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I am back for another art post. It has been a while but hopefully not too long. Today I will be talking about the name I picked for my art brand. Now, this is somewhat of a long story but I’ll try to keep it as short as I can. The simple explanation as to why I picked “Seldom” for my art brand is because it is my name: Seleena (Sel) and Dominguez (Dom). I thought it was short and to the point and had an interesting tone about it. The longer explanation comes with a story of self-doubt and identity issues.

You see picking a name for oneself is incredibly difficult. It has to sound like you and fit your style. However, a name is just a word until you give it meaning, which requires figuring out what meaning you want to give. I have been trying to think of a name for my business for many many years. I have had a few options that for one reason or another have since been abandoned.

I started with my name but my name isn’t exactly unique and I wanted to be. So I took the one unique thing about my name, the fact that it has two Es, and ran with it. First coming up with SelDoubleEna. I liked this well enough and contemplated shortening it down Double E but ended up not liking that.

Then as some time passed I started to think that it wasn’t cool enough. I wanted it to be mysterious, and pretty, and above all else unique. Always unique. I think that’s something we all strive to be and more than anything something we all want to feel. Is that we are unique and that we matter in a way that is different than everyone else. So after some time I came up with the name “Catching Dreamfuls” I thought this name was really interesting especially because I made up the word dreamfuls. It was a play on a dream catcher. A symbol that I have always really loved. The idea of catching dreams was a concept that could lead to fascinating art concepts, and if I wanted to venture dark I could go into nightmares which are technically dreams. I saw the word dreamful as a handful of dreams. I loved this name really thought I was going to keep it.

This is where the self-doubt started to kick in. I had shown people the name to lukewarm reactions and confusion. I didn’t know if this was something I should do. I am Mexican, not Native American wouldn’t that be cultural appropriation. I didn’t know what to do so I figured I’ll keep the name and make a subsection of my art brand later. (Which I still want to do.) So now I was back at square one.

Well, luckily this time I was going to Pima Community College and in a portfolio class where we had an assignment to create a logo. So after going through pages of random designs I settled in on one drawing I made using random shapes. My teacher also approved of the design and said that it drew him in. Thus the Craft God Logo was formed. The three dots in the middle represented an S in morse code. I called it a craft god because my cousin and I had an inside joke about me being a craft god because I could make anything. So the new name was formed from there, but “Craft God” sounded too conceded and made me feel uncomfortable because I didn’t see myself as highly as a Craft God. So I added Creations at the end of it. Craft God Creations, my cousin was happy with the name but I got more doubt from the people around me and myself as well because, in the end, it didn’t feel like me, not to mention it was rather long.

I didn’t just want to use my name. My self-confidence has always been low so I wanted something that sounded like it could represent me but wasn’t just my name. Then I got married. One of the best things I have ever done because not only did it change my name but it made a very loving and supportive relationship official. My initials went from SAG to SAD. I started telling people the joke that I was so happy before I got married then I became SAD. I also realized that I was also Sel Dom. So I warped the joke to I became SAD and Seldom. I realized though with a change of perspective the real and true statement was that when I got married I became seldom sad.

I started thinking about Seldom and its potential for use as my brand name, my artist name. It was close enough to my name to still feel like me. Those who are closest to me do call me Sel. The word Seldom was short and concise but also had a mysterious air about it.

My husband had proposed to me under an eclipse. To me Seldom was like an eclipse of our names coming together, but in more ways than one. Seleena is a name that means goddess of the moon and Dominguez derives from the word Domingo which means Sunday. Goddess of the MOON, SUNday. Do you see it? I loved the hidden meanings I kept finding. It finally felt like something to represent me.

So I presented this name to mixed reviews by my family members and I started to feel the creeping monster of self-doubt back again. The automatic thoughts came flooding in,

“It’s bad to keep changing a business name.”

“They won’t get it.”

“Dom sounds like Dumb.”

“Seldom, isn’t that a negative word?”

On and on and on they wouldn’t stop. But as I had learned earlier a change of perspective was in order. It doesn't matter if no one else gets it. It doesn't matter if that meant I was changing my brand name again and essentially starting over. It doesn’t matter if it’s not the best choice. All that mattered was that I liked it. It felt like me. This word suddenly had a meaning to me. I didn’t need to explain my choice (although I just did throughout this post.) What I did need to do is stick to my guns and that’s what I did. Or am doing?

I hope if you read this and you are struggling with self-doubt that this helps you work through the choices in your brand and in life. Sometimes all that matters is that your choice has meaning to you. I don’t know how this will turn out for me in the long run but I do know that I am happy with my choice. If you would like to follow along with my art journey come stop by every now and then I will try to be better about posting more often.

Thank You,

Seleena a.k.a Seldom

Here are some logos for Seldom.

Newest Concept

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If you somehow found this post then welcome. The short answer about why I am starting an art blog is that I want to track my progress as an artist and interact and develop an art community. The long answer requires a bit more of an explanation. If this comes out jumbled and rambly or the grammar isn’t all there then I apologize in advance. Going forward when I create posts I don’t want to think too long and hard about what I want or need to say. I want a voice.

If it isn’t obvious already I don’t know what I am doing as an artist. I am trying desperately to figure it out and I am hoping this blog helps. If there is one thing I do know is that I love to create. It is in fact the one true and constant thing that I have ever felt in my life. The only thing that makes my life feel like it has meaning and purpose. It has been my coping mechanism and my relief in some of my darkest times. Until it wasn’t. Until I started questioning everything about it. Until it became the link to my success in life. Until it became daunting.

As you can probably tell by those last few sentences, I’ve been going through a bit of a crisis. I struggle with anxiety and depression. I have very low self-esteem. For those of you who are reading this and worried please don’t be. I am currently in therapy and I have a small support system, but to say it hasn’t been a struggle would be the biggest lie I have ever told.

I often lie to people about my struggles. I often put on a brave face and pretend I am ok. I have gotten very good at it, but I don’t want to lie anymore. I want to start this blog because I want to be honest about the struggles that I am facing when trying to make it as an artist.

I feel very much like I am at the bottom. I am just starting to put myself out there and trying to convince myself that all the anxiety about it will all be worth it, but I am also very scared I will amount to nothing. That when all is said and done I am mediocre at best and maybe this blog is me trying to come to grips with that.

I honestly don’t know where this will take me. I don’t know how often I’ll post. I don’t even know if I can motivate myself enough through my depression to keep going, but I want to. Even if this blog is me talking to myself at least it is out of my head and just maybe I can make sense of it all.

If you happen to have miraculously found this blog and post, Hi. My name is Seleena. I hope you are doing ok and I wish you well. If you are struggling too or if you feel alone know that you are not. I don’t know you and I know that even if you read this it might not feel like I am actually talking to you but I am, because I am you. A lonely soul trying to make it in this world too. If you would like to follow me on my art journey I welcome you. If not that’s OK no hard feelings.

Thank You for Reading!

-Seleena Dominguez

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