Initially, I wanted to gather together all the sites I have been listing my artwork on and put them together and see if I am spinning my wheels or if there is a way to get working more this year, as I really need to work and get my art business going….
I put in about 20+ hours daily into my artwork and frequently pull all nighters so I can keep creating and making new pieces of art and reworking some of my best pieces into framable prints, cards crafts and more.
Can this dream become a reality or am I just too late to start over???
I raised 5 children, survived and , lost everything I owned , ruined what credit I had , my health took many wrong turns, now I am trying to salvage what is left of my life and while being a Christian is first and knowing Jesus is what kept me sane and has enabled me to survive thus far, ~ trying to keep busy and be productive , although I have been physically disabled for years and am starting out at a great disadvantage healthwise and financially.
Nevertheless I kept trying and in 2009 I created a new artwork, consolidating all the main sites I list on and am getting more organized all the time and now have begun helping other artists to do the same.
I did start selling on Ebay in 2007 and have had some busy times that enabled me to buy better printing equipment and to expand my capabilities in how to produce my art for sale… Yet now on ebay, you have to be careful as things get slow there and sometimes your auction might get overlooked or not even viewed at all..I have had at least a dozen items listed and they weren’t getting ‘hits’ or views, so that too gets really frustrating…
Spending so much time online has stiffened my joints even more and making me more sedentary. This winter’s cold keeps me indoor, lost on line trying to keep working.
I took a break in Dec 2008 and went to York and painted some theatrical sets for a ballet, but never got the photos of the work so I could display them online ~ and I did the work free, but was supposed to be reimbursed for my travel expenses and materials used- but the people I did it for, although they claimed they appreciated it, stalled by asking for an invoice and promised to pay me later, so I went back up north, home. They never paid…….Later on still saying while they loved the work, they just no longer acknowledged what they owed me for my expenses and ignored me after I asked for it and later in the presence of mutual friends denied owing me anything.. although the play charged $10 a head and sold out nightly… and they got backdrops they can now rent out to other studios and do~ go figure. I wanted to help them, so I did. I just assumed they were going to repay me what they owed but not all people have the same values or conscience.Live and learn…
Next I went to visit my daughter in July 2008 in Phoenix. She had a baby girl and her husband was deployed to Iraq but home on R&R for the birth which was wonderful. The weather was hot there so my joints weren’t as stiff and the house she had was lovely but I needed to get back to Pa and left the end of the month. While she had room for me and I could have set up a large studio/office area which would have been ideal for getting more organized in this endeavour to be self sufficient in my 50’s, I still felt I needed to work it out myself back in Pa.
I am glad to work online and feel so much more productive despite the economy. I have done alot of research and looked for what I needed on other websites about art and presentation and have built my own network, launched publically in June of 2009.
I have met many artists from around the world and we are collectively showing and selling our art right on my own network~!
Visit my network. http://AveHurleyIllustrations.ning.com to see my art and prints for sale~
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Available for custom work as well as private sales, my websites are available to show my artwork to the online shopper and delivery is within 24-48 hours of receipt of payment, through Paypal, so you can buy with confidence and security.
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