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Now Tasting 003 & 004

For sale on Etsy.



The Artist’s Guide To Making Money

As an artist, I can not even afford the $16 plus shipping for The Artist’s Guide To Making Money, but I wish that I could even if only for the “DON’T SLEEP” page.

Because yes, it is nearly 4 AM and I am trying to decide between sleeping and doodling. I will probably do neither and just remain online, but the debate is certainly there.


I’ve thought about putting work up for sale on Etsy, and my current financial situation could stand to be improved, however incrementally.

So, tonight I took an outdated stack of “Now Tasting” cards from the winter promotion at work and started creating a little mini-works line. I’m hesitant to put anything I might normally show on Etsy as I fear it would somehow drive down the prices of what I did eventually put in a gallery – no one’s going to buy anything on Etsy for over $100, and why would someone pay gallery prices for something they could get on Etsy? The solution, as I can see it, is to create separate pieces specifically designed for sale, as opposed to the more “serious” works which may end up in a gallery someday.  Or just sit around in my studio waiting for someone to please just take them away.

Anyhow, you can buy my mini-works at my Etsy shop.


Christina Dennaoui

I found Christina Dennaoui‘s work while jurying the upcoming April exhibit for Projekt30, and her stuff is absolutely amazing. While my collages are stubbornly analog, her digital collages are some of the best I have seen in the medium. A lot of the time I feel like “digital” is a shortcut for “I have Photoshop and therefore everything I do is amazing,” but that’s definitely not the case here.  She’s just an incredible artist. My favorite pieces of hers are in more traditional media, like this one in conte with newspaper clippings.


This piece should be on its way to the mother of a longtime internet friend of mine. She purchased it even before my show officially opened this past month at AS220.  It’s a good thing that she did, it was a big hit at the show, the favorite piece of many of the people who were there. Had she not bought it, someone else undoubtedly would have.

This piece was in such high demand, that someone actually went to the lengths of stealing it off the gallery’s walls. Its rightful owner is getting her money refunded and I, as the artist, am having a small ulcer. I never imagined that someone would go so far as to just steal my work. I didn’t insure my work before the show because theft was the last of my worries. I have learned my lesson and will be purchasing insurance before putting up my next show, which will only be my third. Am I hot shit or what?

What sickens me more than the actual theft is the unknown motivations behind it. Does the thief simply want to display this piece in their home? Do they want to destroy it? Worst, do they intend to pass it off as their own? If they do display the piece, what will they say when people ask about it? Who will they say made it?

What meaning do I as the artist have when my work is stolen? On the one hand, it’s the ultimate fuck you – just taking something that I made without paying me for it, saying that it’s worth having but not worth paying for. On the other hand, as it was a piece that had already been sold, it’s sort of a bizarre form of flattery that someone would want it so badly that they would just take it.

Theft is a bizarre thing to me, an upstanding citizen who hasn’t ever stolen so much as a pack of gum.