• kaylaandrusart

Hello my lovelies!

My neighborhood and I have been working closely together on creating a mural for our underpass under the Brokenarrow expressway on S Pittsburg Ave. After a few years of talking about this project on our Facebook group, we have now organized a fundraiser to finally make it happen! Currently, I am working with ODOT and the City of Tulsa to get special permitting for the mural. We are also working on finding an appropriate mandatory insurance policy for this project. I'm so proud of our community for coming together and raising money for this mural. I'm excited for the day we get approved and can finally put paint on the wall. IF you would like to donate to our project, please visit the link down below.

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  • kaylaandrusart

I recently posted my artwork on Etsy and I quickly found out how expensive it is to frame and ship large pieces of work. I sold a large framed piece of art on Etsy for $175.00. (Definitely, should’ve asked for more, but unfortunately, as an emerging artist, it’s hard to sell works of art that cost more then that). I was so excited to make my first sale. I went to the store and had a frame and mat board put on the drawing, which cost me roughly $70.00.

When I went to ship it, FedEx was going to charge me $60.00 for the box to put it in, and the shipping. I realized then that the cost to send a finished work of art was outrageous.

This is something that I never would’ve known otherwise, so unfortunately, I lost quite a bit of profit on this first piece of art. My lesson was that I need to ask for more when selling original, framed pieces of art; and to better estimate how much it will cost me for the process. I also need to to value myself as an artist who works hard for what she has now. I shouldn’t sell myself so short and that it’s okay to make mistakes because it teaches you what not to do in the future.

(If you see that my prices have changed on Etsy, this is why. It’s to protect myself as an artist and to make sure that everyone who buys from me is getting the best quality work they can.)

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Since our state has been quarantined, Hope and I have had a lot more time to do nature walks. (Of course, we make sure to stay more than 6 feet away from everyone at the park.) Today we went to Woodward park and sat under a tree where tiny tiny flowers grew all over. I pulled out my camera and started taking pictures of them, getting different angles that I struggle to find on the internet. I quickly realized that since it’s spring, I should take this opportunity to take as many photos of different flowers that I can. Almost all of my drawings that I create have flowers in them, why not use my own pictures? It makes my art feel more intimate to use my own reference images.

Also, by going to parks and seeing the squirrels, birds and flowers it fuels my inspiration and makes me think more dynamically about what I draw. These pictures that I took today will definitely find their way into my work soon.

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Contact Kayla

Studio location (by appointment)

Urban Art Lab Studios

1130 S Harvard Ave, Tulsa, OK 74112