Sunday, November 11, 2012

Art to Good Home


I have been lucky enough that my art was never advertised and they are sold to good homes on pure word of mouth or people who inquire when they see something they like from here or Flicker. I can't sell, not even water in the desert... but since some fellow bloggers have inquired about how to purchase my art, I put a link on the side bar with what I have available.

Please note I don't sell my art to make money. I have a career and painting is a passion. It would lose the meaning it has for me if it became a means to live off of. 

All the money I get is spent on supplies I need or the money goes to charities close to my heart, such as animal shelters or to causes related to women's rights (some are in the US, such as Women in Distress, some are in Africa, South America, etc.).

So, you can take a pick if you want: Art to Good Home

But now to better things. The final count down to my trip is approaching. I have yet to have a complete melt down because of the flight. My fear has gone from being a discomfort to being a phobia. I had a traumatic take-off a few years ago and it has gotten progressively worse over the years. 

I am taking the absence of panic attacks only 5 days prior to my flight to South America as a good sign. The fact that we will be flying over the Amazon forest has not fazed me either (it gets really bumpy in the area). It will be about 5 hours from Miami to Manuas in the north part of Brazil, then another 3 hours to the city we are going. I am excited!!!!!

29 comments:

Sulky Kitten said...

I'm so glad that you're more excited than anxious, Ana. I wish you a safe and wonderful trip. I'm so glad you've made a page showing which of your wonderful pieces are for sale.

Denise Mulligan said...

Hi Ana,
I'm terrified of flying as well. It used to be okay, but over the years it got worse after flying through turbulence. You may not like taking medicine but the doctor prescribed Xanax for me (just a couple for the flight there and back) It made a world of difference for me. I've also tried Dramamine which makes me so sleepy it's hard to care about anything when you've taken it.

Read your previous post, your dog is so cute. I feel so bad that he shakes all over being nervous. My dog is similar.

The butterfly watercolor is gorgeous. I really have to find some of those Marie's watercolors.

Kalei's Best Friend said...

Such gorgeous work u have done!. Have trouble making up my mind!

Leenie said...

Found you through "Button's Thoughts." I understand your thinking about the passion for art and selling only to have enough cash to buy more supplies. And I know what you mean about introvert thinking.

Best wishes on your journey. Hope you can push through the flying heebie jeebies enough to enjoy the ride. Jealous! Off to check out your web site.

Debra She Who Seeks said...

Everyone will be sending you good vibes, calming vibes, for your trip, I'm sure! Me too.

Melissa Kojima said...

Good luck with your trip. I hope it goes well. How wonderful to have art as your passion and keep it separate from your career. That's wonderful that you'll donate any proceeds. I donate 10% of sales at my online shop to the Craft and Folk Art Museum in Los Angeles, CA.

BTW, thanks for entering my giveaway for a hand made Christmas pop up card.

Fabi said...

Ana gracias por pasar por mi blog! Me gustaron mucho tus trabajos, té sigo! Suerte con el viaje!

Robin Larkspur said...

Did you ever see the movie "French Kiss" with Meg Ryan and Kevin Kline? She has a terrible fear of flying. She has to fly to France to find her boyfriend. It's a fun movie, perhaps it will help make you smile about flying.

BIKBIK AND RORO said...

Ooh, how exciting! Just think of the awesome time you'll have. Keep hydrated and just go to sleep -- you'll be there before you know it!

padmaja said...

Thanks for your visit and kind words Ana.. I found your blog today! I love your interpretation of the word Introvert, we have so much in common including the art for charity part and the take off phobia !
All the best and have a safe trip, a wonderful time!

foxysue said...

I am excited for you, you and your beautiful heart. Like Susan Jeffers says ~ Feel the fear and do it anyway, come home with lots of inspiration for your art. x

Hwee said...

Taking off is the worst part of the flight, and most people I know hate this part of the flight. Hope you will have a better take-off this time.

Like you, I think it's different when one makes art from the pure joy/passion of doing it, versus when one makes it to make a living. I'm glad you're able to maintain your passion AND sell your work.

BamaTrav said...

Come home safely. xo

Sherri B. said...

I'll be thinking of you as you prepare to fly...phobias are no fun. Yes, it's a good sign that it's getting close and you're still feeling calm! You will get through it just fine and I can't wait to hear about your trip when you get back. Safe travels, Ana!

Yes, I agree that money diminishes the purity of anything...especially creativity.

ArtSings1946 said...

Thanks for sharing Ana ... I need to sell my art in order to pay my bills so I think your idea about having a blog to sell art is a good idea and I'll have to try it out. I don't like the marketing side of this myself ... I've sold numerous prints of my fairy girls through word of mouth but it's just not enough, so thanks for the tip. Happy trip ... I just know you will have a marvelous time.

Happiness always,
Jan

MINHA VIDA DE CAMPO said...

Parabéns sua arte é linda. É muito bom fazermos o que gostamos.
Tenha uma ótima semana.

Cristiane Marino said...

Hi Ana,

Your paintings are so beautiful, when I return to Brasil I will try to order some (I'm in Italy now).
Have a good and safe trip, you will love Fortaleza.
Best wishes

Annette said...

have fun my dear and be safe, bet you can get some wonderful photos to paint from there. xo

kala said...

Havee a safe trip and enjoyyy ur vacationnn

Giveaway is gng on at my place,take a look
http://ingeniousmrs.blogspot.com/2012/11/1sttttttt-birthday-for-my-space.html

Jane of The Jewels said...

Have a wonderful trip!! You are in all our thoughts and I trust your nerves will continue to be calmed. Looking forward to the pics :D

Debra said...

Ana, how exciting! Wishing you a safe and blessed trip!
And thank you for the link to your lovely art.
Bon voyage!

Jenny said...

Gorgeous artwork Ana... and so happy that you are excited... enjoy your time away...

Jenny ♥

Lynn Fisher said...

Flights are not my thing either...I fly, but only because that's the only way to get places. I'm never really "fine" until I'm on the ground...but I have yet to let it spoil a good time darn it!: ) Have a wonderful trip...and good idea having a place on the blog to sell your lovely work...XXXO
-Lynn

Almost Precious said...

Flying is never fun, especially in today's airports with all of their security systems, long lines and crowds of disorientated, grumpy travelers. But it is the destination that is important and not the means of getting there. Hope your vacation is one blessed with wonderful weather and beautiful memories. :)

JerseyLil said...

Have a wonderful time on your trip, Ana!! I sure understand about flying. Someone told me to try an iPad with calming music, and hearing music thru my earphones really helped. I absolutely love your art and the vibrant colors! I’m glad you put a link on your blog now. You have such a big heart, donating the money from your art to charities, thank you!

Francie M said...

Gee I wish I knew how you got over your fear of flying. I flew across canada a few times every year for years and it never got better. However I'm excited for you and your trip and love the fact that you are donating some art earnings to such good causes!!!

June said...

You're going to have an amazing, brilliant, trip-of-a-lifetime experience, Ana. I'm so happy for you. I know exactly how you're feeling right now about the flying thing. I don't have an actual full-on phobia about flying to the point where I can't/won't fly, but if I had my preference, I'd take a train, bus or boat to get to all the amazing places I want to visit.

I've flown lots of times, and have always had mini panic attacks, but afterwards, I've always been so happy that I just talked myself out of the anxiety and into the excitement that awaited me. And the excitement and joy that awaits you as well, Ana.

Slan abhaile, mo chara (that's Irish for safe and good journey, my friend).

An'Angelia Thompson said...

Ana, I can relate to the whole flying thing. Take offs are the worse for me. I was traumatized on my recent trip because I hadn't flown in years and our 1st jet was a small one. I survived the ascent by closing my eyes and singing a song "in my head". I also had the good fortune to sit across the aisle from someone who was an obvious "frequent flyer" by his body language. Every time I was on the verge of freaking out, I concentrated on him and his total lack of concern. Hope these tips help! Are you planning a travel journal? Can't wait to hear all about your trip!! I've always wanted to visit South America, so I'll be waiting for your virtual tour. :D

Shaharoh said...

I think of my day jobs as hobbies and my music/art as my career. And when I'm working on my career, time disappears and I end of feeling like I don't have enough time. I can't wait to merge the two.

About flying - the fact that you're going to Brazil proves that you are soo brave! You're not letting it control you, you're diving into it. I know you'll have an awesome adventure and be safe:) xoxo!