Original New Orleans Art by Debbie Ainsworth

Working, Working, Working!

I have been really busy for the past few days, because I made a decision to commit myself to my art work. That means I’m treating it like a job, and doing some painting every day, whether I want to or not. The thing is, once I start painting or crafting, then I really get into it, enjoy it. It also force me to be more analytical about my work. So many times I get to a point in the process where I get stuck. Instead of working my way through the problem, I simply stuck the object on a shelf while I pondered it, which meant that I eventually forgot about it.

My new work discipline is pushing me to work through the points where I got stuck instead of taking days to think my way through them. As a result I was able to finish two paintings and started two more. I’m also thinking about doing some more Christmas stockings. They’re not really selling. (It’s hard to get noticed in the crowd that is Etsy.) But I’m thinking about getting a few of them done and maybe selling them at a craft fair. Only problem with that is it limits my audience to locals only, and the cost of living here is way lower than it is in the rest of the country, so people aren’t willing so spend as much as I hope to get for these stockings. Can I sell enough of them at a reduced price to even pay for the cost of entering the craft fair?  Maybe I can build up my Facebook following enough to be able to sell a few next year?

Worrying about marketing and sales make me very uncreative. It’s hard work trying to sell art or crafts. Ugh.