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1 Invitation, 2 Coupons

Celebrate our new page for artists and art collectors on MeWe with this 50% off coupon on any of my art!
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The first 20 people to use this coupon get a massive 80% off their art order! Can not be used with other coupons. 1 per person.
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I primarily do pencil drawings of animals, and these coupons are only for my website, but all artists are welcome to post their own sales.

Please tell your friends about our new page for artists and MeWe with on MeWe! Share the group link:
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Find us on MeWe!

I have created a new social group on the new social media platform that is for artists and art collectors to merge in one place, the Social Art Gallery. We encourage artists to post art for sale, and art collectors to buy art directly from the artist. Facebook has begun to censor entrepreneurs out of existence, making it impossible to conduct honorable business in the American way, so many people are migrating to MeWe instead to experience good clean freedom once again. Come join us!

Share the group link:

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Ayam Cemani Rooster drawing for sale

After two days of searching for an appropriate auction site, I gave up. Ebay turned out to be full of porn that I do not want my drawings associated with, and honestly if that’s what people are looking for there they won’t be looking for my kind of artwork anyway. It’s impossible for artists to get into Sotheby’s or Christie’s because they don’t seem to actually like artists, they only like collectors. All such art auction sites require a review that takes 6-8 weeks, and from reading the documentation it sounds like I would never get in anyway. I finally found a website called allartists.com and I listed my drawing there. It isn’t an auction site, it’s just a consignment site, but it will hopefully help me get some more recognition among people who are interested in buying art directly from the artist. Meanwhile I’ve also listed the drawing for sale here, on my own website as well. Thank you for your interest in my artwork!

I started drawing this Ayam Cemani rooster while I was volunteering at the art gallery. They had a lot of country themed artwork and I wanted to try to draw something that would fit in but that I was actually interested in also. I love chickens, especially rare breeds, so I chose an Ayam Cemani for my subject. I didn’t finish drawing him that day though and he sat on a shelf for several months. One day I was praying about how to get money to build a new chicken house, and the Lord said to me, “You have that drawing of a rooster you never finished.” He didn’t exactly tell me that He would make it sell, but I did get the feeling I was supposed to finish this drawing. So I told my daughter about my prayer and she immediately found the unfinished drawing. Then life happened and I didn’t get to work on it for two days. April 29th, I determined I was not going to do anything, not even eat any food (at least in part so that I would not get grease on the paper and ruin it), until I finished this drawing. I sat down at the table with the paper and pencils and did not stop until he was finished. I think he turned out really well! I am happy with this drawing. I hope the new owner enjoys him as well.

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New drawing: Ayam Cemani rooster

I have finished a new drawing of an Ayam Cemani rooster. The intent is to sell this drawing and pay for a new chicken house for my birds. I’m researching auction sites to post it for sale right now. Look for the auction announcement soon!

The Ayam Cemani is an all black breed of chicken. Their feathers, eyes, skin, and even their meat is black. They still have red blood though, and they lay white eggs. The Ayam Cemani is considered by occultists to have magical properties, and sadly is often used for animal sacrifices. Christians and animal enthusiasts prize the breed for their uncommon beauty and uniqueness. I think God has an incredible sense of humor when he makes an entirely black chicken, but then has it lay white eggs. I don’t know if I have a favorite breed of chicken, they are all beautiful, but I am definitely drawn to the more rare ornamental breeds, like the Ayam Cemani.

Thank you for your prayer and support of my artwork. May the Lord bless you and keep you and make His light to shine upon you. In all things, we give thanks.

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No more 2018 fleece

We have had a series of unfortunate events. In one such event, the irrigation water from the pasture flooded the barn where the fleece was stored and ruined all but 2 bags of fleece. It’s gone. Furthermore, our herd matriarch, Mocha, has passed away. She got her head tangled in a tarp and strangled to death on October 4, 2018. She was already dead when our son found her. There was nothing we could do. Please pray for us as we assess our situation and make decisions about the future. Thank you for stopping by. God bless you.

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2018 Fleece is in the barn!

Shearing day happened in April! Life has been so busy! We don’t have weights yet so I haven’t added the fleeces to the menu, but we DO HAVE 2018 fleeces! They are full year fleeces again, because winter hit us 2 months early last year and I didn’t shear them in September (it was already below freezing at night!). We have the new baby fleeces from the twins, as well as fleeces from everybody else. Please message me if you are interested. Angora goat, white suri alpaca and reddish brown huacaya alpaca.

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Gift Drawings

In 2011 I set out to give all my closest friends and relatives one of my drawings as a gift. I didn’t have money to buy expensive presents, and didn’t want to make some cheap craft that would break in the first week. I wanted my gift to be meaningful to that person, and something that would last longer than a week hopefully. Drawing animals is something I can do. So I tried to find out each person’s favorite animal or got a picture of one of their pets, and drew a picture for them. One gift never made it to the recipient, my youngest brother. It got stolen in the mail in Alaska. I drew a picture of a Moose for him because it reminded me of Alaska and because my brother enjoyed hunting and I thought he might like a moose for his wall. This photo that I took of the drawing before I mailed it is the only record I have of the drawing. I wish my brother had gotten to see it, instead of the theif at the post office who stole his Christmas present. By the end of 2011 I had created over 50 drawings for friends and family. It was by far my most intensive art creation month before or since. I poured a lot of creative energy into that Christmas. There were no two drawings alike. All were original, one-of-a-kind drawings chosen specifically for that recipient. After my experience with the drawing being lost in the mail, I send all artwork certified mail with signature required now, to make sure it gets to the intended destination. This is why I have a shipping and handling charge for drawings that are not delivered in person, to make sure as much as possible within my power to make certain the drawing will arrive safely. Do you have someone in mind that would like a unique work of art for a gift this year?

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Happy Birthday Grandma!

I’m not able to be near my Grandma for her birthday because we are separated by 2000 miles. Wish I could be there with her today. In honor of her 89th birthday today, I offer everyone a 50% off discount when you use code: Grandma at checkout. This coupon code is valid through the end of August, 2017. Thank you for shopping my art store! I look forward to creating a drawing of your beloved pet or favorite animal, or whatever it is you want me to draw. God bless you. And Happy Birthday Grandma!

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$17 Million Dollar Painting – The Million Dollar Chimp

Modern Art in the Making is up for auction again. http://www.ebay.com/itm/-/112426450852?

I’ve been drawing for as long as I can remember. Mostly I draw animals, but sometimes I draw other things too. For a period of time my uncle encouraged me to design new cars and I would draw conversion vans and cars and trucks and imagine that someday someone might build them. In high school I took an art class where I learned how to improve my shading, and spent most of my time drawing animals again, fish, birds, deer, horses, and once one of my classmates joked that all she could draw was a polar bear in a snow storm (white on white – no drawing required!) so I drew a picture of a polar bear and her cub as a joke. I do like to have fun with my art sometimes.

I had some of my artwork displayed in restaurants for sale, but people didn’t really buy it, and the waitresses put it on the tables where food got splashed on it, so I pulled my drawings out of the restaurants. I even have a drawing that was hung in the Idaho State Senator’s office for a year. Once it served it’s time however, no one actually bought it after it became available for sale. I’ve always had trouble selling my artwork. People tell me how wonderful it is, how they wish they could draw like that, but they don’t buy my drawings, not often anyway. I’ve sold a few commissions to people of their own pets, and I greatly appreciate that support of my work. I also really enjoy making people happy with my art. I love presenting people with the drawing that they asked for and seeing the look on their faces when they hold it for the first time. I have tried many different methods of trying to sell my artwork. Back when my youngest child was a baby, I was trying to find a way to sell my artwork online. I came across Sotheby’s auctions and tried to find out how I could get my artwork into an auction.

It turns out artists are not allowed to submit their artwork for auction, ONLY Art Collector’s are allowed to auction artwork. This seems idotic to me, and absolutely is irritating. The only people making money in art are the collectors, the artists get zilch! I kept thinking there has got to be a way, so I kept searching to try to find a way to get my art into an art auction. I came across an auction of a painting that was two colors. It was blue on one side and yellow on the other. It was “cleverly” titled “Blue and Yellow,” and this painting sold for $17 million dollars. Yes. Million. And yet I was not allowed to put my detailed drawings of animals up for auction under any circumstances. I was so mad! My three year old could paint better than that!

I was so angry about it that I drew this painting of a Chimpanzee painting at random on a paper taped to the wall. I think Chimps would paint more creatively even than that $17m painting of blue and yellow. I tried to auction my chimp drawing on Ebay, but it did not sell. It has been framed, but the glass and the frame itself also broke, so it needs to be framed again. It has some minor damage to the edges, and one corner is folded. Overall though the drawing is still in good condition. A lot of things did not survive our move to Idaho, and my drawings are a bit worse for the wear. If I could get even on tenth what the “Blue and Yellow” sold for though at auction, it would solve most of our money problems. If I could get half that much, I could fund my game development team full time. That would be an amazing miracle. Right now though, I would settle for $800 because the sterotype of “starving artist” is a little more true than I would like it to be and we have bills to pay. So, the Million Dollar Chimp is up for auction again. It is 10″ x 13.5″ on standard drawing paper. Who will buy him?

Find it here:

http://www.ebay.com/itm/-/112426450852?

This is a charity auction. A portion of this sale will benefit Mercy House International to help women who are worse off than I am have a chance for a fresh start in life. Mercy House International offers a safe place for women and children escaping domestic abuse.

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Swimming into Summer with Custom Art

When I was a child I used to look at the pictures in the Encyclopedia Brittanica (we didn’t have the internet back then) and some of my favorite pictures were of the dolphins and orcas. All I had available was a regular #2 pencil and regular paper, but I would look at those pictures and create my own drawings of them. After many iterations of these drawings my Mom bought me some tracing paper, and that helped me learn how to get the shapes right. In high school I had an art teacher who taught me how to get the lights and darks of the shading right. I drew this picture of a dolphin in rememberance of those days when I used to copy pictures of dolphins out of the encyclopedia.

What is your favorite animal? I have trouble choosing a favorite, I like so many of them. They all have their own unique personalities and traits. I do love horses but have never been able to own my own horse. I love my chickens and ducks and goats and cats too. The alpacas are comical though standoffish, and even the dog can be entertaining sometimes. I have one friend who loves giraffes, and another friend who loves frogs, and yet another friend who loves orcas. They are all so interesting! I love that God made so many beautiful and amazing creatures for us to enjoy. I would be happy to create a drawing of your favorite animal. Tell me what you like about them in the comment section at checkout. God bless you.