Did you miss me? I sure missed you! It's been long time. Too long. Lots has changed between you and I. No matter. There'll be plenty of time for kissing and hugging and then maybe some more kissing later. For now, let's get down to business!
So what's new? Everything.
That was easy. Goodnight!
Oh, you think I owe you a little more substance after having disappeared for a few months, do ya? Well, here you go!
Prints - Good LAWD do they ever look good! I now do all the prints in my studio. I personally feed the paper through this sexy new printer that blows away everything I've seen printed by the "big boys" in the past. Really, you aren't going to believe it. These bad boys need to be seen in person (which an be arranged) to truly understand the depth of color and detail I can now produce. The best part? I can now do it cheaper, and pass on some of the savings to you. Not all of the savings. I have to eat. No fat jokes.
Seriously, I'm so proud of these prints. For the first time, I can put my name on them knowing I'm sending out the highest quality product anyone has ever seen. No, really. I literally put my name on them. Each print includes a signed foam board backing with a label affixed that describes the scene and who I am (as best can be on a tiny sticker) and is professionally stuffed in a sealed, poly bag. Oh, and all materials are archival quality! You can't beat that!
Cassandra Lea Designs - Known simply at CLD on the seedy streets of Blowing Rock, Is my better half. In fact, she is the most amazing, beautiful, and stunning specimen of a female ever created by God. And she's always right and smarter than me. (and standing right behind me, forcing me to write this. Help! OUCH!)
Excited to be eating poor, defenseless sea bug legs...ugh.
God, I love her...
Cassandra is incredibly talented in her own right. Being married to a creative mate is amazing. We support each other in our creative pursuits, so that's why I've included some of her wares in my shop. It's clearly marked CLD because she doesn't want me to take credit for any of it.
Attitude - I've grew a huge following only to see it fall off over the past year. I walked a trench in the floor trying to figure out what had changed. I tried blaming it on some new algorithm for Facebook, Big Business, and whatever else took some of the responsibility off of me. But I got real and realized that the problem was entirely me.
I'm not an art snob. I think Ansel Adams is one of the most overrated photographers to ever pick up a camera (give me some Galen Rowell any day over Adams). If I don't like it, I don't like it.
When I'm out shooting, I don't select a particular tree because the hole in the trunk reminds me of the feeble plain of existence we live on. I shoot it because I like it. I'm sure somewhere in that oversized head of mine, there are poetic gears working overtime to help guide me, but ultimately I like things and pretty and smashing those things together as often as I can with everything I pursue.
I lost that attitude somewhere along this long lonesome road I've been walking for the past five years. I was trying too hard to be someone I wasn't, and create work that I couldn't care less about. I cheapened my art and sold my soul. For that, I'm sorry.
I promise it'll never happen again.
What you now get is the 100% authentic me, for better and worse. It'll be fine... You'll love me! Unless you hate sarcasm. No, then you'll hate me. Like a lot.
The Future - I have so much more work to do. In the coming weeks, there'll be oil paintings added to the shop (prints and originals), illustrations, more woodworks, new stuff from my main squeeze CLD, and so much more. I have so much to tell and show you. Thank you for sticking with me this long. The future is bright, and full of sarcasm.
With all the LOVE,
Victor Robert Ellison
(And Niko and Missy who tried to contribute by walking all over my keyboard SO MANY TIMES. Going to start closing the damn door around here...)