Colouring in, footpaths and chalk

Have you tried colouring in on the footpath with chalk?

Would you like to have a go tomorrow, and send in photos, or a link, to display on my colouring book blog?

Tomorrow I plan to take over a piece of footpath on the waterfront, and brighten it up with a bit of colour. Not just words scrawled about… Something beautiful. Something for the skateboards to run over. Something to dance on. Something to sit on, or fall off a bike and roll on, printing a chalky pattern on to your jeans…

Something for the rain to wash away…

Have you tried it? Do you want to? Love to see what you come up with. Chalk bombing! ^__^

Put Off.

Seems like everything is being put off in some way or another. I’m sticking to the daily artwork uploads.. and that is pulling me through with some semblance of continuity.

There are many projects I want to work on. And I have a program called Trello to figure out, for visual drag and drop project management. I think that a colouring group is highest priority. I need real people to connect with.

Who knows. Maybe this is all coming down to ‘get a haircut and get a real job…’

I see so many artists, writers, musicians, filmmakers, poets, and all sorts of creative types, who have a day job, (or night job), and do their creative work outside of those hours. Perhaps that is about to happen for me too.

The future of my online colouring book was never certain. It was the start of something that I hoped would lead to work for an income, whether that was from the colouring book itself, or from the skills I learned along the way.

I have to say, I have quite fallen in love with it. And all it entails. However, work for money is now high priority. And from the last three interviews I get the overall picture that there ought not be anybody on any sort of welfare anywhere. The world has no place for the poor, the sick, the bereft. The thought of Mao Zedong “cleaning up” the streets of China looms heavy on my mind. Never mind the Bible, (John 12:8) in the words of Jesus, “For you have the poor always with you.” Not if they are killed off by the rich and powerful. The thought of my artwork pinned on the wall like some dead butterfly for someone’s greedy hope of it becoming a golden egg somehow completely puts me off creating anything of beauty or worth. It feels like creating a child to hand over to a slave trader for some pieces of silver.

So… the focus on healing is closest to my heart. That could continue whether it is my main job or not. A colouring picture a day…

Setting up a group to meet and colour… in this town, it is probably quite relevant. Many have no appreciation of the arts. Perhaps colouring in could be the very first step… to colouring outside the lines. Rather than a child learning to make marks on a blank sheet of paper, we could be working backwards, to get to the blank sheet. To undo the picture, back to the start. And start again, fresh and devoid of expectations. Throwing away the limitations to the creative mind. Allowing… letting… freeing…

As much as I would like to work on collaborations… right now it is time to advertise a colouring group.

#RollingSleevesUp #ReadyToWork

#BringOnThePeople #GoodByePTSD

#ShunMeIWillFindOthers

Who else wants to have a go organising a colouring group in their local area? Feel free to use colouring pictures from the Wildersoul Colouring Book. Let’s get sociable. Even if it is awkward.

Ta-Daah! Hire me… go on, I dare you :) Yes, this is my CV.

CV

I am actively seeking part-time work from home as an artist, or within the creative industries.

Business Start-up

I am strongly interested in helping people heal from trauma, by encouraging creative expression, and community. I believe that raising awareness is important particularly in regards to mental health. From February 2013 I have focused my energy on setting up a business online, currently called the Wildersoul Colouring Book. http://wildersoul.wordpress.com Various contact details are available from a central point at http://about.me/anasera.trifonoff

Self-employment Information

Sold various paintings privately from 1986 to date.
June 2012 Self-employed contractor. Demonstration model for video advertisement for a physiotherapist
October 2011 to March 2012 – Self-employed contractor. Video testimonials for patient interviews for a chiropractor. (Clinic has since moved to Wellington)
From May 2003 to October 2011 Self-employment in various capacities as below.
Desktop publishing for a takeaway shop.
Colouring Artwork for a Tourist Park
Colouring Artwork for Special Education speech therapists
1996 – Exhibited and sold paintings at French Art Shop Gallery, Ponsonby, Auckland in 1996.
1988 – Exhibited at Gallery 16, Kumeu, Auckland.
Sold my first painting at age 15 after it was exhibited in the Auckland Star Secondary School Art Exhibition.

Education

On-the-job learning 1988, and 1990 to date, in a broad variety of industries. Some short courses taken in Art, Stage/Screen and TV/Film Acting, graphic design, desktop publishing, electronics, and outdoor pursuits. Some involvement in Community theatre and Community circus.
Secondary school 1984-87 and 1989. ‘A’ Bursary awarded.
Graded in the top 5% nationally for Art at age 16.

Explanation of break in employment

Left work to raise a family from 1997. Homeschooling my two children since approximately 2003. Casual work during this time included some childcare, preschool, afterschool and a holiday programme for teens, as well as some cleaning and gardening work, and private tutoring in English for a speaker of another language. Health issues have made it difficult to take on more. Mostly related to stress. The worst of these issues has been addressed from mid-2012 to early 2013, in an intensive self-initiated treatment plan.

Transferable Skills

Creative, Artistic

Artistic, music appreciation, dance, body movement, perform, act, draw, sketch, render, present artistic ideas, play instruments, expressive.

Working with People

Patient, care for, pleasant, counsel people, sensitive, supportive, help others, insightful, teach, anticipate needs, open-minded, kind, take orders, listen, serving, trust, working with others, understand, adaptable

Leadership

Motivate people, plan, delegate, run meetings, direct others, explain things to others, self-motivated, get results, think of others, direct projects, team builder, solve problems, mediate problems, take risks, empowering others.

Some Key or Other transferable skills

Customer service oriented, accepted responsibility, desire to learn and improve, solve problems, team player, work independently, computer skills

Use my hands, assemble or make things, safety-conscious, follow instructions

Using Words, Ideas

Innovative, logical, research, create new ideas, design, understand the big picture

Summary

I’ve bolded the skills which stand out to me the most. That is; artistic, draw, sketch, render, help others, adaptable, self-motivated, get results, work independently, computer skills, use my hands, assemble or make things, innovative, create new ideas, design, understand the big picture.

Computer Skills

  • Inkscape – vector graphics editor
  • GIMP – image editor, similar to Photoshop
  • WordPress.com blogs
  • Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Google+, About.me, Goodreads – social media
  • WordPress.org self-hosted blog (basics)
  • Windows, Linux and Macintosh operating systems.
  • Scribus – page layout and publication (desktop publishing program, similar to Pagemaker)
  • CreateSpace paperback self-publishing
  • Amazon Kindle e-book self-publishing
  • Gmail for email, also familiar with Outlook.
  • Chromium browser (Linux version of Chrome)
  • OpenOffice, LibreOffice, similar to MS Office.
  • OpenShot video editor. Also familiar with iMovie for Mac, and MovieMaker for Windows
  • SoundCloud audio
  • Grooveshark broadcasting, and recording
  • YouTube video
  • VideoPress on WordPress
  • Audacity – record and edit audio files
  • Skype, Google Talk
  • Synfig Studio – 2D animation (basics)
  • DropBox – file sharing in the Cloud
  • Sellbox – upload and sell digital files from DropBox
  • Previous experience with Excel spreadsheets, Word documents, PowerPoint presentations, although not currently using them.

I am a quick learner, and most of the above programs I set myself to learn over the last year. I am not afraid of good old-fashioned roll-the-sleeves-up hard work.

Some Previous Employers (prior to 1998)

Internet ProLink NZ Ltd (bought by another telco)
Napier Computer Systems Ltd
Avnet Pacific Ltd (NZ merged into Asia/Pacific)
Select Appointments (Temping agency – name changed to Randstad Pty Ltd)
West Plaza Copy Centre Ltd (Now Colour Copy & Print Ltd)
NM Studios, the Signmaker (downsized to work from home)
Walshes World Ltd – International Tourism Marketing (Now The Walshe Group Pty Ltd)

References on request.

Shameless self-promotion

 
(And it seemed like such a quiet interview room!)

Artist Chat

Well, that was exciting; a guest spot on #ArtistChat with @SharonNicholas of @ArtistChat on Twitter.

All those pertinent short questions got me thinking. Where am I headed with my art?

If art starts at birth, with all-encompassing perception, and then builds into skills of movement , sound, and creating an effect on the world around us with our hands, or our voice, or a simple move of the eye, then where does school fit in, and the structured learning of what others have done before us?

How does the entirely new scene of art publishing fit in?

Everything can be published non-traditionally now, in some means, shape or form. Video captures dance, kinetic sculpture, and open mic poetry… Paintings, photographs, and music clips can be uploaded for the world to see on a blog, and the artist is accessible to chat with in real-time.

I didn’t discuss my colouring book art at all, and I have a large gap before I started posting art to my blog, where I mostly spent my energy on raising a family. Sculpture and moving pictures with sound, poems, and dance… Photography and paint, and digital art. There is so much I want to do, and combine.

The colouring book art is a start – it has put me into a regular daily routine, and has pulled me into a tonne of learning. Such as different graphics programs, social media, blogging, and small business start-up. And now sales skills… online marketing. publicity, advertising, campaigns, google rankings, and tax treaties. So much to learn.

For now, I will drift off to sleep to the sound of rain drumming on a tin roof. Night all!

 

Best news about e-books!

I am stoked! This is what I learned today from the experts of Kindle…

“Although the Amazon Kindle does not have any printing functionality, a user can copy pages to “My Clippings”, copy them to their desktop computer by using the USB cable, and then print from there.”

This means that my colouring book artwork can be printed out from an e-book that I can sell on Amazon. Time to get busy!

Hmm. A double-check… does anyone have an Amazon Kindle that they can test this out on and tell us how well it works? It is apparently good for printing out a recipe to use in the kitchen, too.

Thanks!

Anasera

PDF downloads and e-book ideas, mixed with a bit of spontaneous creativity… and add a dash of marketing – hopefully means some sales!

I spent some time today putting together a PDF colouring book, after googling that Amazon had something called eDocs that were mainly PDFs and printable. eDocs were also supposed to be smaller than eBooks… and sounded like just what I needed for digital sales of my colouring book art.

Once I finished the PDF, try as I might, I could not find how to upload a PDF to Amazon as an eDoc. So I am waiting for a reply to an email for help. Somehow I think that eDocs no longer exist. So I am not holding my breath.

My next idea, is to make an e-book, and build in a way to allow my e-book buyers to print out the pictures! My cunning plan is to add links within the e-book, which take the reader through to a PDF download page, which they can print from within Adobe Reader, or similar. So the price of the e-book covers the printable artwork.

There will need to be probably some sort of password protection on the download page. And it can be a page on my blog, that cannot be accessed except by people who bought the e-book. Readers would find their password inside the e-book.

http://www.thomasedison.com/quotes.html Thomas Edison comes to mind as I discard yet another idea on the way to whatever comes of my colouring book adventure. Goodbye eDoc idea!

This e-book… I have thoughts of it being the most fantastic e-book ever. Then I would have to figure out how to make it so. The key, I think, is the links. To be able to click a link from my e-book reader and be taken somewhere special, that relates to the page I’m reading. This does not always have to be a colouring book page. It could be a link to a video, or an audio recording of a poem which the reader is looking at in the e-book, which includes some other ramblings by the poet beyond what can be read on the page.

It could link to a blog, anybody’s blog, on a related topic. One link per page. One “call to action,” so as not to confuse the reader with too many things to do. Don’t want to overload with too many choices.

Singing and music could sprout up from a link. The e-book becomes a bit like a slice of a blog, which can be sold on Amazon.

The e-book itself is the “shop front.” And the blog becomes the warehouse storage behind the scenes. With a window display that can be freely perused by blog followers. The window display is made up of the free pages and posts on the blog. There will have to be private pages or posts that can only be accessed via the “shop front” e-book. They must not be available via Google searches. The hidden pages or posts would probably need a visible page which explains that access is via buying the e-book, with a direct link to Amazon where it can be bought with One-Click.

I am liking this idea more and more. Probably someone has done it already, and I would like to have a search and see what their e-book and blog looks like. More research to do…

Meantime… it is time to prepare forms and paperwork for the US taxman. If I work things right then hopefully I won’t lose another 30% from the grand total of less than $15 made in online sales so far. So, yeah, I haven’t hit the big-time yet. The e-book idea is compelling. And I hadn’t thought of what to put into an e-book before. This one I hope will be a best-seller.

  1. Art
  2. Poetry
  3. Links

That is the basic interior of the e-book. Then come the links:

  1. Colouring book pages of the printable variety
  2. Fine art / digital art for download, or physical delivery
  3. Audio poetry reading
  4. Video introduction
  5. Video for kids
  6. Links to authors, poets, and creative communities
  7. Links to bloggers
  8. Links to a series of stories, or comics, that come out in episodes. Like an index page. Or table of contents. Hmm I don’t know if authors/comic artists would receive royalties from the e-book, or if they would pay for a link to be added! Hee hee. Maybe treat it the same as links between blogs. Good traffic boosters.

Now, the e-book would “expire” in a funny way. The next e-book would have a new password to access the next lot of links.

Possibly the old passwords could be removed and the old links only accessible by buying the next e-book. The price and timing would be important. It would be a bit like a subscription, which could be paid monthly, or yearly, or six-monthly. Depending on how often a new e-book is created.

I will need to think about it all some more. Thought others might benefit from thinking along the same lines. And there is surely room for collaboration by artists, writers and all other creative types… A bit of spontaneous creativity gone wild would be a lot of fun.

This feels so good. Roadside Stall…

Here’s what I did today… all ready to put out at the gate tomorrow morning as early as I can. If the first five sell, then I will print, staple, trim, and package the next lot and stock up the shelf. I am so childishly excited about this. There are so many times I have helped the kids set up a stall with all manner of things to sell over the years. I built this funny little shelf system, to display a sign and hold things for sale. It has held painted rocks in Aboriginal style, and Caged Stone jewellery.  We covered it all in black fabric and hung the necklaces on the backboard. Today… it’s me who is selling something. Me. Me. Me. Just for me. And it feels Very Strange. It has always been for the kids – everything has always been for the kids.

I am thinking about the people who might walk past and have a look… and thought, what if they would like to have a go and don’t have money on them while they are walking? So I put my tiny box of coloured pencils on the display and a sample book that didn’t quite make the grade for selling… so I have this thrilling sort of feeling over what colours and drawings I might find in the book by the end of the day!

For sale1

I loved covering the box and tin with leftover wallpaper to brighten things up a bit. It reminded me of the time I was off work for “stress-related illness” in my twenties (B.C. – Before Children!) And I started covering tins with fabric, to sell. It was as I neared the end of my six-week doctor-ordered time off. And shortly after, a job that was very well suited for me at the time turned up out of the blue. I have an excited sort of feeling about covering a tin again, and putting up my little roadside stall.

For sale2

 

I added a bit of colour to start the ball rolling. I wonder who will come by and colour in. I reckon I  might sit near the stall for some of the day, and draw something outdoors.

The reason the book is soooo cheap, is that I have made it entirely myself from home. No middle men, no-one else needs a share in the profit for their part of the work. It is all my blood sweat and tears…. hmm… no blood sweat and tears? Love, creative spark, and putting my printing/publishing knowledge to work. The funniest thing was when I finished designing the sign and recalled how much I was paid for desktop publishing, and the sign would have cost way more than what my colouring books are selling for! I laughed. This is a good exercise in self esteem and confidence. I would like to sell my paintings. I didn’t quite get to the paints yesterday nor today. So it might be something amazing to look forward to doing mañana.

Tomorrow, mañana, I will let you know what comes of all this.

Adiós amigos!

I’ve done enough for a mallow puff!

Although I am running late, I am now catching up fast!! My first fifteen contacts have been invited to have a look at my 365+ colouring pictures at http://sbx.sk/AkD1.

And I have a special bookmark folder for other organizations that may love my colouring book. Especially how it can be printed out offline, any time, as many times as you wish.

I am loving it – I am on a bit of a high from having something to sell that I believe in.

Part of me wants to next 75 invites which will bring me up to date on my goal of 1000 for the month of September, with 15 contacts each morning, and 15 each afternoon. So I may pull an all-nighter. Bit of weigh-up on how much sleep I can miss!

Now I really do want a mallow-puff!

(PS – Shaquin helped me squash the 143MB into a mere 100MB. Yay!)

Brainstorming – colouring book

Anything goes here, and any extra ideas are very welcome to throw into the mix. I need to shake my brain out a bit.

(Edit: This helped. The downheartedness is departing and the hopefulness is setting in once more. I recommend brainstorming to anyone pushing through a business idea)

—-BrAiN-STorMinG—

143MB file download takes maybe four hours or more on dial-up connections. That’s for 458 PNG files that are compressed into a single zipfile.

Some people do not have an internet connection at all.

Everyone who has a high speed internet connection with plenty of bandwidth, can already access my FREE online colouring book. Which is good…. although perhaps these are the people who are more able to afford a $12 subscription, than those with dial-up, or no internet at all. (?)

Colouring in is healing in itself, as it accesses the creative side of the brain.

Using the colouring as a means of expression, or as something to accompany a course of therapy really requires at least one other person to share the process with. This could be a friend, family member, therapist or counsellor, or similar. Someone to share the journey with and ‘be there’ when things get rough.

Online support groups, for colouring in. Share work, or share a story, or simply gather together with a creative bunch. Have fun!

Meet at a cafe and bring a bunch of colouring pics to share, along with some coloured pencils or crayons, and sharpeners. Forget about the rest of the world for a while.

Meet at a community art centre and start a colouring group for $x per session per person per week.

$180-ish per week, would be perhaps 2 days, with 2 sessions of four or five people per session. 9 people x $10 x 2 days

Would people pay that much to colour in?

Is there community funding available for a colouring project which aims to provide a healthy creative activity open to the whole community?

Hmm. 4 days, with 2 sessions of four or five people. 18 people x $5 x 4 days.

You know, anybody could do this, by printing off colouring book pages from my blog, and set up a venue, or go into schools, rest homes, mental health hospitals, or units within hospitals, to provide some colourful company to others. Whether as paid work, or as voluntary companionship.

I wonder if there is a grant available for one artist to work part-time on providing a free online colouring book to the global community via the internet…. Equivalent of 15 hrs a week at minimum wage is about $10,140. I might go down this avenue.

Schools are a big market…

Businesses apparently can now be sued for causing stress to their employees in the workplace. (Thank you mum for this idea…) Put colouring books into stressful offices to provide a quick time-out to de-stress, and engage the creative brain, before returning to the fray in a corporate environment.

(Schools and corporations do not appeal to me quite so much as our values are quite different.)

Perhaps if other people were to find these ideas useful to start their own business, then they could send a small commission for the use of the artwork. Like maybe 5% or 10%. You get 90% to 95% of whatever you are paid.

I have limitations and have to find a way to work around them.

So far the most suitable option for me, seems to be applying for a grant to work part-time as an artist providing a Creative Space, and ‘health resource.’  As well as asking for a small commission (royalty?) from others who may really be able to go out regularly and be with people face to face, and create a physical space where people can meet and colour in together.

Possibly, I could burn CDs or DVDs with 365+ colouring book pictures, and sell them for the $12. Plus postage.

143MB for 458 files might take up to half an hour to download, for high speed internet, with good bandwidth. For some it would be a lot quicker.  This would still be quicker than going through each blog post to download each picture individually. Once on your own computer, there is software available to preview all the pictures either in a file manager, or photo viewer.

Paper version. Needs to really be at a higher resolution for print, and a non-standard paper or binding used, which means paying a bit extra to self-publish. I am short of funds for paying the extra.  Increasing the size would be desirable, and this means editing every single image file. This would take quite some time.

I am convincing myself at this point to go ahead and offer the $12 download of 365+ files, as it has ongoing benefits that perhaps outweigh the time it takes to download. (I am used to downloading single files which take a second or a few seconds, or at most a number of short minutes to arrive on to my computer.) It would need to be treated as a large creative resource which will take more than an “instant” to arrive.

Okay. I will start writing my introductory offer, and load the large zipfile to my DropBox/Sellbox/PayPal machine. Ready to do business.