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The Artemis Blog: An ongoing series of informational and inspirational entries

Making Waves in Uncharted Waters

December 21, 2019

It has been almost five months of me doing nothing but Artemis work and, I have to tell you, it is a new world for us here. While we still struggle to get our name out into the world and make a living off of my art, I am plugging away at commissions. I have just sent out the fourth and final holiday commission earlier this week and am taking a short rest before beginning commissions and work for the 2020 year.


Speaking of 2020, we have made big moves on the charity fundraiser and are excited to announce that we have a venue and dates for the celebrity pieces to be put up for sale! A huge thanks to PopCon Indy for putting us up for the weekend of July 10-12, 2020 at their convention in Indianapolis, Indiana! And now I will be burning through charcoal and bristol, pastels and canvas, to get some awesome art pieces done in time for the show and an amazing fundraiser! We are keeping our fingers crossed that some of our awesome and talented celebrity subjects will be able to make it to PopCon Indy too! We will try to work at it.


We will also be working hard on getting out to a lot more conventions this upcoming year too. We really do miss seeing all of the fans, celebrities, cosplayers and more. It's an atmosphere that we hold very dear and miss since the crashing fall of Walker Stalker Con. But to everyone out there in Fandom Land, happy holidays to you from our Artemis family. We love you all!


Cheers!

Artemis

gen-er-ous

(adj)

1: free in giving or sharing

2: noble

(syn)

open-handed

The Giving Effect

November 21, 2019

Since Artemis Portraits began, we have been a business built on giving. I have grown up with the belief that giving out good into the world will always come back around to you in one way or another. Not that that should be the motivation for being generous, however. I try to do my best to give out to others when I can, and I also do my best to pass this lesson on to my children. I started this company by giving personal portraits to the wonderful guest talent at the conventions we attended as thank-yous for their kindness and their support of my art. And I have built my business slowly but surely from there. Word is starting to get out in the Angel support groups, through my family members to their family and friends, and through various social media outlets now. And it's exciting to me. All born out of giving. And out of donating and charity. And I couldn't be prouder.


And this week, some of that good came back around and my daughter, Nori, got to be the recipient of it. We walked into a local music store, signs posted outside signaling that they were closing after 25 years. It was a sad time for them, to retire their beloved shop and see the store become empty of what had once filled their lives. We went in to see if they might have something for Nori to put on her holiday wish list, ideas to give family and friends. As I was on the phone with one said friend, telling him of the amazing discounts that I could unfortunately not take advantage of, the owners watched my daughter roam the store and admire the guitars and ukuleles and other instruments. I told the owners that she has a guitar for her guitar lessons, but it not ours. She wanted one of her own, so we were looking for one for her wish list but were not sure what size to get.


As I was ending my phone call, one of the owners asks Nori to sit on a stool and pulls out a guitar and hands it to her. As she holds the guitar, I hang up the phone. I tell the owner that it looks to be roughly the size of the one she has for class and ask what size it is. Without missing a beat with Nori, the owner asks her if she takes care of her class guitar. Nori nods. The owner tells her: "If you promise to take very good care of this one, it is yours." Guitar, case, strap, picks, capo, extra strings and even money for a couple lessons for when her class is over!


I am still in shock and awed at these owners' kindness and generosity! Selling everything in their store and they have such giving souls to gift my little girl with all of that still. This is what giving does. It makes others so overwhelmingly happy and grateful. And wanting to pass on that feeling to others! I hope you all pass on this giving effect this holiday season... and beyond.


Cheers!

Artemis

Angel Theory and Lauren Ridloff

A Social Stand #IStandWithAngel

October 21, 2019

For those that are wondering about the shirts I have been selling for the past week and a half, this is Angel Theory in her own words on her Instagram Live account (its only a partial video, sorry, and you have to click through several videos in a twitter thread). But, as a person with a disability myself, I do not stand for discrimination against others because of theirs. Even if I weren't disabled, what I have learned over the past handful of years because of my illness, there are struggles that able-bodied people do not understand that need to help advocate for.


James Frazier (the owner of the Walker Stalk Con/Fan Fest conventions) is an awful person. I have had my own experiences with him and have found him to be exactly what Angel calls him out to be in this video. He is two-faced, he is a narcissist, he is a false Christian, and he is an awful businessman who hides behind others. I have withdrawn any business relationship Artemis Portraits has with Mr. Frazier and refuse to do business with Fan Fest Events or Walker Stalker Convention as long as he is the person actively running the company. I welcome him to be the face only, but as long as he has any say in how the business is run, I will not be involved.


If you wish to help support Angel's cause, please stop by my shop at www.teepublic.com/user/artemisportrait and choose any #IStandWithAngel product (#IStandWithAngel or #IStandWithAngel Color). Proceeds from any Angel Theory product will go to support Dogs For Better Lives in her name. You can also check out our shop, because through the end of November 2019, 20% of ALL sales (including commissions) will also be donated to the charity in Angel's name!


Cheers!

Artemis

Pictured (left to right, top to bottom): Kirk Acevedo, Satine Phoenix, Bear Walker, Franz Drameh, Ryan Hurst, Xander Berkeley, Ross Marquand, Manu Bennett, Kiersten Warren, Lou Diamond Phillips.

Pictured (left to right): Kirk Manley, Odyssey Art, The Black and White Guy.

Charity Fundraiser Update

September 21, 2019

This charity fundraiser journey has become such an adventure! What started out as a made up game of "Twitter Tag" between Natalie and Lou Diamond Phillips has snowballed into so much more. Snow ball is an understatement. It's more like an avalanche at this point. Natalie has overcome great personal obstacles with her anxiety and begun exploring acquaintances and even blossoming friendships with many figures in various entertainment industries, and through this she has brought many on board her philanthropic endeavor.


We have begun the task of arranging a charity fundraiser to benefit the children's programs at the Tippecanoe Arts Federation. Specifically, ARTreach and the After School Arts Program. These programs provide much-needed access to the arts for at-risk youth and under-served communities in region around Tippecanoe County, Indiana. The entertainment personalities that have partnered with Artemis Portraits in this fundraiser are having portraits drawn by Natalie, which will be signed by each of them*! Bear Walker has even graciously added to his portrait donation by giving away a free Bear Walker original skateboard to the winner of his portrait! You can check out his shop by visiting our Links page. Other artists have signed on to participate in the fundraiser as well, and will be donating original artwork for fans to enjoy. You can see their art through our Links page as well.


All items are going to be auctioned/raffled off to raise money to be donated to the TAF children's programs. All the proceeds raised will be donated to charity. We are still working on pinning down a date and venue for the fundraiser event though we are shooting for Summer 2020, but we will definitely keep everyone posted! Big things are moving here!


Cheers!

Artemis

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