Celebrating Recent Art Sales

10 guitar 7 detailThe business coach I’ve worked for the past seven years often reminds us to take time to celebrate our successes. This carries a special importance when you work independently. After all, a sole proprietor works without any sort of company hierarchy to hand out employee-of-the-month awards, bonuses, or other forms of recognition. Artists working independently face the same challenge.

Plus, you can easily focus on all the things that haven’t yet worked out the way you hoped. If you try ten different things and one succeeds wildly, you might be too caught up in your nine other failures to really appreciate it. It takes a certain mental fortitude to keep moving forward, and celebrating your successes plays an important role in that.

Last week, I had a wonderful chat with a local business owner referred to us to discuss some potential ways we could work together. I mentioned, somewhat dejectedly, I had only sold about five pieces of artwork since seriously attempting it last fall. She said it was funny I viewed it negatively, since she found that number quite impressive.

That made me pause and remember to celebrate my successes. Here are some pieces I’ve sold so far.
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Guitar #1 sold in October 2013 through Etsy to a blog follower in Canada.
Buy a print or card of this piece.
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Guitar #7 sold in November 2013 through Etsy to family in the USA.
Buy a print or card of this piece.
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Guitar #15 sold in November 2013 through eBay to a buyer in the USA.
Buy a print or card of this piece.
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Behold the Awesomizer sold in February 2014 through eBay to a buyer in the USA.
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Diving Frog sold in June 2014 through eBay to an overseas buyer. Prints are no longer available of this piece, but there is a second version available now.

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