Learn New Tricks

I’m sort of lost.

I know I feel the compulsion to create. Take the emotions inside of me and pour it out on to paper. Via written word – use words to create mental pictures. Via images – use color, texture, to evoke the emotion.

Words come easy to me. Expressing emotion through a dynamic image using color and texture…? Not so easy. It’s a language I’m not fluent in yet. I’ve never taken a drawing class, a design class, a painting class. I don’t know the first thing about art or supplies. I just know that I need to paint. Need to put color together. Need to create.

And so I do. I started last December, with Christmas gifts, by researching online various methods of putting together what I wanted. By talking with a friend who is a first-rate scrapbooking artist – she opened a whole new world to me. By purchasing a few altered art books and some supplies (okay, a whole TON of supplies – this was before my current, somewhat tight financial situation). By experimenting and putting all sorts of fun stuff together.

I started with collage and altered photos, and am growing from there. I’m wanting to create my own images now, not just put images created by someone else together (although I enjoy that). I’m wanting to take the big, sweeping, pink and orange and turquoise colors inside my heart together and pour them out onto a gigantic canvas.

With so many pieces lying around the house and a need to have enough money to buy groceries and gas, I put two and two together and decided to start selling my work.

Etsy is easy enough – low cost start-up and now I have an online shop! Thrilling!

But how do I market that shop? How do I sell to random folks? How do I drive up traffic? In a free/low-cost way, of course. I won’t have money to invest in it until next February. February! I’ll be able to afford Internet service at my house!

I researched local trade shows. But I have to have a business license, and – fear of all fears – my work must be juried. Gasp!

Business license – easy? Hard? Costs money? I don’t know. I haven’t had time to research yet.

My work, juried?! No freakin’ way. I can’t have REAL artists looking at and judging my work. I suppose I shouldn’t be so freaked out about it, seeings as how I think my work is good enough to sell. I just worry, that’s all. It’s scary!

Help! To anyone who may have any answers, advice, further questions…Help!