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Preteen Action Pose

Preteen Action Pose by Joe Chiappetta is rare digital art available on MakersPlace

Preteen Action Pose by Joe Chiappetta is rare digital art available on MakersPlace.

More than a few times I have observed my children doing things that leave me slightly baffled. I’m often left wondering... why in the world are they doing what they are doing? There must be some hidden depth to it all. However much of the time, such wisdom escapes me; but not the humor of it. That usually remains.

Joe Chiappetta

Carry Me Comics

Carry Me by Joe Chiappetta is rare digital art on MakersPlace
Carry Me Comics by Joe Chiappetta is rare digital art on MakersPlace.

This Silly Daddy Comic contains more than just a funny scenario brought to light by the child’s innocent query. There are a few possible answers to her question: "Who carries you when you are tired?"
  1. No one carries me.
  2. By faith, God carries me when I am tired.
  3. By grace, God carries me when I am tired.
  4. People who care are the ones who carry me when I am tired.
I choose to believe the latter three responses.

Joe Chiappetta

CryptoArt Shrugged: What To Do During Rare Digital Art Technical Difficulties

CryptoArt Shrugged is rare digital art by Joe Chiappetta on MakersPlace
CryptoArt Shrugged is rare digital art by Joe Chiappetta on MakersPlace.

CryptoArt Shrugged:

What To Do During Rare Digital Art Technical Difficulties

Imagine for a moment this scenario. The most amazing art the world may ever see has just been finished, and you're its proud creator. Anxious to release your work for sale as rare digital art, you head over to your favorite online art market to launch the artwork to the public... yet... something's wrong! The marketplace is supposed to be live but it's temporarily delayed. Or other unexpected technical difficulties--with your entire preferred blockchain--make it impossible to immediately release such precious art. 

Would this now be the time to...
(a) Panic?
(b) Complain?
(c) Keep clicking buttons until your will be done?
(d) Leave this sketchy, experimental field forever?

The answer--probably--is actually (e), none of the above.

Therefore what should creators do when their preferred rare digital art gallery--in which they desperately want to release new artworks on--is having downtime or is delayed? The short answer is... something else. As with most things highly technical, new, and still evolving, proper development for mass consumption takes time and frequent revision. Rome was not built in a day.

Remember also some related facts of development.
  • The Internet was quite fragmented at its inception. In fact, many sites only worked in certain browsers. Many computers did not even have a web browser. The first web browser was created in 1990, yet it took at least 8 years before the Web Standards Project started to push for the Internet to have clear standards for web browsers.
  • While Bitcoin went live in 2009, it took another 6 years before anyone could issue rare digital art on top of Bitcoin (through Counterparty).
  • With Ethereum launching in 2015, it was not until over 2 years later that anyone could issue rare digital art through Ethereum.
  • Launched in 2018 as a faster blockchain with no transaction fees (unlike Bitcoin and Ethereum), major rare digital art markets on the EOS blockchain (such as pixEOS) will not go live until the later portion of 2019.
With these things in mind, the "urgent" feeling of disappointment or even frustration when delays bump through new technologies are--in most cases--not cause for alarm at all. It's all relative, and just a normal part of the development process. In other words, that's life; shrug it off.

Nevertheless, there is a way to make the most of such delays. Below are some useful professional actions that any artist can take when there are technical delays in publishing art through a preferred rare digital art market.

Rare Digital Art Downtime Game Plan

  1. Think of more relevant tags and text to add to your existing artwork.
  2. Re-share previously released, yet unsold art on social media.
  3. Look around the web to see if this art would be good as a new submission for a contest or exhibition (which could get you extra publicity).
  4. Let existing collectors know from you by direct message that you will soon be coming out with a new piece, and you can give them an exclusive preview.
  5. Write a full article on your blog where your newly released artwork will serve as the main illustration, thus giving the artwork a wider potential audience.
  6. Add that design to a merchandising site so fans can order it on t-shirts, phone cases, and more.
  7. Review and revise pricing on your previously released unsold artworks.
  8. Ask a colleague to post a review of your existing work.
  9. Catch up on the necessary accounting work associated with your businesses so it does not all pile up.
  10. Study what people who are more successful than you are doing.
  11. Become a rare digital art collector.
  12. Make related art, thus creating a cohesive series.
As anyone can imagine, the list of useful, professional, and forward-moving tasks that can be done during unexpected delays are quite involved and productive, in-and-of themselves. More could easily be added to this list as well. Those in the crypto-art field long enough know too well that a strategy to manage blockchain delays is simply a good thing to have. Therefore the prudent will pass the "downtime" wisely, turning it into "uptime." And soon--yet never soon enough in the moment--that preferred site that had you in such a bother due to delays will be up and running--and so will you--already.

Joe Chiappetta

Beware the Wall of Tissue Paper Flowers

Beware the Wall of Tissue Paper Flowers by Joe Chiappetta is rare digital art on MakersPlace
Beware the Wall of Tissue Paper Flowers by Joe Chiappetta is rare digital art on MakersPlace.

While on a date with my wife, we were walking through an outdoor art fair, having a pleasant time in Pasadena, California. There is hardly any breeze in this city, so it came as quite a surprise when a strong gust of wind knocked down a very colorful and large portable wall of tissue paper flowers. On instinct, my wife immediately helped to pick the wall back up, and was truly grateful that the wall did not fall on her or harm her in any way.

I always found this incident amusing on multiple levels:
1. We’ve lived so long in a non-windy city that I forgot that wind even existed.
2. I don’t think tissue paper flowers can harm anyone.
3. It would have been even funnier if the wall of flowers did fall on her.
4. It is probably wrong of me to think that such a thing could be funny.
5. Since “what goes around comes around,” I wonder what funny thing will happen to me on our next date.

It is remarkable how much hidden depth can be revealed from a gust of wind in a non-windy city.

Joe Chiappetta

Nanu Laughs

Nanu Laughs is rare digital art on MakersPlace by Joe Chiappetta
Nanu Laughs is rare digital art on MakersPlace by Joe Chiappetta

Here is a portrait I created of my imaginative and talented friend, Nanu Berks. We met through pixEOS, the art and gaming ecosystem. Both of us are Featured Artists there. We've created a few collaborative artworks that will be released later this year.

Why is Nanu laughing in this digital portrait? Everyone wants their friends to be happy always. Therefore my hope is that we all can bring joy to each other: friends, family, strangers, one and all.

Joe Chiappetta