and service were great.  (Plus, my images are fabulous!!)  And, I continue to receive royalties from sales on zazzle.com, so I am guessing patrons are pleased with the merchandise.

My main regret with the zazzle site is that I do not often get the opportunity to receive direct feedback from patrons.  And, since I don’t get to see each finished product, feedback is important.

So, I am asking, have you purchased one of the items printed with my art and photography on zazzle.com?  What did you order?  How was the quality?  

I know you’re out there!!  I would bribe you, but that might create bias.  So, all I can offer in exchange is gratitude for your input, and the promise to consider it in future endeavors.


Visitors may have noticed that some sections of the soulbearing zazzle store have been reorganized.  The biggest change is the section titled “Symmetrical Designs“, in the “Abstract Art” category.  Items are now organized by color group, rather than title. 

Many descriptions and tags have also been updated throughout the store, in order to make shopping easier. 

Some sections are still works in progress, but those will be updated soon too.

There are over 3,000 products bearing prints of my art and photography, and dozens of new items have been added over the past few weeks, so have a look!!


It was a lovely surprise to have one of my new posters picked as one of “Today’s Best” (or yesterday’s, if you are in a part of the world where it is already March 21) on zazzle.com:
  
  
Flowers are one of my favorite photography subjects because of the colors, shapes, and sculptural qualities.
  
With the ease of digital photography, one of the biggest challenges in floral photography today is creating an image that is unusual.  Most types of flowers have been painted, sketched, or photographed from every possible angle in all sorts of settings. 
 
In this image, the perspective, lighting, and focus create a sense of motion, which is unusual in a floral still life.  The lily seems to burst open, pouring light, creating a glowing splash against the dark background.  Normally, the glowing “hot spots” of bright white would be a technical no-no in photography, as would the slight blur at the edges of some petals.  But, here, the rules have been bent effectively, giving more “life” to this floral still life.
  
Of my lily photos, this is one of my favorites, and I am glad it is a favorite of zazzle.com too.  If you’d like to see all of my images offered on zazzle.com, visit the soulbearing store on zazzle.
  
There are also more new posters, for under $25!  Including some very cool abstract prints, like these:
  
  
    
coming soon: more original art for sale
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