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AVE HURLEY ILLUSTRATIONS : Got started again after 50~

Initially, I wanted to gather together all the sites I have been listing my artwork on and put them together and see if I am spinning my wheels or if there is a way to get working more this year, as I really need to work and get my art business going….

I put in about 20+ hours daily into my artwork and frequently pull all nighters so I can keep creating and making new pieces of art and reworking some of my best pieces into framable prints, cards crafts and more.

Can this dream become a reality or am I just too late to start over???

I raised 5 children, survived and , lost everything I owned , ruined what credit I had , my health took many wrong turns, now I am trying to salvage what is left of my life and while being a Christian is first and knowing Jesus is what kept me sane and has enabled me to survive thus far, ~ trying to keep busy and be productive , although I have been physically disabled for years and am starting out at a great disadvantage healthwise and financially.

Nevertheless I kept trying and in 2009 I created a new artwork, consolidating all the main sites I list on and am getting more organized all the time and now have begun helping other artists to do the same.

I did start selling on Ebay in 2007  and have had some busy times  that enabled me to buy better printing equipment and to expand my capabilities in how to produce my art for sale… Yet now on ebay,  you have to be careful as things get slow there and sometimes your auction might get overlooked or not even viewed at all..I have had at least a dozen items listed and they weren’t getting ‘hits’ or views, so that too gets really frustrating…

Spending so much time online has stiffened my joints even more and making me more sedentary. This winter’s cold keeps me indoor, lost on line trying to keep working.

I took a break in Dec 2008  and went to York and painted some theatrical sets for a ballet, but never got the photos of the work so I could display them online ~ and I did the work free, but was supposed to be reimbursed for my travel expenses and materials  used- but the people I did it for, although they claimed they appreciated it, stalled by asking for  an invoice and promised to pay me later, so I went back up north, home. They never paid…….Later on still  saying while they loved the work, they just no longer acknowledged what they owed me for my expenses and ignored me after I asked for it and later in the presence of mutual friends denied owing me anything.. although the play charged $10 a head and sold out nightly… and they got backdrops they can now rent out to other studios and do~ go figure. I wanted to help them, so I did. I just assumed they were going to repay me what they owed but  not all people have the same values or conscience.Live and learn…

Next I went to visit my daughter in July 2008 in Phoenix. She had a baby girl and her husband was deployed to Iraq  but home on R&R for the birth which was wonderful. The weather was hot there so my joints weren’t as stiff and the house she had was lovely  but I needed to get back to Pa and left the end of the month. While she had room for me and I could have set up  a large studio/office area which would  have been ideal for getting more organized in this endeavour to be self sufficient in my 50’s, I still felt I needed to work  it out myself back in Pa.

I am glad to work online and feel so much  more productive despite the economy.  I have done alot of research and looked for what I needed on other websites about art and presentation and have built my own network, launched publically in June of 2009.

I have met many artists from around the world and we are collectively showing and selling our art right on my own network~!

Visit my  network. http://AveHurleyIllustrations.ning.com to see my art and prints for sale~

ART PRINTS ACEOs ATCs Art Collectors Editions and Originals

Ave Hurley Illustrations is currently making available most of her favorite artworks into the newest format of ACEO’s and has been selling them privately til last summer when she began selling them on ebay in 2007 under screen name : avehurleyillustrations
I still sell occasionally on Ebay but do most of my online sale and promotions from  my own network site now.
I also now make larger framable giclee prints up to 13 x 19 and 8×10 & canvas prints.
All artwork and printings are done individually by the artist, altered for originality and collectibilty.All work comes with CERTIFICATES OF AUTHENICITY and each one is ARTIST SIGNED AND DATED.
Some of my ACEO’S  have been sold on Ebay for  $23 each  and  ACEO’s grow in value consistently.
Ave Hurley has also opened online stores at other auction sites too and is featuring select items  starting as low as $.99 at .
I also keep my Etsy shop~ but all my shops , auctions & stores are all listed on my network for easy access and comparison~






Available for custom work as well as private sales, my websites are available to show my  artwork to the online shopper and delivery is within 24-48 hours of receipt of payment, through Paypal, so you can buy with confidence and security.

Contact me for any of your art requests. I specialize in land and seascapes, country scenes, farms, fields ,lighthouses and more.



Thankyou and have a great day~! Ave



Visit “Ave Hurley Illustrations ~ Featured Artists Network”

[free to join to show, promote and sell your art~!]

Check out some of my stores and auctions!




Second Chance, doing my artwork again!!

As many of you know I am an artist. Never did it as a full time career as my interests and responsibilites have prevented me over the years. Most of my work over the last 30 yrs has been for gifts for friends and family and or charitable to raise money to help other people , churches , schools and other organizations. 

I like doing it, but here I am now in a small rented farm house after losing my home 3 yrs ago with most of my possessions to have to start out over again and over 50,  this isnt as easy as it would seem…

Although I am physically and legally disabled enough to preclude me from obtaining gainful employment with what would be considered a normal full time job, but sometimes I feel well enough to work and so I do volunteer jobs, like when I was working for the Red Cross at Ft.Sill in 2005, I was also able to start up and run as a manager , shelters in Oklahoma to assist the Katrina evacuees…

It was a bit ironic, but rewarding as I was able to help others get new homes and possessions, when I basically was living out of my van, while staying at my sons temporarily… I do enjoy putting others firsts, but then  people look at me and wonder why I havent gotten my own life together yet… Now for me it is easy to promote and find good deeds to do for others, but for myself, I tend to feel awkward and dont like to ask for anything or any help, so that is probably the main reason I am in the dilemma I am in…

Here I over 50 , single again, bad or no credit, a van that keeps breaking down monthly, in a rented one bedroom house, barely keeping up with utilities let alone rent. still helping others via the net and phone to get their needs met, but rather than meeting my own needs, I have learned to do without most things…

Taking a good look at myself, I have no one to blame but me… I have talent, I am worthwhile and all the other forms of encouragement I give to others, I have failed to give to myself… I realized that I have become reclusive and have a lower sense of self esteem, fearing that if anyone sees me as ‘needing’ that they will then take advatange and hurt me.

Writing it down here, it sounds silly but I think that is about how I feel and then I prefer to come off all knowing, all powerful, all together so others can rely on me and they do… and I dont mind that as I feel it is better to give than to receive and know that I have a hard time being a receiver. I dont think it is pride as much as fear of rejection, so instead of taking care of my own needs, I do without and help others.

If it were just me, I could continue this survival mode living til I am called home to glory, but I have kids and grandkids, that I should be doing more for and I think that if I devote more time concerning my art into actually selling it and also getting ‘paid’ commissions, that I shouyld be able to rise above this poverty and not only contribute more to society but to myself, and with that I can help others even more… I have to get on  my own bandwagon and have some of the fruits of my labors…

I didnt realize that my oldest son, who has been away from home over 10 yrs, had such a disrespectful view of me as being a loser and a bum!.. That really hurt, since I even did free work for him and his wife..Seems alot of people dont respect volunteers or those working for free for good causes. He thinks I am stupid for not being rich, since I have the talent to work in the art arena like a Kinkade or Rockwell, but havent out of fear.

I want to stop being afraid and I want to develop my art in a way that will provide a better standard of living for me and something I can leave to my children when I am gone… I dont want to be remembered as a loser or a bum by the ones I love most. I feel bad that some of them like my son, dont understand that much of what I have done throughout my life was to serve God humbly by helping others..

I was fairly well known and worked in the 70’s-80’s in NYC before moving upstate to raise my kids…]

For the last year or so, I have been doing my paintings and drawings so that they can be reproduced into other useful forms. I have learned the Giclee inkjet process through trial and error on digitally preparing paintings for printing and now can make orirginal ink printings in 8 x 10 and card size original images, cleear coat them, sign and date them and they are valuable when in comparison to other Giclees… I also spray clear coat on them to protect them from damage. 

I am learning how to use Photo Impression and PhotoShop to make new image rendtions of my  paintings and trying to create as many new paintings as I can.

I tried to sell some on Ebay, but was lame on the way I listed them and found that how they are listed determines how many will actually see them.. so for me it was a waste of money advertising them there.

 I have also listed with Lowbid.com, but havent had any sales there either, but at least they dont charge to list..There are so many people trying to sell paintings online, that it is like winning a lottery to even have someone view my links…

My niece found Etsy and told me about it, so I checked it out and joined… $.20 per item to list for 4 months and a free online store… not a bad deal at all..I actually sold 3 items the first month there, but that was it… no other sales… but there could be and I am hopeful.

I then researched a bit and found that my prices were cheap, perhaps too cheap for the serious buyers and not cheap enough fot the middle class collectors… so I am struggling to learn the in’s and out’s… I tried lowering prices but found that when I printed one order, it cost me more to print and ship than I charged for the order, so that wasnt working!…

I hope to also get some commission work, so I found a muralist site and have joined it. Check out the links of the places I am located online and see if there isnt anything you might want or want done… I can work within most budgets and love to do the work.  This is an art service listing online for people looking for artists to do projects at their homes or businesses. I have just joined: https://www.findamuralist.com/Pennsylvania/ave-hurley-mansfield.php

I have joined this services site and set up a portfolio in hopes to get some work..
It is spring and I feel like painting BIG, so if you have any ideas that you’d like on a wall or on a mural board, I can do them for you!! I can work within almost any budget just about and am willing to travel to your location [if transportation is provided and a place to rest my head between painting sessions]..

I do what is called ‘speed painting’ and also Coney Island Style billboard art, so I can actually do a mural in the same time frame as I would do a fine art painting.. I have done full scenes on little 1 inch rocks and also on sides of buildings.. In my mind I can easily work in enlarging a scene and have been doing so since I was in my teens.. I can get some large murals done in one day!

I work from home here in PA in a small farm house and the winter has pretty much given me a sense of cabin fever, so I am ready to come out and paint….:) travel a little [ must be the gypsy in me,lol] My van needs alot of ‘upgrades’ like a tune-up alignment and oil change.. typically normal things to do, but I never have enough to get them done, so most of the winter my van has been ‘off the road’ waiting til the beginning of each month to get itr ‘started’ run some errands and then be stuck home again… not to mention gas prices..

I was shocked when home for 3 weeks after getting out of the hospital for my cellulitis, only to see prices jumped about $.70 a gal and now here it is going to be $4 by summer… [not fair!!! Iraqi oil should be paying for the war, not us!]

If you know anyone who wants some artistic work done, big or small, let me know and I would really appreciate the work!

For years I have done mural boards for people [up to 4ft x 8 ft and larger ones that interlock] and they can be done from home and later applied to walls [which is good in the event you were to move or redecorate, they can be easily removed and applied elsewhere. https://www.findamuralist.com/Pennsylvania/ave-hurley-mansfield.php but  now at http://avehurleyillustrations.ning.com

I can do all that ‘faux’ type painting- too, like make a brick wall look real[ but really be plasterboard], lol and I have a nac for rocks that I can turn a doorway into a castle entrance or a child’s room into a wonderland…I have done castles and seascapes, landscapes for years. I can also do spot murals- you know like foliage and flora around windows or doorways, entranceways etcs.

I have some of my art at
in basically framable prints and note cards.

I also have some of my art transferred onto clothing, housewares and more at :

I havent figured out how to really  advertise those sites and see from the counter that there just isnt alot of people out there that even see my ‘stuff’ ;(    http://www.famesource.com/profile.aspx?u=LadyMadonnah

So if you even take a peak, I ‘d appreciate it and if anyone has any suggestions as to how I can get some business going, please let me know…

I have been here on myspace for over a year and have met alot of wonderful talented people and myspace has been a good place for me. www.myspace.com/avehurleyillustrations

I do however have to do some sort of work and need some sort of art jobs or sales since I am basically stuck at home because of my health and also finances, [like many others I am sure} so I am not complaining, but it would be nice to have something else to do sometimes…  http://www.famesource.com/myspace.aspx?u=LadyMadonnah

Have a great weekend and God bless you all, my friends…:) Ave


Second Chance, doing my artwork in my 50’s……..:) « Ave Hurley

Second Chance, doing my artwork in my 50’s……..:) « Ave Hurley