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I'm A Bucket of Eccentricity...

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Did you know that 93% of homes have a junk drawer? I too am part of this statistic, but rather than a drawer, I put my junk in buckets.  Why a bucket?  Really, the better, often overused question is, why not ?  They're readily available (after finishing off the kids' cheese puffs), closeable, and can be packed away out of site under my kitchen cabinets. I mention this because... I want you to think of this site as a junk bucket. It's more or less filled with belongings of similar uses, but don't be surprised if there's something completely off-the-wall unrelated. A sort of ensuing chaos, but not the bad kind. The kind that keeps you entertained, thoughtful, aware... Words to provide direction, words to provide insight, consciousness, thoughtfulness, empathy, sincerity... Words to remind us of our human capabilities, ingenuities, and perspectives. At The Bucket Digest...   we speak of art and writing, our lives, and the lives of others in the hopes of creating a cl

Why I write about other artists

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 I love writing about other artists. "But Sky? Aren't you afraid of pushing people towards the competition?" Afraid isn't the right word. I feel more helpful than anything.  Because if someone doesn't resonate with my art, but resonates with another- why convince them to buy from me? In other words, the Art Community (at least the one I want to build) is about lifting one another up. Any of us trying to make a living from their art could very well use a new customer.  And I know the work it takes to become skilled as an artist.  The hours of study, the years of practice, the cost of materials... via GIPHY It's a LOT.  Besides,  My collectors are out there somewhere. All I require of myself is patience and persistence.  I'm in no rush on my journey to success.  Nothing wrong with taking my time :) You can see my artwork under the portfolio tab, or this link: https://www.artbyfib.com   But feel free to check out the Artist features on this site to see other

A Birthday Gift to Herself

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"You never know what might resonate with someone" It's something I once overheard at a vendor event. Something a mother was saying to her daughter (who was also an artist) - but something relevant to the both of us.  And I'm writing it now, so I don't forget.  It will stand as a quote to give me courage. Reminding me to put ANY of my artworks out into the world, even (or especially) the ones I don't think anyone would like.  Like this painting: An oil painting I made for fun, which sold once listed.  And then a commission request came in following the sale.  "A birthday gift to me" She loved it, and I was happy to see her happy. 

The Search for Galleries

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"She'll never make money at these vendor events..." At first, that statement sounded rather harsh, but then he said,  "Because she's a fine artist, and her work needs hung up in galleries, where people go to BUY art." Until I heard that, I had only briefly considered hanging my art up in galleries. I thought vendor events would be the best way to go-- they're local and lots of people attend the events.  But there's a "tough love" reality about that statement that has inspired me to search for galleries in my area and submit my artwork for consideration... Just to see where it leads. It's a new endeavor, so no luck yet- but I'll keep looking, and update you when my works gets accepted somewhere.  Perhaps the Riffe Gallery in Colombus, OH.  Or Ginko Gallery and Studio in Oberlin, OH.  I have a lot of research to do...  But stay tuned for details of the process and acceptance.  I'm rather excited to share the experience with you. 

Music On The Square

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Vendor events are quite scary to be a part of.  At least at first. Music On The Square in New Philadelphia was my third vendor event in the last two years, and I had a great time.  But the initial fear was still there.  Until I met my vendor neighbor. His name was Joey.  He was friendly and I enjoyed talking with him, and he helped me relax.  * Setting up was a fairly easy process this time.  I was running late initially, but was lucky enough to find a parking spot close to my vendor area so unloading was easy, and Joey was nice enough to help out.  Setup was easier this time around as well. I didn't bring everything with me.  By "everything" I mean the paintings I have hung up at the  Artisans on Canal  shop in Bolivar, OH.  My cars a bit too small to handle a 2' x 4' painting safely. 😅 But I still had plenty to show.  The event was from 3pm-10pm, so I took an old painting I had stuffed in my closet and worked on it to help the hours pass by.        I figured 7

Refocusing My Niche

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If you've read, I'm a Bucket of Eccentricity , then you know this site isn't the most focused when it comes to content.  I suppose when I think about my writing, most of my articles come from everyday experiences. And as much as I'd like to gain blog traction by simply writing whatever my heart desires, it seems you cannot grow much doing so.  I need to become an expert at something.  If I had to choose, then my focus would absolutely, 100% be Art and anything art related.  Maybe I'll make a journal blog for my random things, but I'm going to refocus this one, and: weed out any articles not related to art (transferring them to another blog)  plan content ahead of time This may take some time, but it's all for the sake of further progress.  As to what you can look forward to on this site: Bi-Weekly Artist Features My Artwork Art Tips/Tricks Vendor and Shop Experiences Famous Artists and Their Work  So, if you: are interested in discovering unique artists love

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