Monday, September 10, 2012
The Dream You Never Knew You Had
Last June I wrote a post about how I would soon be selling my artwork online. I thought by the end of June that would be a reality, but the reality is that these things take time.
The truth is that what I've been doing since over a year ago has finally brought me to the place where I'm supposed to be. The road I've traveled has been bumpy, winding, and sometimes downright depressing, but in the end I have learned something at each turn. I won't bore you with the long winded version, but what I thought would be a dream come true back in January turned out not to be. And although I was horribly disappointed at the time, it turns out that everything really does happen for a reason.
Back then I was flying solo, talking to big name stores, and within a hair's width of selling in some of them. After a deal with Home Goods fell apart due to the fact that I couldn't compete with the low cost of imported merchandise and I couldn't find a good framer here in the US that wanted me to also make some money on the deal, I was completely bummed! But thanks to one amazing Home Goods buyer, the one who believed in my stuff from the very get go, I was motivated to keep going. She and I even agreed when the deal fell through that we were sure that our paths would one day cross again, and I truly hope they do. She had a dream to design jewelry, and I hope that she is doing just that....following her dream the same way I am!
All the while, my good friend Mary Beth was also on a path of her own...and often feeling the same sense of frustration I was. We both knew we had good saleable artwork...or at least we hoped like heck we did, but how could we get it out there, find a way to sell it?!
After traveling parallel paths for over a year, it finally dawned on us that what we both needed was each other. She felt like some of her artwork, created using traditional painting methods, was lacking something, and I felt like my images and graphics needed something to make them more well rounded too. So on a lark we decided to see what we could create together. She would paint certain elements, and I would add my touches to create artwork we felt was lacking in the marketplace.
So far we've come up with some wonderful collections...several of which may be licensed by companies for things like wall decor, dishware, and who knows what else. That's all in the very beginning stages though, so we are taking it day by day and learning to not sweat the small stuff.
Did I mention how stinking talented Mary Beth is!!! I swear, all I have to do is ask her to paint something, like the butterflies above, and poof, she creates something beyond my expectations!
So once we had decided to start working together, we needed to settle on a name...and Bay Studios was born. Add to the mix an amazing online art company I had found while searching around, and we were off and running...so to speak! Well if running at a snail's pace can be considered running.
The company we have teamed up with has been in business for years, so their guidance has proved invaluable in so many ways! It's because of them that we've been taking our time, making sure we get this right and that we are offering customers artwork they can't get any place else, and hopefully filling a niche that hasn't been filled before.
Very soon, we will be offering some of our artwork for sale, and I have my fingers crossed that you all will love it as much as we have loved creating it for you! It truly has been a labor of love for the two of us!
In addition to the Bay Studios pieces, I will also have some of my own images for sale on the site, like the floral above. Because the paint is not dry on the walls so to speak, I won't put a link to the website quite yet.
But I did want to share with you why it's taken so long to get from point A to point B...or maybe point Z in this case! And in the not too distant future I will be letting you know about some artwork you can pre-order and I will give you a coupon code as well. It's a gift from Mary Beth, the gallery, and me, to say thank you for your patience and for your support, even when it seemed like the dream might never become a reality!
I think the biggest lesson I've learned is that even when you think you are following your dream, sometimes it is the dream that has to find you. And when that happens, it's bigger than any dream you could have ever imagined! Now get going and start your dream so that it can find you too!
I would like to give a special shout out to Kim, Kate, Michelle, Connie, and Linda for keeping me going when I was ready to throw in the towel. Your friendship, support, and great taste has all been invaluable...thank you!!!