3 of my paintings that are up at Purcellville Art Gallery were on a local NBC News segment.
I have been struggling with finding a good way to display more of my posts vertically for my Pinterest crowd. More people visit my Pinterest than my FB & IG combined, but my Pinterest has nearly 50,000 pins across my account & maybe only a few dozen lead to my own work. I’m trying to boost that number a bit & also make my work better presented to prospective (visually minded) clients who want to see my work in the context of a room. I was very inspired by another pin I saw that was presented in a similar manner. I made this image in PicsArt App I picked a canvas, dropped images on their own layer, & then cropped it. The top image was just a photo of “Faucet” 30”x40” (which is available btw :) taken with my phone & the bottom was done using the ArtRooms app.
I’m trying to figure out how to sell my art online (which is no easy task) & help out other artists in the process. So these are my resources, let me know if this helps you.
I woke up this morning, less than 24 hours later & I already had 5 saves. It’s by no means viral, but more than I would typically get in a one day period. Vertical pins are where it’s at. If you clicked on the pin, which led you here, “hi!”
Nearly two months ago, I had the distinct pleasure of welcoming my beautiful daughter into the world. She is a beam of light & love. Calvin is the absolute best big bro (minus his obsession with constantly booping her nose). He loves her, as we all do, so immensely.
My sweet “Star Gazer” was 10 lbs., 21.5 in. & I birthed her naturally. This birth was more painful than my first & became the most painful & powerful moment of my life so far. I’m so excited to watch her & her brother grow & learn together. She is already such a happy girl, smiling at family with her mouth, but also with her eyes.
She was such a strong creative muse to me during my pregnancy & still is now that she’s born. I’ve been super fortunate to have my mama here with us from New Mexico these first few months so that I’ve been able to heal & prepare for life as a mom of two while trying to maintain a creative practice.
Since Daisy was been born, I’ve been involved in 4 art exhibitions & probably 30 paintings! February was a big month for me. It was for me last year too, but I lost momentum when I got pregnant late March & then was brought down with serious morning (all day) sickness until about month 7. I know that it’s going to take a while to get things in line, balancing raising two beautiful children, keeping house, & continuing to grow my small business, but I’m excited about the challenge.
There are entirely too many details surrounding getting a business started. The past few weeks, I've listened to podcast, watched webinars, browsed blogs. Essentially each one had at least one detail I had not yet really considered.
Newsletter? No, those are kind of spammy. But! You can use them in this way & it will really help keep track of your fans. Oh, ok. Sign me up for one of those...now I just have to design it. / Sole Proprietorship vs. LLC / Which shipping method is right for me? Should I get a digital scale?/ On Instagram, do I put things in the stories yet or should I wait until I get more followers to utilize this feature. Tracking followers with excel, tracking expenses, tracking sales, tracking tracking
The list of details continues throughout the day, but mostly has been keeping me up at night. Oh, there's that thing I wanted to get. Light on. Write it down. Light off. Go to sleep already...Oh! But!
Not to mention the fact that I've got Calvin to watch & think about all day. There's such a little amount of time in the day for all of this & I wonder what I'll do if this actually takes off. One step at a time.
I had a few people look over the site with helpful feedback. I changed a few things. & then a few more things. I added things here & there. I'm glad I gave myself time to get this started before just mindlessly throwing it up. Well, I didn't so much give myself time as I didn't know that I had to wait my current domain name subscription out before I could swap it out. I was going to just cut that old one off there & then & switch over, but this way I have until the 22nd to get my affairs (at least a little more) in order.
There will always something that should be or could be done, but, at some point, you have to release. I have to put the computer down, look over at my sleeping babe, soak it in, take a deep breath, & find rest myself. <3