Between vacations, being sick out of my MIND, putting together and dismantling two shows, and working on commissions - things have been scattered and messy and all over the place for the last couple of months. I've been blogging less (which genuinely stresses me out, it's a problem!), but that has also given me the time to really evaluate how I want my business to look moving forward.
If you follow me on social media, you may have noticed I've been a bit absent there as well. I took a bit of a hiatus to give myself time to check in with myself and see what is (and most importantly) what isn't working in the land of Mandy Fitzgerald Artwork, LLC.
My business has changed so much over the years. I started this business 10 years ago (!!!) doing portraits of babies and sketches of houses for real estate agents. But in the back of my head I always imagined this bright future of selling more personal work and less custom. I dreamed of a day when the work that comes straight out of my heart would be what sells, and 10 years later I'm closer to that dream. But not as close as I'd like to be.
Which is why, starting September 1st, I'm no longer taking in new commissions. (I'm still going to complete the custom paintings I've started, as well as the ones that are in the conversation stages, so current commissioners please don't stress!) This is not to say that I don't love creating custom work, because I do. I love the challenge, I love the reaction of a happy customer - and I appreciate each time someone trusts me to create what their imagining.
But things in the art world are changing, and changing FAST. No matter how much I try to fine tune my everyday schedule, things slip between the cracks and what I end up sacrificing - is time to paint. It's bizarre to me that that's the easiest thing to cut, when it's the whole reason why I started this business in the first place: to create. But with the changes in social media, email marketing and the growing need for video content (that takes more time to create) - I have to update with the times and in doing that, I simply don't have time to do everything else.
There's a series of work inside me that needs out. I push it to the side, I turn paintings around so they don't mock me for being unfinished - but the lingering need to create the work that scares me - it's there any time I walk into my studio.
I'm excited and as always, a little scared, to make such a big change to my business. I can't say that this change will last forever. In a few months I may miss creating custom work so much that I come crying back to all of you apologizing for this lapse in judgement. But for now, this feels right.
Thank you for supporting my business these last 10 years. I hope you'll stick with me through this next phase - fingers crossed it's the best one yet :)
*Photos by Rebekah Brunson Studios
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