A year ago today, I hesitantly started this blog. I never imagined I’d be where I am today. For starters, I wasn’t even all that sure that I was going to tell anyone about it. I think I waited 2 or 3 weeks before I actually told anyone about it, starting with my closest family and friends. I felt like I was opening myself up to be vulnerable, which can be kind of scary.
Anyways, I went for it and I couldn’t be happier that I did. I didn’t expect to have anyone other than that small group of close family and friends reading it, yet now I’m sitting at over 15 000 hits, so unless my mom spends all day everyday clicking through the archives, there are likely a few other people out there checking it out too. Thank you! Seriously, thank you! You all warm my heart.
The coolest thing is how WordPress let’s me see what country my hits are coming from. Check out the most popular ones. Sometimes, I get hits from countries that I didn’t even know existed (a geography major I am not…).
1. To share my artwork
Yup, doing pretty well with that one. I post almost every painting that I complete. There are a couple sitting in my closet that I’m not so happy with. Maybe one day I’ll post them, or fix them up and then post them.
Here is the progression of one that I painted a few months back for my mom that somehow never made it on the blog…
2. To sell a few paintings
This one totally exceeded all my expectations! Realistically, I was thinking if I sell 3 or 4 paintings all year then that would be a success. Well, since October 2012, I have sold 29, and this is not including the ones I did for family (since I won’t take their money). I still get all giddy inside anytime someone buys a painting or asks for a commissioned one. It’s not even about the money, it’s more the shock I feel that someone likes my artwork enough to not only display it in their home, but to even pay me REAL money for it! Floored. Every time. I love you guys. Seriously, thank you from the bottom of my heart.
3. To get my artwork out into the community
Even when I wrote this goal a year ago, I felt like it was a huge overshoot. I didn’t actually believe that I would put in any sort of effort to achieve this. However, I ended up applying to be part of the United Way London Timeraiser and was accepted into that (and even ended up winning the $500 Best Artist Award. I still can’t believe that happened). I also went to an Open Call at TAN Coffee Shop and had 2 paintings chosen to be displayed in the coffee shop. They are still there if you’re ever around the corner of Wilbrod and Friel in Sandy Hill in Ottawa, and would like to see them.
4. To inspire you to paint
This one warms my heart the most. I’ve had three friends specifically contact me and tell me that following my artwork has inspired them to either start or restart painting or drawing. Seriously, if you are on the fence about it, just do it. You’ve got nothing to lose.
Some final thoughts…
I always feared that if I started selling my artwork then painting would stop being enjoyable and feel like a chore. To my surprise, selling it and displaying it on my blog has been such a motivation to keep doing it. Since I’ve started this blog a year ago, I’ve painted more than I have in the 25 years combined before that. And I get so much more excited and motivated knowing that I either get to share it on my blog once I’m done, or if it’s a commissioned piece, then I get excited to present it to the owner. Although I won’t lie, I’m always slightly terrified that the client won’t like the commissioned piece… (luckily it hasn’t happened yet, or at least not that I’m aware of).
Anyways, THANK YOU. Each and every one of you who has ever stumbled upon this website or my artwork in any way and offered any type of support, I appreciate it more than you know.
P.S. It hasn’t all been rainbows and butterflies and in my next post I’ll mention some lessons I’ve learned 🙂 Stay tuned!