Kudos to all that decide to open a store, rent a space, and attend craft fairs/shows to sell their work. It is not an easy task to create, package, label and price the inventory. Then get the shop gear (hooks, racks, lights, shelving, etc.) AND then go set it up. Then lets us talk about social media, marketing, and meet and greets. I am not even mentioning the challenge of putting your heart out there in your product and hoping that people like it, let alone buy it. It is definitely easier when you have a partner in crime to share the space, the work and the challenges! I know you love those wood bowls so follow this link to learn more about them. And thanks for checking in.
Starting your own business on any level is demanding. Been working on getting my ETSY shop up for months and I am finally in a place where I feel good about the content. And that is 1 sticker set with more to come very soon. Kudos to all who do this on their own. So much to think about...type of camera, camera shots, videos, photo and video editing, content, copy, lightening, style, intent, supplies, printing, cutting, shipping, accounting.....not to mention creating the actual ART. Will be back soon with more good stuff soooooon!!
I recently submitted art for an online art contest...and while I did not win...it forced me to produce art that was not "perfect" in my eyes, by a deadline. It is good to know that I can work under pressure and produce something I am proud of, even if it is not what I consider my BEST work. My recommendation to all artist, enter contests, set deadlines, create!!! It will never be "perfect". Keep striving to make each piece better than the last. Explore new mediums and above all, HAVE FUN!!!
For those who think Art is quick, easy or mindless for an artist to make, it is not. Do not be fooled by the time-lapse artist videos that make creating art look effortless. All of us, regardless of talent are doing more in the prep before, during, and after the time lapse than you can imagine or see. A 4 min time-lapse video, in real time, often, is more than a 4 hour journey. These recording do not include the research, sketches, color work, prep or clean up, photography, color matching, printing, lighting set up, film set up, or digital and video editing, which are all part of the job.
Please think about this next time you look at some original or digital art or think of hiring an artist to create art for you. This is our job and we put a great deal of time and effort into everything we do.
Here are links to the CLEAN UP, PREP and final PAINTING of a recently commissioned piece, "SEADUCED". I hope you enjoy the videos.
We all aspire to be our greatest selves. I find the following 9 wisdoms to be the reminder I need everyday to be my best. Note: this list is my interpretation of his words.
1. I greet this day with love in my heart.
2. I persist until I succeed.
3. I am a miracle, I am unique.
4. I live this day as if it were my last
5. I am the master of my emotions.
6. I laugh at myself and the world.
7. I multiply my value one hundred fold.
8. I act now.
9. I ask for guidance from the powers that be and I am thankful for all that I have and all that is yet to come.