Today I’m sharing a very scary, exciting announcement with you guys about my original artwork!
I won’t keep you guessing. I’m going to start selling my my original artwork!! My paintings are now available as downloadable prints. Whew, that wasn’t too hard! So why is it scary for me??
When this crazy quarantine began, I have to be honest…I was anxious. I am not prone to anxiety. In fact before all of this happened, I really don’t think I ever truly understood what anxiety was. I am usually the one that’s filled with faith and hope. I tell my husband all the time that “God’s got this!”
But three months ago, I felt burdened and nervous and even a little scared. I knew God was in control and I trusted Him. I knew He was going to take care of us and I knew He had a plan. I knew all the right things, but somehow I still felt uneasy. Butterflies in my stomach, shaky hands…my heart would race and I didn’t even know why.
I prayed that God would help me with it, that He would lift the burden and help me to have peace. Not long after, my oldest son Ethan asked me if we could paint. I sat down with him and we started painting together, and I enjoyed it so much. There was no pressure, no expectations. Just me playing with paint and having fun.
I told my husband how much I really loved painting, and how much it really helped to ease my mind and just focus on the Lord. He encouraged me to continue, so I made it a habit to try and paint at least once a week.
Well, I started sharing my paintings in my Instagram stories and even in blog posts, and after a while I had messages from people asking if I would ever sell my art. I laughed so hard because I have NEVER taken a painting class. I literally have no idea what I’m doing. This was just a hobby of mine and I enjoyed sharing it with my audience.
But the more I painted and shared, the more messages I had from people asking if I would sell. I don’t consider myself an artist, and I know in my heart that my paintings are not perfect. They are flawed, there are probably so many problems with each of them. But if my art could bring someone joy? If something I painted could be a part of someone else’s home? What was I waiting for?
So here I am today…telling you that my paintings are now available as downloads on my blog. Maybe not that big of a deal to you…but pretty scary for me. It feels vulnerable and rejection is my greatest fear. But I know this is just the beginning, and my prayer is that I will continue to learn and grow and get better as I continue to paint.
I don’t have a lot of extra time right now. As a young mom of three with a home decor blog, I really only paint once a week. My dream is to one day take classes and learn the right way, but for now I’ll just keep playing and sharing.
If you have any questions about my paintings, please let me know! I find that the best way to print them is through a printing site such as Mpix. They offer beautiful, high quality prints that look so professional!
So there it is. My scary, exciting announcement about my original artwork. Have you ever done anything really scary like this? I’d love to hear about it in the comments below!