Last Friday I began running a “Quiet Art Sale” in my Etsy shop… which roughly translates into: I haven’t gotten around to actively promoting it. LOL
My sale runs through August 31st – all original pieces will be marked 50% Off by using the coupon code: 50ART during check-out.
After long and careful thought, I’ve decided to close my Zen Cart art shop (due to my own inactivity) and re-list my original paintings on Etsy – past, present, and future pieces… until further notice.
I’ve been suffering from multi-tasking syndrome… I simply cannot divide my attention between a gazillion different shops anymore, and my own website shop was suffering the worst of my neglect.
Despite all the noise I made (over a year ago) about quitting Etsy, I have to concede most of my sales come from my Etsy shop, so I will incorporate their platform back into my plans, and try to take advantage of everything Etsy has to offer.
I still have a few of my older works left, which I’d like to clear out of my storage closet. If they don’t sell on clearance in the next few months, after Christmas I will most likely re-paint over them.
They are mainly stretched canvases and canvas panels, so I can breathe new life into them with a fresh layer of paint.
Just like artists have been doing for centuries. ;)
I’ve also put my newest pieces temporarily on sale, to give people a chance to grab them before the holiday season begins.
At the time of this blog posting, I have 5 originals listed in the shop:
All of these were completed in 2011.
I also have a few paintings left to add to the shop, which I will be listing this week:
They include “Madonna Cat” (2011), “Medieval Priest” (2009), “Second Star” (2009), and my original Regency lady cat, “Sitting in the Shade” (2009).
The year 2010 seemed to be my “digital art” year… I only painted a couple of acrylic portraits, which have already been sold.
I really appreciate every single person who has purchased artwork from me over the last two years…
whether a tiny ACEO print or a large stretched canvas, every penny of profit that I didn’t donate to a charitable cause has helped to make life easier for myself and my family.
Sometimes when I’m standing in the check-out line of a commercial retailer, I look around me and wonder where my money is going:
Am I paying for the billions of glossy paper flyer advertisements they send in the mail?
Or the commercials we see on television?
How about that custom cardboard signage and the pop-up displays throughout the store?
The cheesy plastic Loyalty cards we use to get discounts?
The plastic bags with their fancy logo printed on them?
That used magazine rack still in decent shape, sitting outside by the dumpster after the store underwent a remodel?
How much of my money is actually going into the cashier’s or stock-boy’s paycheck, or am I lining the already overflowing pockets of the CEO and his Board of Directors?
I don’t have a $2.5 billion dollar advertising budget like Coca-Cola Corp. (Or even a $40 million dollar marketing budget like Starbucks).
The few dollars of profit I make from each sale goes directly into our household funds – for buying milk, eggs, bread, and cat food.
For putting gas in the car. For a yearly trip to the vet. For phone and cable bills.
For taking my kids on a field trip to see Civil War re-enactments, get their faces painted, and eat funnel cakes.
Because I wanted to learn a new artistic style, expand my repertoire, and bring in fresh ideas to my future paintings. I’m really excited to begin experimenting with some of these embellishments.
Also purchased: a pre-school reading book for Mia and Jacob, and an instructional book for Lydia on drawing human figures… which I’ll probably borrow, too. hehe
Your support enriches and blesses my family, and affords me the opportunity to continue raising my kids at home, while helping out in the community whenever I can.
For all my past customers, and future fans, I’m forever grateful, appreciative, humbled, flattered, and amazed!
Thank you for changing my life. :)