Watercolors are finally finding their way into my Etsy shop. Because I am good enough and there is no reason to keep waiting. I've been painting since March and still feel like I am learning how to handle the medium and my prices reflect that learning stage. On January 5th the movers are coming to pack us up and send our belongings across the ocean. My shop will close on January 4th and won't reopen until I am settled in the UK, probably sometime in February. Locals can find my work for sale at Hatched through Christmas and New Years.
Making art is the easy part. I have more ideas than time. But marketing myself and getting my art out and seem by people is a consistent struggle. I'm not a natural extrovert and networking is hard for me.
Top Ten things I can do right now to change my path.
1) Ask for help.
2) Join local networks networks for artists in Boston and New England.
3) Take a class on art marketing.
4) Plan for the spring markets.
5) Read books on marketing my art.
6) Go to gallery openings. Stop waiting for a date and go by myself and enjoy the art and making contacts.
7) Build my network online and in person.
8) Keep blogging and keep my website active and updated.
9) Find out ways to give out more business cards.
10) Keep making art every day even on the days that I don't want to. Don't get discouraged.
It is hard to write when I feel like this. Standard time is back and it is dark by 5 pm here in Boston and getting darker earlier every day. Pretty soon it will be pitch black by 4 pm when my older daughter gets home from school. That is going to be hard. I am using my Happy Light every morning while I write my morning pages but I still feel bad. I feel lost in the art world and don't know what to do next. I know that I need to do more than make art but I don't have any clear goals and that is frustrating. I could seek out galleries. But how? According to a friend one local gallery may give me the time of day if I send them a proposal and some images. I should do that. But how? Maybe I should look into some sort of art marketing business class and admit that I am in over my head and that beyond making art and writing about it I don't know what I am doing. I feel better already.