As we gain knowledge and confidence in various techniques, media, and systems, we are less likely to deviate from them. It can be very stressful to shift from considering yourself an expert to regressing back to a learner. Read more on the topic at Psychology Today. When I decided to pursue my art full-time, people asked what I planned to do, and honestly, I was not sure. Of course, I knew I was going to make art, but I did not want to limit myself right from the start.
With my newly acquired time, I started looking at the art world and my place in it. One thing I wanted to explore more was the art festival scene. I needed a unique product that served a function while still being connected to my artwork. First step was a private lesson at Sew Dayton, where I acquired my new skill to make Paranormals Pouches. These allowed me to tap into the library of images that I had been creating for years and spurred new opportunities, like the upcoming Winterfair Columbus (December 5, 6 & 7th) and Gifts of the Craftsman at the Ohio Craft Museum. Art festivals can be exhausting, but a great way to connect with new fans and get a better understanding of what draws people to your artwork.
In addition to new experiences, I want to learn more about the business of art, so I just signed up for an online class called Organize Your Art Biz. The sections that most appeal to me are learning how to fix my financial flow and creating new systems for streamlining my work. Stay tuned, because I plan to share some of what I learn here on my blog!