As many of you know, I launched my commission-based business about two years ago on flickr. I was very inspired by many photographers and painters who showed their work there. There was an immediate response, and in a few months, I began to develop a waiting list of clients interested in my paintings. It was an amazing time.
In 2008, I noticed a steady decline of general activity on flickr. Perhaps we’re all just getting busier. Blame it on whatever you wish. I think people were (and are) growing weary of flickr. I can now add myself to that group. I suppose a healthy dose of ignorance has carried me through thus far, but how long can I edit, watermark, post…only to find my original work proudly displayed on someone’s myspace profile? The client I created it for deserves better. And so do I.
I am dedicating my work back to myself in 2009. I love what I do so very much and my clients make it fulfilling and enjoyable, not flickr. So if I don’t post something there, you can always find the latest here. I can freely promote myself here and that’s no longer an option with flickr.
Please don’t take this as an insult to anyone on flickr. I treasure the community there, just not the hacks. My plan for this space from now on is to share fun things, freebies, and shop announcements (sans the promotional links). I will use it to stay in touch with the lovely friends I’ve made there. I’m quite unsure of what 2009 has in store for me and my business, but I am going to work harder than ever before. New opportunities will present themselves.
Alright, enough of that! Here are some photos from our Christmas break in Nebraska…
learning to make a famous family recipe – Kringler cookies
showing off our new cold weather gear at grandma’s Christmas Eve party
When we came back to Denver, we saw the Civic Center downtown, beautifully decorated.
Check out Brandon’s new light-up hat! : )
I made this illustration a couple of days ago.
a similarly cute version for boys : )
Then, over the weekend, I grew addicted to making these yo yos. I’ll be sewing them on jewelry and hair accessories soon.
That’s all for now. Thank you for listening to my little vent.