Julie Maida

ART & DESIGN

Month: April, 2012

Artist

I think that today is the first day I identify with this title. Not because I had any kind of epiphany really, but because I changed my perspective (and by “I changed my perspective”, I mean that my husband and I sat down and had a talk about how doing anything except for art pretty much breaks my spirit and we decided I should start doing this art thing full time.)

So, here I am. Nothing to distract me. Only one goal. One business. Nothing to do but create and market, create and market. Full time. I love it. I love every minute of it. If I am not making something, I am thinking abut making something (this is where you should start to feel sympathy for Josh for having to put up with my constant (and I do mean constant) creating art, talking about creating art, and thinking about creating art).

On the marketing front, I have updated my portfolio/website, and uploaded my images to a few new sites where people can go on and buy my prints directly. I have updated Etsy and posted better photographs. I even made an Etsy banner! Oh, and I changed my shop name to maidasomeart. Today I sent my portfolio to a local art studio/gallery in Fredericksburg (that I have been thinking about calling for about a month, but have not because I am a chicken), and I got an email back asking to meet me and see my stff in person! You can be certain that my excitement over this development will result in a less than stellar night of sleep. I feel like it is Christmas. On the creative side, I have started making more coasters, wine charms, and wooden household items (since these seem to be most popular), and I have added children’s and nursery art to my shop section.

I am grateful that I have been blessed with an ability and a desire to create things, and for both my husband and my mom for being my biggest cheerleaders and supporters. I am blessed also to have wonderful supportive friends who care about me and were the first purchasers of my art!I am reveling in the fact that I get to do this for a living, and from now on when someone asks “what I do”, I will respond with “I am an artist”.

 

 

 

Why MaidaSomeArt

Just in case you haven’t seen my recent Facebook status pleading for people to like me, MaidaSomeArt is my new Facebook page. You’d think I have enough pages out there on the interent already. I have an online portfolio, an Etsy shop, a blog, and now I have decided to officially jumped onto the “having Facebook page” bandwagon. (I just wanted to use the word bandwagon. I like it.)

Before you judge me for spending too much time on the internet, please allow me to explain I have decided to explain myself. It occurred to me (and by “it occurred to me”, I mean my new next door neighbor explained this to me) that if you want people to see your art (and if you are especially lucky, buy it), they have to know it is exists. Duh. Sure, it means I have to pay attention to Facebook a lot, but it also means people will see my stuff and interact with me. It’s worth it to get 30 emails telling me that someone liked my page or commented on my status, or bought something on Etsy.

There is a very important lesson to be learned here (at least for me). I realized that all I had to do was ask. Ask for help. You know what happened when I asked? People responded- 28 to be exact. They responded, because they want to help. They just need me to ask. For some reason, I keep forgetting about this lesson. I have to keep relearning it. Thank you to everyone who helped me grow my little shop just a bit more.! 🙂

The link to my new page is here… just in case you would still like to “like” it.

https://www.facebook.com/pages/MaidaSomeArt/376319785722433