Discovering Discovery-Day 116-Sept 24, 2021

I’m still terrified…

But the anxiety is down a little.

Its sink or swim time, I have about a month to two months grace before the situation goes critical and if it becomes critical, well, then I’ll do the right thing and get a job where-ever I can.

It might seem egotistical, and its not because I think I’m too good for retail or the food industry, I just feel like I am doing a disservice to the talents I was given. I have a vision and I love nothing more than sharing it with the world…

BUT…

It needs to make sense to do so, mental health is one thing, but not being able to pay the bills will erode the mental health faster than almost anything else, and heck, if it was just me I would suffer a little, the craft is worth it, but I have family that depends on me.

Ah who knows, maybe I sell through my Discovering Discovery collection, get my ArtsNL grant, sell a load of prints, calendars etc and get my book deal and I’ll look back at this time and chuckle about how melodramatic I was.

Updated the Gallery located at Cabin 6 in Milton today. I had all canvases in there, but now have a selection of framed works in there. Hopeful these prove popular and I sell some of them.

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Also got to hang out with this fella a bit, Darrin Reid, owner, operator and driving force behind Cabin 6 Stone Fired Pizza.

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If ever you needed proof that hard work and believing in yourself pays off then look no further, a REAL success story and I couldn’t be prouder to know this gent…

Folks, that’s it for this evening…. keep your collective fingers crossed for my sanity and lets all pray for success, for us all, these coming months….

Let’s be Serious for a Second

I’m trying to learn ways to cope and deflect the anxiety.

Most days its fine, you know, I know what I am doing is good work, I know what the work does for me mentally and that helps.

But then there’s the reality.

It’s tough…

It’s tough trying to make a living at this thing, it’s tough being against the wall with it.

The reality is, I need to make at LEAST 2k a month in order to survive if not thrive…

I’m not there yet.

I was hopeful that NFT’s would be the answer, and they may still be. The potential to make a living from selling NFT’s is there, the potential to make LIFECHANGING money is there…

But it’s kind of a carrot and stick

There are just enough people doing well selling their photographs as NFT’s to make the rest of us believe that it could be us next.

But man, the quality of the work that is selling, the exotic locals ( btw I believe Newfoundland is every bit as exotic as anywhere else on earth ), it makes it hard to believe you could break through you know

So we get to the drone idea.

I am buying one, soon. I had hoped to make a few more calendar sales, maybe a few prints. I have the money for it now, BUT, as I just finished saying, I need 2k a month to survive. If I spend 2k on the drone and the training, then that’s a month’s survival..

Personally, I think its’ worth it. I think there is money to be made BEYOND the fine art realm doing shoots for Real Estate Agents, Tourism Operators etc. It’s just a huge gamble to make, spending a months worth on money on this thing.

My wife, god love her, so supportive. She sees the benefit to the drone, she thinks it could be a huge boon to the business, but I see the worry in her eyes as well.

I don’t know, this winter is going to be rough.

I was talking to a representative from tourism culture industry and innovation for the province and I am cautiously optimistic something will come of that regarding next year and the photo tours, but there are no guarantees.

I have also applied for an ArtsNL grant, and again, there are no guarantees…

Anyone who has known me for a while, followed me, you know I have worked harder at making this work than if I had a full time job. I am at this 24/7, I eat, sleep and breath my art and the beauty of the province.

I just wish the hard work meant less worries instead of more,

And maybe I am kidding myself, maybe the hard work means nothing in the scheme of things and I would be better off going to work somewhere else and let someone else do the worrying…

Dunno…. I just dunno….

I try to remain optimistic…. but again…. truth… I am worried and I am scared….

Discovering Discovery-Day 114-Sept 22,2021

Bit of news, I am ALMOST ready to order my drone. I have enough right now to get it, but I don’t want to drain what I have either. So, a couple more small NFT sales, a few calendars, art cards or prints and boom, hopefully before the end of next week!

Very excited to be adding this option to my tool kit, opens up a HUGE opportunity for paying gigs, ie: real estaste, survey etc and man, the fine art options…. just shaking with anticipation.

Here’s the one I have decided on…

https://www.dji.com/ca/mavic-air-2

DJI Mavic Air 2 review | Digital Camera World

Also have my course line up, its a 40 hour online program that, when complete, will allow be to operate legally here in Newfoundland and if I’m not mistaken, across canada!

Pretty stoked…

Its nice when you can reinvest money you made doing what you love to allow you to do more of what you love…

Yay!

Discovering Discovery – The Collection to Date – Day 112

I thought it might be fun, and benificial, to share the 8 photos currently curated for my Discovering Discovery Collection

Some news, I am looking to secure a physical space to show this work once the NFT collection launches, it would be nice to see the work printed and mounted in a more traditional sense as well as the new art digital formats.

I love that NFT’s exist, and that it has opened a new avenue to show, sell and promote my work.

That being said, I LOVE seeing work framed and hung, there’s an intimacy to the work on the wall that is lost on a screen.

Ok, the work so far.

First, here is a collage of the 8 pieces…

And the individual works..

Into the Grey
The Sentinel
Turmoil
Dragon in the Mist
The Stack
Roil
Reflective
The Passage

Very happy with this so far.

To answer another question. Approx one month after the NFT collection launches, OR, when it sells out, whichever happens first, this collection WILL be made available in the print shop!

Till tomorrow folks!

Discovering Discovery – Day 111 – Sept 19, 2021

Today has been a good day…

I think I have another entry into the Discovering Discovery collection with this piece

Dragon in the Mist

Or maybe with this one….

Sentinel

And maybe neither of them lol…

They may end up in the precursor basket!

One thing you may have noticed, and again, here’s the six photos currently selected for inclusion…

Is that they are all portrait orientation.

The VAST majority of my work is in portrait orientation, its an aesthetic that works for me and suits my vision. I often wonder if the fact I am blind in one eye might not influence that, I see the world in a more narrow field than most.

I also purchased my first NFT today! Whooo hooooo!

I am, for a time, a member of the Dorkis family. I have priced my NFT from them for sale, with what I would like to get out of it, but wouldn’t be shattered if it didn’t sell right away.

Interesting to see where it goes.

It also feels GREAT to give back a little!

Till tomorrow folks!

Discovering Discovery – Day 110 – Sept 18, 2021

Another short and boring blog today folks!

Had a beautiful and enriching conversation today via zoom regarding my time in Twillingate.

I look so forward to getting back there, still work to do.

The curation if the Discovering Discovery collection continues, and one of the pieces that didn’t make the cut went up on the NFT site as a precursor…

This was a very close call, I was really leaning towards this one making the cut, that being said, that group of buildings in Red Cliff are almost guaranteed to get in there before its all said and done.

Hoping to get out for some fresh shots tomorrow, might be raining, but it really doesn’t matter, I need to get out and relax, and rain fits the overall mood of the work in this series.

Until tomorrow!

Discovering Discovery – Day 109 – Sept 17, 2021

Today I was pleased to take part in a consultation regarding a new tourism based community building endeavour in Glovertown, my old home town.

Its an exciting project that they are considering out there, I truly hope it comes to fruition, would be a HUGE benefit to not only that town but the entire region.

I also met a couple of Provincial government workers and was pleased to learn that they might be able to offer some direction regarding my photo tour business.

This has the potential to be game changing.

Between this and NFT sales, man, I am feeling pretty optimistic.

BUT it’s important to remember, BOTH of these items are birds in the bush, not in the hand…

Hopeful though…

So, I also selected the 6th photos for the Discovering Discovery collection.

Turmoil

Shot in Maberly, this photo really shows the power, and the beauty of the sea. The movement of the sea is such a shaper of our coasts and defines where we live. It was important to me that a photo of JUST the sea be included in this collection.

In addition, I joined the Eastern Edge Gallery today as a member.

Its nice to be affiliated but I also did it with an eye towards having a show there in the future.

Who knows, skies the limit!

I’ll close with this, the 6 images curated for the collection so far. I am really liking where this is going.

Discovering Discovery – Day 108 – Sept 16, 2021

Hey all!

Some of you may know this, some may not but without getting into a HUGE explanation about NFT’s and cryptocurrencies, I just wanted to let you know about a very special project I am currently working on.

When Dee had her seizure in August our world was turned on its ear, she’s fine now, though we are still in the dark as to what caused it in the first place. However, one of the biggest and most influential outcomes has been the loss of her license for at least 6 months.This meant that I became the solitary source of transportation for the family, which is fine, but it created a little divergence from my original plan for the fall.

I had extended stays booked in St. Brendan’s, the Southern Shore, the West Coast throughout August and into the fall to continue my work on Saltwater Cathedrals. The plan was to collect more material for shows, sales and an upcoming book project.

All that is now paused.

So, what to do?

Well, first, I entered in the wonderful world of NFT’s and through that have met a TON of talented world class photographers from around the globe. I have learned more in the past month than I had the past two years about the craft.

Second was the create a project a little closer to home.So, I am working on a collection of fine art photos collected through the Discovery Global Geopark.

This collection will be available to view and the purchase as NFT’s as of Oct 29th, 2022. There will be a secondary print market and possible show after as well.

Once the collection sells through ( fingers crossed ) I will be donating 10% of the total sales to the Geopark as a way of saying thanks.T

hanks for what you might ask?

Well, when battling with chronic pain and mental illness I “discovered” a refuge there. First along its many trails, and then, when my spinal injury prevented me from hiking, through the lens of my camera.

It literally saved my life and helped me find purpose.

Here are the first five photos from that collection.

I felt it was very important that every photo be different, yet, unmistakably part of the same collection.

Also, here is the link to the OpenSea Collection Page

Discovering Discovery

Nothing much to see there yet, but the place has been set!

Exciting!

Oh, here’s another possible, if not for the main collection, a precursor…

The Gathering