Monday, July 30, 2012

She Can Laugh at the Days to Come

Or perhaps I should name this post: "What I Have Learned from My Daughter."

I have been carefully monitoring my ETSY stats.  When I occasionally buy the new Search Ads - where they use my selected key words to display my items on the first page - I do not get many 'hits.'  
I get more page views when 
(1) I just 'relist' items.  
 or, (2) advertise on other blogs.  
or, (3) post more often on my blog.  
Or, (4) Luck of all luck, a really popular tweeter or blogger or pinner mentions me.  (This painting received 154 hits one day last week due to this blogger's midnight facebook post/tweet.  So cool.)

It is much easier to sell art in person than online.  You have to SEE the art in person to visualize the piece in your home.


With this realization, 
I AM ABOUT TO GET REALLY BRAVE AND TAKE MY ART TO A FEW MORE LOCAL STORES.  There.  I said it.  Please hold me to it.

My eldest daughter is FEARLESS.  I think of Proverbs 31:26 
She is clothed with strength and dignity;   she can laugh at the days to come.

Emily is not afraid of failure.  She realizes failure is a part of life, but does not let that distract her.  I honestly think her fearlessness comes from the many disappointments she experienced in High School and Middle School.  She was an excellent student and good athlete, but did not necessarily get 'picked' by the teachers for certain leadership spots.  She tried out for various sports teams and did not make them.  While I brewed, she moved on; and excelled in another sport, thanks to the free time.  All of the "No's" were character-building.  Now that she is in college, she will apply for any leadership position and any job that is mentioned to her.  She even made the Club Tennis Team at her University!  All the while, she is very much aware that she may hear "NO," but she is not afraid of that answer.  
She can handle "No."  
It does not slow her down.   
I am taking my lead from her.  She is 19 and teaching her 43 year old Mom.

Thanks, Emily!

Here is Day 5 of my "30 Days of Painting" project ....






Yes, it is very similar to Day 4.


Just bigger.





Enjoy your day!


Pin It!

8 comments:

Lisa said...

Your paintings are beautiful! Im fixing to make a leap of faith as well and put some of my crochet items on Etsy. Good luck with your paintings!

Rebecca said...

Yay for Emily! (And YOU!) Believe me, if I had ANY extra cash, your paintings would cover at least one wall in our house.

My only trouble would be deciding which ones :)

Michelle Ward said...

I found your site via Pinterest and the post about dorm decorating. But this post got me. Sounds just like my daughter and me. Isn't it wonderful to be inspired by a young woman that you raised yourself? Best of luck to you in your sales. Your painting are beautiful!

Michelle Ward said...

I found your site via Pinterest and the post about dorm decorating. But this post got me. Sounds just like my daughter and me. Isn't it wonderful to be inspired by a young woman that you raised yourself? Best of luck to you in your sales. Your painting are beautiful!

Isabel said...

Loving this painting:O) I too have purchased that Etsy search ad and have noticed the same thing!!!! And if i like your painting on my FB my friends see it too:O) And Im too chicken to approach shops to sell my stuff:O( An artist friend of mine takes her paintings with her eveerywhere and just ask and they buy!!! I need to change that!! have a great week great post:O)

Katy said...

I really love this direction you took on day 4 and 5. maybe I haven't been keeping up with your art enough, but are these colors "new" for you? I could totally see that in a neutral colored room like you posted about recently..

Olive Cooper said...

Trish, what a wonderful life lesson your daughter has grasped at an early age. My college kiddo is looking for jobs now. She is not so fearless. Thanks so much for visiting me. hugs, olive

Gypsy Owl said...

Hey I just love your blog!!! I am so happy I stumbled upon it! I am a wanna be painter who tinkers in it sometimes!! I love your painting! did you use acrylics? I would love to buy one so it could inspire me to paint everyday also!! Come by and visit my blog sometime!
Toodles-
Sarah

 
01 09 10