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NFT Spaces and shedding some light!

I want to talk about my new NFT spaces and shedding some light on Shawnee Rising Studios.

But first, I want to talk about why I closed down my online shop in the first place.

I was broke.

Honestly, that’s pretty much it. I thought I would be able to make enough money and help out around the house and pay some bills, but I just wasn’t making enough money from my shop. We got behind on bills and I had no choice but to shut things down and end my subscriptions to my website in order to save some money.

I stopped buying art and craft supplies.

I had every intention to keep writing in the blog, but I just didn’t have the motivation to do anything with my blog or my art. I stopped working on everything; blogging, painting, writing, beading. I’ve done nothing since closing down my shop.

I was depressed.

Here is a dream that I have had for so long being tossed in the trash because I couldn’t make it work out.

I failed.

The one thing I wanted to do with my life and I failed at it.

What made things worse is that I now had to join back into the workforce like everyone else. I didn’t want to. I rebelled with every part of my being. I got even more depressed.

I got a job but quit soon after. I couldn’t do it. I couldn’t bring myself to go to work again.

You have to understand that going back to work was the ultimate life failure. I was done working. When I quit my last job, I was never going to return back to work and make my art a hobby again.

But now I was being forced to because we were broke.

It may sound lazy not wanting to work, but it’s not that I didn’t want to work, it’s just that I didn’t want to work for anyone else but myself. It was a dream to work from home. It was a dream to be an artist. It was a dream to support my family with my art.

But I failed.

I’m doing everything I can to get things back in order to open my shop up once again, which brings me to NFTs.

NFT SPACES

“An NFT is a unit of data stored on a digital ledger, called a blockchain, which can be sold and traded. The NFT can be associated with a particular digital or physical asset (such as a file or a physical object) and a license to use the asset for a specified purpose. An NFT (and, if applicable, the associated license to use, copy or display the underlying asset) can be traded and sold on digital markets”

Wikipedia

Basically, it’s crypto art. You buy and sell these art or photography pieces with crypto tokens, such as Ethereum.

I’m still new to the whole NFT thing, so I’m still learning about it all myself. Right now, I’m using it as an art gallery in a way and people can come and buy my artwork if they want. I share most of my work right now on my Twitter profile because that’s where the NFT community is at right now. So, join me if ya want!

Where can you find my NFT art?

You can find my bigger collections on the OpenSea marketplace. These consist of PFP projects mostly. PFP or Profile Picture, are usually multiple images created for people to buy and use as profile pictures on their social media. They’re also collectables that people buy, a lot like trading cards in away.

Examples:

Some NFTs on the OpenSea marketplace

You can find my other work on the Voice marketplace.

Examples:

Go check them out, share them around, and hit those like buttons.

I’m hoping this new NFT venture will bring in some money to help out with shop stuff, which brings me to my next topic!

SHEDDING SOME LIGHT!

So, what’s this light that I’m talking about?

Well, if all goes according to plan, I will probably open my shop back up around April. Give or take. Like I said, I lost all motivation to create anything, so I have nothing to post into my shop. So, I have to make things first and I will probably work on that before publishing my website. I will open when I think I have enough.

This time will be different. This time the fire will be lit under my ass so I don’t stop moving, I don’t stop creating, I don’t stop sharing, I don’t stop marketing.

It has to be different.

What I was doing before wasn’t working.

Please, be patient with me.

And when it’s finally time to rock-n-roll, I hope you will be there with me!

Blessings, peace, and love to to you!

Niyâwe! Thank you!

Michael Daugherty
Shawnee Rising Studios
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Happy New Year! Shawnee Rising Studios is Closing!

Shawnee Rising Studios closing its digital doors on February 1, 2022. 😢

I have made the extremely hard decision to close my Online Studio for an undetermined amount of time.

I want to thank everyone for the amazing support, encouragement, and motivation to chase a dream that I’ve had for so, so long.

At this time, there are no plans to continue making earrings, paintings, or podcasts as I focus entirely on work and my financial responsibilities at home.

I don’t know when I will continue this venture of being a full-time Shawnee artist, but as of right now it’s not financially viable.

For the month of January, enjoy 50% OFF on what’s left in my Online Studio as I get ready to close on this amazing journey!

For those who are patrons on my Patreon, I will send the notification out before I shut things down and give you an official date. Your support has meant everything to me and, hopefully, I can pick things up again in the future and gain your support again and come back stronger than before. But I don’t know when that will be.

I’ll talk more about everything in another post as to why I came to this decision.

Until then, have a happy New Year!

NIYÂWE, CÂKIWIYÊFA! (Thank you, everyone!)

Michael Daugherty
Shawnee Rising Studios

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Part-Time Job & Artist’s Apprehension

Part-Time Job

I finally got a part-time job after searching for a few weeks. I start in a couple of days.

I can’t say that I’m excited as I hoped to have more time to work on my own business here at home. But we need more money coming in and we have projects that require a little extra money.

But I’m going to keep working on my business as much as I can while working and keep trying to build it to where I want it.

This isn’t what I wanted. I was hoping for more time but plans change, I know that.

I hoped to be further along than I am, and I can’t help but wonder if I’m doing something wrong. What could I have done better? What can I do better?

My small home business was supposed to help support whatever needs came up, and I can’t help but wonder if I’m even good enough to do it. How do I get people beyond my friends and family to see my work? I made the websites, I posted on social media, I told people about it.

Yet, most of my family and friends haven’t even looked at my website or listened to a podcast that I’ve made. Someone might ask me a question and I will tell them it’s all on my website or in a blog I’ve written.

“Oh, I usually don’t click on the links.”

It’s all right there. Here. It’s all right here on the website. Click on the links and share them. You don’t have to buy anything, just share the damn link!


New items are available in the Online Studio!

But, as time went on, I realized that it was me. I’m not focused enough on the tasks to get them done and marketed consistently enough that would help boost my views and/or ratings.

For a few weeks, I didn’t even have internet or hotspot to get online to post anything, which is another big hamper in my future plans for Shawnee Rising Studios. My internet sucks!

But I’m just whining now.

I know I need the job in order to start saving money for plans and projects needed to move forward. I need a workshop in order to move my workspace out of my bedroom. I need room to breathe and spread out.

I don’t have that now and it’s needed badly!

But I’m getting by and I know things are going to start changing back to normal where I can work on my home business full-time.

I just really, really don’t want to get a job!

Artist’s Block Apprehension

I’ve had something on my mind the last few days and I wanted to share it. Something that kind of opened my eyes to what I’m feeling when staring at a blank canvas or page.

When it comes to artist’s block or writer’s block, especially when it comes to starting a new project, apprehension is a feeling that I believe most people mistake for their block. At least it is for me.

I think there’s always a small fear when starting a project. You’re not sure if it will come out how you want it or you don’t know if it will end up being a complete waste of time. For me, I always feel like I’m not good enough to create what’s in my head, so I always feel like it’s going to be crappy and be a complete waste of my time.

Challenging myself puts me at a standstill and I tell myself that it’s just artist’s block or writer’s block, depending on what I’m doing. But my apprehension isn’t allowing me to focus and see the bigger picture in my mind.

I forget sometimes that creating art, especially painting, that nothing is certain. You have an image in your mind, but it’s the beauty of going through the different steps of painting, seeing something in it, and then following it somewhere else, where you might see something totally different and follow that.

But no matter which direction you take, the feeling, the heart, of what you were wanting is always there. I know other artists may not see it this way or even feel this way, but I do, and I think it’s an amazing journey through a painting and your own psyche during its creation. Your mind travels around and sees different things you hadn’t even imagined putting into the artwork.

This is why I try very hard not to tell anyone, even myself, what I will be painting unless I know for sure what I’m going to paint. But if there’s something I’m wanting to create, and I’m not exactly sure the path I’m going to take, then I keep it to myself and try to keep my mind open and focused on the feeling or message that I’m wanting to purvey through the piece.

It’s almost, if not exactly, like outlining and pantsing for writers.

You have people that will outline their entire story or novel, mapping out their entire path before they even think about leaping into writing the story.

There are people who paint the same way. They will sketch out their entire painting, whether on a piece of paper or on a canvas before they even lay out their brushes.

Then you have pantsers, people who write by the seat of their pants. No outline. No path. Just an idea of what they want. They let the story unfold as they’re writing it. Which is how I write my stories most of the time.

But this is also how I paint. I put brush to canvas and let the painting unfold in front of me as I paint it. If I see something that I don’t like, I paint over it and redo it.

Pantsing is such a strange thing. You write or paint as if someone else is transcribing it to you at that moment. You are just another tool along with the pen or brush as someone or something writes or paints through you.

I just wish they were a better painter!

Many blessings and have a safe and happy holiday season!

Niyâwe! Thank you!

Michael Daugherty
Shawnee Rising Studios

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I Have to Head Back to Move Forward…

So, I’m looking for a part-time job in order to bring in some more money so that my wife and I can start saving for our workshop.

A while back, my wife and I bought a large shed that we were going to convert into a tiny house, but circumstances changed and we were unable to start working on it. So, after I quit my job and began working on my art full-time, we decided that we could turn all or part of the shed into a workshop so that we could expand our workspace and get out of our bedroom.

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Update on Shawnee Rising Studios!

I just wanted to give a little update on Shawnee Rising Studios!

It’s been a while since I’ve written in the blog or posted a podcast and I just thought it was time to give an update on why.

So, I quit my job back in March and I had these huge plans to build my little art business at home, eventually pulling in my wife to help with some stuff. Original artwork, beaded earrings, and bracelets were a few of the items I have made and sold in my Online Studio. Soap, lip balms, and possibly bath bombs were in the plans for future endeavors. All of this was supposed to happen by the end of the year, with my wife quitting her job to help after saving money back.

None of this has happened yet.

It’s now October. Things haven’t really fallen into place and for the last few weeks, I have been in that state of mind that most artists go through when they’re starting out; feeling like an imposter.

I’ve heard of artists and creators going through this phase of their careers, but I didn’t think would be such a debilitating feeling.

Imposter syndrome is when a person doubts their skills and abilities and has feelings of being a fraud. You feel like you’re inadequate and failing.

I have hit this phase of my art-building career.

When things don’t sell and I can’t get people to buy things, I wonder if what I’m doing is even worth it. If I don’t have money coming in, then none of it is. Without money, I can’t help my wife pay bills and/or buy groceries. As much as I would love to be able to do my artwork without charging, it’s impossible. Society has placed such a burden on us to need money that even the smallest of services must be charged for.

I’m not getting the money I need to continue with what I’m doing at this moment.

Was I not good enough? I don’t know. I can’t get people to answer my questions about my work or website. I can’t get people to review my Facebook page or products. I can’t get people to share posts or links.

Nobody, but a small few, will tell me how I’m doing or how they like my work.

Nobody, but a small few, will listen to my podcasts.

I’ve messaged many people on Facebook and asked if they’ve ever clicked on a link to one of my blog posts, and they’ve all said no. So, they won’t read this.

It’s no one’s fault. It’s mine.

I haven’t marketed myself or my art the way I should have and I don’t spend enough time on social media to talk about my art. I’ve been a quiet person my whole life and that has, for the most part, spread over into my social media.

At this point in my art-building career, I feel like a fraud. I know the feeling will pass. I know I just have to give it time, but time is running out. I don’t want to still be working on my career when I’m in my 50’s.

I have to get a job.

I have been actively putting in applications to places close to home because I’m not making any money.

I feel like a failure in the only thing I’ve ever wanted to do with my life.

Like I said, this feeling will pass.

We have things to work on to get my workspace more like an artist shop. At this time, it’s in my bedroom and there’s very little room to do anything.

So, at some point, I will be heading back to work. I don’t know when and I don’t know what effect it will have on my artwork if any. If I don’t post or do anything for a while, I’m most likely focusing on work until I get settled in.

Going back to work was the one thing I never wanted to do again.

In the meantime, I’m working on a book; a novel. I write when I can and it helps when I’m feeling unproductive.

I love to write. I wish I had learned more about writing in school, or grammar more specifically.

I love to write, but I sure don’t know how to. After many drafts of getting my story and characters the way I want them, we will come to the editing portion; editing my book line by line to make sure all of my sentences are clear of mistakes. I’m sure there will be many.

There are many aspects to writing a book that I’ve never learned how to do; description, world-building, etc., but I’ve watched hours of videos on it.

There’s an awesome community of new and old authors on YouTube that teach their way of writing. They each tackle books in their own way and it’s awesome to learn from people that actually know what they’re talking about.

But, that’s about all right now.

I hope that you stick around to see what happens in the future. I’m still fighting like hell to make things happen, even when I feel like a fraud at times.

Niyâwe! Thank you!

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Changes and A Few Small Upgrades

Hato, niwikana! Hello, my friends!

I just wanted to give you some news on some changes and a few small upgrades happening here at Shawnee Rising Studios.

To help support Shawnee Rising Studios, you can become a member of my Patreon with a monthly contribution starting at just $1 a month! You can upgrade or cancel at anytime. If you don’t want to pledge for a month and just want to support what I do, then you can buy me a coffee! Yep, head over to buymeacoffee.com/shawneerising and you can donate, or buy me a coffee, for as little as $2.

The more I upgrade my equipment and am able to buy art supplies, the better my content will get, and the more I can share with you as I journey to become a full-time creator!

So, if you’re ready:

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Thank you for your continued support!

Online Studio

There’s been a lot going on in the last few weeks with historic winter weather hitting across the country. I just wanted to say thank you for your continued support, even during tough times for all of us! Though it was rough, I managed to get out and ship my very first package from an online order before weather got horrendous.

It’s been very exciting to be able to make something and instantly put it in my Online Studio. It feels amazing, actually!

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One Week Open and Looking to the Future!

One week in and I have received such awesome feedback and compliments on the shop and art pieces. I want to thank everybody for such kind words. There’s not a lot right now, but there’s more still to come!

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Welcome to the Studio!

ONLINE STUDIO NOW OPEN!

The Shawnee Rising Studios online shop is now OPEN and ready for business!

Head over and check out original paintings and earrings, with even more items still to come! New items will be uploaded as soon as they’re finished and prepared. So check back regularly!

multiple pictures hang on a wall above a couch
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February is Coming Up Fast!

Online Studio Update

February 1st is coming up fast and I am looking forward to dropping some artwork into the Online Studio. I have six paintings that are ready to go and I’m in the process of making some earrings. I have some bracelets and a few more items ready to drop as well.

Also, in addition to canvas paintings, I will be creating my own paper and using it for various mediums: acrylic, water color, graphite, mixed media, and whatever else I can find to sling on it. I think making my own paper will make the piece that much more unique and personal. It also allows me to recycle old paper into something useful.

I’ll be recording my process of making my own paper in a future YouTube vlog, so keep a look out for the notification on the socials for when it drops.

Support Shawnee Rising Studios

I’ve mentioned it before, but if you want monthly shop discounts and want to see some exclusive content, like a behind the scenes look into my studio or what I’m working on, then become a patron, a subscribed member of my Patreon. Your monthly contributions help keep me doing what I love and they also help me upgrade my art supplies and equipment, which means higher quality content.

I currently have four tiers: $1, $5, $10, and $25. The higher tiers, 10 and 25 dollars, receive a free gift 3 months after they sign up and then every 3 months afterward, for a whole year! Just a way of saying thanks for the awesome support.

So, if you’re ready…

Become a Patron!

If, for any reason, you can’t afford a monthly subscription to Patreon, there is another option. You can buy me a coffee…for real! Buy Me a Coffee is a simple, easy, and awesome way to support the creators you believe in by donations, or buying them a coffee!

On my page, you can donate, or buy me a coffee, for as little as $2, or however much you want. Also, if you don’t care to hassle with Patreon, you can become a monthly or annual subscriber on Buy Me a Coffee as well, but without all the perks that you get on Patreon. It’s simple and easy.

You can find the Buy Me a Coffee button at the bottom of the screen and support me without ever leaving my site! Just look for the coffee cup.

Or, you can click the button below and go straight to the website…

Buy Me A Coffee

Any amount, no matter how small, is appreciated more than I could express!

Shawnee Rising Podcast

My podcast is till running! I’ve recorded and published 7 episodes at the time of writing this, and this season will only have 10 episodes. I’m still new to this podcast thing, and definitely new to talking a lot, but everything is going good and I’m having a lot of fun doing podcasts.

So, just know that your contributions from Patreon and/or Buy Me a Coffee goes toward the Shawnee Rising Podcast as well. For the free version of PodBean, the podcast platform I am using, they only allow 5 hours of record time before I have to upgrade to a paid version.

I’m almost out of time…!

It’s not very much, but subscriptions start to add up when you’re running a website that require other subscriptions.

If you listen to my podcast, niyawe! thank you! If not, then that’s ok, too? But if you’re curious, go ahead and take a listen.

Let me know what you think!

Random Thoughts…

Everything that I’m doing is out of my comfort zone. Patreon, Buy Me a Coffee, selling my artwork…it’s all actually really hard for me to do. I have a hard time asking for money, even when selling a piece of work. I understand that to make a profit and a living income I will have to ask uncomfortable prices for my work. But, I think if I can get higher quality equipment and supplies, I feel like that the content and creations will be worth the price, because I fight internally with believing that my work is even worth anything to anybody.

I know everyone struggles with this issue. I know it will always feel like my work isn’t good enough. I just want to thank those who have been sticking by me, believing in me, and supporting me. There are still a lot of things I have planned for my future, ideas I hope will become reality someday.

With the help and support from family, friends, and even strangers, I believe I will achieve those goals.

Salanoki Kenole. Niyawe!

Michael Daugherty
Shawnee Rising Studios