01/29/2006: "it's not about sales it's not about sales it's not about sales..."
I just finished doing some calculations for my 2005 taxes and despite increased efforts, I made *less* in 2005 than either 2004 or 2003. How depressing is that? Plus, it seems my business related expenses have gone up. I suppose in terms of a tax refund that's good news but I'm really working my ass off and I seem to be losing ground.
I know I know, it's about moving ahead artistically...sales are a nice bonus and a type of psychological confirmation, but they aren't the be all end all. Still, I can't help feeling a tiny bit dejected. The "taking time off from exhibiting" idea was good in theory but is probably one of the reasons for the less than thrilling sales in 2005. I mean, if you don't show your work, chances are you won't sell it, right?
So, enough resting on my laurels, it's time to get out there and get my work in a gallery or try to set up some exhibits for 2006!
Oh, and as a follow-up on how to store my in progress paintings on wood panel, I ended up buying some
I stick one on the back of each and so far a single hanger will hold a painting up to 18 X 24...so...I've got that going for me!