Mid-December Update!

The update this week is a little overdue, but we have gotten new products on the shop this week, including the cardinal painting and illustration card I designed, and the chickadee painting Eric made this week!

We’ve been pretty busy this week too, despite my claiming otherwise in the last post. We have a ton of plans we want to get out on the site here, around our town, and into motion! Namely, this week we got ourselves up on Facebook thanks to Eric’s hard work. Hopefully we’ll have more information to put up soon, such as craft event dates, publishing information, and project updates. We’re excited to have this additional option to reach out!

I’ve been not only working hard on production for my other shop, I’ve been fleshing out some fiction ideas that have been floating around in my head. It’s hard to make myself sit down for long enough to get any of it actually written out while I’m working on production for my other shop and managing things here, but it’s coming along nicely. One of these ideas is the adventure story we will hopefully be working into an ongoing illustrated series. We’ve been hashing out some character designs and overall plot points, and now I really just need to sit down and start writing it properly. But! I’ve got a start, and the rest should flow pretty easily from there. We plan to have the first installment of this story ready to post sometime early in the new year!

Eric’s been working on sketching out and painting some new art pieces and bird illustrations while balancing more hours at his day job. I’m really excited to see how they turn out. We have three of his bird pieces up on the shop now, even available as cards for the time being. I believe the new piece will be featuring the chipping sparrow. I’m plenty excited. Maybe one of these days I can convince him to make an illustration with my favorite birds, the North American crow.

We’ve also been touching up on our coding knowledge in order to make the site flow better. There is a lot we forgot or didn’t learn in the first place, but so far it’s been pretty easy to pick up and fiddle around with and we’re adjusting a piece at a time. Deciding on how we want the site to be set up and to run will be the hardest part of a coding overhaul, but we already have a site model in mind, so it shouldn’t be too hard to get there. We’re also getting more serious about securing our own physical space to work on our artwork and conduct our business.

This next week I’ll be heading out to see family, but I’ll be bringing things to work on while we all sit around and visit. We’re looking forward to branching out into craft shows in 2018 and have positive feelings of where we’re headed!

– Kecheri

First Order and Less Hectic Days!

We filled our first order this week!

After some minor hiccups in the printing process, we’ve worked out our system, successfully printed, and got the order out to our customer! So, while we had to take down a few listings such as a few cards in light of some problems we’ve caught, we’re very excited to have new cards up already to replace them! This is very exciting for us, and we hope that this marks the start of a trend.

To celebrate, we’ve been heavily working on more artwork to have things ready and up on the shop soon. I’ve been launching back into painting and playing around with a sort of collage idea, while Eric has been sketching new pieces and finishing up some digital work.

We also attended our first meeting as a real business. The local newspaper holds hour-long talks about different business topics, so we signed up to attend the talk yesterday. We learned so much moving forward that will hopefully help us organize our shop, social media, and public outreach to make our shop more user-friendly and more easy to navigate. We’re hopeful moving forward that we can make our site clear and easy to use.

And so! As always, we plan to have new fine art blank cards, paintings, and possibly more up on the shop for this week’s Friday Update. So drop on by and check out what we have new this week!

-Kecheri

Start of December

We have had a BUSY last week of November! Eric is working a heavy week at his jobs, double shifts, learning new things he’s responsible for there, and trying to work out his schedule. I’m getting tied up with the end of the semester projects and papers, health care signups, and rushing to finish things for my toys and trinkets shop. We have been scrambling to get things up on the shop to start off the season. (Not to mention restocking paper, realizing that ANOTHER fish filter broke on my tank, a budding cold, and of course family time!) We hope things will begin to mellow out again soon, though I think we may be on a trajectory to more hectic times.

We wanted to offer art print cards for the holiday season. We’ve converted most of the prints available in the shop to blank card formats. We’re offering them in packs of 6. For the moment, due to Eric’s packed schedule this week, most of the files are still pending upload. We do have up card prints of some miniature skyscape paintings I painted earlier in the Fall. We broke them into three groups: Blue Moon, Cool, and Warm cards. We’ll have the other cards up likely tonight when Eric gets off his day job. I’m particularly excited to see the Cedar Waxwings on a card.

We’re hoping to get out some new artwork before the holidays as well. I’m going to sell the original miniature paintings once I get them matted, and have even been looking into new forms of art to sell, including line illustration inkings on blocks of wood. Eric also set me up for my first ever linocut that I want to finish soon so he can show me how to print it properly. I’m pretty excited to work on it with him. Eric has some new illustrations he’s working on when he gets a minute of downtime too, including his personal Christmas card for this year!

We’re also working hard on writing and illustrating a web comic we plan to publish through Tapastic. Currently, we have not set up a specific goal date to have it ready to start posting. Our quirky characters are starting to take form though both in their personalities and in their designs. If you are a fan of fantasy stories full of daring quests, deceits, adventure, and dragons, you’ll love our spin off of the traditional Knight in Shining Armor tale. I’ve already started writing the script and fleshing out our ideas for the characters, and I can’t wait to get the opportunity to sit down with Eric and start piecing together the narrative with the illustrations. And of course, we’ll likely be leaking some glimpses at our characters as we get closer to publishing. Stay tuned!

Eric and I are also starting to do some serious research into the various art shows locally. We’re thinking that a local booth with our art and my crafty things will be what we need to start boosting local sales and making our shop name known. We’ve talked about pitching our work to local coffee shops (which we spend too much time in anyway), holding booths at the big local art festivals, and maybe even ultimately aiming to have our work up in the local gallery where Eric works. With the new year approaching, we’re going to try and meet the deadlines for registering for shows in the Spring and early Summer. I’m excited to give it a shot. The art culture in this town is pretty strong, and I think we’ll see some success if we can tap into it. We still need some supplies and little necessities before we’re ready to set up a table at a show, but I’m sure we can get there and we definitely won’t be going in completely blind as to expectations since both of us have family who participate in shows. I’ve got a positive outlook on the prospects.

It has been a hectic end to November, and now as December starts is certainly not the time to slack off! We’ll keep on trucking and try to get more work done for the shop and get our prints out there and around town too. I’m looking forward to it and I’m excited about a lot looking moving forward!

-Kecheri