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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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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.

 


Saucer magnolias, aka “tulip trees”, are among my absolute favorite flowers.  While the scent may not be as strong as that of the southern magnolia, the color more than makes up for it.  Every spring, the bare trees seem to suddenly burst with pink and white petals, which last for a few magical days before raining down, to be replaced by fresh spring leaves.  As a child, the tulip tree in my grandfather’s yard was my favorite to climb.  The view in the midst of all those flowers is amazing.

To share some of that feeling, I’ve added some new goodies to the soulbearing zazzle store— fabulous merchandise printed with fabulous floral photos created by yours truly.  The selection shown here is just a small example of a wide range of images, products, and gifts available.  You can even personalize them.

 

 

Saucer Magnolia Tree Pink White Flowers Floral
Saucer Magnolia Tree Pink White Flowers Floral by soulbearing
Find more Saucer magnolia Toothbrush Holder and Soap Dispenser Set at Zazzle

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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 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!

 


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!

 


The framed real 4 leaf clovers and the 4-leaf clover necklaces and keychains on the main soulbearing.com site have been very popular!

Right before the holidays, they were so popular that I was having trouble keeping up with the demand, especially since they are all found growing wild and are not genetically engineered and cultivated en masse.  So, many customers have noticed that when trying to purchase directly from the website, there is an “out of stock” message.  I haven’t actually run out of clovers– I just couldn’t get them in frames fast enough!

That’s about to change.

The new frame styles are just a little different, and there are a few one-of-a-kind framed designs, as well.  Since I am still getting back in the swing of things and have a lot of catching up to do, it will be a couple of days before I can photograph them and post them on the website, but they are on the way!  They’ll be available in plenty of time for St. Patrick’s Day.

It will be a while longer before there are more keychains and necklaces featuring the real lucky clovers, but in the meantime, you can find a variety of items for sale and printed with photos of 4 leaf clovers here.  I know, I know.  They’re prints and not the actual clovers.  But the photos of the clovers still unpicked are lovely, and also very popular.  And, they’ll ship in plenty of time for St. Patrick’s Day, too.


There is still so much to add, but I’ve added a couple of hundred new items this week, with 4 new previously unreleased images.

Fans of the rural, rustic, and natural images will love these.

There are new black & white floral photos:

New natural texture photos:

New charcoal sketches of cute critters:

And charcoal sketches of rural scenery:

All artfully reproduced and printed on a wide range of products, including phone cases, tshirts, collectors’ plates, household goods, ornaments, and more!
Happy shopping!

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.

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