Been kind of quiet lately….

Looking back, it’s been a whirlwind of a year. It’s been nearly 10 months since my last posting. Where has the time gone?

20150108_131530-EFFECTSMost of my week’s time has been spent working for one of the PNW’s oldest “start-up” company – Nordstrom. Huge in the retail business and quickly becoming more noticed in the technology scene. My Talent Acquisition co-workers and I have been putting great people to work in the IT side of the house with fervent energy. I stepped into an office downtown near Pike Street Market (see picture – taken out of a window on the 11th floor) last August. Our building has beautiful views of downtown Seattle. Taking public transportation into work really cuts down on wear and tear on the vehicle – and it allows time to read, make new acquaintances, and get a bit of exercise walking from the bus stops.

Wanna-B-RockStar has been keeping pace. Am offering up Inventory pricing on Etsy sales thru July 7th. Take advantage of the Coupon Code CHRISTMASINJULY to receive 20% off your purchase! Email me if you don’t see what you are looking for. A few of my regular Wine Charm sets (i.e. Seattle/PNW, Alaska, Texas, Hawaii, Idaho, Alice & Wonderland, Garden, and Beach themed) that are not listed on the site; but I will still honor the coupon code thru July 7th.

Hope you have a great Summer Solstice! Keep tuned for my next posting.

~Angie15738853193_061ec685c9_o

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Digital Downloads – yes or no?

In this day and age, having one’s photography more readily available thru on-line venues (stock photography, Etsy, photo providers, etc) is essential. Not only does it help boost credibility but lends to expanding the bank account when you least expect it!

Lately I added digital downloading to my photography Etsy account. Even tho my sales show low numbers, I’ve had several requests off-line for my photographic items. The competition is fierce with photography. Some photographers have fantastic work and make lots of $$ selling photo cards, prints and framed pieces. The majority have great items mixed with OK. What I’ve come to realize over the years is that no matter how good of a photographer one is, we all want someone to appreciate our work. But let’s face it, we all can’t have our mother’s buying all of our inventory! All I can do is to strive to improve my images and what I let the camera lens see.

I’ve been posting a lot more to flickr than Etsy, simply because of ease and time. I struggled with the concept of Digital Downloads – was it a sell out to the almighty dollar at hand instead of selling the actual print at a gallery or show? Would I loose inventory control? 

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This weekend – June 6th – you can find me down at the Artist Garage Sale in Everett from 9am until 3pm. [This is a FREE event – but a fundraising event is from 8am to 9am with early bird tickets.] Print this post out to receive a FREE Artisan Photo Card from my inventory!

Take a peek at a few Digital Images posted on Etsy. If you see anything you happen to like, let me know. Yes, it can be for sale. Feedback always welcome. ~Enjoy!

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Your turn to Vote!

Wahoo! It’s Spring. How many of  you are feeling ready for the new-ness of the Season? Did you plant any tulips or daffodils this winter? I’m super excited to watch the new growth come up.

I’m enlisting in your help!  Can you take a moment to vote for your favorite item? Once I have 100 votes, I will randomly pick a winner to award an item of their choice off my Etsy site – so spread the word!!

Etsy NeckBling:  https://www.etsy.com/shop/WannaBRockstar?section_id=7680930&ref=shopsection_leftnav_4

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Thanks,

~Angie

Horizons aren’t always flat

They said the earth was flat… until they explored it.  They said that man would never walk on the moon… until one day they did. If it weren’t for people dreaming BIG an taking chances, we would still be sitting in the dark with flickering candles eating dried out food with no or little seasoning.

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Why should we sit on the sidelines and let others do the cool creative stuff? The Pacific Northwest is knows for entrepreneurialism and those who push the envelope in artistic creativity. Artist like Chihully and Gary Larson started small and kept pushing their craft until they were recognized nationally. They took their passion to a whole new level and became successes in their own eyes and in the art field.

The daily plan we make for ourselves is not always a flat, easily attained one, but if crafted and executed with diligence, it will one day lead us to a success – our footprint in the sand of life.

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If you are in Everett this month – stop on by “We Do Art” for Art Walk or to introduce yourself to a few new Pacific Northwest Artists! See more information below.

Happy weekend!

~Angie

Our Monthly Artist Reception
We Do Art
March 15th
Saturday 4pm ~ 7pm
5612 Evergreen Way, Everett
St. Patrick’s Day Dinner & Guinnes
Presented by:
The White Buffalo Saloon
5616 Evergreen Way, Everett
Come Join the Fun
www.wedoart.net
Event Sponsors
The White Buffalo Saloon
5616 Evergreen Way
Artist Reception
Celebrating our Featured Artist:
Angie Sampson
We Do Art cordially invites you to attend our monthly event:
Saturday, March 15th
Between 4 pm ~ 7 pm
We Do Art’s Featured Artist:
Angie Sampson
I am an Artist – Photographer currently living in the Pacific Northwest. My three biggest passions are family, photography, and traveling. Growing up in a military family, I have lived in and traveled throughout the United States; as well as various destinations in North America, Australia, Europe, the Caribbean, and the Mediterranean.Photography: My passion for photography started in a traditional fashion with a 35 mm camera & dark room training while in Junior High. Over the years I have practiced capturing time thru the lens using the play of light, color, shapes, & uncommon angles as some of my main focal points. Since the summer of 2004, I have been successfully selling & exhibiting thru Art Shows, various retail environments, and Stock Photography sites. My hope is to share “Scenic Experiences” from around the world with my audiences thru my photographs. Perhaps I can help you relive a memory, or help inspire you to see something new.

Wanna-B-RockStar
Creations: Handcrafted Wine Charms, Zipper Pulls, Fan Pulls, and Neck Bling. All items made with a combination of high quality beads, semi-precious stones, nickel free charms, and founded/re-purposed items. Customizing and selling fun “Bling on a Ring” since 2008.

Locally you may purchase my art at:
We Do Art
5612 Evergreen Way
Everett

During the Artist’s Reception
The White Buffalo Saloon will be offering
Corn Beef & Cabbage, Red Potatoes & a Pint of Guinness for $7
Thank you for your continued support in helping local artists & small businesses.
We Appreciate You!
About Us

We Do Art is a contemporary Art Gallery  featuring 27 local Artists & Fine Craftspeople.

Open Thursday, Friday & Saturday

11 am~6 pm
Our Gallery has additional space available for classes & meetings  catered by the best pizza place in town:  The White Buffalo Saloon
If you would like to become a member of      We Do Art, please contact Beth Glass @     425-238-2585 or

 

$5 towards a large pizza at The White Buffalo Saloon Spend $20 or more in our gallery and receive a coupon for the best pizza around!

The Beauty death left behind

I was visiting with my family on Sunday – Father’s Day – talking about a photo my Mother had posted onto FB. I pulled out my handy mobile device and opened up to the news feed section. The column refreshed and I was caught off guard. A friend from the local art community had lost her battle to cancer just the day before and there were several heart-felt messages updating. My first reaction was shock – I knew she had recently gone into the hospital, but did not expect this outcome. My step-daughter asked, “Are you going to cry?”

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It was February 14th of last year when I posted a link to an upcoming show to raise funds for medical bills [ https://artbyangie.wordpress.com/2012/02/14/making-valentines-day-count-with-your-loved-ones/ ]  She had been diagnosed a month or so prior with stage 4 cancer and had been hiding out at home as her body had taken a toll from some of the initial treatment. The Gallery was packed that evening and all of her pieces were sold quickly. She had friends upon friends who admired her art work – gorgeous bold colors in her florals, cafe scenes & nude figures – and wanted to support her in any way they could.  The turnout was a HUGE testament as to what type of person she was – generous, warm-hearted, caring, genuine with her friendship. There’s were lots of tears and emotions ran high. It was going to be a long-journey ahead.

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Ursula & I shared a booth together at the Artist Garage Sale in 2009. I can remember freezing in the frigid wind in Mukilteo.

Like most cancer patients, she lost her hair and body weight; but Ursula’s spirit rarely was seen wavering. Sure, she would admit to having aches and pains, or some bad days, but damn that girl had spunk! She would sing praises when she felt great and grab hold of small victories. She was gaining ground, so her & her hubby decided to take life by the cojones and venture to Italy to paint. They went to concerts and Ursula started showing her work again at local venues.

I loved popping into the Gallery when she was working to hear about all the new things that she was planning. She had a radiance about her that was infectious. It started to inspire me to really examine all the distractions in my life – to put away the “cant’s” and strive for more successes. I began to release those things that could be deemed as “piss ants” (as my Dad calls it) and start focusing on what really mattered – my family, my marriage, my business adventures, my relationships. Life was too short and too precious to be wasted on the garbage.

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My Dad brought up a line from a movie in our conversation last Sunday, quite unaware of the news I had read just moments beforehand. It went something like this,  “A man dies twice – once in his death and again when his memory dies/thought of no more.” We can’t fret about our deaths and the memory we’re leaving behind, but we can be aware of the influence and relationships that we make along the way. It’s never too late to change.

All religion aside, it just makes plane sense to quote from a passage that has long comforted me in times of heaviness and sorrow, questioning and thankfulness:

“The Spirit of the Lord God is on me. The Lord has chosen me to tell good news to the poor and to comfort those who are sad. He sent me to tell the captives and prisoners that they have been set free.  He sent me to announce that the time has come for the Lord to show his kindness, when our God will also punish evil people. He has sent me to comfort those who are sad,  those in Zion who mourn. I will take away the ashes on their head, and I will give them a crown. I will take away their sadness, and I will give them the oil of happiness. I will take away their sorrow, and I will give them celebration clothes. He sent me to name them ‘Good Trees’ and ‘The Lord’s Wonderful Plant.’”  Isaiah 61:1-3

May peace find you today and always.

~Angie

Baby it’s cold outside…

As much as I love Fall and Winter, the first days of wet and cold really grab hold and make me retreat in doors. Slowly, I make my way outside to take in the sights and smells.

With December now in play, I find myself getting excited for the Holiday season!! Carols are on the radio. Tiny lights line the streets downtown. Leaves pile up in yards beckoning for squirrels to come bury nuts. Neighbors start putting up their Christmas trees and lights. People seem a little friendlier… or maybe I just am!

Been creating all sorts of new goodies for sale. Have taken a handful of Christmas cards and assorted “Wanna-B-RockStar” bling to the Gallery. I’ve loaded up my Etsy site with Holiday Wine Charms and sale gifts.  As well as been working on a couple custom orders. (Those are always my favorites!!) Let me know if you have a custom order for the Holidays. You can order thru the Etsy site or email me directly.

A couple recent items shown below!!

Am looking to hear form you what types of holiday traditions you are looking forward to this year…. drop a comment, will ya’?

~Angie