So, I've been working on building my Facebook page for a year now, and I am so happy to report that I have over 6,000 people on my fan page.
Pam's Watercolor Pet Portraits
I've been building a good reputation, improving my skills and offering more styles and items.
The most recent is offering bright paintings, non traditional - along with a pop this photo contest.
There seems to be a lot of interest in this new subject matter, with over 1,000 new people since I began the contest. I had no idea, that so many people would enter! It has been almost non-stop of entries received in my e-mail. Where I crop - reduce the size and upload five at at time. There is over 160 photos. The contestants have to get people to vote on my page in the album, with a comment "POP this Photo" - the one w/the most votes will win a free 8x10 gallery wrapped acrylic painting of their photo.
I have done this to stimulate interest in my page and to find out what the fans want. For, I have taken the huge leap of faith, and am no longer employed!
Can I make a living on my art? Who knows, but I have worked so long and hard at building my name and client base. To be self employed has always been my dream. Why toil for someone else? I didn't have benefits, or time off and had to travel so far, that after three years, I decided, somethings got to give. I'd much rather work 12hrs a day for myself for less money, than eight hrs for someone else for no respect.
I am very grateful for my Facebook following. They comment, share and purchase items, help me with fundraisers for rescues. Without the support from my fans, I would of never left my job, for I really was making good money as a Manager. But, life is short, and I have found my passion, and want to pursue it for as long as I can. I have the tenacity and heart big enough to really push and move forward. I believe that if one sets goals they can achieve them.
Thank you for believing in my spirit and strength to paint as a full time artist, and give back to the rescues that so desperately need assistance. Together, we can make the world a better place. Put a smile on a face, and perhaps wipe away the sorrow of the day.