I have been working seven days a week, eight hours a day. Yes I am tired.
I am running a gift shop which includes all of my art as well as small ticket gift items. It is very enlightening to say the least. Since I live in a small artsy town on the Oregon coast, most of our business is tourist oriented and lasts from June till September usually. So with such a short time to create any income it is essential to sell merchandise that will be if interets to the summer people. Surpriselying enough, I have sold many of my Christmas handpainted sanddollar ornaments. Who would have known? I hjave also sold a couple of Halloween lamps and some fine art prints of mine. The economy has dictated where the average tourist will spend his hard earned dollar. Items of most interest have been crystal jellyfish with rotating colored light bases. They range from 15 to 36 $ They ARE quite pretty I must admit and a great buy. Another big seller are the "vintage" looking tin signs that express everyday feelings and situations.
such as, "today's menu, take it or leave it" or "what happens in the gargage stays in the gargage" ( a hot item for men). I learn something new about human nature every day.
The only good thing about all of these hours spent at ETC ( the name of our shop) is that I can paint while I am there. However it is very hard to concentrate and be congenial and same time . I have had most luck painting sanddollars as they take less time and it is easier to stop in the middle of the painting.
In September when the liquor commission gives us our license for a satellite liquor store I will be able to get back to my old routine at home of painting painting and painting. We will maintain some of space in the store for gift items so I will still have an outlet for some of work and a few jellyfish (lol). In the meantime, its keep on keepin' on.