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2013 was my first full year as a self proclaimed art business owner and I have to say it was sorta rough. I went into the year with all these big expectations and many times I fell short, only because of some crazy notion I had of measuring myself up to other artists. Yuk! Not the way to go at all. Because of this, I made myself shrink, telling myself I wasn’t good enough or doing enough. I also made myself feel smaller because I felt bad, and sorta guilty, that I had this awesome opportunity to stay home and do what I love.
NOT ANY MORE! Looking back, I realized how much I did achieve and accomplish AND how much flipping WORK it was! (I’m not sitting around eating bonbons over here!) I learned so much about myself and what feels right for me and my introverted ways. The biz part was a steep and winding learning curve, but I feel more confident on where I want to go next with my art (more local, less online). It ended up being a great year after all! I got a licensing contract with Bic, ran a successful e-course, had several commisions and two very successful art shows. 2014 is already piling up with lots of new work and several art shows are scheduled in. Most importantly, I am happy and I love what I am doing.
One of the most important things I learned this year, it’s that there is no special secret or magic formula to being a successful artist. And realized that I don’t need anyone’s instructional booklet on how to get to that magic place. The truth is, you have to work crazy hard, get yourself out there and repeat (over and over and over again). I found that I do better when people see my art in person and that I’m spending way too much energy for a few sales per month on-line where I am just getting lost in the sea of a million other artists.
So, this year I am going to SHINE. No more holding back from uncertainty, that was last year’s learning period. No more shrinking for others, I need to expand. AND no more comparing myself to others. No more!
I want to shine through my art, shine in my own skin, from the inside out, shine in the security and support from my family and close friends and I want to shine with the feeling that I am doing what I love.