Friday, March 20, 2015

Dreams of Spring

I want to extend my thanks to everyone who purchased art from my Etsy shop yesterday. I did not expect to sell so many pieces in so short a time. And what touched me the most was how many of you included such kind notes with your purchases. You have all made my week. Thank you, thank you, THANK YOU.

I had intended to announce the reopening of the shop here on this blog first, but posting on twitter and facebook seems to have done the trick of getting the word out. I will list a few more pieces, but pretty soon I am going to have about as many orders as I can handle.

I want to share with you one of the reasons for the art sale.

As many of you know, the Hatke Clan lives in a rambly old farmhouse, and rambly old farmhouses tend to need a lot of care and work. There is an outbuilding on our property that we call "The Shed" though it's a little bigger than what you'd commonly call a shed (it has its own chimney). The Shed looks like this:

The inside is very unfinished. We use it mostly for storage of outdoor tools and for the deep freezer. My Spring Dream is to turn The Shed into a finished workshop. I want to create not just a drawing studio but a real Maker Space, with good lighting and a workbench and tools for creating three dimensional art. The Shed is a small space, but it has more floorspace than my current upstairs office.

So if you've bought art from me then you've brought me a step closer to making this workspace a reality and I thank you.

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lmccj said...

Good luck with the space. I'd suggest posting work-in-progress pics but, you redid your current studio so quickly, the pics would just be a blur!

Ben Hatke said...

Noooo.... This will be a much slower project, I think. But I willpost pictures.

alxjhnsn said...

Great project, Ben. It should be fun and productive when done. Great combo.

marla said...

Hi Ben!
I really really love Zita the space girl. It is a good adventure story. My favorite part was when Joseph saved Zita from the bad guys. Do you think you will write another one? Thank you for writing three books about Zita!

Love Amber
age 7

Ben Hatke said...

Hey Amber!

I definitely hope to write another Zita book, but I have a couple other books I have to write first. So it may be a couple years before I get back to Zita.

Hopefully in the meantime I will be able to make a few webcomics to tide us all over.

I hope you like my other books! The next comic is Little Robot and it's out on September 1st.

--ben

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