Saturday, February 28, 2009

Update ...

Whew life has been full of busyness and it has been far to long since I posted an update!

So.. a little news about what has been going on.  I recently updated my Adobe CS Premium software suite to CS4 ... whew what a difference! Have been running tutorial after tutorial to update myself on all the current changes and abilities that CS4 has ... lols I don't believe there will ever be an end to it ... but that is fine as long as I know enough to be current and have the knowledge to complete the tasks I need. 
The other area I have been working steadily on is social networking, updating MySpace ( which is a bit behind the current trends but still have groups that utilize it to send info. on shows, members, etc.), Facebook, and Twitter!  Look for gailwhi!  The only problem with this is boy you can spend a lot of time reviewing all the possibilites and finding those connections that will really help you out with finding freelance work! 
As if that wasn't enough ... I'm an avid SL (Second Life) fan and also use it for social networking, ( yes you can use it for that! .. its not all games! I have had art galleries there and have met a lot of artist all over the globe that way!  Currently I run a Blues club and manage a live singing act. 
One of my contacts in SL that is actually a very good real life friend now has another virtual world in the start up process and I have been working on that for him and his partner which if we get it up and rolling will become a full time real life job, and if not I have been learning a tremendous amount about high end website design and development with Open Source software and code which really gives me an edge in the market for web site design and development. 
Will add more later on all this! and some of my new art.. as soon as I can! 

Sunday, January 25, 2009

Web Madness Continues!

The end of the week and the start of another, seems I haven't accomplished near as much as I would like! Spent the weekend on my website, blog, Etsy Shop, resume, job searching, and searching the internet for information! Needing an income and with the current job market what it is I have been attacking the situation from many different aspects.
1. Job Searching & Resume - have uploaded my resume to several job search sites, and sent my resume to several different possibilities. However I have not found anything that really seems like the "position" I would love to find. But the search will continue!
2. Networking - Have been working hard on finding social and business networking that may help with finding work! Contacting friends and family and notifying all that I can of my search.
3. Establishing more of a web presence and working on self promotion for my art work! Uploading files to places like Etsy & Cafe Express, and searching and finding other artist networks to consider. Have also been researching items like ATC and ACEO cards, printing processes and how to do it all professionally! Somehow I feel that this in itself would be more of my idea of a dream job than anything else. Future posts will include information I have found, websites, blogs, and other information that I have found that can help others in these areas!
Yep, its been a busy weekend even if I feel I haven't accomplished near enough! Heeee... the list seems to keep growing instead of getting shorter, for everything I cross off I seem to add two more. However I do feel that all of this will produce results and I will be better off in the end game for it all!!
Hope everyone has had a great weekend! More to come ... but later!

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Affordable Art !

"Three For Tea"  - ATC 3.5 x 2.5 Pen & Watercolors
"Pleasantville, USA - ATC 3.5 X 2.5 Pen & Watercolor

Artist Trading Cards - ATC, aka ACEO Cards
The abbreviation ACEO stands for "Art Cards, Editions and Originals". They typically have the size of standard trading cards (wallet photo size). ACEOs are trading card size miniprints or cards with original, painted, drawn or composed art, or printed art - usually limited editions. They are collectible samples of an artist's work, signed and dated by the artist.
Will be setting up and starting a web store, probably on Etsy! But will also start including these on my web site. (See links.) I love these little cards and they are quick and easy to create. I have a few of them now and need to look into have limited edition prints made of these!

Monday, January 19, 2009

Website Madness

Whewwwww........... have spent the last several days reworking my website. Still lots to do with it to get it to the point it really works as I would like. But really happy with the overall look and functionality  I have developed so far!!! Grrrrr.... just need to get to the point that art can be purchased from it!!!  If anyone would like to review it I'd appreciate any feedback. The link is:
hmmm now I wonder how to upload pics to this page! 

Saturday, January 17, 2009

Life Changes Fast

    Well a week ago I was fully employed and ticking right along, but due to the economy and changes in funding sources that has suddenly become a half time position.  OK, well here we are looking for another position or income source.  Has been awhile since I freelanced but it is the most appealing option. So here we are creating networking, blogs, updating website, and etc etc etc!
   If anyone has tips or information for an artist searching for work, either full time, part time, or freelance would be happy to have your input.
   Will be adding pics of artwork and more information soon!