Wednesday, June 13, 2012

I'm back on track... I think!..

In a garden of Daisies.. I find happiness... 0000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000 Well I know it's been quite a while since my last post... Whew! sooo much has happened, I'm totally exhausted!I am going to try to stay on track now... just felt a little overwhelmed and couldn't even think of anything to say... You see.. I have been on an incredible journey... a business venture.. I really had no idea what I was getting into but looking back... It was so worth it! In January of this year I started a new life! I quit my full time job, very nervously and regretfully, because I loved it so much! but I knew where my heart was. I wanted to focus on a new career and see if there was a possibility to be able to sustain myself with just my art. I told myself I would give it 6 months to see what happened and I would try to get my art out there... What better way to get know if I had a demand for a product than art shows. I did almost every art show in Florida... since September of last year, 32 shows!! that's 32weekends since September!! I really felt in the beginning that because of the economy and other insecurities I probably wouldn't do as well as a full time job, at the very least... at first it's hard, its hard to get used to packing, unpacking, setting up, tearing down, harsh weather, too early mornings, not eating right,trying to finish art for shows so I had enough during the week, picking up supplies,picking the right shows, having terrible shows, knowing my market and trying to keep up with an online business, social media, family and just a little time for myself... that came in last place! some of the great things that happened... I became more confident of my art, realized that some people liked it, and some not so much, got a few rude comments... like " oh, that's creepy" ( I didn't think I made creepy art but I guess beauty is in the eye of the beholder), or "I wouldn't pay that much for that"! Creepy?..hmmm... Mermaid in love... I learned to come out of my shell and talk to people who came in my booth, talk about my art, take criticism, or not get upset when people don't get my art...answer back politely after people asked the most obnoxious questions.. like... who did you copy this from?, or did YOU make this...(No...(sarcastically thinking) I went to China and then brought it back to sell!) ( or maybe It just appeared out of thin air and I decided to sell it! but I bit my tongue and answered politely, I make it... making new friends, going to some of the most beautiful places in Florida and spending lots of time with my hubby who embraced my new business venture and helps me with everything, so no I couldn't do it without him... I learned that I hate, HATE.. (emphasize the word) HATE port-a-potties!!!so much I would go to great lengths not to go to one, as much as holding it for more than 8 hours!! or driving to a MacDonald's or a gas station,library, grocery store or off beat hotel that was completely out of my way!! LOL! Yes it's been quite an adventure and best of all I realized... yes I can do this(my art) and make a pretty good living, so much that I don't have to go get a "job"...This summer I won't be going anywhere, well except one little show... .. I'm so excited about this,I just have to mention it! I found an incredible whimsical gorgeous Gallery in Decatur. Ga, when I was at the last show and only show I did out of Florida, two weeks ago... Its called Wild Oats and Billy Goats, I was enthralled the minute I walked in.. folk artists like Bailey Jack,Kathleen Taylor, Jenni Horne and Phyllis Vaughn!! I almost cried, I had never felt so at home! and then something more amazing happened.. The Owners of that Gallery visited me in my booth at the show in Atlanta and asked me to join them in the Gallery!! I am truly honored and elated!!!... so this summer They will be having a vintage themed art show in Decatur and have asked me to join them there... its in a Goat Farm!!! can't wait!!!.. I guess I am going to be busy making some art for that show too! And so looking back on my New years resolution... I haven't had time to diet or exercise but right on track cause its mid June... I focused on my business...no procrastinating there... so I guess its time to mork on me and oh yeah more art... heres a few pieces I have already done for a show in September called the Yellow Daisy, they asked me to make it to be considered to be a featured artist in the show...wow, so honored and blessed, even if they dont pick me... oh and maybe real soon I will do an online class... everything from art.. to selling art... and I promise to focus on my blog too, no more abandonment! :) ooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo Plant Beauty.. Plant Daisies...

18 comments:

Cristi Baxter Clothier said...

So glad that you've been successful! I remember how nervous you were about quitting your job.

You work is fabulous and genuine. To heck with those crazies who called it "creepy". What do they know? LOL

Online class? Yes, please. I'll be first in line.

PBsArtStudio said...

Thanks Cristi! You're always so sweet and encouraging! I will def let you know when I do a class... just got to get through some commissions rigt now so maybe August or September... :))

virginiasvignettes said...

Hello Florida neighbor:)
Ive been soooo behind on reading all my fav blogs,your was the first in months,and Im so happy it was,Congrats to you and what sounds like a Fantastic year! your art has gotten even more Beautiful!your post is very inspiring and if you end up doing a show in Sarasota,I wiil definately look for you :)Congrats again~~~virginia

Kay Tee said...

COngratulations!

Leila West said...

That's an amazing journey and I'm so happy for you!
I think I found you on your blog when you first started going back to the regular job, so happy you were able to quit and focus on art (a one day dream of mine - still a dream). Congrats to you and look forward to an online course!

PBsArtStudio said...

Thank you so much all, Virgina, i will definitely be doing a show in Sarasota or near, already have a few in mind and looking forward to meeting you and making new friends too! Thank you so much Kaytee!! :) and Leila.. Thank you.. it has been an incredible Journey .. I'll def let yu know when I have an online class! :))

Mommyrox said...

Congratulations! It's a hard road and you're truly blessed to have a spouse that supports you! Best of luck to you!

Adriann said...

Congratulations...you do beautiful work!

Jane Blogs said...

Congratulations (so very, very much)!
Your work always inspires me, and

I'm so pleased to know that we can continue to see your working full time at what gives you and us so much pleasure <3 <3 <3

I'm so hoping I can do your course - my 40th birthday's at the end of September, so hopefully I can wrangle it into the mix ;)

PBsArtStudio said...

Thank you so much Girls! .. I'm so blessed and flattered by all of you...:)

trish said...

Congrats! I love your art, but rarely comment, so I'm here now because you deserve good comments! To Heck with those people who just don't "get" it! I admire you for sticking it out and so glad to hear you can make a living off of it. Can't wait to see more of you art and I'll be looking out for the classes!

Alexandra said...

I know you've been extremely busy but it's so good to see you back out here. Your work is amazing and I'm so happy for all of your success. :)

PBsArtStudio said...

Thank you Trish and Alexandra! I am so very grateful for your kind words and encouragement!! :)

Diane said...

Soooo happy and excited for you!! I've been doing shows for so long now, and I can so relate to what you're saying--don't you just love all the different types of people that are out there? ;)
And a Big Congratulations on everything else that's coming your way--you and your art deserve it!

PBsArtStudio said...

Diane, Thank you so much!! I have had a blast meeting new people and making new friends!!! The people I do art shows with.. well we seem to find each other here and there and sort of become family... many have taken me under their wing and have gotten great advice! I love it!! Thanks so much for stopping by, maybe someday we'll meet at an art show! :+D

claire barone art said...

well done !!!!!!! you were brave to go for it and quit your job ... being a artist is a job and I hate people who say get a real job it is a real job !!!!! and there is so much more to it than being sat at the easel!!!but some people are not worth the explanation.I love your work its amazing keep going you are on the right path you are very talented oxoxo Claire

PBsArtStudio said...

Claire.. Thank you so much... you're a sweetheart to come by and encourage me... I love your art too!!

Lorraine Young Pottery said...

What drive!!! good on you :-}
and congrats on finding that gallery. It is good to be wanted!

Your art is so cute and uplifting. Yes there are some nut balls out there, let them roll right on by.

HUGS
Lorraine xx

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