End of 2019 Thoughts Before 2020

 

As 2019 winds down, I have looked back to the many changes and accomplishments of this year in my life and in my art. I was able to focus on my Plastic Space series more clearly and it was perfect for the pop up exhibitions. My goal for this year was to have some solo exhibitions and I was working hard to build my series collection. Then, out of the blue I have a call for art for the Atlanta City Hall exhibition as the first solo

artist to launch the Mayor’s Gallery which was a surprise. The request was if I had 10 – 12 pieces available to hang. WOW! I just had finished a big portion of a series and I had more than that available which was perfect and all of them fit. Sad that none of them sold, but it was well received and lots of people saw the work. My goal is to have my Plastic Space style recognized as unique and collectible. ONE DAY!

I also had the opportunity to have one of my works on an international tour to museums and galleries in India and China beginning at the end of this year and on into the next 2020. I really don’t expect to sell this piece and hope I do get it back at the end of the tour. Overseas is risky but the exposure is good.

I submitted solo proposals to several entities and got an acceptance from Art Station in Stone Mountain, GA. I will be the featured artist in their Trolly Stop Gallery in January of 2020. I can only hope to sell my work from there, and it will be good exposure to the local community.

I also got a call from the movie industry to feature one of my paintings in a scene of their new series Amazing Stories on apple TV. It went very well and they brought the framed print that was used on set to my house to keep. I have not seen the program since I don’t have apple TV. But maybe one day it will be out there to see.

In the middle of this, my husband, Alee, had a heart attack but he is doing much better now. That was scary and made me slow down a bit to make sure he was alright. He is my second heartbeat (the wind beneath my wings) and I don’t want to lose my best friend. So I’m taking it a bit slower now and our diet has been changed.

Licensing has tak

en a larger portion of my creativity and by using another company that makes products, allows me to place my designs and art onto some great merchandise. I got a renewal contract and additional image request for 4 new jigsaw puzzles for the next year. I am so excited to see them on the market.

Garments have improved and I found a company that has great products for my designs. Now I can design shoes, hoodies, dresses, t-shirts, jackets, pants, leggings, tanks, and accessories for men and women. I am able to provide prints made to order on canvas, paper, wood, and metal (framed or unframed) for clients. Home décor includes pillows, duvet covers, towels, shower curtains, tapestries, and mugs. I have ordered many to see the quality and I am very pleased. The payout is a very small percentage and is sent to my PayPal three times a year depending on the orders which have increased this year. It is works mainly when I do the marketing on a regular basis to broaden my client base.

So for 2020, I have set goals to add solo exhibitions, paint for Miami Basel entrance, increase sales of licensing, and push harder on my marketing. Of course my dream is to be able to pay all my bills with my artwork and have enough to take a vacation. I CAN DREAM!

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Marcella is a visual artist that made a leap of faith in 1995 and took an early retirement from a successful elementary teaching career of 27 years. She and her husband moved from California to the Atlanta area to continue as a full time artist. She has a formal education in the arts, and has been a creative visual artist for over 40 years.

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