As the title says: I'm back for a check in, but am likely to remain on hiatus indefinitely. Before I forget, however, thanks to all of you who stopped by to send me birthday wishes. I may not celebrate, but the kind thoughts were welcome nonetheless.
Commissions will be finished when I have time. (They WILL be finished, but again, time is something I am running short on.) The same applies to prizes and all manner of other owed work. I have not forgotten you.
Regarding commissions: They will also be closed indefinitely. If I reopen them, the prices will be raised. I am sorry, but I have come to the realization that I cannot continue to afford taking these relatively cheap private commissions. (I also don't think anyone would be willing to pay over $200 for a 14x11 painting, even though that's a more than fair price.) Please do not inquire unless you have sufficient funds. No trades, points, or other method of payment will be accepted. If I change my mind on this, I'll make a journal entry.
My Etsy shop will also likely be closed in the near future once my listings expire, though my Society6 should remain open: [link]
I have not particularly enjoyed the time spent promoting my work, so after much failure, I have decided to focus on other things. I need time away from the internet, and maybe from art itself until more promising work picks up.
In website related news, I have a proper portfolio at long last! [link]
I'll also have a advertising page in Serbin Communication's publication, the Directory of Illustration for 2014. This is because I suck at self promotion and have to pay others to help make me (remotely) popular. (Let's hope it works, I need real illustration work!)
Aside from all of that, the move to the new house was successful, yet keeping a house is tedious and time consuming, as is gardening, and commuting for 2+ hours a day via a human sardine can on wheels has not helped matters much. I am unskilled, untrained, and need a new day job IN SAINT PAUL. Also, the injured finger has still not been made right, so the medical bills continue to pile up. This displeases me greatly.
And yes. I HAVE been better (today was especially unpleasant this evening.) But life goes on, and so shall I.
Hopefully all of you are well.