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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!

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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!

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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

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My Online Shop Grand Opening…Again!

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In February, 2021, I will be posting all of my artwork into my online shop for my grand (re)opening.

Why February and not January? I keep finding more things that I need, like having boxes for shipping. Pretty important! I’m going to do it, no matter the circumstances. I’ve grown tired of waiting around. As long as I have the basic items necessary to ship packages, I’m going to do it this time!

So, in February, everything’s up for grabs!

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Changes Are Happening!

Changes are happening all over the site, starting with the addition of my shop page with sub-menu links to my off-site shops like Threadless and Society6. The only products that have been added are my books, located on lulu.com, and will be all you see for the time being until I begin creating and posting works to the shop.

It’s happening, folks! Everything is finally coming together and my shop is beginning to take shape.

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Resolutions or No Resolutions?

I have never been good at keeping new years resolutions. For as long as I can remember making them, I’ve never followed through with one. Too many things happen in a year that change my plans and I end up going in a different direction or I just don’t do it.

But, as the holidays come to a close and a new year is just around the corner, I find myself thinking about the things I hope to accomplish in the year 2020. So, do I make resolutions?

I don’t think I will.

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Everything is on Hold

As of right now, everything is on hold.

I haven’t had the money to fix my computer or buy a new one. We’re in the process of getting things ready to move out of our current home in the near future and I’ve put all of my craft work on hold. To be honest, I don’t know when I will be able to begin making things again. Things have been rough the last few weeks and we’re doing what we can to stay afloat.

I can’t wait to until things are back to normal.

Anyways, I probably won’t be posting as much until I can begin focusing on the blog again, which I hope is very soon. I’m sure I will post here and there but they will be small posts as they will be from my phone.

Stop in a say hi if ya want…hit me up on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, or just head over to my contact page.

My plans got smashed by a single bolt of lightning.

Maybe it just wasn’t time yet.

Until then…

NEYIWA! Thank You!

Michael Daugherty
Shawnee Rising Studios

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Nature Strikes in the Middle of the Night!

There’s nothing like a huge explosion jolting you awake at 2 in the morning when nature strikes.

In that state, your not truly aware of what’s going on and there’s a million things rushing through your mind in that split second; bomb, car crash, gas line…

But the first thing I did was rush into the living room where Eli was sleeping to make sure he was OK.

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Get To Know Me Better!

Hiteto, hakehowase lisimimo!
Hello, how are you doing?
Welcome back to Shawnee Rising Studios!

I’m still getting things set up for my grand opening in October, and I thought I would share a little more about who I am and what I’m looking to get out of my blog and online store.

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New Online Store @ Threadless

Hiteto! Hello!

I’ve been working on some new designs and artwork for a new shop that I’ve opened up on Threadless.com.

Some of the designs can be found on Society6 and Redbubble, but I am creating some artwork and designs that can only be found on threadless.

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I hope you check it out and share it around. All designs are original. Hit me up on Facebook or through the contact page here on the blog and let me know what you think or if you have any questions and/or comments about anything.

 

Neyiwa,

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Michael Daugherty
Shawnee Rising Studios

 



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Google G Suite

Hey! I hope you’re having a good weekend and living it up before you head back to work.

Once again, I find myself still awake late into the night. I’ve been surfing the interwebs and found something that’s pretty cool, especially if you own a business of any size.

If I had a bigger business it’s something I would definitely get, because I use Google for just about everything.

It’s called G Suite by Google Cloud, and it allows businesses of any size to simplify their work and get things done by allowing these businesses to enhance their productivity, allowing greater innovation, and offers greater economic benefits compared to other solutions. Continue reading Google G Suite