It’s the New Year and that fresh beginning is always an exciting time of re-assessment and looking forward! 2022 was a time of adjustment for me while we set up our new home and got used to a whole new flow to our lives. I’ve had a lot of time to think about this Patreon and the Birthstone Goddesses and it’s my hope to both re-launch this Patreon and wrap up this project in 2023!
The Birthstone Goddesses: FINAL PHASE!
So what’s in store for this year? I want to complete the collections I started when I was prototyping various merch at DragonCon back in 2019, an endeavor which was thoroughly waylaid by the pandemic, our own life challenges, and supply chain issues. Folks really enjoyed the more wearable and utilitarian art I shared at the con back in 2019 and I’m all about bringing beautiful things into the everyday!
Prototype Scarves and Totes from my DragonCon 2019 display. It’s time to redesign them with your feedback in mind! I still have a few of these prototypes available in my Secret Shop, as well.
My tentative biz goals for 2023:
- Mandala & Goddess Tote Bags, Apparel, & Journals
- Frame & photograph the complete set of Birthstone Goddess paintings
- Kickstarter Project in Late Spring – Mandala Enamel Amulet Necklaces
- Kickstarter Project in Late Fall – Birthstone Goddesses Wall Calendar
- Designing Gift Sets for each Goddess’ Collection by the holidays!
- Re-launch this Patreon with Exclusive Merch!
- Finish setting up automation with Art of Where & Printful
- More video content & streaming! Without conventions, I need face time with folks again. I miss your faces!
A Big Decision – Birthstone Goddesses Art Book Delay?
One of the biggest decisions I’ve made this year is that I don’t think I have the energy in me to do the Birthstone Goddesses art book I wanted to do. I could either release that book now as a simple collection of my years of work on this project OR I could set this book for a later time where I’m able to create a few of the experimental paintings I had in mind to include, as well as create the luxury experience I feel would make the book special. I’ve opted for the latter.
Waiting till later means I can give myself the space away to not be burnt out by spending the time on the book that I’d like to in order to make it extra special! I’ve been working on this project for so long and I need a break before I come back to the book at a later point in my life.
As for this Patreon?
I’m still aiming to re-launch this space with a bit of restructuring to make it more of a low key Tip Jar with a few extra options for those who’d like to collect some premium exclusive goodies. I’ll still be sharing my experience and archive of material (coloring pages, tutorials, Secret Shop, etc), but I’ll be adding material here at my own pace instead of overwhelming myself. More details on that when the re-launch is actually happening! Right now this Patreon is staying in Tip Jar mode for health reasons.
I have another minor surgery for a hernia repair of an old surgical incision in my belly scheduled for tomorrow (eep!), so that’s definitely delaying my start to the year! Designing the exclusive merch will have to wait till I’m able to sit up comfortably again. 2022 had one last sucker punch to give, it seems!
After that, though, I hope to hit the ground running and give you guys a tour of the new studio space because it’s so amazing aah!
I’ll be back soon with hopefully more substantial updates and new things to share after a little recovery time. Till then! I hope you all are good!