It’s been a while since I have announced intentions here on the blog. I am constantly setting goals, but I think there is power in proclaiming things publicly. I have been a little frustrated lately. In order to break into the art licensing business, you really have to develop quick thick skin. It’s tough sometimes. You submit a lot of your artwork. You put it out there. You wait. And most of the time you don’t even get a rejection email back. It can really be gut wrenching.
But recently I have been submitting consistently on Sundays. It’s my Submissions Sunday. I figure that all those art directors will be opening my emails first thing Monday mornings.
Then I kind of hold my breath and wait all Monday. Usually there isn’t even a reply. Sometimes, it’s we are not looking for that right now, but we really like your work. The best rejections are usually, keep sending your work. It can be super grueling emotionally.
Then sometimes you get a response of please send us jpgs and we will look at them at our meeting. Do you know that I have seriously talked to 5 companies about designing my own fabric? And still nothing. So even if they are interested, it’s not even a done deal then.
Anyways. You get the idea.
It’s really hard to stay in the process when you are a visionary/dreamer. At least it is for me. I always have these great big dreams and goals. And when I don’t see those things happening, it can be discouraging to say the least. But really you just have to keep making art. And keep submitting it.
But let’s get back to intentions. Once upon a time I set intentions on my blog and lo and behold I got my very first magazine article. Just by setting that intention. The editor emailed me soon after I published a blog post that it was my dream to have an article published in one of their magazines. And now years later, I have been published in many Stampington magazines.
I am not saying that it’s magical. But there is something to setting intentions.
I have really been thinking about my passion. What do I really really really want to do? What would be my dream gig? And when I think about that, I would love to develop a home decor line. I started painting because I wanted art for my wall. I love the home. I love surrounding myself with things of beauty. Pillows, lamps, wall art, mugs, plates, rugs and knick knacks. They all make my heart go pitter patter.
So there you go. I really want to design a home decor line. This week I set about creating some product mockups with a collection I just finished. At first it was difficult to envision. But then once I got into the groove, I couldn’t really stop. So here is my Forest and Fauna Home Decor Line.
Do you hear that Home Decor companies? I want to work with you. So feel free to come knocking on my door!