Wednesday, March 11, 2009

On Mixed Media Art and the thin skin............

Thin skin?

Acrylic skin? Well, no.

Man, I tell you what, it is so difficult when I put it out there. Work hard. Produce something of meaning and quality only to hear "they think it is overpriced". I guess in this economy I should be grateful that they are even willing to look. But you know, I think at even a lower price they still would not buy.

It is difficult to not take it as rejection.

Makes me want to go to bed. Sometimes I think about quitting. I've got so much art piled up around the studio, I am running out of space. I'm tired of looking at it all. I'm just about willing to give it away.

What about you?????????????????????

3 comments:

CHEWY said...

What about Bob? (tee-hee, movie reference)
I'm not sure how to go about selling. Wish I had someone to do all that for me. For now, I paint and draw and let it pile up. - Oh, I joined a community art gallery and am meeting other artists.

Kim said...

Paula,

You know, I completely understand. I think we all have art piling up right now. I hate marketing as it takes so much of my time, but if I don't do it marketing will not get done.

I think it is a lot the economy, but it is also a lot of people not understanding what it does take to make art (not to mention we can't NOT do it).

I have given some away from time to time...that is not all bad all the time. Here is the thing...hang in there. I think many of us are in the same boat.

Here is a HUG for you!

miz katie said...

i've been doing this for 10 years now - the selling part, i mean. after all this time, i have pretty thick skin, imo. my way of thinking may seem harsh to you, but it is my honest approach to the whole selling thing..

i go into it not giving a rat's ass if it sells or not. i mean, sure..it would be nice, but it's not going to wreck my day if it doesn't. i don't give it that much control over me. and, i don't put much thought into it. i list it, wrap it up, put it in a box, and i'm done with it. i'm ready to move on.

i know some things take longer to sell than others. right now, i have 100 items listed on etsy, plus i sell in a few other places as well. if i sat around and worried about each one of those listings, i would be insane, not to mention depressed. i don't have time to worry about it. i'm too busy making more art.

and, the key for me is not to stop. i just keep on making art..keep on listing. it will sell when it sells. i know that the right person has to come along. that can take days, weeks or months..sometimes years. if it doesn't work out over time, and i get sick of looking at it, i rework it and try again. i don't take it as rejection tho. nope. if i did that, i'd never make another piece of art ever.

that's how i look at it. i used to worry about it, but like i said, i don't have time anymore. you can't make money if it's not listed. you can't list it if it's not made yet..that's my motto. :) don't stop..keep moving. :)

feel free to use any of the above as advice or you can tell me to go soak my head, if you want. :) heehee