Have you heard about Society6?  It's a pretty rad site to showcase your art + photography, bonus if someone wants to take one of your works home Society 6 will print on multiple substrates for you, ship it and you get a little deposit in your piggy bank!  Ah, the magic of the interwebs.  I had been wanting to put some prints for sale for some time, but I didn't want the angst of printing them out and buying specialty packaging to ship them, this was a no brainer for me.  It did take me a while to get some photos up and name the shop/collection.  I was so proud when I had most of it done (I still have a bunch of images I want to upload).  I proudly showed my husband who may or may not have a dusting of Aspergers (the jury is out), he took a look at the site and creased his brows together, after a thoughtful moment he surmised, "I think it looks like you hate deer." Wha?  "It's a natural history inspired shop, antlers are awesome". He shrugged his shoulders, cocked his head and took another look, "I don't think it's your best work." This is what you must know about my husband, he is not mean but he is honest, very honest,  he says whatever the flip, flappin' jackin' thought is on his mind at any given time and it is take no prisoners. We have worked on this, since not everyone in the world can appreciate his brutal honesty. I have grown to ignore it, accustomed to it. The other day he was staring at my visage and thoughtfully asked, "Would it not be appropriate to tell you that I prefer you wear less make-up?" Because I am all about working in the solution I immediately countered, "WHAT DO YOU MEAN?",  he looked panicked like perhaps it was not appropriate to tell his wife that and now he would have to suffer the wrath of his wife's supreme insecurities. "Ur, I just think you look prettier when you don't have as much make-up on; and your face and neck are, uh, two different colors."  Another less vain evolved wife might have been hurt by this truth, but I took it as an opportunity to re-visit my make-up routine.  I am glad he said something about my make-up but I am less happy about his shop comment. Why you ask? Going back to working in the solution, I asked him, 'What photographs of mine do you prefer?' His only answer was a shoulder shrug, which is infinitely less satisfying than a proper example. So there you have it--I have a new print shop, I don't hate deer, in fact I am quite fond of antler'd animals and the skin on my face and neck match beautifully now.

P.S. I have no idea why my floral images look so murky & dark. I have a couple thousand emails out to Society 6 and I am sure they wish I would have never found them...

Susan (June 22, 2012 at 6:54 AM)  

This cracks me up...I am also brutally honest to a fault at times, so I get it! It's both a blessing and a curse. ;)

Love the shots, congrats on the new shop!

Amy (June 22, 2012 at 7:39 AM)  

Slays me! :) At least he phrased the makeup comment in a question--there may be hope yet . . .

Miss B. (June 22, 2012 at 8:26 AM)  

Ah, Susan, I am sure you are much more deft at it than my husband, but YOU are the kind of person that makes a good friend, you would never allow a friend to walk around with spinach stuck in their teeth. That is the kind of friend I can get behind;) Thank you for the congrats!

Amy, yes, that tentative question, it only took him 7 years to get to that point, prior it would have been a hostile takeover.

Happy Friday to you both!

Dorkys Ramos (June 22, 2012 at 11:41 AM)  

HA! I tell A. he has Asperger's all the freakin' time (just did yesterday). The man just does not know when maybe he should keep his thoughts to himself and that although you shouldn't lie about big things in a relationship, it's TOTALLY fine to throw in a white lie here or there for my own sanity/happiness. I thought that was a given, but he prefers to shell out his honesty and speak his mind.

So yup, it takes a lot of getting used to (read: educating him), but I know he does it because he knows I can do better. Just like your husband doesn't mean to hurt you, he just doesn't know about sugar-coating perhaps or presenting it in a softer manner. It definitely takes some thick skin to deal with it sometimes.

ANYWAY, I think this site sounds awesome and kudos on opening up shop. I always loved the colors in that first moose photo.

Kiara (June 22, 2012 at 12:18 PM)  

Congrats on the shop, can I put a plea in for your photo of pouring rain to be added? I love that image x

Kathy Campbell (June 22, 2012 at 12:31 PM)  

Good for you for being an evolved human woman and not gutting him. :D

And I actually really LOVE the murky look of the flowers in the shop. It fits with the whole feel of the shop and is lovely. Especially the Ranunculus one. That and the fern I think need to come live with me.....

erinkathleen (June 22, 2012 at 12:33 PM)  

congrats on the new shop! I love finding new artist on Society6!

Miss B. (June 22, 2012 at 3:36 PM)  

Lol Dorkys sugar-coating is not a term familiar to him, but he does try. He's like a bull in a China shop of emotion, he can't help that he knocks things over it's just the way he's built, hah! Thank you Kiara! I have PLENTY of those since it rains every other day here, but I do plan to add some of the recent images and a project I am working on with my bestie. Kathy, you are always so kind, always! ErinKathleen me too! I am in awe with how much talent is out there, just in awe!

Phoebe (June 22, 2012 at 3:50 PM)  

Your posts are so entertaining. :) Beautiful work, as always. I'm loving your current photos now, having lived in California almost my whole life, your move feels like quite the adventure!

Intertwyned (June 24, 2012 at 9:15 PM)  

oh my gosh THANK YOU for introducing me to Society6! I just signed up! What a wonderful discovery!! And you totally crack me up with your hubby stories. I swear we married the same man at times :)

Erica Lyn Schmidt (June 25, 2012 at 5:35 PM)  

I was also having some problems with my uploaded images being off-colored, and sure enough they weren't in the required RGB format. You might check that first. :)

Intertwyned (June 25, 2012 at 5:36 PM)  

Erica, do they need to be in sRGB?


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