One of the founders of a new digital art platform called makersplace contacted me about their new site and invited me to take it for a spin.
What's interesting about makersplace is that it's blockchain based and it's more focussed on the collection of digital art rather than material work.
The artist has to do a LOT of identification verification before their work is authenticated as their own. I think there were more hoops to jump through than setting up a business account at a bank!
I'm brand new to the platform, so I can't quite comment on how the selling part works out. What I can comment on though, is that the way the developers have set this up, it makes perfect sense. Several have tried to do similar type of platforms and I've tried a few. This one looks like they are definitely on the right track. I like Sedition's approach too, but success on their platform appears to require that you already have a large following who'll buy anything you put out there. It doesn't seem like a great place to build new fans.
Makersplace looks to be more democratic so far, but there's also a curatorial element I haven't figured out yet.
I believe at least one of the developers of this platform were on the original Pinterest team as a programmer or founder.
Messing with sound and motion imaging, etc. Trying to get back to my original love of artistic expression, and NOT concern myself with banal selling/marketing of shower curtains, coffee mugs, duvets, or "battery chargers"
All images, and sound compositions by me. For no other reason than "art". :)
Composed the audio pieces and made all of these videos to go with them in the last month or so...
On the Road Again... In Search of Magic Mexican Mojo :)
MOJO: The time I sent out a newsletter I was about to head off to Bolivia and Peru. That trip ended up being over 2 months long and was incredible. I definitely have to go back. I'd been to Peru before but discovered even more ground to explore there too. But before I do, I've been feeling a need to recapture some of that first magical Mexican mojo I soaked up on my first travel adventure out of the U.S. back in 1990. And, I purchased a budget one-way ticket to Puerto Vallarta, Mexico leaving this coming Monday.
I don't plan on being there very long. It's just the airline ticket was actually less expensive than a bus ride going down that far and it saves me a good 20hrs of travel, give or take. From there, I don't know. Likely a little further South, the hook over toward Mexico City. Not sure though. Will be making it up as I go. The goal once again is to keep it all pretty open to the Universe and hope the Great Spirit shows me the way.
There are a few postings from the Bolivia + Peru trip on my blog HERE and there are also a few images from that trip available HERE
PATREON: Launched on Patreon!😎 patreon.com/skiphunt - The way this works is that folks who want to support my work, can become a patron by pledging monthly. You can change the amount to whatever you can swing, down to even $1 a month. And, you can either change the amount monthly or you can cancel at any time.
I'll be adding more incentives as I go along, but I decided to start off with a low suggested monthly (that you can change), and a second level that has the Vicarious Travel Postcard component for $30. If you just want to get in on the Vicarious Travel Postcard, you can sign-up now, and then reduce or cancel the pledge after the first month. It's up to you. Just pick that option and include your mailing address.
I was hesitant about Patreon at first. Seemed too good to be true, but I've watched them grow and become quite respected worldwide over the last few years and am convinced it's now a great and viable platform for content creators and artists with folks who'd dig supporting them and becoming a patron. Please consider becoming a supporting patron of mine and join me for this next great chapter!
IMPORTANT: If you are signing up for this reward, you must scroll down on the pledge page to enter your mailing address BEFORE entering your credit card number. Otherwise, it won't go through. I need the mailing address so that I know where to send your postcards. :)
SEDITION ART: A couple weeks ago a friend, and now collector/patron of my work :) suggested I check out this new digital fine art service Sedition Art.
Still wrapping my head around the nuts and bolts, but basically the platform allows collectors to buy, sell, trade digitally certified limited edition works of art. It's all handled in sort of a secure server-based digital bank.
I've been following the site for a couple weeks and really love the work on display there. Decided I'd give it a shot and see how my work might do, and launched my first collection of 5 yesterday. There's a digital painting, video, and 3 photos. Eventually, I'll try out some more experimental glitchy loops and such. Already got my first collector! :)
In order to launch, I had to invite a few people for a "private viewing" before it goes "public". I picked a few out of my mailing list in order to launch it publicly today.
It's very cool and I'm thrilled to be a part of it! You can check out my first collection HERE
Interesting times we're living in. It'll be interesting to see how all this evolves. I'm still very green to this new way of collecting art, but figured it was time to get my feet wet. We'll see how it goes.
That's it for now. I'll be doing my usual posting from the road in Mexico when I have connectivity, but I'm going to try and keep the majority of it housed on my new Patreon site. If you've dug what I've done in the past, and want to support my continued efforts, please consider becoming a Patron! :)
I'll be doing some postings from the road on my Instagram Feed as well.
Only been back from motorcycle touring in the Southwest for almost a month now, but I'm heading off to Bolivia next! I'll be flying into La Paz and mostly wandering around the country for about 6 weeks, give or take. I couldn't get a cheap return flight from Bolivia using my frequent flyer miles, but I could get a return from Lima, Peru.
I've been telling myself "maybe next year" on Bolivia for about 6 years now. It just never came together, or I couldn't afford it, etc. Still can't afford it, but I'm going anyway. You never know how much time you've got and I simply couldn't wait yet another year. Honestly, I didn't think I was going to get the flights this time either, but I realized there were places in the South of Peru that are on the way from La Paz, Bolivia to Lima, Peru that I didn't see when I was in Peru several years ago. I'll just save the last 10 days or so to make a slow crawl over the Bolivian border from La Paz to Lima, Peru with stops at Lake Titicaca, an amazing canyon of the condors, Isla del Sol, Nazca, and maybe this Oasis in the desert where you can also sand board.
The majority of the trip will be in Bolivia with my primary destination being the Salar de Uyuni. You have to do tours of this vast altiplano salt flat, as well as the laguna de colorado, flamingos, etc. I've got all kinds of possible routes, but I think I'm going to sort it out after I get there. My first hurdle will be getting acclimated to the high altitude. It's around 13k above sea level there so I'm hoping I can handle it. A little anxious since I don't think I've ever been that high up before.
You may be wondering how I'm able to afford all this travel. Well, I usually spend time doing graphic design gigs, video and photography shoots, selling my fine art, etc. Since I've only been home for less than a month, there hasn't been much time to recover. But, I'm going to dive off with the faith it'll all work out. We'll see how well that works out for me. ;)
I'm also going to try something different this time. In the past I've done various promotions related to my journey's in order to help off-set all the extra expense. This time I'm going to offer images from this trip for around 70% less than my normal list pricing. Only for some of the images I upload from the road, and the discount will ONLY last for the duration of the trip. As soon as I get home (fingers crossed) the pricing will go up and some of the best images will covert to limited editions only.
There's nothing there yet, but I've already set up a special print gallery called Bolivia + Peru to put the images that are available during the trip HERE
When I make a blog post, or upload some images, I'll occasionally pick the more exceptional ones, prepare them and upload them into this gallery with special pricing. If you see something I've uploaded during the trip that you're interested in, send me a note or comment to let me know which one you're digging. The special discounted pricing will apply to ALL of the products available, but again... ONLY the images from this trip and ONLY while the trip is in progress. Might be some great options for upcoming holiday gifts (hint-hint) :)
Here's an audio recording I made a couple days ago that sort of explains it a bit more:
There's obviously nothing there yet. Provided I can find decent internet access... that should soon change. Check back in this blog feed next week and for the next 7 weeks or so. You can also see posts from the road on my Instagram Feed as well.
Heading out soon. Likely sometime within the next 3 days. I'm leaving on my Honda nc700x motorcycle from Austin, Texas and have no clue where I'm going. Just wandering for about a month I think.
No plan or route. No specific destinations I'm trying to see. Just going.
I'll likely let the weather forecasts dictate my direction somewhat since I'd rather avoid camping in the rain and wiping 18-wheeler highway sludge off my face shield.
If I see a little town in the middle of nowhere that I've never heard of before, that doesn't have any tourist attraction, but my gut intuition is telling me I ought to stay for a day or two, then that's what I'll do.
To be honest, not having a plan at all feels very awkward and it causing me a little bit of anxiety. But, I'm also a little excited about it too.
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I've also set up the Vicarious Travel Postcard thing I've done on a couple previous trips that folks seem to dig. It's mostly a way to force myself to edit the best moments down to an image and minimal text than can fit on a postcard. And, a way to create something that's essentially one-of-a-kind and limited edition. They're postcards created from my images on the trip, and text to go with them. The location and time they are sent from is printed on the card. Each one is unique in this way. I couldn't even reproduce them if I wanted to, because they get deleted off the service after 3 months. If I went all the way back to the exact same location to resend the postcard to the same address, it'd still be different because the postal date stamp won't be the same.
If this sounds cool to you and you'd like to be a part of it, I've set up this page with more info and a way to purchase it. After the cost of the cards and postage, I really don't make that much off them, but I love documenting this stuff and taking others along vicariously for the ride too. If I'm lucky, I'll have enough left over to pay for some of travel costs.
There's a "Deadline" of 7/8/2015 before I close it off for more Vicarious Travelers, but I'll likely leave it open until the first card goes out. Likely within a few days of departure I think.
Over the last few weeks, I've been deleting and moving much of my work off of some print-on-demand site galleries like fineartamerica.com & pixels.com (same as the former, just a different site wrapper), redbubble.com, saatchiart.com, etc.
Lots and lots of images still remain on those sites for the time being, but those images that I'm removing, as well as older images I want to catalog for reference, are being placed here on my main site.
I like to have a repository for myself so I have look up where an edited image was shot, what year, etc. They aren't all here yet. Many more to go yet, but this is a start to eventually having everything in one searchable location.
Most that have been removed from the aforementioned web site galleries, are all located in my new "Galeria" page.
Over the last several years, most of my work has been available via print-on-demand, and on various products. Many of them still are, but I'm reserving some images as Limited Editions and Premium Open Edition. All signed. All inspected by me personally before they go out.
They're only available in the size I've determined for each image, and only on the media I feel best represents my work. For these first offerings, I've chosen a heavy, 308gsm archival water color paper made from 100% cotton. I may offer some others printed on metal, other fine art papers, and possibly acrylic.
I've started these out with a discount on the Premium Open Edition prints, but I've also generated a 20% discount code good for any order over $200.
The code is good until 06/23/15 07:01pm
ENTER THIS CODE ON CHECKOUT 8Z4XWU6 FOR A 20% DISCOUNT
I'm keeping the collection small, easy to browse, the ability to see the images large without any water-marking, and committed to only the best quality.
When happening past the display by chance and catching a nice composition of images, I'm tempted to take a quick snap to reference.
Making it a rule that the composition has to be strong enough to stick in my memory long enough to recompose the images.
AppleTV hooked up to main display, and the screensaver is set to randomly pull images from my 1800+ image Flickr account. The screensaver setting is "origami" and either displays one image on the screen or it picks and assortment to arrange. Usually between 2 and 5 images at the most.
Every now and then, I'll look over and see images it chose to put together and go, "Oh wow! That's a really nice combo."
Noticed this combination of my images "Tavira Nets" and "Human" and "Pretzel Logic"
"Tavira Nets" image was made in the fishing village of Tavira, Portugal in 2003. "Human" is an abstract texture in stone formations on the coast of South Africa at Coffee Bay. And "Pretzel Logic" was made recently this year at Coney Island in Brooklyn, NY.
What caught my eye in this composition was the feminine human form in the stone, with what looks like it could be fishnet stockings just above it, juxtaposed with an orthodox Hacidic boy in front of a carnival poster of a pretzel. Everything seems to imply pleasure, but with a hint of the forbidden.