August 2019 Trip Report

Hello friendos,

August has been a roller coaster, right on the tails of the weird month that was July. Summers are just a bizarre combination of busy and lazy, and I’ve had a LOT of extra stuff going on in my life that you just can’t plan for! But, I’m all ready for September and I’m excited for things to come, and that’s what counts.

STRUGGLES

  • Relationships are hard. Saying goodbye to friends and dealing with the bumps in the road that is marriage just isn’t easy. Sometimes I want to go live in the middle of the desert with a dog and never see another human being in my life, but I know that would be lonely and pretty dang boring, even with a perfect pooch. Plus I’d miss William Blake. So it goes.

  • Lack of Direction. I’m feeling pretty burnt out on landscape but it wasn’t until the end of this month that I was ready to admit it and start looking at other avenues. These pet portraits seem to be going pretty well so I think I’ll invest a little more energy down that path. We’ll see how it goes!

  • Excuses, excuses. I’m learning that I am excellent at coming up with excuses for myself and why I don’t do the things I say I want to do, which includes everything from going on runs to plein air painting. Fortunately ‘back to school’ season is usually a productive time for me and it’s much easier to stick to a routine in the fall for whatever reason (thanks, American school system).

WINS

  • Relationships get better. Jamie (my husband) and I have been fighting a lot but we’ve also made a lot of breakthroughs, so I’ll take it.

  • I’m learning to be kinder to myself. Next I have to learn how to keep pushing myself and not be too kind. But for now I’m enjoying the extra kindness and letting myself off the hook while things are tumultuous.

  • I got my art shipped out to Durango! I packed it all and made the labels and spent $150 in shipping but it’s on its way for the art show there in September and October!

THINGS I DID

  • Pet portraits. I’m all caught up finally! Order more because I love doing them!

  • Ordered stickers and prints for the Durango show. Sadly the prints aren’t going to get here in time, but I’ll use them eventually.

  • Went on a 13 mile bike ride. Didn’t do much else exercise-wise this month due to travel and injury but that definitely counted!

  • Went to visit a friend in Philadelphia. It’s always awesome to get away and see good friends

  • Said goodbye to a good friend. I am so sad that our friend Laura is across the country now! Job hunting sucks.

THINGS TO TRY NEXT MONTH

  • PAINTING. I did surprisingly little painting this month so I’d like to get back into it. I have my Art of the Cosmos show painting to start and after that I have some fun ideas I’m pretty excited about… stay tuned!

  • Adding a frame option to prints and commissions. I’ve been wanting to do this for a while but I think folks want convenience when they shop online and ordering a thing that they then have to spend more money on to USE it (aka hang it on the wall) seems stupid, so I’d like to have a full set of framing options up at the end of September.

  • Pet Portraits on Merchandise. I’d like to start offering merchandise of people’s pet portraits to them! Redbubble has a private listing feature so I can send a link after I ship the portraits so folks can get their portraits on mugs, t-shirts, stickers, whatever.

  • Animal Art Stickers in packages. Just for funsies.

FINANCES

  • Income: $548.61

  • Expenses: $788.29

  • Profit: -$239.68

Art shows are expensive, y’all (especially when you have to pay for prints AND shipping in the same month - poor planning on my part). I also got fewer pet portrait orders this month than last month, I’m guessing partly because I had stopped running the facebook ad and partly because I raised my prices, but it gave me a chance to catch up in the queue and now I have a chance to tighten up the process and offer even more to my customers!

September, I am so ready for you!!