I’ve been using WordPress for a while now, but only recently started really using it for my website. I think I have everything switched over to link here but I’m sure I missed something somewhere. Until I can save the money for an actual website, this will have to be my home for now, which isn’t bad. Going to be doing to website shopping for a while until I find something I like. Currently looking at Squarespace, which looks really nice and I already have a domain I bought from them by accident. Oops.
But, other than that, it all seems to be coming together pretty nicely. Now I just need to start busting some art out. Got some stories for some children’s books as well as a novel brewing. Going to start back up with some painting when I can get some canvases and some paint. Got designs made for some beadwork which I just decided today to start working on and selling. My problem is prioritizing and working on one thing at a time. Too many things running through my head that it starts to overwhelm me sometimes. But, no worries. I’m not giving up. There is a future out there waiting for me and I want to take my wife and son to see it. It’s going to take a lot of work, but one day that future will be my present.
As someone who is constantly buying sketchbooks, I figured it would be pretty cool to have a custom made sketchbook of my own. It is for sale ONLY on lulu.com for $11.99. It is 150 pages with a spiral coil binding for easy use. As I’m writing this, mine is in the mail and on its way! I hope it turns out pretty good and I can keep coming back and ordering me one when I need a replacement.
Good days come and go…but I alway seem to return to when I feel like my art just isn’t good enough to do what I want to do with it. I’m very happy to be where I am and with what I have accomplished so far, but I wish I was a little further along. I feel I lack the skills needed to accomplish what I need to do in my art to push myself forward. I lack the finances needed for school, so I’m diving head-first into YouTube and other sites for my education. I’ve learned a lot, but it’s not the same as a classroom setting, tools in hand and someone personally showing me what I’m doing.
I’ve given up I don’t know how many times. I throw my pencil or brush down in frustration and tell myself that I’ve reached my end. I want to pack up all of my art supplies; my pencils, pens, brushes, canvases, paint…and just chuck them in the dumpster. But I can’t. No matter how much I want to quit, I can’t bring myself to rid myself of creating art. No matter how bad I think it is, those good days still come along once in a while to pull me back in.
Things are going pretty good. I’m getting things set up through various sites, trying to get myself out there. So far, I’ve set up my author page on Lulu Press, Goodreads, and Amazon. I’ve had awesome comments from family and friends, and I’ve had many people interested in buying my book. It’s awesome!
Hopefully, in February my new children’s book, Koko’s Secret Treasure, will be out. I’m going to shoot for around February 11th, which is my birthday, to release it. I have lots of art still to draw, but it’s shaping up nicely, and it looks like I might make my deadline.
Though I sell myself short because my book is self-published, I can’t explain the joy of having a book published and actually having people buy it. It’s amazing!
I am a father, a husband, and an aspiring Shawnee artist. I want to be the best father I can be for my son, the best husband I can be for my wife, and the best Shawnee I can be for my people.
Neyiwa! Thank You!