As you know by now I’m very big on celebrating milestones and special occasions. Today I turn 27, but more notable to me is the one-year anniversary since I set off on my own as a freelance fine artist and marketer. In a nutshell, it is growing gradually like most startup small businesses do, and new opportunities are popping up all the time. The thought of seizing those chances leads me to the following Quote of the Month:
“Do something instead of killing time, because time is killing you.” – Paulo Coelho
Yes, I know, it’s a very sobering quote, but one that I live by. I have an obsession with productivity, though sometimes I mistake it with being busy. I spent the past year learning to recognize the difference between the two, especially in a new full-time work environment – my apartment. Some projects succeeded, some didn’t, and overall 2012 will serve as a benchmark for future output. The goal for the coming year is to complete one watercolor every week in order to improve technically and also create a body of work worth promoting on a professional level. All so that my supporters can attend more events with free wine!
For the second month in a row I am participating in a show at the Old Orchard Gallery in Webster Groves. It is called “33February” and will be up until Thursday, March 7. It features three of my local watercolors, one of which is brand new and of the St. Louis Art Museum.
While my watercolors dry, I’ve been busy working on a new website for my public safety artwork. It will have e-commerce functionality built in, so visitors can place an order, even a personalized one, and pay through the website. Needless to say I’m very excited about that feature! Here is the first firefighter image that will be available on the site. I’m currently seeking all the feedback I can get, especially from firefighters, so please let me know what you think.
The third update is I am now offering handmade note cards with my artwork on the front and the story of the piece on the back. Any image from my site can be made into a card, so just shoot me an e-mail if you’re interested!
In closing, I’d like to thank all of my friends and family for the support over the past year. Many unexpected doors have opened and I wouldn’t even have seen them without your help.