If you’ve read my previous article you’ll know I don’t ever want to write as much again — unless it’s the start of a brilliant, multi-layered novel and I have an enormous book deal. I promise I’ll simplify this note, outline what’s next, and then edit in any addition information in the future, if it’s helpful.
Seasonal artwork officially ends in June when the summer season of painting would have begun for me. And, with these sudden changes effecting my easel time, I won’t paint nearly as many pictures this season. I think last season I started 30 paintings and finished 28, or something near that. This season I will release half as many, including a few digital designs, and a few of my quick portrait sketches — I love making these, the weirder the better, but I’ve never made them available in my store before. I also want to focus again on painting portraits. I think these might become a little weirder this time around than the other portraits I’ve shared.
Changes to this website start very, very soon to reflect all the sudden changes for me and the direction of my artwork. I’ll continue to update with new artwork that I complete until I convert to private artwork and commissions. I’ll place a final notice throughout the website both when I’m closing the store and again after I’ve stopped listing my artwork publicly.
If you’re asking if this doesn’t go well and there are no private collectors supporting my artwork, will I still refine my workflow and close my store? Yes, because I want to move forward. I’ll continue to create my artwork privately for as long as I can because I refuse to quit altogether, but I can no longer financially support selling my art as if I’m running a galleria full of paintings and products. It’s time I let go and moved away from this type of work in my studio and start focusing more on simply creating art.
Any artwork I make and sell is part of my work and I will continue to offer my services and assistance indefinitely. Anyone who buys any of my artwork will be a collector and updated regularly until they request me to stop.
In April, I stopped offering Worldwide shipping due to lack of orders. Shipping is still available for orders delivered to US and Canada.
Although I’ve reached the financial end, I really don’t want to quit, and actually stop creating art. I’ve been an active artist for the last fifteen+ years. So, I want to continue working on and creating new artwork. Unfortunately, I have no money to go forward, and struggling even one more day like I have to make and not sell anything is just literally suicidal.
In the future I’ll rely less on a platform of, I don’t know what else to call it, social ecommerce…it’s sort of a wide open marketplace that seems great for selling clothes, phones, and freelance design + illustrations. Not my artwork. And, in my experience so far, having a store full of press products and available art puts limits on painting to the detriment of moving forward creatively, far more so than a lack of money ever has or will.
Enter private collections which rely more on creating a personal art buying experience. With private access to viewing my artwork and real one to one purchasing of my original art. I’ve also curated all my print items into a small, monthly subscription pack instead of having so many different items available at once.
These are the big changes, I’ll announce more updates throughout the year that help make buying my artwork an enjoyable experience for everyone.
Memberships & Subscriptions
In the upcoming months I’ll be making artwork available exclusively to private buyers permanently.
All three membership levels, Curator, Patron, and Private Collector, are annual memberships paid via a monthly subscription. I’ve updated the benefits and costs of these memberships to make them attractive to a wide variety of art buyers and to insure I’m able to establish a stable foundation to work throughout this transition and beyond.
There are zero subscribers right now, leaving me a lot of room for growth in this area!
And, finally…my social media accounts will remain open and semi-active little windows to see in and out of my studio. Most of my artwork images will remain private and access made available to subscribers and private collectors on my website. But, I’m thinking of sharing photos/video clips of my process and behind the scenes via my social media accounts later this year…
If there’s anything else about upcoming events that I’ve forgotten to mention here or that needs to be updated, I’ll note it in this article — which can be viewed for updates at least until the late summer.
I’d like to thank everyone who’s visited my website(s) over the years — everyone who aren’t web bots! Thanks for watching my artwork develop if you’re following me on RSS. I hope you continue to follow my journey just as sincerely as I hope to continue to make art.
Content Last Updated: Apr 22, 2018