From every new beginning comes some other beginning's end. ~ Seneca
So here's the thing: I've moved.
It wasn't an easy decision. Wordpress is my first online home and they have been welcoming and helpful. I have made so many new friends here that have enriched my life. And since I am not one who is comfortable with change, I could easily stay here for always.
This year has been a year of new beginnings for me. I have been painting more than ever before and (to my never ending surprise) my work has resonated with others and I have actually sold a few of my originals. In addition, this past week I took the brave step of approaching a local shop owner about selling my prints and notecards and she said yes.
This was huge in so many ways. First, because I am finally allowing myself to be identified as an artist and second, because I am learning how to overcome my fear of rejection. I don't know if any of the prints will sell (I am still trying to navigate the fuzzy notion of pricing), but if they do I will be happy and if they don't...well, I'll just continue to paint because it is the learning experience that counts.
I decided to switch to Squarespace because I really liked their templates and the way it is so easy to add a page for selling items. This is the next step for me, to put my work out there in cyberspace, and having a online store will cut out the middleman. But boy, is it scary. What if nothing sells? This is a question I had to ask myself because it could happen. Maybe my family and friends have all been humoring me when they say I should sell my work? You cannot believe how long it has taken me to get this new space up and running. Because of fear. Because of the what ifs. These questions and fears forced me to circle around to the reason why I paint, which is because of the joy I gain from the process. I am so content when I am working in my studio. I am thrilled when somebody says my work makes them happy. If I can share some of that joy I feel with others well then, why not take the next step?
This taking a leap into the unknown is scary but necessary. I used to tell my daughters when they were indecisive about something that it was time to sh*t or get off the pot. It's time for me to follow my own advice.
All of this is a roundabout way of saying that I hope you will continue to follow me in my new home, during this next stage of my journey. There is a place to subscribe on the bottom of the Contact page; just fill in your email address and I will let you know whenever there is a new post.
Wish me luck!