1. Take steps to build my creative community, reach out and connect with others with similar interests: I have attended workshops at a local studio, learning new skills while meeting others in my community.
2. Work towards an exhibition or getting my work out into real world as opposed to just online world: I have had one of my paintings in a group exhibition, and I’m about to enter another painting in an up coming local exhibition.
3. Promote my website and build up my social media presence, possibly upload work for sale on my own site: I have created my Website withStore, I have opened an Etsy Shop and been more active and consistent on Social media
7. Enter art come competitions: I have just entered my second art competition, still waiting for the results!
8. Create work for charitable causes: The exhibition I participated in was also a silent auction for charity!
I can also add I’ve had business cards printed, created a vision board and gained a home studio!
Art studio with loft ladder.
Images to inspire my creative goals.
I still have more work to do! But I can say my motivation and belief in myself is getting stronger. Although I haven’t sold any work yet, its early days and I feel positive.
I am rebooting my Etsy shop BlossomRevival and launching my first series of work.
I opened my Etsy shop about ten years ago. Back then I mainly sold my hand painted silk scarves. I had never heard of SEO or keywords! My product photos were pretty bad! But the online world was smaller then!
My day job took over and I eventually let my shop become dormant.
Fast forward to now and my shop has had a facelift! I am selling my Giclee prints of my paintings.
The theme of this series is ‘water’ and wildlife inspired.
To celebrate launch I’m offering 10% off all art prints!
Is my art any good? That question regularly pops into my head and floats around! I’m sure I’m not the only artist who considers this (wow! I managed to actually call myself an artist!)
Anytime someone tells me they like one of my paintings, I decide they are just being polite or don’t know what they’re talking about! I reply by pointing out the work’s faults! Don’t they know I’m a fraud! ‘Imposter Syndrome’ fear of being exposed as a fraud and doubting one’s accomplishments.
Putting aside the usual negative chitter chatter in my mind, it’s tricky to tell where my artwork sits. Exposed to so much online work to compare it to, while trying not to copy other artist’s style. Being authentic but producing pieces other people admire enough to purchase.
How do I know if my work is any good? I clearly doubt other’s opinions and can’t trust mine. I am often surprised by which paintings do well online, pieces I don’t feel are that good! Though to be honest I’m surprised when any work is received well! Though clearly this doesn’t stop me from continuing to paint!
Well I know this self-doubt is normal and common. I have to acknowledge what I have accomplished. I hope to find a place where I can comfortably and confidently present my work to the world with a satisfied smile!
Life has been full of surprises and challenges. My brain had been in overdrive, while my emotions seem to have hopped onto a roller-coaster.
To help relieve some pressure and sort myself out I have created a ‘dream’ or ‘vision’ board.
This idea is appealing to me at the moment, coming into the new year, it’s a great time to think about and organise my goals and thoughts.
I collected images from magazines and some other bits that will represent what I want to aspire to. Of course one of my goals is to be a successful artist!
Every morning I’m going to take a minute to look at my board as I get ready for the day, to refocus myself on what’s important. I think the board will also be helpful when I’m feeling overwhelmed by an issue. I’m not really into meditation but I can use my vision board to keep my thoughts positive.
I’m not going to pray to the board and assume the universe will grant all my dreams! But I will use it to remind me of the steps I need to take to realise my goals.