Happy Mother's Day!
Mm, this week sort of went by like a blur. Sometime last week, while I was preoccupied thinking about masks through Art of Where, I wasn't aware that Redbubble already released that option. I only really check on my shops when I have a new release, so I was fortunate to have someone mention it to me. So all the designs I've previously published now have a mask option!
And many more!
In addition to that I released and re-released two designs. Sundance was published some time ago but I was unsatisfied with it. I revisited it by taking a properly-lit photo and working with it, and I'm happier with this version. The new design, City of Gold, is a painting I made for my mother five years ago; it currently hangs in the hall outside our bedrooms. Both designs are good additions to my abstract series, Enthralled. You can view products with their print in both of my Society6 and Redbubble shops!
While those were published, I spent time with my Art of Where account. The design lab is very intuitive there, but I wish there was a way to save the workspaces as files. I change my mind a lot about certain products (ex. Background colours, inclusions of watermarks, etc.) so I end up having to start from scratch anyway. I also have to try and keep some consistency, depending on the design. Plague Doctor is the biggest collection because while it's the same concept, there are eight iterations of it. It makes tracking them hard, especially if they all carry the same name. So this week I went back, tallied, and renamed everything, which in turn also alerted me of missing products i had to remake.
I never got around to uploading the Lonely Hydra, which I don't look forward to doing, but hopefully I do everything right the first time. I don't want to have to return and reorganize each time! But that'll have to wait for a little bit because I do want to return to my pending projects.
Wax skulls have been rendered to my liking, thanks to some bingeing of Community. They're currently anchored with their reservoirs in the basement so that I can inspect them one last time before rubbercasting them. I also refashioned the octopus with the reservoir in a new location, in hopes the new orientation will resolve air bubble issues. To carry on with the with bottle prototypes, I'll stick to the fabrication of the first line of cores incorporating the skulls I've made, as well as some flower moulds I nabbed from Michael's.
The printing table has been left in the same state for a few weeks now; I've taken the shattering of the Lonely Hydra plate to heart and the motivation's null. But I'll just have to get it out of the way so that I can proceed with new plates, plates that won't take so long to do because I can't go get em blasted anyway. They will be sketchy, they will be rough, but I'm certain they will be interesting. Anything to keep going, and they'll make great entries for a virtual exhibition coming up!
Lest we forget the Uke Fresco. Sigh. I'll get to that soon.
I leave you today with a bit of a 180, because while things have been mainly positive on my end, I see you. I wish you the best of luck, whether you fear for yourself, your loved ones, your country, our wellbeing physically or mentally (or all of the above).
Keep faith, fight the good fight, and remember your compassion.