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A few changes

Hi there, my lovelies.

As regular readers know, I’m currently hugely busy over on 365 Jars and it’s basically eating my life. The project takes at least 2 or 3 hours most days and it’s often far more. When I started, I honestly thought I could work it around the other things that I had planned for this year but three months in, it’s obvious that I was monumentally wrong about that.

I knew it would be a lot of work but I honestly had no idea quite how all-encompassing it was going to be. That’s partly because it took off instantly, so I never got the gentle ‘I’ll just get up to speed while no one is looking’ period that I was expecting. But I also drastically underestimated how much admin it would require. When I was planning it, I sensibly accounted for the making and the walking but stupidly didn’t think about the time needed to answer comments and emails, promote it, manage the required databases and all the photo editing and blogging. Let this be a lesson to you, my dears, the hidden work is still work!

365 Jars is an epic project that deserves my full attention and rather than attempting to do lots of other things in a half-assed fashion, I’ve decided to make a few changes to free up time and energy so that I can concentrate on it.


The art shop

Firstly, I am closing down my Big Cartel shop completely. It’s costing me money to run and I’m just not selling enough to justify that expense. More importantly, I don’t have the time to make and add new stock and do the constant promotion that an online shop requires.

Rather than having it mouldering away unloved, I’m shutting the shop on Thursday 31st March at 9pm GMT and I’m discounting the existing stock, so you’ve got two days to get an art bargain.

Smaller drawings like this one are now only £30:

Pencil + gesso 05
Kirsty Hall: pencil & gesso drawing

While the larger drawings are reduced from £75 to £50:


Kirsty Hall: pencil & ink drawing

These are all original, one-off drawings and the price includes postage. It’s possible that I may try selling my artwork online again at some point but it definitely won’t be with these particular drawings, so you’ve only got two days to snap them up and then they’re gone for good.

If you’re desperate for one but can’t afford it right now, let me know and we’ll work something out.


The business stuff

I have taken down the Artist’s Eyeballs. It was an interesting experiment but they proved to be far too much work for the amount of money that I felt I could charge for them. I also didn’t enjoy doing them enough – they felt like a struggle. It’s possible that they may return in a different form in the future but for now, they are no more. If you’ve bought one and not yet received it, please don’t worry, I’ve not forgotten about you – I’ll be emailing you all personally this week to discuss timescales and options.

It’s extremely unlikely that I will be offering any new products or services until next year and I may not continue working in this area in the long-term. But for now you can still hire me to help you work out your internet strategy because I’m continuing to offer Internet Hand-holding consulting. I’ve also taken this opportunity to slightly lower the price of consulting from £70 to £60. I know people say that you should never lower your prices but it was obvious to me that £70 was too high for my particular client base. Yes, I could go looking for a wealthier client base but other artists are the people that I’m still passionate about helping.

I am also still available for paid talks in the UK, so if you represent a college or an artists’ group who need a talk on blogging, social media or the internet, please get in touch.


This blog

I will still be blogging on this site but it is going to be infrequent. However, I definitely don’t want this blog to die for a year while I blog like a crazed weasel over on 365 Jars, so I’m considering options like Audioboo, more round-up posts and short videos.


Artist Arse Kicking

I haven’t completely decided what’s happening with Artist Arse Kicking but I definitely won’t be opening it as a monthly subscription art club until early next year. It’s obvious that I can’t offer people my full attention right now and it would be unfair to charge for something that I can’t deliver well. I am still very excited about it though and it will definitely happen once the jars are done.

I would like to do something with the site this year but I don’t quite know what. I may ask for guest posters or just post inspiring stuff that I find around the web. I’d like to get some energy and community going over there. Suggestions gratefully received.


OK, that’s it for now. Don’t forget that you’ve got until Thursday at 9pm to buy my drawings before the shop closes.


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Comments

  • That’s great, you are showing flexibility and a concern for the quality of your products. The 365 Jars project is sooo GREAT it justly deserves your full attention.

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  • Good for you for setting limits, my dear, and for taking good care of yourself!

    I LOVE what you’re doing with 365 Jars!

    xoxo
    Melissa

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  • the jar project is really interesting and certainly deserves your focus.
    i look forward to seeing where you go from here!

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    Kirsty Reply:

    Thanks Stephanie, I hope to take the jars lots of interesting places, both physically and intellectually.

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  • Just found your blog, the blessings of an easy going saturday. your 365 jars project is really great.
    go forth and prosper. :)

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    Kirsty Reply:

    Thanks Elis, I’m glad you like the jars. My Saturday was fun but exhausting – I was looking after my nephew for 9 hours, he’s nearly two & a bundle of energy.

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  • No comments yet on this post. Amazing. Kirsty, yours is one of about a dozen blogs I follow periodically. Yours is consistently the most novel from a creative point of view. 365 Jars is a monumental effort, and it is so unusual, so interactive and full of the experience of discovery by–well, by those lucky few who discover the jars. I'm cheering you on, here–may the riches of Spring energize you and inform dozens of new jars.

    No need to answer–I'd rather you busy yourself with the magic jars.
    –Yvonne

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  • It's amazing, isn't it, what spurs us on to finally do something, like make art. That such beauty can come from such sadness.

    Thanks for sharing

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  • The pencil & ink drawing piece is just amazing! I love the simplicity of such art!

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  • Great drawings! I agree with Frank, the simplicity is the power of this art. Less is more.

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  • Nice, yours is one of the blogs I like as inspiration for my art, well done

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  • Wow you design nice drawing. I have visit your website it looks great.

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