Looking for a special present for your Valentine?

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Night Alley, charcoal ©Nanci Erskine

 I‘ve loaded my Big Cartel shop up with all sorts of beautiful drawings. In subjects ranging from recent Colorado vines, scenes from time spent in Italy when I taught there, and landscapes from Eastern Washington.  Let’s just say I’ve lived and/or drawn in a few different places!

AND- here’s the big bonus for reading this far down the page…..

if you are looking for original works on paper, you can also get a discount of 20% !! Through February 16.

Just enter “sweetiepie”  when it asks for code on the payment page on Big Cartel.  All purchases are securely done through a Paypal merchant account. So share the ART LOVE, and take a look at what I’ve got in my store so far.  I promise quick shipping!  Also have paintings at my UGallery site. Just look for the two buttons to the right, and get there easy peasy!

More topics coming soon-  now back to your regular programming….

Just call me the online queen

2012 in review- and 2013 through the windshield

screenshot2012 was not a bad year for my  art stuff, considering I was almost going to bag it and quit painting at one point.   It was hard to consider making more work, when I had lost the venue that was consistently showing it for more than 20 years, and I didn’t know if I had the gumption and drive to find more gallery connections.  So.. taking matters into my own hands, I decided to show more locally- Fort Collins and Denver, and also sign up to do the local two-day studio tour this past summer.  I’ve put work up on a new site-  Ugallery, and made my first sale after barely a week!   And now have works on paper at Big Cartel with more to come.

The Fort Collins studio tour seemed successful. Folks braved the 104 degree temps wrapped in smoke from the local forest fires, and many took home some work! What I realized is that even though this is a fairly small city, there are plenty of art appreciators, many of whom do not yet know me or my work.  And now that I am in control of prices, it’s even more rewarding to allow people who might not have the ability to purchase something for thousands the opportunity to have original art pieces.  Yes . . . it seems that I would rather have my work find homes and be loved in the grand scheme of things.

It always seems to help to have a deadline to reach toward, and having shows lined up did make the work seem more directed.  But I also had a shift of mind that reaffirmed my inclinations towards things that are a bit less safe and pretty, and a bit more mysterious and ambiguous.    So, looking forward, I will paint what interests me. And I won’t feel compelled to churn things out,  (as if quantity played any part in this equation.)

2013 – Looking forward to an exhibition at Studio 12 Gallery in Denver, called “Scapes” where the curator wanted to include some of my Industrial series paintings.   Cool. (more later on that event)

I signed up to be part of the Alyson Stanfield ArtIncubator Conspiracy group– and decided to take an online Intro to Sociology Course, taught by a prof from Princeton-  through Coursera.

I think I will like having more on my plate.

finally  … WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

“600 people reached the top of Mt. Everest in 2012. This blog got about 10,000 views in 2012. If every person who reached the top of Mt. Everest viewed this blog, it would have taken 17 years to get that many views.”

and where they came from….

68 countries in all!
Most visitors came from The United States. The United Kingdom & Canada were not far behind.

Plus so much more info- where people linked from and clicked on….   what a cool company!!!  Thanks WP!

a very active holiday light display....?