The Ocean of Art From My Mind’s Eye

 

 

 

 

About CricketDiane –

I’ve been creating nearly every day since I was a kid and that is over 50 years. I’ve created in numerous ways in a range that moves from art to problem-solving to inventing, creating music, sculpting and painting to writing and doing various computer / online based projects.

“It is better to make the effort to move forward and release the flow of ideas to work with them and do things creatively, create things and invent and write and make – I definitely know that by experience.” – cricketdiane, 2018

 

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You can find more of my art and designs here –

CricketDiane and Cricket House Studios Store on Zazzle

 

and other blog writings by me here –

https://cricketdiane.wordpress.com/

https://cricketdiane.com/

On YouTube –

CricketDiane Phillips

 

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The website for Cricket House Studios Art and Design is found here –

http://www.crickethousestudios.com/

And see my current efforts on GoFundMe to make a board game I created into a video game that I’m working on right now – (NOT active right now – re-analyzing this effort)

The Scared Donkey Mine Money Game by CricketDiane on GoFundMe

 

Thanks for checking us out!

The Cricket House Studios Team and CricketDiane

 

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How many pieces of art and design does someone have to do to be considered an artist?

Well, obviously the answer is none, because mechanics are commonly called “artists”, chefs are called “artists” and the other day, I think it was a politician that a journalist noted is really an “artist” of politics. Anything can be called art until you are the one doing it – then nothing you do can be considered art.

And, never assume that any art or design at all needs to be created for the term “artist” to be bestowed upon someone or something – as long as they are not actually creating art.

It is also, neither the amount of work done, the training to be able to do it well, the efforts for some number of years to market your art and designs, nor the number of years doing it in aggregate.

But it is also not the value nor the quality of the artworks or design either, because right now – it is trendy to have a style that is severely more amateurish than ever before and if you are not producing that – then you are still not “an artist” or a “designer”.

At one time, having a body of work that you have created in art and design was enough to be a calling card that established proficiency and merit at least in claiming the term, artist or designer.

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But, now that the internet is so encompassing and the merits of everything so fleeting for the next new thing, that body of work isn’t even required and in fact, may be more of a reason for business backers to not want to invest. It defines nothing of merit that says the skills are there and the works have been done.

Everything is simply about marketing and what the market wants at the moment and whether any of the things you’ve created or designed can fit the trends of today and next week. But, what if you are an American artist and designer with a body of work that proves it to be the case, and have been investing years of study and sacrifice and effort into creating those skills, artworks and designs? Then what?

It might mean something – and there might be a market for it – that is all it means. You still can’t call yourself an artist or a designer unless you are really doing something that has absolutely no relationship to art or the product of art or design – like baking, or being a heating and air conditioning repair person, or a pilot, or a mathematician or only God knows what – or a gardener, or a landscaper (but not a landscape designer, they can’t be called a “designer” in a social context.) It has been bizarre like that for years.

And, people will tell you – just don’t give up, your work is really, really good. And, they’ll say, you just need to sell it and for more people to know about it, but nobody wants to be bothered with seeing it, the excitement of creating it isn’t very exciting to the people who might want to own it and they don’t want to be bothered watching it be created either – especially since it isn’t a funny cat video.

Maybe I just need to do a cat video.

No, I’ve made some cat videos and they were not all that entertaining. Creating art could be more entertaining than the videos I’ve made of it, but it is hard to even want to do that when I already have thousands of artworks I’ve created and designs I’ve made over years and years of creating this body of work – and can’t even realistically call myself an artist because I totally suck at marketing.

And now, people want things that are vastly different with lots of white space, done by somebody in their twenties, not necessarily time consuming or intensely skilled products from it and a style that happens to be trendy at the moment. How do I even tell people about the art I have done or that I could do when there is simply no real way to show it to them or tell them about it where they want to see it and know about it?

I’m sharing this with you to try and help myself think about all of it in more expansive terms rather than as closed off as I feel right now about my work and its opportunities to find the right place in the markets and in the world.

I like it when people buy my work and own it as the special piece in their home or office or vacation house. I like that. If I understood better how to share it with them online and in person – would that be enough for people who might want it and appreciate my art and designs to see them?

CricketDiane Ocean Art Painting
One of my little art cards with an ocean painting on it, called Baby Crickets – collectible and each one is a hand painted original work of art. Some of them have been used as designs on my Zazzle store at CricketDiane and Cricket House Studios Art and Design.
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About CricketDiane –

I’ve been creating nearly every day since I was a kid and that is over 50 years. I’ve created in numerous ways in a range that moves from art to problem-solving to inventing, creating music, sculpting and painting to writing and doing various computer / online based projects.

“It is better to make the effort to move forward and release the flow of ideas to work with them and do things creatively, create things and invent and write and make – I definitely know that by experience.” – cricketdiane, 2018

 

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You can find more of my art and designs here –

CricketDiane and Cricket House Studios Store on Zazzle

 

and other blog writings by me here –

https://cricketdiane.wordpress.com/

https://cricketdiane.com/

On YouTube –

CricketDiane Phillips

 

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The website for Cricket House Studios Art and Design is found here –

http://www.crickethousestudios.com/

And see my current efforts on GoFundMe to make a board game I created into a video game that I’m working on right now – (not active now and being reworked)

The Scared Donkey Mine Money Game by CricketDiane on GoFundMe

 

Thanks for checking us out!

The Cricket House Studios Team and CricketDiane

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5 Ways To Look At Something Differently

Five Ways To Look At Something Differently –

It is handy to have other ways to view the same thing that can inspire new ways to use it, new ideas from it, and new viewpoints about it. Whether for brainstorming or creating, these five ways to look at something differently help to approach the same thing from different avenues of thinking.

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  1. Backwards – from where you want it to be back to now.
  2. Deconstructed – all the elements if they weren’t stuck together.
  3. Upside-down – if it were the exact opposite of what it is now.
  4. Inside-out – what would it be if its inside parts were on the outside.
  5. Creatively – what it could be if it were added to something else.
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Designs for Anti-Trump Tshirts, Net Neutrality Buttons and New Designer Chic for Mothers’ Day

Yesterday, I made two anti-trump tshirts that are pro-facts and pro-science. There were also several political buttons I made from the same design. They turned out very well. They are concise and to the point with good design and look great. Good combination. Looks like these tshirts would be great to wear for marches coming up including the March for Science and Earth Day Marches. I think groups are going to be marching for our oceans around the same time too – or as part of the Earth Day marches. These tshirts would be great for those marches.

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When I was looking around Zazzle’s anti-trump buttons, I found these two supporting Net Neutrality that are really great too – so I though it would be nice to share them here.

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Today, I’ve made these two matching trendy designer products – a shopping tote bag and iPhone case to match with a chic wonderful fashion look to them. They were made from a design I made several years ago and keep going back to do a little more with it. I really like it a lot. They turned out so nice.

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Designing things for anti-trump tshirts was interesting and finding pins that support net neutrality was great too. Putting the science march in mind and earth, I’m designing some things for next year since it is already so close to happening now.

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Places to Sell Online

Sell on Amazon

This page on Amazon lists categories in which a seller can sell various things on Amazon without any special permission, including about 20 different categories of products. It also lists the requirements on those categories which do have special requirements for selling them on Amazon.

Approval is not required to sell these products. Sellers may be required to meet special requirements in order to list some products. Both Individual and Professional Sellers can offer products in these categories, except where noted.

https://services.amazon.com/services/soa-approval-category.htm/ref=asus_soa_snav_cat

However, there seems to be about a $40 a month fee plus other selling fees for selling on Amazon in this way. Haven’t checked all of that yet, but it certainly reaches a vast audience of potential customers.

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Also on Amazon – there are two categories of note to artists and crafters who create handmade products. One of these categories is listed as this, but only available for collectibles and with approval from Amazon for Professional Sellers only. It is about halfway down the list.

Paintings, Drawings, Mixed Media (Two-Dimensional), Limited Edition Prints and Photographs

https://services.amazon.com/services/soa-approval-category.htm/ref=asus_soa_snav_cat

Then there is another category called –

Handmade and Hand-altered Products

which takes a jump over to this page for the requirements –

https://services.amazon.com/handmade/handmade.html/ref=asus_soa_cat_hnd

To be approved, all of your products must meet our definition of handmade, listed below in our FAQ. Applications are reviewed by our team within 48 hours.

In the video on this page, it says there is not a monthly fee for having handmade items on this site, but I didn’t find where the fees are when items sell, yet.

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Society6

https://help.society6.com/hc/en-us/articles/227119388

Below you will find the required resolutions for our alternative products. To achieve these exact dimensions you may need to crop your original high-resolution file. However, do not increase the size by resampling in a photo edition program, as this will distort the quality of your work.

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Printify: 200+ Print on Demand products

https://apps.shopify.com/printify

  • Catalog of 200+ unique products. Use our HQ Mockup Generator to create custom printed products with your design.
  • Print Provider Network. Access all the best Print Providers in one place – select by price, location and more.
  • Print on Demand Drop Shipping. We manage automated order printing and shipping directly to your customers – with your branding.

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THE MOST POPULAR PRINT ON DEMAND SHOPIFY APPS REVIEWED

Feb 22, 2017

http://www.justincener.com/the-most-popular-print-on-demand-shopify-apps-reviewed/

GearLaunch  easily wins the competition for best print on demand partner for Shopify. Best service, quality, consistent fast delivery… no one comes close to GearLaunch. Check out the video as I walk through the installation method to make the integration. Don’t worry, it’s super easy and no technical skill is required whatsoever.

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The Best Shopify T-Shirt Fulfillment Apps in 2017

September 2017

https://www.logicinbound.com/the-best-shopify-t-shirt-fulfillment-apps-in-2017/

For the most part, Shopify T-shirt fulfillment apps all work the same way, with minor nuances and variations.

After integrating the app and building out some designs, your POD app will sync the designs to your store. When a customer purchases a t-shirt, the order is sent directly to your POD supplier where they print and ship the shirt to your customer.

This all happens automatically behind the scenes without any manual order processing. This allows you to focus on higher value responsibilities like marketing your store to increase traffic, improving conversion rate, increasing average order size, and raising customer lifetime value.

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Teelaunch –

Teelaunch has more competitive margins, so you make more money on each sale. This allows you to spend more on marketing, and invest more back into your business to grow faster.

Here is a quick breakdown of margins across a few of Teelaunch’s products:

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Printful + Shopify

Lists the things they offer for print on demand with your designs and they are shipped out of several locations in the US and Europe to arrive to the customers faster (within 3 days mostly.)

https://apps.shopify.com/printful

  1. White label service: We don’t include any Printful branding when we ship your orders. You’re the star of the show, and we make sure your brand is front and centre with our branding tools, like a free sticker of your logo on every order.

  2. Discounted samples: Order samples of your products for 20% off and free shipping worldwide! See exactly what your customers are getting.

    Your end price will depend on what you and your customers think is fair, but we recommend a minimum profit margin of 30%.

    Say you’re selling a Gildan 64000 unisex softstyle t-shirt. Your price is $18.00. Our price is $8.95. Subtract our price from yours and you get a profit of $9.05.

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Redbubble

https://www.redbubble.com/

Redbubble was born in 2006 in Melbourne, Australia. The dream was simple. Give independent artists a meaningful new way to sell their creations. Today, we connect over 400k artists and designers across the planet with millions of passionate fans. A brave (and dare we say stylish) new world of self expression.

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Creative? Like money? Open a shop in minutes. For free. Just upload your art and designs and leave the rest to us. We handle all the printing (on over 60 quality products) and shipping to almost anywhere on earth. Ready? Let’s go.

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Also – Very Helpful Stuff –

https://www.visme.co/videos/visual-design-principles/

https://www.gcflearnfree.org/excel2013/

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Shopify

https://www.shopify.com/free-trial?term=%2Bshopify&Network=Search&SiteTarget=&mt=b&adid=213707809836&adpos=1t2&CampaignId=788843257&branded_enterprise=1&BOID=brand&gclid=Cj0KCQjw1-fVBRC3ARIsAIifYOMCO0oIuDV8JWCiozvlqWAXjva3g0upleDUNcJCRpP99Lj4gUQWCOcaAn-5EALw_wcB

Pricing as low as $9/month

Whether you sell online, on social media, in store, or out of the trunk of your car, Shopify has you covered. Start selling anywhere for just $9/month.

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About CricketDiane –

I’ve been creating nearly every day since I was a kid and that is over 50 years. I’ve created in numerous ways in a range that moves from art to problem-solving to inventing, creating music, sculpting and painting to writing and doing various computer / online based projects.

You can find more of my art and designs here –

CricketDiane and Cricket House Studios Store on Zazze

and other blog writings by me here –

https://cricketdiane.wordpress.com/

And see my current efforts on GoFundMe to make a board game I created into a video game that I’m working on right now –

The Scared Donkey Mine Money Game by CricketDiane on GoFundMe

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One of the products I’ve made on Zazzle –

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Wine Tasting Invitations with Wine Vino and Grapes Designs Aprons Tote Bags Posters Art

These designer wine items I made recently on my Zazzle store from artworks that were both hand rendered as drawings and photographs I made – then some of the designs also worked from there through Photoshop to make nifty new looks for them.

The designs on this post are for wine tasting events, for wine lovers and to have wine themed artwork in your home or apartment, or vacation cottage. They make great wine themed gifts too.

The first design is in black and white with the word, Vino on it – as an artwork poster showing the wine bottle and grapes from one of my hand-rendered drawings.

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These two shopping tote bags are pretty and fashionably trendy with the same wine bottle and grapes drawing I did and the word, Vino across it.

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There is also a vino / wine apron I made from the wine bottle and grapes drawing to use hosting a wine tasting event or barbecue / cookout. Or – as a gift to someone who loves cooking with wine.

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Wine Tasting invitations made with a CricketDiane artwork and design – with a bottle of vino and simple clean drawing of a wine bottle and grapes plus information you can customize to your wine event or wine tasting party.

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One of the other still life wine bottle, wine glass and copper kettle with grapes photographs that I made with a different artistic look to the image (as a poster). Great poster for the kitchen, dining room, for a boutique coffee house or for a wine seller to gift at a tasting event.

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Showing the wine bottle design I did in a drawing for this vino tote – I love the look of the grapes in this one. It is a great wine tote bag to take to a wine tasting or a weekend at the vineyard tasting events.

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A nice poster art piece using one of my photographs of a still life with wine bottle, wine glass, grapes and a copper tea kettle. Using art software, I changed the colors and added the word, Vino to the image. Available on demand at Zazzle through my CricketDiane store.

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A nice tote bag to take with you to that wine tasting event and bring back at least a couple bottles of vino. One of my pastel chalk drawings of a wine bottle, wine glass and grapes made the design for this contemporary fashion vino tote.

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About CricketDiane –

I’ve been creating nearly every day since I was a kid and that is over 50 years. I’ve created in numerous ways in a range that moves from art to problem-solving to inventing, creating music, sculpting and painting to writing and doing various computer / online based projects.

“It is better to make the effort to move forward and release the flow of ideas to work with them and do things creatively, create things and invent and write and make – I definitely know that by experience.” – cricketdiane, 2018

 

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You can find more of my art and designs here –

CricketDiane and Cricket House Studios Store on Zazzle

 

and other blog writings by me here –

https://cricketdiane.wordpress.com/

https://cricketdiane.com/

On YouTube –

CricketDiane Phillips

 

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The website for Cricket House Studios Art and Design is found here –

http://www.crickethousestudios.com/

And see my current efforts on GoFundMe to make a board game I created into a video game that I’m working on right now –

The Scared Donkey Mine Money Game by CricketDiane on GoFundMe

 

Thanks for checking us out!

The Cricket House Studios Team and CricketDiane

 

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