Summer is Ending! So is The Great Summer Sale of 2014!

Like Two Fireflies

It has been an incredibly busy summer! New work and my annual 20% off sale event has meant very high order volume.

I added a new series featuring very simple graphic representations of fireflies, stars, oceans, etc. and I am very happy to see these connecting with a lot of folks. I added sentiments to each that really seem to have found kindred spirits out there on the internet.

But now summer is ending, as is my annual sale. Sale will end 9/2/14, and there will be no more sales until sometime next summer. It’s a great time to pick up some of my work and save some money in the process.

Art Prints Art Blocks Art for Kids & Wall Decor by johnwgolden.

Etsy SEO Ten Tips For Better Tagging On Etsy Seller by johnwgolden


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For as long as I could understand Etsy, I have been helping other Etsy sellers learn how to live a creative life. For me Etsy is a big part of that.

As I have shared here before, there were a few years when I had to stop helping others as much and concentrate on learning how to tag for the then new Relevancy-based search on Etsy. Learning how to tag on Etsy was probably the most difficult thing I have ever done on Etsy, but I made it through with a lot of knowledge about how to be found on Etsy.

Now, I have compiled the 10 most important things a seller can do to understand tagging for Etsy in to this How To Tag for Etsy PDF – Ten Tips For Better Tagging on Etsy.

Sales of the PDF (just $9.99 for a PDF that may just change your favorite Etsy Seller’s life) will help to fund the completion of more helpful booklets and eventually a book on living a creative life on Etsy.

Etsy SEO Ten Tips For Better Tagging On Etsy Seller by johnwgolden.

Best laid plans…














Hello friends!

Did not get to do any posts since Mother’s Day, so nothing was posted about the great Father’s Day Gifts I can make for you. Next year for sure!

We had a slight detour following Easter. We found out that our youngest daughter has Type 1 Diabetes. She is doing great now and really seems to have a handle on this new normal. Turns out trips to the hospital can come with some nasty respiratory bugs, and I brought home the nastiest I have known in years. I faced down a 104.1 fever several times and about 10 days of downtime.

With all the excitement, there was a lot of waiting for orders by the most patient and understanding customers ever. I really appreciate everyone allowing me this time to get my family back on the right track to health. We have learned a lot about challenges and crises from a 9-year old that we have never doubted would teach us a lot about life. Thanks to everyone who was made a part of this journey, whether you knew it or not.

There are still a few orders lingering, but most orders are now shipping in the estimated time with no future foreseeable delays.

Portrait of the artist as a young criminal

The Golden Gallery circa 1977

This here is the door to the place in which I first started selling my artwork at age 11 – way back in 1977. In an interior corner just to the left of that door opening was the first public display of my work called “John’s Corner”. Linoleum block prints my mother helped me make. Two sailboat prints and one of a surfer on a wave. Later, there were reproductions of pen and ink drawings of the NC lighthouses that I begrudgingly hand-colored with watercolor throughout my teenage years.

I guess you might see where I got my affinity for urban texture. But it wasn’t just here. I walked from my 5th and 6th grade school, every day, after school, through the wilds of our downtown. The Atlantic Coast Railroad was long gone by then, and those buildings were either torn down or being demolished. There were huge piles of rubble everywhere, especially across the street from the Golden Gallery. A few years before, the reflection to the right of the picture would have shown an old hotel. But by the time my mother rented the space that had once been a barber shop it was just a lot.

The department stores had not yet left for the new shopping mall and the Five and Dimes had not closed down. Across the street on the corner was the coolest toy store combination camera shop ever. Owned and run by an aging man sufficiently crotchety when faced with daily visits from an 11-year old with time on his hands. We had a McCrory’s, a Walgreen’s and a Woolworth’s within two blocks. I bought Micronauts and Star Wars figures at two of the three with my art sales money, or with coins I spirited from the Gallery cash box when sales were low. It was figured out that I was the culprit.

The gallery survived my pilfering and is now in it’s 5th location in the same shopping complex. I changed my ways and went on to develop an overactive sense of right and wrong as well as a love for downtowns, rubble piles and making art.

via John W. Golden.