I'm having a day of musing.
Recently I've had quite a few people telling me that I should sell my art, to make it a proper business.
I am self employed and my business is reflexology.
I love it with a passion.
Art filled my early days whilst I waited for patients to fill my day.
Eventually my work day got busier and I had to reserve time for art.
Recently, after having many years of being the sole earner, I found myself in the fortunate position of being able to work part-time and spend the rest of my time walking and playing with my dog, painting, reading books and even bake and do the chores -without being in a mad rush.
Many people have been kind enough to say I have a talent and should sell my art.. but two part-time businesses?
It is a huge compliment that people love my work and want to hang it on their walls - and I am mindful of that, always.
There is so much to think of, the adding of a shop to my gallery site Pat Elliott Paintings, the making of an account with Paypal and a pricing strategy - something I have never had to think seriously about.
The safe posting of art, UK and worldwide - how do you cope with that?
Talking to the Inland Revenue (though they've always been helpful) so that everything is done above board.
And then promotion - a time consuming business in itself, as I am sure many artisans could tell you.
My biggest fear.. if I painted and it was a business, would painting become a chore or remain a love? Would I paint only what I chose to paint - as I do now - or would I be driven to paint what sells?
So many questions, so many thoughts.
I am not sure.. hence the musing..... feel free to add a comment with your perceptions. Perhaps you will make it clearer for me!
"I'm worn out, thinking!"
The Cellist ~ WIP 2
2 hours ago