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So, after whole summer of doing nothing, that is, no PAINTING (ok, ok, I did, like, TWO pages of my sketchbook), I am sick and tired of bitching to myself about how I should be doing more. Tired of hearing myself think. My friend Sonia is so encouraging. She said, “Your time is coming, baby!” and she is right. School starts in another week (YIPPEE!) and I get free time once again. It’s amazing how much I accomplished in the past year with just 7 1/2 hours a week. I went from thinking about making art, to actually making it and selling it, and now I have a show coming up. I am starting to think this sounds like I am bragging. But really, it’s me trying to convince myself to keep going. As Mike said at dance last night, “Your past is there to support you. Without it, you wouldn’t be here now” (I’m paraphrasing a bit).
I’ve been spending a lot of time thinking about nitty-gritty things, like to how to market my art more, how to get better exposure on etsy, etc. I am forgetting one of the main things I learned in my reading (most recently, “Letters to a Young Artist” by Julia Cameron) – that I won’t get anywhere without MAKING ART. Making more art. And then, making some more. The other stuff will happen alongside that, but they aren’t my focus.
So now it’s time for me to take my own advice. Well, it’s really Thomas Edison’s advice, but it’s my art.
I’ve only painted once in the last week and a half, because we’ve been on holiday. I was reading instead of painting. Ok, I was being lazy. I brought my mini watercolour set and sketchbook to the beach each day, but I only pulled it out once. No, I mean… I brought my paints to the beach and I painted once! Yay, me! I am going to do more during this week at my mom’s house, because it’s a year since I started painting in my sketchbook. It’s the one year anniversary of getting back into my art, so I am going to spend it..getting back into my art.
I’m featured on the Etsy Alberta Team Blog!
I recently discovered an etsy shop called Beanforest and the Calamity Collective. This shop is freakin’ hilarious! I want so many of these buttons. Here’s a sampling:
I’m starting to sell my cards as singles on etsy. Sales are slow for the packs so far. Ok, slower than slow – only one! It’s not what I expected because the packs sold so much better than the singles to my friends and family. Here’s the first card for sale:
Next time I hear someone about to launch into why I am going to hell because I don’t accept Christ as my saviour, I am going to keep my big trap shut, take a deep breath, and walk away. I’m still hanging on to this – it goes way back to high school when many kids at school tried to convert me – and it’s time to let it go. Now.
Yay! I am excited that my cards are now being sold at the Daily Globe Newshop – 1004 – 17th Ave. S.W. Calgary! They are being sold as singles, rather than packs. I am thinking of adding singles to my etsy shop, too.
Mom told me about a design contest (for their bags) for the One of a Kind show. I will get to work tonight! Thanks, Mom!