My month at the Still Life Gallery in Ellicott City wasn’t as successful as hoped, yet I came away with a nice commission check and sold three paintings, so how can I not be thrilled? I’m always trying to figure out what I’m going to do next. How am I going to market my work? My full time job is keeping me from starving to death, but last week four people quit. It has become a very unhappy place for many and I’m very worried.
My dilemma is my shyness causes torture when I leave my comfort zone- the show at the end of April was so difficult for me. I did drop Ebay. I did raise my prices. I have focused a bit more on my Etsy store. I have my art in one local gallery, but it isn’t enough. I really only want to focus on painting and not marketing. Anyone that follows my blog pretty much knows that this is ALWAYS my dilemma. It’s almost funny.
On a side note, I rented a nice beachfront suite and met up with my kids and their friends and really had a great time. Also visited the Virginia Museum of Fine Art to see the wonderful Flowers show. It was a wonderful week. I came home and worked a bit in my first garden! Wear gloves!!! I didn’t and I have a miserable case of poison ivy or something. I look awful! Having never had it before, I’m a mess. But I’m painting a large picture that’s making me very happy!
Life is in flux always, but it’s good. I’m going to figure it out one day.
https://www.etsy.com/listing/233342238/artist-and-cat-colorful-whimsical-cat?ref=shop_home_active_4 The image is “Artist with Cat”