Sunday, March 27, 2011

Happy Weekend! I realize it is almost over but it has taken me two days to finish this post. Lately my head + hands + heart have been involved up to my eyeballs in websites, business books, photos, blogs, fonts, colors, etc.. I am FINALLY getting my website up and running. What an experience! On one hand I wish I could hand it off to someone but on the other I am glad I have been learning/doing. I have to admit I am really enjoying the process now.  I feel like it really can be pretty creative.

Things have clicked a bit for me (yes, with the website). And NOW I feel ready to begin. To begin to create surface designs + paintings to submit for licensing (I have already started, and have quite a bit done). To create paintings for sale. To go for those dreams that keep coming. It almost feels like this is my fork in the road. The one where I can turn one way and head down the right path. I can't say that the path will be straight or smooth or fast but really what can we ever say that about? The point is that it just feels right.

I think sometimes as artists we are afraid to say that "Yup, I want and quite frankly, need to create financial streams with my art." Yup, quite frankly I do. There is that bit of "Who do you think you are?" + all that other blah, blah, blah that comes up.

For me to get here, I had to be faced with a different alternative. One that doesn't feel "right". Would it be easier to go that path? Maybe in the short term. Certainly not the long term.

So with the available amount of time and energy I have I will chose to follow the path that feels right.  Wish me luck! :)
In other news...
A new Art Biz Mama interview is coming on Monday and it is a really great one! :)

And to tie into being a mama and artist here is a recent and really great interview with one of my favorites, Kelly Rae Roberts. She talks to Rice Freeman Zachery on balancing it all. Her career, her art, her family. Enjoy!

Amy from Elemental is giving away $50 gift certificate to her shop. Click here to find out more!

Recently I won a year membership to The Thriving Artist Project.  !
I will share an interview with the founder soon. I have already learned SO much!

Enjoy the rest of your weekend! The crocuses have popped up here in NY! The temp may be at freezing but I am hopeful!



Louise Gale "Dream-Inspire-Create" said...

YAY how exciting getting your website up and thriving! I cant wait to see it. (I'm sorting mine out too, must be the spring cleaning in us all!) Congratulations on getting all your work ready for licensing too - it will be so amazing to see your work out there. Xx

Jenny Petricek said...

Dana, congrats to you on your decision to go for it and start selling more of your work! You are such an inspiration to me! Look forward to seeing the new site!

Catherine Denton said...

*clapping* I applaud you. Thanks for this inspiring post!

Regina said...

I can't wait to see your website! And yay!! you are going to start selling your art! That is awesome :)

Wendy Brightbill said...

dana, i am so excited for you. i can't wait to see the website. and somewhere down the road, when we are both famous artists we will be able to say we knew each other before we made it big. won't that be fun?

sarah said...

what an inspiring post! i can't wait to see what develops. Keep going!

AG Ambroult said...

WOWZA, Dana! Your site is gorgeous, you must be SO very proud of it. And hurrah that this signifies your decision to go in a certain direction full speed ahead. I have a feeling you are going to kill it (in the best way possible) given all the past experience you have in that field.

I am super impressed and inspired by you. I recently signed up for a wordpress website course, so I can have something similar--a site with landing page and links to all the thing people might want, all the info I was to give. I can't wait until I have a home page that looks like yours! I will be so much more confident in my product, and in pursuing wholesale accounts.

Yay, you!