So I have been spending my free time (because I have so much of that these days) saving my squidoo pages on my hard drive in case the big migration to Hub Pages goes all “tits up” on me. I have over 200 articles so it is slow progress.

I don’t actually know where everything will wind up yet. I will allow the transfer to Hub Pages but whether I’m a good fit and how many will remain there is yet to be seen. I am quite sure I’ll begin putting many that are art related on the blog here. Some will just be deleted. Some may branch out to Infobarrel or other platforms. Perhaps I’ll beef up my websites with some. All I know for sure it will be many weeks and months worth of effort to relocate stuff to my advantage. On the other hand if I do nothing I could lose over 5 years worth of writing, cataloging and correlating. And I’m just too stubborn for that.

For those interested in learning a little more about what some other of the veteran squidoo lensmasters think on the subject you can check out these posts. Both pose interesting questions as to the morality of this maneuver and can squidoo actually “sell” content that belongs to the writers.

Dave Stone’s Blog Post

RoseWrites Inforbarrel Post

NOTE: Seth Godin is made to look like a thief in the night and while I don’t share in the anger over this, I share in that opinion. For a man who boasts about integrity, he pidgeon holed this transfer, forcing it to be done in a ridiculous time frame so as to get as many on board and over to Hub Pages as smoothly as possible all while sending out a cheery email a couple of days before the death of squidoo telling us a “wonderful thing is about to happen.”

No One Ever Said Being An Artist Was Easy

So today has been a rather financially stressful day.

First after two months of harassing multiple roofing companies I got 3 to show up at the gallery this week. The first two didn’t even go up on the roof, and the third, who I met with this morning, quoted about 3 times what I was expecting. In theory one will be returning with a big enough ladder (because he failed to bring a tall enough ladder the first go round.) later so we’ll see what he has to say.

So then I log onto squidoo to see how many sales I had yesterday and low and behold they have been aquisitioned by hub pages. Aargh! Now at one time squidoo with my affiliate links was earning me around 1k a month. Last year major changes and traffic and sales tanked but I still was averaging $300-$500 a month. A nice little deposit in my bank account with not much of additional effort on my part. But now, they will automatically transfer all my pages unless I opt out to Hubpages. Time to figure it all out … is about a week and I believe the pages will be deleted by end of month if I haven’t moved them elsewhere.

And then this happened…

And so while reading through the mountains of information about the transition, about hub pages TOS and the general chaos and freaking out going on in the forums I see that Zujava (another online platform very similar to squidoo that I just received my first payout last month from) has had their amazon account cancelled. So no deniro coming from them anymore either. (Oh holy hell!)

Hard to say whether Hubpage will be a good fit for me. I know they don’t allow personal affiliate links and only 2 amazon links per page. The general consesus seems to be their payout is way less than Squidoo. I look back over the 5 years I’ve been on squidoo and they have made me a tidy sum collectively. (as by the way I did them) so I’m trying to have a ca sera sera attitude.

I’ll let you know how that works for me.

It’s A Circle Of Life Kinda Thing

I may try to figure out how to add a page or two to my blog here and move the content relative to artsy stuffs over here. After all my squidoo pages were initially built from some of my blog posts they may as well come back home to it.

FYI Squidoo is an online platfrom that allows people to write about thing they love and earn money while doing it. So of course the bulk of my pages are about art fairs, giclee printing, framing and products that fall into that industry like cross stitch patterns etc. There art art tutorials and art fair primers and just a whole lot of information and images that seems like a shame to lose.



What? Too much of a teaser?

This photo has not been cropped or altered in any substantial way. The photographer shall remain anonymous (because … well I mean really) but I asked Haley to send me a copy because it totally cracks me up. And yes I am easily amused.

This was during our reception for “Cowgirls” a teaser showing of the much larger exhibition slated to happen September of next. Here’s a few photos of Carol Herden a world class (literally sells world wide) sculptor of the bovine form. Myself. Barb McGee a wonderful watercolorist with an enthusiasm for the Western and Rural way of life. And Haley who at this moment in the photo is introducing us for our presentation.

Okay … okay. Here’s a few “real” photos. The teaser runs through the end of August at A Piece Of Work in Spirit Lake, Iowa.




So this is the final cropped version of Daisy. I’ve picked out a bright orange frame to go on her because … it’s perfect, even if not all that complementary of most folk’s decor.

I kinda love this piece. It was quick and fun and makes me happy just to look at her sweet little face.

Prints are available in a couple of sizes on my website. If you’d like more information you can check it out here WildFacesGallery.com

And here are all the work in progress shots compiled for you to see how she came to life.

Also I am still working on the longhorn panoramic. Maybe if the stars are in alignment and all is right with the universe I will either finish it this weekend or come very close. Fingers crossed.



So it took me awhile until I found my voice

I think the problem was that my models for these two, though different cattle were both a dingy gray solid with no flashy color. Well … that wouldn’t do. So I started adding some flash but still working fairly realistic in color and wasn’t really connecting. The more I worked the more color I kept pumping into it until finally it all kinda clicked.  Neither of these two are done BTW, Lots more to bring them to life but at least I am enthused about them now.

Here’s the panoramic of their placement on the whole.

It measures (working size) 20×40 inches and is mixed media on suede (cuz’ that seems to be my thing now.) The weird wrinkles are because this piece has a film over it. For more info as to why, you can read this post on my artistic process.


Pretty In Pink (working title) watercolor pencil on suede approximately 10 x 16 inches

Pretty In Pink (working title)
watercolor pencil on suede
approximately 10 x 16 inches

So because we had yet another blustery, blizzardery ridiculously cold weekend I stayed at the farm and only sojourned out feed and water critters and check the pipes at the gallery. Happily it all went smoothly. But because my Longhorn painting is too large and too delicate to take out into that kind of weather, I opted to start a smaller piece at home. After all I didn’t want to waste a whole stuck inside weekend and not be creating.

And so this is what I did.

I Think I’ve Been Watching Too Much Project Runway

There’s lots of reason why I’m attracted to creating a particular image. For this piece it was the color story.

Uhm … not sure that the color story has ever been a reason for me before. But flamingos were calling my name and all I had were images from like a decade ago to work with. And as I was flipping through my photos I came across one of a large flock, where the light hit the water and I thought I could make something of it.

I would push the colors and challenge myself. Trying to paint water all by itself presents an incredible challenge. I want it to glow have depth and reflect off my birds.

This piece is going to be packed with blues, greens, golds and of course pinks, purples and reds.

So here’s hoping I can squeeze all that into one image creating a believable and yet vibrantly artful piece.


I will get back to the longhorns too. I have begun them though ever so barely. This piece is small enough that I am hoping I’ll get it done in the next 48 hours or so.


So here she is framed and ready to be shipped out to her new home where she can “hang” out with some of my other African critter artworks.

This watercolor pencil on 100% cotton rag mueseum grade suede board measures 18 1/4 x 21 1/4.



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