Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Decisions

I am so happy to be home! Labor Day weekend was the Sausalito Art Festival and my last show out of town this year. I unpacked my suitcase on Tuesday and then packed it again Wednesday night. On Thursday my husband and I had an early morning flight to Ohio for a family wedding. I had five days to relax. I just enjoyed being away and basically told everyone to tell me where I needed to be and at what time.

I was doing a lot of thinking however, and as a result I have made the decision that for the most part, I will not be doing any art festivals in 2009. I may participate in a couple of small local shows but I am not going out of town for a show next year.

I mentioned in an earlier post that my van had given up on me and it was prompting me to do some serious contemplating. Many factors influenced this decision but what it comes down to is I need time to regroup, create and enjoy.

I will continue to show and sell out of my studio and online and I hope to offer more workshops, including the one I am holding on October 4.

In the meantime I will be trying to reduce the amount of inventory I have remaining and will be sending out an announcement about a special event I will be part of in October. I will end the month with the last show of the year at the Sacramento Convention Center.

I am excited and a little nervous about this decision but it feels right. I remember hearing once that excitement mixed with a little fear is a perfect recipe for growth. I am going to make that my mantra. I will be using my blog to document the ups and downs that will occur as I change the way I do business.

One thing I could really use help with is my online marketing. What do you feel would make it easier to purchase images off of my website? Any ideas or suggestions would be greatly appreciated. You can leave a comment here or email me at diannepoinski@aol.com.