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The 2018 Calendars have arrived. Save $2 today through Friday 9/22!
11" x 8½" (11" x 17" when open)
13 of Michael's works appear in this 12 month calendar. Each calendar purchased through the website is hand signed.
Major holidays, Full Moons and important dates in GLBT history are noted.
The folks over at Pineapple Blog (http://pnpplblog.com/) made me one of their featured artists. Check out their spiffy little blog, read the exclusive interview, and check out some other art and photography as well.
Davy Jones, according to literature, is the fiend that presides over all the evil spirits of the deep. Davy Jones' Locker is the bottom of the sea where you'll find the remains of shipwrecks and drowned sailors. So combining my Halloween sea monster with my penchant of hot men in gym showers, I came up with Davy Jones' Locker Room.
The large magnet collection just got a little creepy! I've made 9 Hallowe'en pieces available as large vinyl magnets, a few hadn't even been available as small magnets. You can even save on all if you buy the 9 pack as opposed to each individually.
For this year's Hallowe'en painting, I'm merging one of my own phobias, creepy things in my shower, with one of my favorite passions, hot naked men in my shower.
Usually the creepy thing is just a spider, but for the painting I'm taking it up a notch.
After doing some research for a new company to print my calendars, I've chosen to go with PrintRoc out of Rochester NY. I found several that indicated they had no problem with the subject matter of my art and even a few that had lower prices. But when it comes to a major order, like my calendars, I'm extra nervous about the quality I'm going to get with someone I have no experience with. While that will still be the case until I see the results, I got a good vibe talking with the guys at PrintRoc, a gay friendly business. They even took the time to take a look at my website and mentioned they also print magnets and other items I offer.
So fingers crossed, I should have the hardcopy proof next week, and calendars should be ready for purchase before then end of September.
The meat of the matter is, there will be a slight delay in the release of my calendar. I was informed yesterday by PSPrint, the company I've used for many years, has refused to print my calendar due to its nude subject matter. Apparently they were purchased by Deluxe, a company that mostly makes business forms and checks, which forced their "1950's beliefs" on them. The customer service manager was very apologetic about the situation and clearly unhappy with what his overlords had done. He had the unpleasant task of informing many of their long time customers they had to censor their material or go elsewhere. Needless to say I won't censor my calendar. So I am in the process of selecting a new company, one ok with my art, with comparable quality, and a price that will make it worthwhile. I still hope to have them by the end of September. In the meantime: #boycottPSPrint #boycottDeluxe
Other subsidiaries of this neolithic (though I think civilizations of the stone age were more enlightened about the human body) conglomerate include:
ChecksByDeluxe.com, Custom Direct, Inc., Direct Checks Unlimited, Hostopia, NEBS, Safeguard Business Systems, Inc. ,SyncSuite, Chiswick, Inc., Designer Checks, Direct Checks Unlimited, DLX Check Printers, Inc., McBee Systems, Inc., Paper Payment Services, Plaid Moon, Inc.,PremiumWear, Inc., PPS Services, Rapidforms, Inc., Russell & Miller, Inc., Standard Forms, Ltd., Stephen Fossler Company, VeriPack.com, Inc. ...all of which I will do my best to avoid from now on.
My next work features two of my favorite beings on Earth, my hubby and my puppy. I'm using a photo I took last summer when we took Huxley to one of Vermont's fabled swimming holes.
Even when I'm painting from a photo I took, I still make a few changes and take a few liberties. First of all, it's a combo of two pics taken a few seconds apart so I could have both in their best positions. And secondly my husby didn't have the beard at the time. Finally, things like leashes and swim trunks often just have to go.