Though I have promoted my art extensively online, so far this years sales have been a disappointment. My goal was to sell one large painting a month, but so far that hasn't happened. I've had a lot of items featured in Etsy treasuries, but no one has bought them. The economy has made things pretty difficult.
I have tried to diversify by offering tutoring and advertising my design services and my writing services, but so far all that has done has cost me money as I print brochures people have picked up but never acted upon. I have cut back drastically on my spending as a sacrifice for my art. I drive less, don't go shopping, have foregone dental appointments, and have cut back on groceries. It's gotten to the point where I am practically a freegan. I've done all I can to keep this studio. All, that is, but ask for help.
If any of you are looking for a concrete way to directly support the arts by giving to an individual artist, I would greatly appreciate whatever donation you can spare. It gets expensive being an artist. I want to continue to have a space where I can produce and store my art. I want to enter as many shows as possible, and many of them charge entry fees. I want to keep sharing my artistic vision with the world. The greatest hurdle and barrier to entry I have faced has been monetary. Sadly, this has been the case for many artists, particularly once sponsorship and patronage fell out of favor. What I really need right now is sponsorship for my art from those who appreciate it.
Thanks so much for your support.