Thursday, January 31, 2008

When what you wanted takes over... Part 1

This past year was one of those watershed years for me personally and for my art. After months of dipping one toe into the waters of Etsy, I dove...well, half dove, half fell in. While I certainly haven't discovered the meaning of life or the secrets of success on Etsy, I learned a lot this past year, and feel like sharing.

I was way over my day job. And I had a really cool day job. I designed for national and international broadcast clients. Chances are if you have kids about 10 or older, or are in your 20s, you saw some of my design work on TV. All that was great, and I worked with some amazingly talented and creative people.

But...increasingly, as the field grew more crowded with talent, you had to do so much more for the same budget to stay competitive. And I was already working 100+ hour weeks pretty regularly. And I kept saying to my wife, "I don't want to do this anymore" over and over. With a wife and 3 kids and a dog to support, I told myself just as much, "You have to."

Some folks would say I was manifesting, asking the universe to make things happen so that broadcast design would become what I used to do. I don't know, but I certainly was imagining myself as making a living from just the sales of my art.

I had been selling my art for a long time though. Since I was 11 years old. For 29 years. But it was never my job. I started with 2 linoleum block prints, which I sold from a corner of my mom's gallery. The corner was called John's corner, and would be my sole semi-permanent exhibition space until I returned home from college with a 4' x 12' Louise Nevelson-inspired wooden wall sculpture that demanded more space. I also had a small body of work of mostly abstract photography that I had created in school.

Next: Why did I wait 29 years?

Monday, January 28, 2008

Valentine Deadlines....

Just a reminder...

For international orders, Jan. 31, 2008 is the last day to guarantee arrival before Valentine's Day.

For domestic orders, Feb. 7th, 2008 is the last day to place Valentine orders.

Monday, January 21, 2008


The original image in this piece was taken in the late 80s. I am a sucker for repeated shapes, so this arrangement of ladders really grabbed me.

Makes me think of a line from a Replacements' song, "God, what a mess, on the ladder of success
Where you take one step and miss the whole first rung."

This would be a great reminder that you never stop climbing. Available at Etsy.

Thursday, January 17, 2008

Another Heart-themed piece

This series is taking shape. The driving theme is sort of complete the sentence. "My heart:_____". Beats for you, skips a beat, etc. These are digital collages and are available for Valentine's Day as 4x6 prints in an envelope, suitable for giving to the one who makes your heart skip a beat. Order early for Valentine's delivery.

Available on Etsy.


Can't save all the love just for the Fido Series! I have long wanted to turn my eye towards cats, and since the dog series was getting all my attention, I thought it only fair to get a few cats underway.

Here's a little Ginger Tabby to start on Etsy.

Tuesday, January 08, 2008

Giving Art as cards...

I thought it might be nice to make available some of my art in card sizes and formats, so that folks could give a little piece of my art at times when cards would normally be given. Not sure what to call this yet, as it is not really what I think of as an Art Card. It's basically a 4" x 6" art print on 5" x 7" paper, given in an envelope, with a paper insert so that you can write a note with the art.

It's not a greeting card, and it's not a reinvention of the greeting card...Well, anyway, while I think about a name, you can see the first in a series, "Belongs to You" on Etsy.

Wednesday, January 02, 2008

Happy New Year!!!

It's back to work time here at the John W. Golden studio! I have added to my film can collage series with "Carrying a Torch". It's a brief visual treatise on Love :). I may make it available as a card for Valentine's Day.

Right now you can get it as a print on Etsy.