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Broken Toyland Newsletter #11 for 2017

imissyou
Title: I Miss You, 12×24, multimedia on canvas. Find it in my etsy shop.

haveyoueverseentherain
Title: Have You Ever Seen The Rain? 11×16, multimedia on wood. Find it in my etsy shop.

upward
Title: Upward. Framed 5×7, multimedia on watercolour paper. Find it in my etsy shop.

intheforestofdarktrees
Title: In The Forest Of Dark Trees, 11×16.5, multimedia on wood. Find it in my etsy shop.

Broken Toyland is evolving.

I have come to realize that I stopped following my passion, and was focused on producing as much as possible, in the shortest period of time possible. This, due to my living conditions. I can be super prolific, if I have the conditions that I need to create. Peace, quiet, solitude, no tv, chaos, people noises, etc. Since I work at home and live with someone who does not understand my needs to work, my ideal conditions are fragmented and random. So during those time, I work hurriedly. Or I put up with the constant shattering of my concentration (usually this is the case) when not alone in the house. I fell into a horrible pattern, that I came to accept, and my art has suffered. I have suffered. The stress it creates… the headaches, even migraines, from not being able to work and concentrate, and trying to under impossible conditions, has taken a huge toll on me. I haven’t been getting enough sleep for years because I’ll get up at 4-5 am, so I can work in peace. Then go to bed super late so I can work then, too. It’s been a very unhealthy process I’ve fallen into. I’ve started to hate my art, because it was all starting to look the same and feel empty. It was becoming boring and annoying. Not enjoyable and freeing, like it used to be. It’s been a kind of creative coma, where there’s still a blip, showing signs of life, but otherwise unresponsive. But now that I’ve come to realize the rut I allowed myself to be in, I am making changes. I am taking back my privacy, my solitude, my peace. Low and behold, an instant breakthrough. These new paintings are making me feel good again, about my art. They are enjoyable to create. I actually want to dive in, because it’s exactly what it’s always been about for me. The joy of creating. PASSION. Taking what’s inside, and putting it outside. Telling a story. Communicating. Yes, these take me 10 times longer to finish, but that’s ok. I used to love creating on big canvases. I stopped because making small ones that will sell fast, became more important, due to the ruin of what facebook has done to my fan base visibility. Everyone should know that old tired story by now, so I won’t go into it. If you don’t,Β contact me and I’ll fill you in. But I have boxed myself in, creatively and mentally. That’s unacceptable. Survival can be a weird thing. I was too weak and exhausted to deal with it before. I’m still exhausted, but I’m not as weak mentally, and am taking back control of my direction. I have to grow. I’ve been at this stagnant place for years now. No more rut. No more apathy. I still sort of feel like a rat in a maze, trying to find a way out. It’s time to gnaw through the wall. So what you’re seeing now, is aΒ  birthing process. Broken Toyland is being reborn. Maybe Broken Toyland is over. Who knows. We shall see. I plan on focusing on abstract expressionism, to put a label. Primitive at times, but narrative. My art has always told a story. I just didn’t realize it was such a huge part of my process. I might layer the chapters of a piece… I might do more of a storyboard or collage… but I will try to also attach a short story with them, so the viewer will be able to partake in a better visual. I want people to be immersed in it. See, feel, experience. To have a pure moment, without agendas, facades, manipulations, deceptiveness… you know, what we experience every day in the real world. What people call, normal. I think it’s entirely possible to step back into innocence, via art of all types. Innocence in the sense of experiencing childlike joy and wonder. That, my friend, is a pure moment.

Please feel free to contact me. I love hearing from you guys.
That’s all for now.
…v

iheartyouhaveagoodday

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Broken Toyland Newsletter #10 for 2017

Greetings, from Broken Toyland… in a dream where love is real.

I hope this entry finds you well.

The last newsletter was heavy with 2017 Christmas Ornaments. That might be all I’ll do. We shall see. Might do a few more next month or November. Not into it. People asked if / when they’ll be available, so I made a bunch, and now they sit. This happens every single time I get requests lol. So this might be it for now. They’re all in the shop if anyone’s interested.
There was a time when I sold all my ornaments for 35$ each. They’re 30 or 25, now. And the more you get, the better a price I’ll give. Just contact me if you’d like more than 1, and I can pull them out of the shop and invoice you direct, with a discount.

Now, onto the art!

Here’s the 2 new paintings I’ve created since last I posted here:

downfall

Title: Downfall, 16×20, multimedia on canvas. See it in the shop.
What are your demons? What is your downfall? Is it the contents of a bottle? or some other ‘thing’? Perhaps a person? …someone from the past that continues to haunt your life, without mercy. Someone or someTHING you know is bad for you, but you cannot stop desiring? These things can (and do) cloud our judgement. When will we grasp the fact that we don’t need any of those things to become ourselves? To be complete? Even content?

underthenorthstar

Title: Under The North Star, 8×10, multimedia on watercolour paper.
See it in the shop. Lots of closeups, too. This one is framed.

Declaring one’s love under the ever-fixed mark of the north star…
my words will only prove inadequate. Let Shakespeare tell it:

Sonnet CXVI

Let me not to the marriage of true minds
Admit impediments. Love is not love
Which alters when it alteration finds,
Or bends with the remover to remove:
O, no! it is an ever-fixed mark,
That looks on tempests and is never shaken;
It is the star to every wandering bark,
Whose worth’s unknown, although his height be taken.
Love’s not Time’s fool, though rosy lips and cheeks
Within his bending sickle’s compass come;
Love alters not with his brief hours and weeks,
But bears it out even to the edge of doom.
If this be error and upon me proved,
I never writ, nor no man ever loved.

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In other broken toyland news…
Some updates about the direction of my art. I’m feeling a real pull to go more towards the abstract expressionism end of things. I’ve always dabbled in this, as well as primitive / intuitive styles. I’ve been seriously considering my options, as far as financial things go. Trying to keep my head above water (barely) and keep my artistic integrity… doing what I love, being satisfied with it, and paying my bills, in other words. I don’t want to do something I don’t like and that feels unnatural, just to make a buck. So this seems to be the solution. I’m not going to give up on my traditional Broken Toyland style, but it will start taking a back seat to reality. And that reality is, I cannot rely on a dozen super loyal customers to support me.
Now, about commissions… I’m seriously thinking of not doing them anymore, altogether. I’ve had a couple bad experiences lately and it’s no longer fun. It’s always the same thing, too. A lack of willingness to communicate. Some people have been great, but more than half do not want to participate in the communication process that allows me to get the visuals I need, to create the piece. And I don’t like the stress it creates. Especially feeling like I’m annoying someone if I need more info. So, if you’re wanting a commission, keep in mind that the prices are naturally higher than anything in my shop and the process will often involve you, too. I really don’t want to do them anymore, but might change my mind. So contact me if you want to inquire about one.

That’s it for now.

Bye bye, summer. Hello fall.

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Until next time, take care.

…v

haveagoodday

Broken Toyland Newsletter #09 for 2017

Greetings, from Broken Toyland.

We have the first Christmas Ornaments for 2017, below.

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01-09. Some closeups below. I love the patchwork ones πŸ˜‰

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10 and 11.

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I have them in my etsy shop. I can also do custom orders. Just contact me.

I’m having more of these all the time now, so keep an eye on my facebook page or follow me on instagram to see the newest available ornaments and other art when they become available.

That’s all for now. Until next time, take care and keep on hoping.

…valery

Broken Toyland Newsletter #08 for 2017

Hello again, from Broken Toyland πŸ™‚

Please keep the victims of hurricane Harvey and the resulting floods, in your prayers. It’s something like most of us have never experienced. So tragic. If you want to donate, here are two very trusted options: Samaritan’s Purse and Pass the Salt ministries.

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Trying to give incentive. I have art piling up again.

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I have a 15% off coupon code for my etsy shop. It ends at midnight, September 1st, so there’s still all day today and tomorrow until midnight, to use it. There is a minimum purchase of 90$, which can be used on a combined purchase. I really need to move some of this stuff out of the shop. I’m thinking of swapping out some of what’s there, with a local gallery that has my art. So if there’s something inΒ my etsy shop you’ve had your eye on, now’s the time. Because it might be going to a gallery very soon.

That said, here’s the newest art!

isolabelisdreary

Title: Isolabel Is Dreary. She is my newest Broken Toyland character.

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myhouse

Title: My House. It’s in my etsy shop. Or directly, here.

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isolabelandtheravenFramed

Title: Isolabel and the Raven. It’s in my etsy shop. Here’s a direct link.

Isolabel has a pet raven. And this is it. I still haven’t named him or her yet.

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lesfleursdisolabel

Title: Les Fleurs d’Isolabel.

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Title: Little Skel. He’s in my etsy shop.

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Now, I’ve been wanting to make some Broken Toyland jewelry for years. I’ve had a few supplies but not what I really wanted. Until recently. I bought some items to create art pendants. Each, with an original painting inside. However, the supplies I got, were just awful. I have to order some better things online, when I get the means. This is the one and only so far. I wanted to make 3 and had the stuff to do it, but the other two broke while I was trying to get the cover on. Wasted money on junk. Disappointing, but it’s ok. Experimenting is important and now I know where NOT to buy those types of pendant pieces.

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Not sure how I managed to get this one together without breaking it. But this is basically what I want to create in the future, once I get the right parts. Though they will probably be all black. We’ll see.

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I have some unique items coming, so keep an eye out on my main art facebook page for that. I’ll be posting them in a couple days πŸ™‚

Also, regarding facebook… please check to ‘get notifications’ for my postings. Otherwise you most likely will not see them. Here’s how:

From a desktop computer, go to the Broken Toyland facebook page. You’ll see some options under the cover photo. One will say, ‘following’. Hover your cursor over that button. A dropbox will open with options. Put a check by ‘see first’. Next, see where it says, ‘notifications’ ? To the right of ‘notifications’, there is a small pencil icon. It’s tiny. But you have to click on that little pencil and options will open. Tick the ‘all posts’ box. Then click ‘done’ at the bottom. They’ve really made it difficult, haven’t they? lol. But if you do those steps, you will see my posts. They might be delayed in notifying you by 50 minutes or so, but you’ll get the notice in your facebook. And if you do not see it when you click on your notifications, you might have to scroll down in them to see. FB loves hiding stuff lol.

Anyways, that’s all for now. Until next time, take good care of yourselves.

iheartyouhaveagoodday

…valery

Broken Toyland… in a dream where love is real…

Broken Toyland Newsletter #07 2017

Greetings, from Broken Toyland.

I lowered the prices on most of the items in my etsy shop. Go check it out. And if you want more than one,Β contact me for an extra discount.

A few new pieces:

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Patched. Find it in my etsy shop.

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Harbinger. Find it in my etsy shop.

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Some more Little Marydeth’s. All but #06 are in my etsy shop. First inverted one, too.

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The Door Is Open… Do You Want To Be Free? Find it in my etsy shop.

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Oh, Bunny. Find him in my etsy shop.

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I have a request. I’m sure many of you have heard me go on about how facebook is blocking my posts to the nearly 4,200 fans who have ‘liked’ the page. Each time I post, an average of 5-10 people see my posts. This, out of four thousand two hundred people. I used to sell 99% of everything I posted, within 48 hours of posting. Now, barely anything. If it’s not too much trouble to ask if you’ll choose to be notified when I post, and to ‘see first’, I would really appreciate it. Also to click the ‘like’ button as soon as you see posts. This is the only way more people will see. I cannot afford to pay FB to boost my posts. It’s a full blow scam, anyways. Please help me out in this. It doesn’t cost you anything and it might help keep me going. It’s extremely stressful and hard, as it is now. I post, knowing no one will see. I go through regular bouts of, “I’m just going to quit!” But I keep on, regardless. And there’s a handful of you who really do help me SO MUCH, in that aspect. I am so hugely grateful. Thank you.

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Other stuff…

 

Sunrise and sunset, from August 22, 2017. I love the peacefulness during these times.

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This huge raven was sitting on the power line, by the sunrise. You can see it reflecting off the right hand side of him. I love these gorgeous birds.

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How about some red chile stew? NM cuisine is the best πŸ˜‰

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On a disturbing note…

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This is a wasp next I uncovered. It was underneath a huge antique glass insulator (for a power pole?) that I have as a decoration in my front yard. It was set on top of a large strawberry pot. I kept seeing wasps going in there and figured they might be trying to make a nest. And lately I’ve been buzzed by these guys whenever I’m outside. Driving me nuts, too. I decided to peek under there to see what’s going on. Well, as soon as I barely lifted the edge of the insulator with the end of a broom handle, it fell off onto the ground, revealing this mess. So horrifying 😑 I ended up spraying it with wasp spray. So no more of this particular nest. I can bet there’s one inside my large rusty metal boar I have standing outside. I’ve seen them entering the mouth. So much fun lol. I don’t know if guys are immune to such tasks, but I will never get used to it. I hate it hate it hate it lol. Women, be thankful if you have men around to do this kind of thing for you lol. Be nice to the guy who willingly does it, too.

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I have to include a super cute photo of my best boy Jaxx. He says, “Hi”.

That’s all for this newsletter. Please feel free toΒ contact me with any questions.

iheartyouhaveagoodday

…valery brokentoyland.com

Broken Toyland Newsletter #06 2017

Greetings. I hope this August Sunday finds you well.

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I skipped last week because I feel like I’m bothering people. As a result, I’m starting to get reluctant to create and send the newsletter. So if you receive my email and would rather not, just reply with UNSUB and I’ll remove you. Onto the art πŸ™‚

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pinkdragonhouse

Title: These Birdies Live In A Pink Dragon House. Click here to see more info on the piece.

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youhavethekeyFramed

Title: You Have The Key. Click here to see more info on the piece.

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These three etegami paintings that I posted before, are now framed and available. Click here to check them out.

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Also been doing a lot of BunnyHeads minis.
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Marydeth, being the star. So I have made a bunch of her.

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They’re about 45$, which includes shipping. If you want one, contact me.

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On a personal note…
After my total rebellion against etsy and my 2 months away from it, I have decided to add listings again. Yes, I’m going back and forth. I’m trying to find something that works, so that means trying everything. Even several times and multiple ways. It’s very time consuming to put everything on my website, building the codes and uploading, etc. I decided to do both for awhile and see how it goes. I know that etsy will bring me customers my website won’t. Plus, while they have their fees, I do not get charged the paypal fee with etsy payments. There’s a lot to it. But anyways, that’s what I’m doing now.

In case you didn’t know, I do commissions. But I do not do rush orders. I require time and dialog with you… asking lots of questions to form unique, personal commissions. My commission policy is half up front, to begin a piece (after we’ve narrowed down exactly what I’ll be painting), then, once completed, the balance is due, plus shipping. If you’re interested in having a Broken Toyland commission done, contact me.

So, until next time: be safe and have a great upcoming week.

haveagoodday …v

Broken Toyland Newsletter #05 2017

Greetings, everyone. I hope this message finds you well.

There’s quite a bit of new art, this week. Lots of little owls, a little house, another SquidZ the Bunny, and for fun, I also tried a form of Japanese art, called, etegami.

Most of them are still available, but not necessarily on my forsale page. If you see something you like and it’s not there, feel free to email me.

That said, let’s see the new art πŸ™‚

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Title:Β  SquidZ the Bunny II, 6.25×13, acrylic on custom cut wood. AVAILABLE.

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Title: A Message To You, 4.5×10.5, acrlyic and ink on antique paper covered, custom cut wood. Available.

 

Title: Purge It (sold), 5.5×6.25, acrlyic on thick wood.

 

Title: A Rainbow Of Owls (sold), 3.5×6.25, acrylic and ink on a tree branch slice.

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Title: Little Owl Family, 2.5×6.25, acrylic on a tree branch slice. Available.

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Title: Vigil, 3×6.75, acrylic on a tree branch slice. Available.

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Title: Congregation, 3×6.5, acrlyic on a tree branch slice. Available.

 

Here are the etegami pieces I was playing with. They are all available and will be put in black 5×7 frames, under glass. Probably sold as a group.

Here’s a description about what exactly is, etegami.
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Title: Bunny Strugles, 5 small etegami paintings in one folding frame. Available.

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I made a short video of it on my main art facebook page, here:

 

That’s all for this week. I wish you well, until next time. And if you have any questions at all, please feel free to email me.

And please have a look at what’s on my forsale page.

Bye for now

…v