I've always tried to make my artwork affordable for normal people. Many moons ago I fell in love with some artwork at East Town and on my 3rd trip back, even though I REALLY could not afford it I plunked down $200 for a painting. Pretty much screwed me over financially but I really liked it.
So knowing that pain I've always tried to keep my prices a little lower by looking for inexpensive ways to frame, print, mat and so forth. Not cheap ways but cost cutting ways (don't worry, I still have a fine mark-up as there are many images that are produced that are collecting dust).
At Sweet Lips Gallery in Lake Mills I produced some large images with faux matting that people seemed to appreciate . This cuts about $60 my price to produce.
So - what I'm getting at is I had this cool matting idea for my submarine image that totally failed when I created it. Too dark so I deleted it and started over. Here is my next try. If you have any ideas let me know!
I tried darker, navy blue with gold but it was just too dark. Maybe I'll leave this one alone!!
There has been a lot of BLS (Bureau of Labor Statistics) comments lately from the Republicans saying the liberals are lying about how many jobs Wisconsin has lost since Walker has taken over.
In one respect the "right" is correct when they quote that according to the BLS Wisconsin has actually GAINED jobs. And I have to agree with them.
There are two numbers the BLS posts. One is the CES (Current Employment Statistics) number which counts how many jobs employers have. It's designed to measure employment, hours, and earnings with significant industrial and geographic detail. Self-employed persons are excluded, agriculture sector is excluded, private household workers (nannies, housekeepers, and the
like) are excluded. So if Wisconsin all of a sudden lost all of their factory workers but they all became farmers - Wisconsin would have zero employment.
Then CPS survey measures the number of employed persons. Multiple jobholders are counted once, self-employed persons are included, agriculture sector is included, private household workers are included.
CES - Wisconsin lost a ton of jobs, CPS Wisconsin gain jobs. Oddly, the left, the anti business people are siding with the big corporations while the right, the anti worker people are siding with the workers.
However - this is all silly. Focusing on JOBS is stupid. I'm pretty sure Walker or any Governor does not that that much say in creating jobs. Just like Obama does not have a lot he can do in creating jobs. The economy is way way too big for any one administration to have that much influence, at least in the short run which is all everybody focuses on.
All a politician can do is TRY to steer the boat a degree or two one way or the other.
HOWEVER - there are so many other reasons to vote out Walker. And I'm not even that worried about Walker if we can get Fitzgerald voted out (VOTE COMPAS) who I feel is worse then Walker.
Vote Walker out because he has created civil discord in Wisconsin. People are angry at friends, it's all "us against them" now and for silly reasons. There are better ways to run a government then to create disharmony. I believe that word is compromise. I'll vote for any politician that will run on the compromise ticket.
I am 100% anti the uneducated Governor of Wisconsin. Many people will say, well, "I'm doing pretty well and I'm not educated formally" . . . .well . . . you are also not the Governor of a State.
OK - that is my spiel.
Have a great Wednesday - it MIGHT be golf league tonight - have to see about the rain.