ART AS BUSINESS
When I held my photography Exhibition ‘A Fresh Eye to Local Colour’ in September last year at the Maleny Library at the same time I thought it would be a good idea to monetize my photo gallery and worked for a week with the wonderfully patient Peter over at Microbite to have the payment processes set up on my site so people could order and purchase photos . Please have a look at the gallery .There are some wonderful photos there available for purchase as photos, posters, photoblocks ,canvasses etc .
To be honest I have 100s if not 1000s more amazing photos to upload tothe gallery but everything takes time and there are only so many hours in a day .
Then whilst I was travelling up the East Coast of Australia my wonderful Olympus camera was stolen and that definately slowed up the photo output for now but maybe that was a blessing in in disguise as when I didnt have my camera on hand I immediately picked up a paintbrush .
This year my creative goal has been to self publish two childrens books and as I am illustrating both books myself with no camera on hand to distract me, the photography got pushed to the side and painting the illustrations for my first book to go to the printers ‘Creme and Caramels Big Adventure’ has been the priority of my creative focus .
I just love painting.When you are in the flow and things are going well with your atwork its just the best feeling and I love that I have managed to produce for this book pictures that match this quirky humorous little story with a big heart .
I have started off with one of my smaller books to find my way through the self publishing process
I am pleased to let poeple know ‘Creme and Caramels Big Adventure’ is only a few weeks away now from going to the printers …..I am going local to get some copies printed and then will look at other online marketing opportunities .I think to see your work in print as a paper book is very exciting .
I remember years ago when I was commissioned to write ‘A Star is Born’ the thrill I got when a year after I handed the finished manuscript over to the publisher and I received a printed copy of the book in the mail ..that was a very exciting day….. So more of the same excitement up ahead except this time I will be the publisher and the book will be the first cab off the rank for Wendys Window publishing ….
I read the other day that Tolkein was the same age as me when he gifted his first literary success ‘Lord of the Rings’ to the world so there is hope for me yet .
Meanwhile do check out my photo gallery if there are any you’d like as single items you just follow the order prompts on the gallery webpage . If you would like a particular collection of photos for a calender or a novelty item like a mug or tea towel please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss your requirements and I also look forwards to bringing you more news of the progress of my book
CREME AND CARAMELS BIG ADVENTUURE