My last journal entry is from January!? Where did the year go? It's a good thing I've already done my 2017 Calendars, or I'd have no chance of keeping track of myself at all! You'll find them in my Etsy shop, and I'm happy to personalize them upon request. The printing came out beautifully (especially the angels), and the images are the perfect size for framing once the year is done.
Make-Shift Angel 2017 Calendarswww.etsy.com/listing/486553215…
Under the Stars 2017 Calendarswww.etsy.com/listing/488722457…
After being closed all summer for a much needed overhaul, my Etsy shop is once again open! If you missed my 2017 calendars at ICON, want to stock up on postcards for the holidays, or just want to have a gander, here's the place to do it. Smaller original paintings like "Eadie Was A Lady" and "The Poe Toaster" are also in the shop window. If you'd rather note me here or on Facebook about something you want, feel free!www.etsy.com/shop/ArdenEllenNi…
Art-wise, it was my great honor and pleasure to be the Artist Guest of Honor at ICON in Cedar Rapids, IA this past weekend. Nicholas came with me--a rarity for cons!--so that we could enjoy our anniversary weekend together (three years married as of Halloween, eight years together total). We were well and truly spoiled by the staff, and it never fails to amaze me how giving con folks are. From the random fairy who said "Pssst, here! This is for you!" before handing me a vial filled with glitter and running away; to the young man who brought me a book on self-publishing after we talked about the stories that went with some of my paintings; to the con volunteer who offered to send me vintage dresses she had collected because she thought they would fit me and they deserved to be worn; to the many, many people who came up and overwhelmed me with the list of prints of mine (!) that they owned, just so happy to finally meet me. Oh, yes, and the fact that Nicholas and I met over a mummified penis joke in an ancient Egypt forum was used in my on stage introduction, so there's that.
2016 was a busy year, albeit a little quiet on the art front. Owing to the pile of money we set on fire for my husband's health scares in 2014 and 1015, I started cashiering part-time at a grocery co-op in September of 2015 to help build our savings back up... and that's mainly where I spent this past summer! It's a very low-key job in addition to it being reasonable walking distance from the house, offering TONS of free food, no uniforms, flexible hours, and the fact my fellow co-workers are mostly old hippies whom I adore. I've enough to keep track of--doctors, meds, household expenses, my art and all that goes with it--without a drama llama job, so this one is perfect for the time being.
Here's hoping I manage at least one more journal entry before 2017. Happiness to all of you in the meanwhile!
Arden Ellen Nixon