Years ago, before I went to art school, I made stuff. Being naturally artistic, this stuff was well crafted and made with a tremendous sense of play. I made mobiles with broken stained glass that was wrapped with wire – like jewels. I made painted paper flowers which I still see here and there at the houses of friends and family members who delighted in these whimsical things. My husband happened upon a junk yard whose owner/operator wound up teaching me to cut and weld steel. I painted metal cutouts and gave them as gifts and sold a few too. I had a few years of decent sales making these things and even paid for a workshop in Colorado, where I decided to Go Back To School for an Art Degree.
While in school, and since then to a certain degree, I have been creating large scale projects that are not necessarily fit for sale to the average buyer. Smaller things were now laying around more as ‘studies’ for larger work, but not for sale. Friends and family began to ask how they could acquire smallish work of mine. “When’s your next show?” they would ask. I signed up for – and backed out of – numerous coffee shop gallery shows over recent years, hemming and hawing at the simple act of making things to sell. I am not entirely sure why this is. I like making money when I can, especially now that I have lost most of my paying jobs. (that will be changing in the coming weeks… more on that soon…) But for some reason, I was stalled in the sales department.
Anyway, instead of worrying too much about it, I decided that it’s a new year and time for some new challenges. Plenty of people, varied in skill, style and wares, have thrown their hat into the virtual sales ring of Etsy and maybe it’s high time I gave it a shot. I am still applying to higher level art shows and opportunities where I can, but along the way, if someone likes something I am making, they can now buy it on Etsy. Working on small works of art keeps me primed for the larger scale projects. Etsy is a place for these small works and exercises to realize new life with a buyer. This is an exciting prospect.
In the spirit of starting small, I listed 3 new paintings today, all of them encaustic, 5″x5″, heart themed in time for Valentine’s Day. Please stop by the new Micromovements, Dream Nest Etsy shop today to check out these new works. Just for good measure, I’ll share images below as well. It is my plan to update as often as new jobs and travels allow. So stay tuned…. as always, I’ll keep you posted. In the meantime, let me know what you think of the new work!!