Well it has been a long time since my last blog post. This post was going to be about my online store that I have been working on (and I'm still going to talk about that) but first I feel that I should explain myself. Feel free to skip ahead if you just want to read about the store.
Often times with social media and blogging you only see the well curated pretty moments in creatives' lives. I want to be real for a minute. This starving artist life has been hard. Real talk... it's been tough financially. I know I am fortunate to have have a husband who not only supports me financially, but also supports my passion in every way. He pushes me to keep working. My dad has also been a constant support, and I have countless other people in my life who cheer me on.
Nevertheless, I have been down about our financial situation. Don't worry, I'm not really starving. We can still afford to eat! But paying the bills has been a struggle since I quit my day job. I'm making money, but not much, and it's not consistent. I've been feeling guilty and thinking maybe I should go back to work, but every time I say this out loud, Kevin shuts me down. I'm so thankful to have him to keep pushing me toward my goals.
I think most other creatives understand that when we are feeling down about anything it's hard to force creativity. Some people thrive on that (the tortured artist thing). Not me! Painting is my therapy, but writing takes a lot more creative energy for me. I feel much more vulnerable when I put anything in writing. So I guess I needed to take a break from this blog thing for a while.
Last week I was preparing for an interview with my friend Katelyn for her new podcast (coming soon). She sent me the questions in advance so I wouldn't be so nervous while recording. The questions were pretty simple about my creative process and inspirations and all that, but I found myself looking back in my sketchbook through my notes. I have been in this funk for so long that I couldn't even remember why I do what I do. Doesn't that sound crazy... and scary? Anyway, it got me thinking and really got my mind out of the funk (thanks Katelyn!).
While preparing I came across this quote from Brene Brown...
“Vulnerability sounds like truth and feels like courage. Truth and courage aren't always comfortable, but they're never weakness.” -Brene Brown
Also this one from The Jealous Curator...
"As my inner-critic so sweetly pointed out, I didn’t go to school to become a “writer”, so writing ten chapters was terrifying." -Danielle Krysa
I'm not writing ten chapters, just a blog, but it still applies. The biggest lesson I've learned in the past few months is to reach out. Talk to other creatives about the struggle (and the good stuff), keep my mind active reading and listening, stay connected to the artist community (locally and online). I've been practicing this for the last week, and I already feel loads better.
Now for the announcement...
So I'm officially coming out of hibernation, what now? I'm broke, soooo something to help with that? I've had a lot of people ask me if I sell my art online. I don't like Etsy for many reasons, and I haven't really looked into any of the other sites yet, but I have a website with an online store option. Why haven't I been using this all along? Well, shipping and taking payments online and and and... Enough with the excuses. I'm setting it up now, and it will probably launch early next week! It's not perfect. There are so many things I want to fix, but for now, it works.
The details: shipping, delivery, payment options...
- Unfortunately right now I can only ship small-medium sized pieces (includes a few new ones!)
- There's a $30 flat rate shipping fee plus any additional shipping built into the price of each piece.
- Large pieces are for Oklahoma delivery only. Want a large piece shipped? CONTACT me.
- But wait! Do you live in Oklahoma? Don't pay for shipping on your small to medium sized piece. CONTACT me first. Since shipping is built into price, you'll save money with delivery!
- The only way to pay for shipped pieces will be with a credit card. For local deliveries, I will send you a PayPal link, or we can meet in person.
- There will also be a place to book free consultations for custom commission work! This is the most exciting for me. Please let me make you a custom piece!
I'm excited to launch this online store, but also a little scared. Let me know what you think. Please send me feedback if something looks weird. Thanks for reading my rambling!
One last thing...
I'm still running this special. My newsletter goes out once a month. Occasionally I'll send out a reminder if I have show opening. Please share this! This is the first time since I quit my job that I haven't had a commission to work on. Commissions are my favorite! Sign up 👉 get 10% off custom work. Nike that shit!