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https://paulaart.com/
I have my own website after several months of talking with shopify gurus for hours on end!  if it weren't for that 24/7 phone support this would not have happened believe you me.  PaulaArt.  feel free to sign up for my yet to be written 'no news newsletter' and any updates.

it's my first step towards independence from Etsy as well as combining my industrialbloom flower shop products with my paulaart products.   some of you old time blog readers may recall i actually had my own website prior to finding etsy back in 2004.  thats when i first started making art after landing in Vermont.  its incredible that i was able to get customers considering it was a microsoft 'frontpage' website and not very ecommercy.  talk about a full circle, here i am again, trying to sell solo only because the endless (mostly not appreciated or asked for) changes that etsy has  made over the last few years finally pushed me to the limit.  while etsy they is still the easiest platform to navigate and perhaps still the cheapest when it comes to % taken they have raised fees and now take a cut from even our shipping price just like ebay.  i've noticed too that search algorithms are just plain off, enough so that 2018 was my worst year in over 7 both views and sales wise as it is for what seems to be countless others according to the forums.  i wont bore myself or you with more detail or complaining.....i'm still there as so far its the only way i make sales and still my only source of income.

SO.  the website. for now most of my products ARE still on etsy but as an incentive I am offering a 10% discount w/ a purchase of 2 or more items if you get from my paulaart site.  I have 4 collections: vases/home decor/flowers and office accessories.   the home page also has a collection of 'new products' so you are up to date!  hope you will visit and bookmark me!

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lets try again....

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I knew I needed to do this years ago but couldnt release even one tooth from the etsy teat until the cup runneth dry which it has for a year or more.  In fact, a few of you may remember and have even purchased art from my very first microsoft frontpage made paulaart site.  I love the wayback machine....you can see some pages of one of the last renditions of it before I went full on with etsy.   How I savanted THAT is something I'd pay money for to do again!  I had no clue what I was doing and yet managed to get sales from complete strangers for gods sake.  And yet today, with all the knowledge/experience I purportedly have (and all the bells and w…

New Art Find: Louis Pons

Louis Pons, 1991 Dock Assemblage
Louis Pons, 1981 Fils à papa Assemblage
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Friday New Art Finds.  ha.  I'm posting it early because my blog needs something on it other than ME.   I present to you Louis Pons.  Born in Marseilles, France in 1927 and apparently still going strong.  I have little to no information on this artist, he appears to be elusive on the net.  I recently watched a strange little movie called 'The Gleaners and I' by Agnus Varda.  She had a blip on him and I set to searching for images or information online only to come up with a small wikipedia blip and a few sites containing his work.
No matter, it's enough just to see his work.  This site if you translate it, appears to have the most information of any:
Primary studies at Marseilles, school of the Carthusian monks.
School of the Trades, Endoume, Marseilles. He learns the trade from fitter bu…