Guest blog #2: UK band The Offering

Here’s some interesting info about my friend and excellent musician Mark Sheppard & his band, The Offering. We collaborated together on our “Sound of Art” music/art DVD project and I thought you’d like to know more about his own creations:
Joy Shannon and Mark Sheppard have combined their musical talents to form a new and exciting project – Their first album, ‘The Fisherman’s Daughter’ has already been released and fast on it’s heels is the follow-up…..’Orphan Kisses’. An eclectic mix of songs soon to be unleashed on the world at large!

Joy Shannon is a singer and songwriter who fronts the band Joy Shannon and the Beauty Marks based out of the US. Joy composes on Celtic harp, cello, and accordion with her backing band the Beauty Marks: Axel Clarke on drums, Sean Wallace on guitar and Andy Zacharias on bass. Joy Shannon’s music consists of rich layers of vocals and acoustic sounds and has been called”mesmorizing” and “haunting”.

Joy has been writing and performing music since 2000 with various bands including the gothic avant-garde act the Deathblossoms. As Joy Shannon and the Beauty Marks, she released an album called “As in the Wilderness” in 2008, and this year she has released another album called “The Opium Wars or Love in Lieu of Laudanum”.

Established in 1998 the Offering has undergone numerous line up changes and employed the vocal talents of Julie Watkins, Heather Brooks, Maria Coppola and Kara Sultan. Now it strives to move into new musical territories with many worldwide collaborations and projects – Joy Shannon, Malgorzata Wacht, Sandhya Sanjana, Alisa B, Alphousseyni Kouyate, Gary Flanagan, Lauren Curtis and Five Arms Red to name but a few. the Offering have been remixed in Istanbul, Verona, Ibiza, New Brunswick and Finland and have had airplay worldwide…..the future is wide open.
Check out the great art/music DVD collaboration between the Offering and Lauren Curtis.
Email for US Sales and for European Sales.
Soundtrack available on iTunes.

Sound of Art DVD (c)2008
Fisherman CD by The Offering

1st Guest Blog Post

As I said in my last post, I’m now going to have some guest bloggers here to keep things interesting, so here’s the 1st one. I’m currently a guest blogger on his site as well, so check it out at

Here’s the guest post:
“Branching Out in Art
(guest blog post by Richard Wilde of

In the current economic climate, as everyone involved in the art knows, sales of art have gone down due to people having a lack of disposable income to spend on non essential items like art. It is therefore important in this current economic situation to seek new ways to branch out and find new markets and customers so that you can survive as an artist and carry on doing what you love.

One option that may be suitable for some artists and illustrators is to branch out into making other products, like T shirts for example. Although these are also non essential items, it adds another string to your bow of potential revenue streams coming in from buyers, so may be worth considering.

Many pieces of art can be used, or adapted, to be turned into a cool t shirt design that people would love to buy and wear. It’s also a pretty cool thought to imagine somebody parading your art around the street on their chest.

Making and selling tees is a great way to make money but also to get your work noticed in other circles and in other groups of people. There are loads of times when people ask where a T shirt was bought, people will obviously tell them that it was made by an artist (you!), and that person may then go Google you, or check out your art. So making and selling tees is actually a fantastic marketing and promotion tool, because you effectively have walking talking billboards walking down the street.

If you are looking to sell tees, a great place to start is, an artists community where you can sell your work as t shirts, giclee art prints, canvas art prints and other products for free. You don’t have to pay anything as they print for you upon purchase, so if you are a newbie looking to try out selling some tees or art online it’s worth checking out.”