Motivation when there are no sales

Motivation when there are no online sales. Melbourne Artist.

*Photo credit “Death to Stock Photos”

I have asked myself this question a few times recently. What keeps me going if I have had no sales? What keeps me motivated?

There are a few things that I think about: The past and the future.

How long since my last sale.. it wasn’t that long ago now was it (May)? It was a great sale too!

What am I doing for the future? I have a few things in the pipelines –

  • I have a little write up coming soon in the next issue of Art | Edit
  • I have entered to attend a large market at the end of year – Markit@ Fed Square
  • I plan to enter a local art show for the end of the year
  • I entered the Australian Etsy Design Awards
  • I am working on my 2016 calendars (One abstract geometric and one watercolour flowers)

If I get any doubts about myself I just look at what I have already done, but more importantly I have found that it’s what I am doing for the future that really counts.

What helps you when you have no sales?

 

 

 

Starting a gratitude journal for motivation

Gratitude journal 100 day journal

So I started a gratitude journal a month ago.

I had been feeling a bit low in esteem and motivation for my art and I thought that wasn’t helping to get things done. Instead of focusing on how long I haven’t had a sale – why not write down all the good little things that happen in my days?

I felt if I could look back at all my little achievements then I wouldn’t feel so bad and it would give me more motivation to think about future projects.

I got the idea from the Business Bakery – Julia keeps a 100 day journal. The idea is to have a goal and you have 100 days to make it happen. Like Julia says:

“Writing in your journal every day makes you think about your goal every day. And thinking about your goal kinda makes you DO something about it.”

My goal is to be happy and motivated. Everyday I really have to think and ask myself what went right/ what was the best thing I achieved that day?

Some days were very hard to think of good things, so I would put things that I loved and made me happy like “Bed” and “Cooking with my husband” ūüôā Other days were awesome days like when I took a chance and “Entered the Etsy design awards” or “Danced like no one was watching” (Because I was home alone and no one was watching hehe)

Overall I think it is a great idea and it really keeps me in a positive frame of mind.

Have you tried a journal? How did it work for you?

How Art Collectors Use Instagram

Original Article Link

I came across this article a while ago and thought it was a very interesting change in dynamics. Art lovers are no longer needing to rely on galleries to find great art. They can stumble across someone themselves on instagram (or social media) and become an art collector while knowing more about the artist and processes.

Here are some interesting parts of the article.

A survey found “..51.5% have purchased works from artists they originally discovered through Instagram.”

“Our sample included only collectors who are¬†active¬†Instagram users, and therefore represent the early adopters of Instagram as a tool for collecting art. That said, these are some dedicated folks:¬†Almost half have 100+ works in their collections.¬†A majority (55%) collect primarily emerging art, while 45% identified and themselves as contemporary art collectors.”

“Around¬†61% of collectors¬†consistently¬†look¬†at¬†an¬†artist‚Äôs¬†hashtag.”

‚ÄúInstagram is best viewed as a marketing tool as opposed to a sales tool. It is great for finding out about an artist‚Äôs most recent body of work, or learning of a gallery‚Äôs latest exhibition, or getting behind the scenes takes on the inner workings of the art world.‚ÄĚ

 

I personally love Instagram as it is so visual and I can reach anyone through my use of hashtags. Do you have Instagram? What do you think about buying art (items) through a person you found on Instagram?

 

*Featured image from Death to Stock Photos

 

 

New Series – Watercolour Flowers

Creativity is odd. Some days you just feel no inspirations and other days you have too many ideas and not enough time!

I am so excited I have a new project – watercolour flowers. I just love experimenting with colours and line.

I hope to have a calendar made by the end of year of these beautiful flowers Рthe announcement will be made through my newsletter later this year. In the meantime some of these can be purchased as prints via my Etsy Store