12K GIVEAWAY!!! 💝Swipe to see!
To say a massive THANK YOU to everyone who’s following my art I’m giving you the chance to win one of two prizes!! Either this resin panel “Decadence” or the alcohol ink diptych (pair) “Inner Lagoon” all you have to do is: .
✨LIKE this post and Follow me!✨
✨TAG a friend!✨
✨CHOOSE which one you want and tell me why you want to win it!✨
(Sorry you can’t say both lol!) I’ll pick two winners, one for each prize!
I’m even going to pay the postage and it’s open world wide!! I’m so so grateful for all the support, love and commissions so thank you 💯 and good luck! I’ll pick the winner this Saturday (make sure you’ve followed the rules!)💫💫💫😘😘😘
"Pastel Sun" alc ink on 8" round
Happy Tuesday friends! I'm back to working on rounds this week. The more I work with rounds the more I feel they add to my work as a whole. What do you all think? Either way, I think rounds are the theme for the week! ⏺️⚪🔵⚪⏺️ #day226 of #365daysofart
A photo of me and my pup Ruby taken by a great photographer and friend I met on Instagram @jenniferilene. She is the only person I’ve met on Instagram and also in real life.
I show this because I was so happy here. I had worked so hard to clean out my dad’s old workshop to make it a studio. I finally had a spot to do my art! That led to applying for and receiving a business grant from the state of North Dakota for LOADS of art supplies. I was in heaven!
I started out working in watercolor and gouache. I opened an Etsy shop and sold my first painting through Facebook but my second through Instagram. I’ve sold mostly through Instagram ever since.
I started playing with alcohol inks last summer. As I progressed, I got so much engagement here, so many wonderful comments about my work. I had found my niche, so to speak, although I’ll always play with other mediums.
Artists using alcohol inks has really proliferated in the past year. People starting inks much later than me have zoomed past me on this platform. I know 7000+ followers is nothing to sneeze at; but my fellow ink artists have quickly passed me at 10K, 25K, 30,000 followers or more. They are all doing amazing things—adding resin, crystals, dimension. I have been feeling a lot of anxiety lately that I can’t compete. I’m frustrated by the idea that I may not be good enough, my art not liked well enough.
I have to remember I do this part time—2-3 hours/day at best, because I deal with fibromyalgia. But that hasn’t stopped me from thinking I’m just not good enough to compete with the other ink artists. I’m frustrated and depressed by it.
I know the number of followers I have doesn’t matter in the long run, but they do mean something when you’re in business to sell your art. So I’ve had this dilemma for some time now: do I pull back from social media, not post as often, and relieve some of my anxiety? Or do I continue to plod along, selling here and there, and feeling “less than”? Feel anxiety that I can’t compete.
I am having a break from painting as my studio is too hot to work in. I need to do some soul-searching and decide if I want to continue this business or do it as hobby.
Working with alcohol inks taught me patience and letting go of control.
It seems that they ignore all my attempts to force them lay on the surface in a particular way. So I just let them go, let them flow on their own terms.
Art can teach us so much and there’s an artist in all of us! My hope is to inspire as many people as possible to create. .