oh, sunny days

Well, here we are. March 2021. Spring is around the corner at last.

Life is beginning to seem less grim for the first time in seemingly forever.

I dare to hope that Mr P and I will get the vaccine by early May… Who knows, maybe earlier? I have a feeling things will really start speeding up in April… Anyway. The mass vaccination campaign is quickly picking up steam after a terribly slow and depressing start.

Whenever we can schedule our appointments, I am so ready. I can’t get this damn vaccine soon enough. I’ll feel reborn and at least half sane (a massive improvement) when it finally happens.

In the meantime, I’ve been cheering myself up by planning my art table for local markets, and visualizing myself asking local shops and cafés to carry postcards and framed copies of my work…

This is one of the things that have kept me going during all this garbage. Hopefully, at some point this summer, I’ll be selling my art locally and feeling happier than I’ve felt in my whole life. Creating miniature dream worlds is wonderful. That’s what I want to do.

I recently ordered the first sets of postcards featuring the pieces I’ve done so far, and I was ecstatically happy with the results. The postcards are stunning, excellent quality, with a velvety smooth matte finish. I couldn’t have asked for better. And I designed (with an altered template) a table top sign. That’s just the beginning. Basically, I’m going to give my art table a candy/cake/ice cream counter vibe. When someone buys postcards, I’m going to put them in a little white bag and seal it with a sticker (details of one of my pieces). I’ll have jars filled with dollar store candy, and I’ll include a few sweet treats with each order.

Today, I received my first order of glossy mini posters (8.5X11), and they’re amazing. I’ll have mini posters of all my pieces, some of which I’ll frame. Those will be placed inside white boxes, as though the person bought cake or donuts, and I’ll tie the box with bright, colorful string.

Yummy art!

This is the round sticker I’ll use to seal bags and boxes and envelopes:

I’m currently at work upon Root Beer Malt Shop, which is in the coloring stage. This piece makes me tremendously joyful.

I also have the structure outline all done for the cover of the upcoming Rubber Clown Car album. Once Root Beer Malt Shop is done, I’ll get to work finishing the album cover. It’s going to be, surprise, very colorful and cheerful and dreamy.

By the end of this year, I’ll have a calendar and an agenda for 2022, and I have illustrated books brewing in my head.

Special journals with my art on the cover, and ultra fabulous bags featuring my art, are next on my list of “things I’ll have for my local market table.” These will be available online exclusively to my Patreon members. I’ve been posting on Patreon a lot.

Most of my pieces can be obtained online via my Redbubble shop.

January was very quiet. I was exhausted after the dreadful autumn, though Xmas cheered me immensely. Mr P and I had such a good time unwrapping gifts… It was a very bright spot during the Second Wave for us, not to mention that the news on the vaccine front were becoming more optimistic.

Pretty doll I got myself for Xmas. My Disco Rainbow girl.

Then February was rather rough, because after a year of trying to deal with my ear troubles on my own, I was forced to schedule an appointment at the nearby clinic so my doctor’s nurse could clear them up; the right one would need two appointments. This was incredibly stressful and draining, though everyone at the clinic was amazing, and the nurse extremely kind and understanding (I’ve barely left the house at all since last March). Narrow, twisted ear canals are such fun. Once this was taken care of, however, and I could hear clearly for the first time in months and was no longer constantly worrying about my ears clogging up completely, I began thinking a bit more clearly as well.

Now, my focus is creating as much art as possible while Mr P and I wait our turn to get vaccinated. My focus is getting my miniature world art table ready. I already have visions of the merriest Xmas market experience… I’m more interested in local offline sales than online ones. Anyhoo.

Here’s to a good summer.

I’m off to continue adding many many colors to my Root Beer Malt Shop.