September Art Recap

oil painting by Jay Trefethen

September was a busy month for me. I completed four pieces of art, two oil paintings and two wood burnings. I’m still focusing on relatively small pieces, as they can be done in a reasonable amount of time. I’m really missing the larger pieces though, so I’m going to have to go back to those sometime soon.

One big change this month was my abandoning my Yahoo web site, and starting a whole new web site here on The Yahoo Small Business site was just too glitchy, constantly crashing and locking me out of the dashboard. I was getting really tired of talking to tech support who knew almost nothing about web hosting. So far the wordpress site is working well, though it is frustrating to have to start over from scratch again. Right now I have my old Yahoo domain,, redirected to this site. The term of my domain subscription ends in December, so I’ll have untill then to decide if I want to transfer the domain to this site (costs money,) continue to forward the traffic here (slightly less money) or just cancel my domain name and use the free domain from We’ll see how it goes, and how broke I am in December.

Chapman’s Country Store in Fairlee, Vermont, has started carrying my pyrography art. They accepted four of my small basswood pieces. The owner of the store also gave some good advice about making art for sale. She pointed out that functional art sells a lot better than wall art. She explained it quite bluntly. People feel they need an excuse to buy art, they can’t just buy a work of art because it’s beautiful and makes them happy. They have to feel that it serves some practical purpose, ’cause happiness isn’t a valid purpose, apparently. So if the art served a purpose, they can rationalize buying it. Even if the piece’s function is minimal, it still works. She suggested cutting boards, candle holders, gourd vases, junk like that. I’ll give it a try, and we’ll see what happens. I would prefer it if people would buy my wall art, but I need a local outlet for my work, soooo….

As for online sales, I’ve posted both new oil paintings up for eBay auction. You can check them out at The first is a really pretty butterfly painting, and the second is a cute nude study. I had a lot of fun with both.

In the bummer department, the Newport Library Arts Center rejected my submissions for their Gallery of Gifts show. This is the second time in a row they rejected my pyrography art. I’ve never had a problem getting into their shows with my paintings. It’s only my pyrography that they stick their nose up at, which is really frustrating. I’ve heard online about pyrography artists having a hard time getting into juries shows, despite the quality of their work, but this is the first time I’ve experienced this sort of mindless bias against pyrography firsthand. Now I have to decide if I’m going to continue showing my paintings there, or tell them to f**k off. They deserve the later, but I do need a place to show my larger paintings still. I also need to find a place to show my larger pyrography work too, which is why I was entering it into the Library Arts Center in the first place.

Anyway, it looks like October will be more small, fun paintings for eBay, some (sigh) functional art for Chapman’s store, and more searching for places to display my more serious work. Stay posted….

pyrography on basswood by Jay Trefethen
Winged Beauty, pyrography on basswood, © 2019 Jay Trefethen
pyrography on basswood round by Jay Trefethen
Ghost Koi, pyrography on basswood, © 2019 Jay Trefethen
oil painting by Jay Trefethen
Delicate Fire, oil on canvas, © 2019 Jay Trefethen
oil painting by Jay Trefethen
Midnight Dreaming, oil on canvas, © 2019 Jay Trefethen

PS: Yes, I know I’ve been really bad about taking good photos of my work. I’ve been using my phone way too much lately. I will have to start taking real photos of my work again.

Published by sleepyrocks

I am a self taught artist living in Bradford, Vermont. I build furniture and create woodburning art for a living, and also create oil on canvas paintings. I sell my paintings on eBay as nightairstudios. And I sell my woodburning art locally. You can see my work at the Pompanoosuc Mills showroom in East Thetford.

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