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Wolf Patterns

December 10th, 2019

Wolf Patterns

Wolf Patterns by Amy E. Fraser (1997) are expressive, colorful, hand crafted, one of a kind, pen and ink pattern designs featuring wolves. The Wolf Pattern series was developed through the process of old school xerography. The final Wolf Pattern designs were completed with pen and ink, markers, paint markers and colored pencil in 1997 and then digitally updated in 2019 for your Print on Demand pleasure. All images copyright Amy E. Fraser. All rights reserved. More designs from the Wolf Pattern series by Amy E. Fraser are available at Aefraser.com.
To see the Wolf Pattern examples and use active links go to: https://aefraserart.blogspot.com/2019/12/wolf-patterns.html
Xerography, Xerox Art or Copy Art, is the time consuming, often tedious process where the artist is required to take numerous trips back and forth to the corner copy shop, drawing, cutting, layering, and repeating, until the pattern’s completion. Most people, (even smart young ladies who went to super fancy art schools) did not have regular access to computers, and quite frankly, wouldn’t have known what to do with a computer if they did. Back in 1997, there was no miraculous make pattern button available to the masses.
In Folklore, Religion and Mythology “the wolf is a common motif in the foundational mythologies and cosmologies of peoples throughout Eurasia and North America (corresponding to the historical extent of the habitat of the gray wolf). The obvious attribute of the wolf is its nature of a predator, and correspondingly it is strongly associated with danger and destruction, making it the symbol of the warrior on one hand, and that of the devil on the other. The modern trope of the Big Bad Wolf is a development of this. The wolf holds great importance in the cultures and religions of the nomadic peoples, both of the Eurasian steppe and North American Plains.
Wolves were sometimes associated with witchcraft in both northern European and some Native American cultures: in Norse folklore, the völva (witch) Hyndla and the giantess Hyrrokin are both portrayed as using wolves as mounts, while in Navajo culture, wolves were feared as witches in wolf's clothing. Similarly, the Tsilhqot'in believed that contact with wolves could cause mental illness and death.” - Wikipedia
As a symbol for Heraldry “The wolf has been widely used in many forms in heraldry during the Middle Ages. Though commonly reviled as a livestock predator and man-eater, the wolf was also considered a noble and courageous animal, and frequently appeared on the Arms and crests of numerous noble families. It typically symbolized the rewards of perseverance in long sieges or hard industry.” - Wikipedia
The Wolf Pattern series was part of Amy E. Fraser’s senior thesis project at Parsons School of Design where she explored Pagan, Feminist, Humanist and Womanist symbolism in her art. The wolf theme was heavily inspired by the book “Women Who Run With the Wolves: Myths and Stories of the Wild Woman Archetype” written by Clarissa Pinkola Estés Ph.D.
Here are some insightful and inspiring words of wolf wisdom from Dr. Clarissa Pinkola Estés:
“The wild nature has a vast integrity to it. It means to establish one's territory, to find one's pack, to be in one's body with certainty and pride regardless of the body's gifts and limitations, to speak and act in one's own behalf, to be aware, alert, to draw on the innate feminine powers of intuition and sensing, to come into one's cycles, to find what one belongs to, to rise with dignity, to retain as much consciousness as possible.” ― Clarissa Pinkola Estés
“Wolves and women are relational by nature, inquiring, possessed of great endurance and strength. They are deeply intuitive, intensely concerned with their young, their mate, and their pack. They are experienced in adapting to constantly changing circumstances; they are fiercely stalwart and very brave.” ― Clarissa Pinkola Estés
“We know the soul-spirit can be injured, even maimed, but it is very nearly impossible to kill. You can dent the soul and bend it. You can hurt it and scar it. You can leave the marks of illness upon it, and scorch marks of fear. But it does not die, for it protected by La Loba...” ― Clarissa Pinkola Estés
“What does this wildish intuition do for women? Like the wolf, intuition has claws that pry things open and pin things down, it has eyes that can through the shields of persona, it has ears that hear beyond the range of mundane human hearing. With these formidable psychic tools a woman takes on a shrewd and even precognitive animal consciousness, one that deepens her femininity and sharpens her ability to move confidently in the outer world.” ― Clarissa Pinkola Estés
“Though fairy tales end after ten pages, our lives do not. We are multi-volume sets. In our lives, even though one episode amounts to a crash and burn, there is always another episode awaiting us and then another. There are always more opportunities to get it right, to fashion our lives in the ways we deserve to have them. Don't waste your time hating a failure. Failure is a greater teacher than success.” ― Clarissa Pinkola Estés
“Though her soul requires seeing, the culture around her requires sightlessness. Though her soul wishes to speak its truth, she is pressured to be silent.” ― Clarissa Pinkola Estés
“Practice listening to your intuition, your inner voice; ask questions; be curious; see what you see; hear what you hear; and then act upon what you know to be true. These intuitive powers were given to your soul at birth.” ― Clarissa Pinkola Estés
“There are many artists who’ve not yet gotten a good foothold or who are old war-horses at developing their creative lives, and yet and still, every time they reach for the pen, the brush, the ribbons, the script, they hear, “You’re nothing but trouble, your work is marginal or completely unacceptable—because you yourself are marginal and unacceptable.” So what is the solution? Do as the duckling does. Go ahead, struggle through it. Pick up the pen already and put it to the page and stop whining. Write. Pick up the brush and be mean to yourself for a change, paint. Dancers, put on the loose chemise, tie the ribbons in your hair, at your waist, or on your ankles and tell the body to take it from there. Dance. Actress, playwright, poet, musician, or any other. Generally, just stop talking. Don’t say one more word unless you’re a singer. Shut yourself in a room with a ceiling or in a clearing under the sky. Do your art. Generally, a thing cannot freeze if it is moving. So move. Keep moving.” ― Clarissa Pinkola Estés
Listen to this wise and wondrous woman people, she is a force! Speaking of amazing women, here is me with my friend Maria, a beautiful, successful, intelligent powerhouse of a strong independent woman, mother, business owner and fabulous fellow artist at a Parsons Illustration Exhibition in 1997. I included this photo because I noticed not only were we super cute but that we just happened to be posing in front of one of the Wolf Patterns
For more Amy E. Fraser art and information go to Aefraser.com.

3.8M Yearly Revenue

December 9th, 2019

3.8M Yearly Revenue

According to Zoom Info Aefraser.com is hauling in 3.8 Million dollars in yearly revenue. This is not true; please don’t believe everything you read on the internet. I also do not have a staff of 19 employees, unless you count my wild animal friends who are paid in hugs and kisses. They aren’t on the books, and neither is that yearly income, as much as I wish it were true. So what was the point of sharing this amazing but seriously erroneous financial news?
Okay, here is my drama; I’m here to shout from the rooftops that I have an issue with these so called “experts”, these self proclaimed Top Selling Artists! I am fed up with people getting away with delusions of grandeur, false identities, and fictitiously padded resumes and generally fake information on the internet. These self labeled Top Selling Artists are published all over the place. Yes this is probably because they are shrewd and ambitious, but they seem to have no idea how much harm they can cause with their over inflated statements, or they just don’t care. These How To articles are setting other, perhaps more naive or emerging artists, up for failure and disappointment. I think it’s cruel and irresponsible and I would like to help set the record straight.
Here is the deal; the art world is not the place to go to make a quick buck. No, not even the Print on Demand websites where it is implied that putting up your artwork is as good as printing out your own money. You’ve seen them, the arrogant artists, Hey! Listen to me! I am one of Blah Diddy Blah’s Top Selling Artists. I know everything, I’m making money hand over fist, and you could too if you are as awesome as I am! Just follow these few simple instructions… sure, go to their links, their blogs, buy the pamphlets, flatter them by purchasing their work, sign up for the online classes, and read it all until your eyes cross. No matter what, you are not going to get rich any time soon. And the truth is they didn’t either.
If you investigate further you may come to a point where you see the Top Selling Artist’s actual sales. I did, I was horrified. I discovered these artists, with possibly good intentions and maybe even great advice, aren’t really all that they want you to believe they are. At a POD company I partnered with, they try to put a reality check on the false Top Selling Artist impersonators. In fact it was mentioned that the Top Selling Artists don’t actually participate in the discussion forum. I guess the over inflated art advice was reigned in a bit when they finally decided to include an actual sales number under the artist commenting in sales discussions so that no one was fooled by the big talkers (most likely basement trolls). One person in particular was selling an average of 20 products month. We are talking a profit of maybe $10 a sale? So what’s that, $200 a month income, before tax and expenses? Even if you belonged to four POD companies and were doing as well as the example above, you still wouldn’t have enough income to pay the rent.
If you are thinking that extra cash still sounds really good, don’t forget to include the time it took to make the art; then the time to properly photograph and edit it to make it print worthy, then the time to upload it where you will also need to write great descriptions and add intelligent and relevant keywords. And wait, that’s not the end of it, there is more! If you want rank and status you will also need to participate in the social aspects of the site, for instance Likes, Favorites and Comments. And don’t forget to participate in the “contests” where the hosts more often than not win for themselves. Sounds pretty rough huh?
Still interested? Well good for you! After all of the above, you still must market that art all by yourself. The others artists you have been flattering in order to gain incremental internal SEO rank and status, are your competition. They are not likely to buy your work, no matter how many nice comments they made about it. So now what do you do? You market outside of the POD Company that makes your art products. What is commonly recommended is that you accomplish this through social media; Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest. However, you might want to go back to reading those art marketing discussions, it doesn’t sound like the artists who are busting their butts doing the social media route are having enormous success at that either. Of course you may consider the 20 sales and $200 a month worthy of that level of time and emotional investment. I am not here to judge, or crush your hopes and dreams, but to shine a light on the reality of the situation.
There is no magical insert art, print money out option; those Top Selling Artists are not just passively collecting piles of cash. In fact the whole idea of Print on Demand as a Passive Income Generator is a horrible illusion. There are no easy ways to make money with your art. Starting a Print on Demand Gallery is in fact easy, anyone can do it, as most are not juried, but getting seen and making actual sales is a whole other level. You are not going to get discovered just because you put your art on the internet. Patrons are not going to just find you because you believe your work is amazing. You have to fight for it and the odds are terrible. The reality is that you would do better financially picking up a few shifts a week at a fast food restaurant. Print on Demand is not, and will never be a Passive Income Generator. It is not a get rich quick plan for artists. Most, even super amazing artists such as yourself, will need a supplementary income and realistic long term goals with plans for real world art selling opportunities. I am not trying to discourage you; I just want you to know what you are facing so that you won’t be terribly disappointed when you are not rich and famous overnight.
So why am I doing Print on Demand? Because I have always believed in myself; I have known I was an artist since I could first know anything. I put the time and money into my art education, I have started a number of art business ventures from the ground up, obtaining varying degrees of success and accomplishments in each and I expect nothing less from this new business plan. I’m willing to commit, put in the hard work and slog through the disappointments. I also have realistic goals, expectations and the experience after being in the art business for almost 30 years. And lucky me, I have support from my family and I am in a place in my life where I am financially stable and still young enough to appreciate it.
Good luck out there Artists! Work hard and ignore the posers! Worry about you and your own accomplishments. Be patient, be diligent, your time will come.

For more Amy E. Fraser art and information go to Aefraser.com.

Old School Link Exchange

December 9th, 2019

Old School Link Exchange

Believe it or not, back in 2003 the concept of exchanging links was considered a positive internet marketing tool. Below is a live example of one of my link exchange requests. For some reason, instead of the email going to the webmaster to be sorted out and deposited in the appropriate link category, my email was published in its entirety where it still resides, at The Museum of Menstruation and Women’s Health (affectionately known as MUM). Here it is, in its naked vulnerability, exactly how it looks on the MUM website:

News, 24 February 2003, at MUM - Museum of Menstruation

Dear MUM,

I was wondering if you would take a moment of your time to review the paintings displayed on my site. The focus of my work is to celebrate, inspire, heal and empower women. Through my works, I attempt to redefine Western femininity by reinterpreting and revitalizing aspects of female embodiment to give them new positive meaning. My philosophical outlook is Humanist/Womanist. I emphasize the personal worth of the individual through her beauty, intellect, strength, emotional, instinctual and intuitive qualities, as the central importance of human values, as opposed to specific religious or cultural beliefs. Through my images I create a new dialogue about female sexuality, reproduction and self worth. The figures are iconographic, representing an all inclusive, universal woman. My work contains a wealth of information about feminism, women's issues, health, psychology, history, legend, myth and spiritual beliefs, all of which have been interpreted by and created from the perspective of a female artist in the 21st century. However, this said, I feel the impact and intention of my art is reduced by being spoken -- what my art expresses cannot be translated into mere words. I hope you will stop by for a visit to see for yourself and hopefully consider adding my site to your Links section. I plan to add a link to your site as soon as my web tech gets in gear. My site is still a work in progress - I am adding a lot more written information that I think could be very inspirational and useful to your viewers. One example of this is the information I plan to include about Endometriosis in the Hysterikos Gallery which is a series of paintings based on the Uterus. Thank you for your time and consideration. I look forward to hearing from you.

Sincerely,

Amy E. Fraser

E-Mail: Amy@aefraser.com

Website: http://www.aefraser.com

Website Description: Amy E. Fraser's provocative, colorful images evoke intense emotion. These powerful paintings boldly express intimate and often painful views of the female experience. Ancient iconography is re-envisioned to depict modern womanhood from a fresh feminist perspective. The focus of the work is to celebrate, inspire and empower women.

Link Exchange, the activity of exchanging links with other websites, became popular in the mid 90s, but is now considered by most to be an outdated online marketing tactic. When Google first started to explode, the earliest search engine optimizers learned that exchanging links was a great way to “game” the search results. Today there are many reasons why you shouldn’t do a link exchange, most importantly because a bad link exchange can really hurt your website.

However, it is my understanding that there are still some rare cases in which you really should consider it. For instance, only exchange links when it makes sense, and it is an exchange that’s logical and rational. In 2003 I felt the Museum of Menstruation was an ideal partner for my target audience. I also believed that I had something of relevance to offer in return. MUM is a quality website with rave reviews from The New York Times and has been serving the public with helpful women’s health information for 23 years. I am honored to have my words featured on their pages since 2003.

Here are some Link Exchange guidelines to consider:

Only exchange links with quality, relevant websites.

Trade links with a website when you share an audience.

Trade links with a website that is educational or helpful to your users.

Trade links with a website that can give you a lot of traffic.

Trade links with a website that has a good archive of information that is related to your website topic/niche.

Trade links with a website that is not in competition with your website.

Trade links with a website that is a high quality website.

Trade links with a website that appears in search results with similar keywords.

I do not claim to be an expert on Search Engine Optimization, but from my research, with a mere “layperson’s” understanding, it sounds like old school link exchanges can still help, but the one-way links are the best. Apparently exchanged links carry less weight compared to the one-way links. Overall it is recommended that one should focus more on improving site content and user-friendliness in order to attract others to give you the one-way links, rather than you investing your time working for old school link exchanges.

According to what I’ve read, the most effective way to obtain one-way links is by writing smart engaging articles and submitting them to popular blogs for publication or putting in the effort to write and publish amazing original content on your own website and blog. While this process will be horribly painful and time consuming, you will be more likely to attain higher quality links and long term traffic results. Or at least this is what I have garnered from my research and what I am working to accomplish with the Amy E. Fraser Art Blog.

So, that’s what I know so far. I will continue to share information as I relearn the ins and outs of internet art marketing. You are welcome to watch as I crash and burn, or, hopefully, wildly succeed! Humble Brag: my former Exalted Beauty blog had amazing stats in its prime, you know, before I abandoned it and then accidentally deleted all 1,500 posts. However, I must clarify that at the time I was writing the Exalted Beauty blog, I was doing it more as a personal update for friends and family and was not interested in the business of online sales. I was more focused on working with my real world Art Galleries, High End Retail stores and the private in person jewelry exhibitions.

Keep in mind that if you are just beginning, the statistics on blog visibility are all about the long game. If you are starting fresh, like I am, be fair warned that what you write today may not receive traffic for many months to come. Some say it will be 12-18 months before your blog becomes visible. I recommend doing some serious planning and research before you invest too much of your time on blog designs or the “look”. Content is Queen as they say. Creating a successful blog is about commitment, consistency and time investment. It will not be easy, but nothing worthwhile ever is. Don’t worry; I plan to compile a basic list of blog tips to help simplify things for us soon. In the meantime, I wish you the best of luck in all of your art marketing endeavors!

For more Amy E. Fraser art and information go to Aefraser.com.

The Meriden Library Logo

December 8th, 2019

The Meriden Library Logo

The Meriden Library Logo by Amy E. Fraser. This stylishly whimsical black and white pen and ink drawing was created exclusively for the Meriden Library by Amy E. Fraser. This is an illustrative rendition of the current 1965 brick library building and its signature birch trees. This image has been the Meriden Library’s official logo design since 2010. Amy and her family are enthusiastic supporters of their local treasure and will continue their generosity by donating 100% of the profits from sales of this image on prints and merchandise in support of the Meriden Library.
About the Meriden Library: The New Hampshire legislature approved a petition from Daniel Kimball and other villagers to incorporate a library in Meriden Village on December 11, 1797. Various village homes were used to house the library until 1815 when Kimball Union Academy offered space in their new building. That building was destroyed by fire in 1824. A new collection of books was assembled on the first floor of the Congregational Meeting House in Meriden. When fire destroyed the church, the library books were saved and moved to the home of Marion Eastman where they stayed until the Meriden Town Hall was built in 1896 with space set aside for the library. The Brown School, located west of the town hall, housed the library from 1911 - 1965. The current library was built on a parcel of land located next to the Meriden Grange and was dedicated on November 20, 1965.
To learn more about the Meriden Library go to meridennhlibrary.org. Or stop in to borrow a book and visit the amazing staff; Library Director Mary King and Library Assistants Terri Crane and Lori Estey.
The Meriden Library Logo was hand drawn in pen and ink by Amy E. Fraser. All images copyright Amy E. Fraser. All rights reserved. For more Amy E. Fraser art and information go to Aefraser.com.

Amy E. Fraser Death

December 8th, 2019

Amy E. Fraser Death

The top of the keyword search list in my blog statistics today was “Amy E Fraser Death”. Haaaaaayyy! I’m still alive! Please don’t count me out just yet! I’m gaining my second wind, working on the Next Chapter, and doing my absolute best to revive life back into my sleepy art career after a decade dormant! Please don’t wish for my death so soon. I have so many things I still want to accomplish! I mean I have an entire World Domination plan in progress… Not really (your business) but I do apologize to my beloved Instagram followers for abandoning you on all three of my Instagram accounts Lady Fray Bakes, Lady Fray Doodles, Lady Fray Paints. I know it basically looks like I died, but hello! Obviously I did not.
When I disappeared from my Instagram platforms in August of 2018 I was experiencing some extremely emotionally consuming family stuff that I needed to immediately attend to. I stepped away from all social media (basically the entire outside world) to give my family my full attention. My family has always come before anything and everything. But, when things returned to “normal”, and I realized my child wasn’t actually dying from some mysterious disease, I began to reevaluate my circumstance. I realized what I had done, is what I always do, as a wife and a mother, and I decided I wasn’t happy living my life on “pause”. As women, I think most of us make sacrifices for our families, above and beyond. Often these sacrifices are not specifically asked for or expected, they are unnoticed, the small things as well as the large. It isn’t just about giving up time; it’s about putting yourself last. These sacrifices become entire pieces of your original self that one gives away, represses and eventually loses altogether. Instead, women become vessels filled with other people’s needs. For most of us, this is love, this is family, and this is what we impose on ourselves. Until one day, we realize there is nothing left of the woman we were before we took on the roll of Wife and Mother. Or at least this is what was becoming true for me. However, this could also be due to the fact that I had a broken childhood and I unconsciously overcompensate in the opposite direction.
Long story short, when things got quiet and the immediacy (and distraction) of the crisis had passed I fell back into the “norm”, that which had been a constant but low grade depression since “The Rabies Incident”. I promise to elaborate on this event further at another point. For now: I received a rapid series of feral cat bites one very cold night in December 2016 during an ill fated animal rescue. As a result, my right hand became severely infected, later scarred, and I had a very bad reaction to the rabies shots and the numerous rounds of antibiotics. As a result I was forced to give up working on The Legend of Hare Terra. More thoughts on The Legend of Hare Terra at The Artist’s End Goal
Back to post family crisis 2018. They say if you are unhappy to fix it. I’m not one to wallow so I decided I needed to make a big change. I realized that this disappearance of self wasn’t good for any of us, that falling into these idealized rolls and expectations was mostly my own fault. So I am the one who needed to fix it. In order to do so I needed to take responsibility and reclaim my time and self identity. Another thing I needed was to free myself from distractions like social media. Admittedly Instagram has proven to be super addictive for me so I haven’t returned. I know that was rude and unprofessional. I would most sincerely like to apologize to all of the wonderful friends I made around the world who I abandoned without explanation. I would also like to apologize to everyone who was counting on me for their entertainment and inspirational needs. But a girl needed to prioritize, to save herself in order to survive.
My solution? Starting fresh. I’ve covered this to some degree in previous posts so I won’t go beyond stating that on January 2019 I deleted my old website (which was hacked and I was locked out of anyway) and as a result, accidentally deleted all the images on the Exalted Beauty blog. So I decided to start with a clean slate by partnering with Fine Art America and making my artwork available for Print on Demand. I immediately began by uploading all the artwork I thought was pretty and suitable for Home Décor and merchandise, such as flowers, animals, abstracts, designs and doodles. As the year progressed I introduced the Sourdough Bread Art from my year and a half on Instagram as Lady Fray and then the Exalted Beauty Medallions, because they too were a big chunk of my art career, but I still felt like something was missing. I realized I needed something more real, more Me. Not just the June Cleaver, the Hockey Mom, the baker, Medallion lady and floral painter, but the old Amy E. Fraser, that pain in the butt, confrontational little Feminist bad ass. I miss her; but she’s not Dead people! She is still in there somewhere; I can feel her clawing her way back to the surface.
Over the past few weeks I’ve been delving further into the Amy E. Fraser art storage archives and I found some truly amazing stuff. I mean, wow, was I prolific and so talented at such a young age (lol). I’m only kind of kidding. So now I am in the process of sorting, photographing and editing my old artwork and putting it up on my website as I go. It’s offending some, frightening others, apparently not everyone is as thrilled with the results of this self discovery journey as I am, but that is okay. I am getting to know myself from the outside in; saving my sanity by reintroducing the crazy. This not yet dead woman is embracing and collecting all of the parts and pieces so she can become whole again.
You know what I also realized? I have a lot to offer, beyond the artwork, almost 30 years of experience in this business, almost 20 of those years online. There is wisdom to share. As a young artist I would have been thrilled to hear from another artist who has been through it, even if only to learn from her mistakes. So as part of my rebirth, my re-envisioning of self, the Phoenix Rising if you will, I am sharing, the good, the bad and the ugly. Hopefully you will learn something, but if not, it will be entertaining at the very least. And hello, if I keep blogging maybe people will stop searching to see if I am dead?
As far as the art goes, I think some of the older work is still pretty great. Besides, let’s face it, you can see by what I created that I don’t care overly much about what people think. This is therapy for me, you don’t have to watch. But you know what? I discovered that my old work now has fresh impact on a brand new audience. The paintings I posted have already made a difference. The work has sparked new and interesting discussions on a number of important current issues and brought me closer to individual people around the globe. You know that other Amy, the idealist with the big dreams of changing the world with her art? She might get her opportunity after all. I’m not actually dead.
For more Amy E. Fraser art and information go to Aefraser.com

Crazy Christmas Cards

December 7th, 2019

Crazy Christmas Cards

The holiday season is here and has inspired me to dig through all kinds of fascinating family memorabilia. Beyond getting all misty eyed at how quickly time has passed, and secretly checking out how many wrinkles may or may not have happened since “back in the day”…. it has suddenly come to my attention that I am definitely not Normal! I mean, A Revelation! Like a giant rubber mallet to the head! Who knew? I’m laughing, obviously. I knew. But I guess I also kind of thought people were kidding when they told me straight to my face? Oh dear! Apparently I really just didn’t care… It’s tough being a misunderstood visionary genius. You never know what we weird artist types will do. Check out these wild and crazy and definitely *inappropriate* Christmas Cards from years past:

For more images and active links go to: https://aefraserart.blogspot.com/2019/12/crazy-christmas-cards.html

For more appropriate Amy E. Fraser holiday cards and gift ideas go to Aefraser.com

Holiday Cards

December 6th, 2019

Holiday Cards

Create a holiday to remember! Amy E. Fraser Holiday Cards are the perfect way to share blessings of times past and in the future with family and friends.
What holiday activities are more traditional than sending cards to loved ones, friends and business associates this time of year?
You can choose the perfect card! Check out these standout designs... Or choose your own design from AEFraser.com. Personalize your holiday cards with a special greeting. Remind everyone that you're thinking of them with unique innovative Fine Art Cards.
Shop the entire Amy E. Fraser Art collection for more gift ideas to make your holiday the best ever! Christmas only comes once a year! So deck the halls and spread good cheer by sending Holiday cards and gifts to friends and relatives.
If you are stuck on a greeting, try one of these short and simple greetings:
Happy Holidays!
Enjoy the Holidays!
Warmest Thoughts and Best Wishes!
Joy! Joy! Joy!
Merry Christmas!
Merry & Bright!
Happy New Year!
Baby, it’s Cold Outside!
Our Warmest Wishes!
Love, Peace and Joy!
Shine Bright this Holiday Season!
All the Best for a Joyful Season!
Cheers to a New Year!
For more Amy E. Fraser art cards and gift ideas go to Aefraser.com
For Card Examples and active links visit: https://aefraserart.blogspot.com/2019/12/holiday-cards.html

Monkey Business

December 5th, 2019

Monkey Business

Once upon a time in New York City a 17 year old, small town country girl had a very crazy summer. By day she attended a prestigious summer art program at Parsons School of Design...
By night she and the other naughty summer program children went on amazing adventures. The only rule for school was that you had to make it back to the 12th street NYU dorm (Loeb Hall) by curfew. If you did not, parents received a call, bad boys and girls were kicked out of the program and sent back home. There was a 24-hour security desk where you needed card access to get into the building and the safety of your dorm room. All of the students were required to sign the log and the high school age children at the Parsons Summer programs were under strict curfew.
So of course, teenage mentality determined that the "logical" work around was to stay out all night and sneak back into the dorm during the changing of the guard. That meant me and that adorable young lady above spent a few scary nights wandering the city streets until dawn, or passing out on park benches when we were too exhausted from running away from scary weirdo's. In between the giggles, stupidity, stark fear, and clubbing, there was the occasional photo shoot. The photo shoot in this example involved a monkey. My friend was a budding photographer and that meant that we would go out hunting for interesting city moments to capture. Obviously I volunteered to be her scantily clad model. By the way, she grew up to be a world renowned sculptor and photographer.
Just so you know, looking back from a mother's perspective, if those young ladies were my children I would have grounded them for life! What we did was incredibly naïve and irresponsible. We were lucky to have made it through that summer alive. So if you are reading this son, do as I say! Not as I've done. Ok then, that's all for Monkey Business, just randomly sharing...
What? Some fabulous writer out there is going to need these delightful tidbits to add fluff to my artist biography someday. I mean I did promise people I’d be famous. There’s still time... I hear Old Ladies have replaced hot young male artists as the new "Darlings" of the art scene. I'm prepping early for my big Re-Entrance! Best of luck to you and your life adventures, remember, you are never too old to be Fabulous!

For more images and active links go to: https://aefraserart.blogspot.com/2019/12/monkey-business.html

Humble Beginnings

December 4th, 2019

Humble Beginnings

Every Artist needs a good origin story. Your tale is what makes you, you. Your life from beginning to end, influences your art. As it should. Because if we are good at our craft, we tap into those emotions and incorporate them into our work in ways that make our viewers feel what we have felt. This involves the dreaded skill of “introspection”, the ability to perform an honest self examination of one’s own feelings, thoughts, and motives. It’s difficult, human’s aren’t pretty, and feelings are gross and messy. Life experiences always involve emotion. Where we come from and how we grew up, shape the core of who we are, how we see the world. How we imagine others see us. We carry within us all of the joys, successes, heartaches, trials and tribulations of our formative years.
It used to be that the world was a smaller place, people were prone to staying in the towns where they grew up, as their parents did, and their parents before them. From the moment you were born, you were judged, labeled and categorized, not on your own deeds, but those of your forefathers. Your life was limited by your family name and history, financial and social status and all of those other random factors, binding us at birth. This is still true today of course, but now the judgments of others are quieter, much more politically correct. And if that doesn’t work, you could always move away and reinvent yourself?

So what were my “Humble Beginnings?” I was born to a couple of kids who got married right out of high school. My mother was 20, and my father 21 when I was born. We lived in a small trailer, parked on the edge of my grandfather’s sheep pasture, in Norwich, Vermont. I do not remember much about my early years, but I did grow up understanding that even though my homes changed and financial standing increased over the years, many people of our small town would always view me as a poor kid, stereotypically low class, branded as “trailer trash”. I believe that while I didn’t understand class and social structures then, that I did form an understanding of my place within society and knew I was considered less than. And yes, this does in fact form a chip on one’s shoulder, if you let it. There is more to the origin story, obviously, but I’ll save all of that juicy dark drama for the Biography.

In summation dear reader, the point I was attempting to make is that I believe we should celebrate our origins, no matter how humble our beginnings. We should not deny our experiences, because they made us who we are today. You don’t have to put up a plaque next to your elite college degrees that states you were once considered Trailer Trash, but you could. Who doesn’t love a good Underdog Story? You are not what other people label you. You decide the course your life takes. You are responsible for your future and how you shape yourself, not your friends, parents, or grandparents. You get to decide who you are. Be proud to be you! All of those people who would judge you are self loathing losers, don’t let them rain on your parade. Just be true to yourself and let the haters hate. You will be the one winning it in the end!

For more Amy E. Fraser art and information go to Aefraser.com

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David's House Loon

December 1st, 2019

David

In my last post I discussed creating Art for a Cause as in the example of the United Way Poster Winner. Another way in which Artist's are often asked to make a difference is through donations of our work to fundraising auctions. I have been honored to participate in many worthy charities over the years but one of my favorite creations for a cause was The Exalted Beauty Loon for David's House:
The Exalted Beauty Loon by Amy E. Fraser
The Exalted Beauty Loon is a hand painted wooden loon decoy by Amy E. Fraser. Painted in luminous metallic glazes in warm shades of antique copper, bronze, and gold, this intricately decorated Exalted Beauty Loon was created for a fine art auction fundraiser featuring local Vermont and New Hampshire artists in support of David’s House.

“David’s House is the dream of a little boy named David Cyr who passed away at age five after a three-and-a-half-year struggle against acute lymphatic leukemia. Built so that families can remain together when it is most crucial, David’s House provides a home-away-from-home and support for families with children receiving treatment through the Children’s Hospital at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center.” Learn more at: davids-house.org

The Exalted Beauty Loon is designed and hand painted by Amy E. Fraser. All images copyright Amy E. Fraser. All rights reserved.

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