As the moon wanes, I selling the last copies of the Ironwing Tarot Major Arcana (two copies left as of this morning), and putting several egg tempera paintings up for sale on my website HERE. None of them are new (I haven done any painting in nearly two years, due to other drawing projects, more metal and lapidary work, and having more cats to care for). Several, such as Jaguarundi Shaman that appears on my website homepage, have never been offered for sale before now. I had retired most of my paintings from the website because most people do not find them interesting, and the painting medium (handground mineral pigments in eggyolk/water medium) can be a turnoff, especially for younger people who typicallyprefer the ultra-saturated colors that they are used to seeing in digital art. So if I don get any inquiries in the next six months or so, I take them down permanently so they not cluttering the site. The Tucson gem and mineral shows are in town, and I been enjoying the madness for the past week, although I only visited two shows this year. Now that I have a lapidary machine and am starting to make beads and carvings, Ididn look at beads or finished stones. Instead, I bought rough rock (big pile of Madagascar carnelian river pebbles), slabs (picture jasper, blue tigereye, agate, etc.), and various small tools. The fossil displays were some of the best I ever seen at the show. I couldn resist buying a lower jaw fragment of Megaloceros, the Pleistocene giant deer,that was collectedfroma gravel bar in the Rhine River, Germany. Looks like I be working with a lot of carnelian! In addition to the lovely Madagascarstones that I just bought, I also have an old stockpile of Oregon material, and a pile of bead-sized pink, orange, and red carnelian pebbles that we collected a few weeks ago in the Empire Mountains. So I looking forward to making more carvings like this one that I finished in December: A carved mussel shell of Oregon carnelian. You might be surprised at how interesting others find you and your work Lorena. I like the saturated colours of digital art, but your work with mineral pigments and egg tempera is unique and refreshing. I admire your talent and obvious skill and the way you are different from other artists. The Ironwing Tarot is a joy to me because you didn do it digitally with campy collage the way so many people do today. ALL your work carries your vitality and the hand of the artist, and is therefore interesting. If something doesn sell, is this a benchmark for excellence and interest? No. I took stuff for sale down from my site and I do SO understand the disappointment of not selling and not wanting to make new things because you know they won sell. I refuse to sell on Etsy which I suppose is a mistake, but I don like the place, its original purpose has been lost. However, if you have the space on your site, I would keep your art up as it so different and pleasing. Even thumbnails would be better than taking it down. It gives such a rounded view of you as an artist, I think it would be shame to delete it all. I am rather passionate about this. Creativity should not be a hostage to sales, especially by someone as gifted as you are. I took the paintings down because I haven done that kind of work in nearly two years, and the website is my online store it not intended to present a complete picture of me as an artist or a person. My current focus is on metal and stone, black and white drawing, and writing. I haven given up painting it just not a priority this year. On Etsy from what I can see, Etsy is basically an elaborate online pay-to-show membership gallery that is geared primarily towards low to moderately priced art and handicrafts that are designed to appeal to a wide audience. Presumably, Etsy sellers will be either young and/or inexperienced, or they mostly interested in production work, or they just don want the hassle of maintaining their own website. It doesn appeal to me, but my website pre-dates Etsy and I prefer having a stand-alone site and blog anyway. But we desperately need anything that encourages people to get away from the TV and be creative. If that Etsy, then I it, not agin it as they say in Kentucky. And when I was just starting to sell my art and needed to do inexpensive production work to pay rent, there was no internet but I did have other options (street sales, galleries and shops, fairs, etc.) that are no longer available where I live. So for many people, Etsy may be their only realistic option for sales.