During the past year I have increased skills rapidly by creating art every day, built a huge fan base by giving away prints, portraits and gifts. But, have these moves helped me to move forward, or am I at a crossroad? After reading books joining Linkedin and asking my fans questions, I think that my fear of other people's pocketbooks have held me back from moving forward.
I grew up in a poor family and my parents are still very frugal, so when I create art, I know it has value but I've been so afraid people in these hard economic times had no money for my hard work. So, I gave - and set silly low prices sometimes. Yes, when you give you will receive and I too have been rewarded time and time again, with more fans - more skill , more knowledge. Yet, something is missing, my fear of my clients financial status has held me back from moving forward.
So, today I turned down a suggestion from a friend that I make faster sketches for 10.00. I decided I would not scribble for a dribble, and sang " I'll do anything for art, but I won't do that. "
I've also changed my pricing to a simpler structure, and no longer have the lowest price in the market, yet still very reasonable for the hours and love and skill I offer the the painting.
I have to move forward in order to not get backed into a checkmate situation. I don't want the game to end. I want to paint and share for the rest of my life. So, this is the start of the crossroad, and I am moving forward, branching out to a Gulf Coast Web page, Fine Art America and working harder at creating quality work that you and I will be proud of for a lifetime.
Thanks to all of my facebook fans getting me this far down the road.
So, if you are a artist and crafts person, it is time to look at your plan too and make sure you are making all the right moves.