Wednesday, January 23, 2008

The Mundane Side of Art Business

Today is one of those days that I find it hard to be an artist.

Not quite sure why, but it is. I feel like I've made a lot of progress with my work and business lately. I've designed my spring collection and have the majority of the designs fabricated. I've recently given my brand a face lift. I've set up this blog, an online photo catalogue and an online store. Heck, I've even made a few sales this month which is very unusual for January.

I get very excited after putting several hours into designing, fabricating and promoting my work (especially when it turns out the way I wanted). But then there is the inevitable lull when waiting for an opportunity to show it off or when the non-creative side of business comes a-calling.

Right now that side of business is calling loudly and I feel like I must force myself to pay last quarter's sales taxes (bummer!), clean my studio (pointless!), file papers (yuck!), order supplies (boring!), etc.

Does anyone else feel this way about the mundane side of creativity?? I know I'm not alone here... but here's what I'm going to do about it:
  • turn my music up loud and throw my own little "get-this-junk-done" party.
  • eat chocolate until it hurts!
  • bribe myself to get motivated with a promise of retail therapy.
  • think about not having to do it again for a while (or at least a day).
  • thank God that I've had sales that gave me taxes to pay, a studio of my own to clean, important papers to file, and enough money to order supplies that I need!

Wow, feeling better already!!!


Kallia said...

Oh, I know some of the feeling. If I could just make soap and nothing else.

Labeling, wrapping, photographing, etc are all needed for running a soap business, but I need someone else to do that part while I do the creative part.

Spa Therapy Works said...

I know what you're saying....
But you have a great way to see things and that makes a big difference. Your designs are great, btw!

babyleila said...

I love your design, simply beautiful! I know what you mean about all the "other" stuff. It's hard to keep on top of it!

HomeMadeOriginals said...

Thanks for the comment on my blog. I feel the way you do about the mundane part of my crafting business. I've done my quarterly sales taxes, but this is my first year with my business so I need to figure out the whole IRS not looking forward to it, but your perspective helps.