I’m so glad you asked, why yes, yes it is! Wait, you didn’t ask...weird, I could have sworn someone asked.
Well, it’s true, my art is on the internet. And not just in that I’m posting some of it on social media. I’ve taken a big step this week and started an art shop on Society6. I know, it’s huge!
I never, in a million years, thought that I’d ever have the courage (or want) to try selling my art online. But somehow, getting my creative mojo back has uncovered a previously untapped part of myself. I started this year with a loose goal of creating something artsy at least once a week...then I started drawing/painting way more than that, nearly daily, actually.
So, to be clear, I’m still baby-stepping my way to a full shop. Currently, as I write this, I have one piece that is active in my shop. But hey, it’s a start! I have plans for a couple more pieces and then, who knows. I’m hoping the creative juices keep flowing and I keep finding art ideas that I can add to my shop.
It’s a tough process, especially being a continually recovering design imposter. I enjoy the act of creating a piece, but as soon as you add the “would someone buy this” filter to it I can’t even see how that would ever be possible. Why would someone buy my work when there are other obviously more talented artists out there?
Now that is the question. Why? Well, I’ve had a lot of practice answering this...but no luck with a solid answer. I’m currently going with the quality control of “do I like it?” If the answer is yes, maybe someone else will buy it, who knows. So far it’s working...unless I fall into the old habit of overthinking everything...or the vortex of time scarcity (more on that in a later post).
The moral I’ve been finding in all of this is that, really, we shouldn’t be pushing so hard towards things we feel we should be doing. We should be trying to live a happier and more fulfilled life and maybe, just maybe, your next step/goal will find you when you’re least suspecting it. I know I was definitely not looking to sell my art. I’ve probably never been at a point in my life before where I even thought my art was remotely sellable. I’ll even let you in on a big secret; I still don’t. Not really, it’s the joy that creating and sharing with the world brings that allows me to sidestep myself into selling some of what I create.
Well, without further ado, here is the link to my new art shop: https://society6.com/beautifullyfunctionaldesign
—A Recovering Design Imposter
PS. This is the art piece that you can purchase on my shop right now, I call it "Star Nursery"