Well what a great day yesterday turned out to be! I spent most of the day working on drawing up the pattern for the commission job that I am doing. It was one of those days where once I got rolling, I really enjoyed what I was doing and the day just seemed to fly by.
Once I was clear on what was expected, doing the actual drawing was a pleasure and by dinner time I was able to send my client some sample drawings for his approval before I added the final touches. I was happy to receive a nice affirmative on the drawings and pleased to be able to help.
Unlike the ‘church lady incident’, this was a win/win all around. Not only was the client happy, but I also got a chance to catch a breath and think through my next project while drawing up this one. Between doing this job and the previous lettering one, it gave me a chance to plan out my next move for the upcoming catalog push and get myself revved up for that. As of today, I have pretty much a clean slate and can now forge ahead with my own ideas and actually do some designing. It is a good place to be.
I also heard from the car place in Chicago yesterday. The manager called because he received my copies of the bills for the work I had done here and he informed me that he was meeting with his boss on Thursday and they will discuss what they were going to do about it. That is good enough for me for now. I am hopeful that it means that they will do at least something to rectify the situation. In leaving it up to him, I suppose it will be a test to see how much integrity they have. Again, I will keep everyone updated as soon as I hear.
And more good news came in yesterday. It seems that I got my email newsletter from the Artist’s Club and when I opened it, here is what I saw, front and center:
(How many ways can I say YA-HOO!!?)
This folks, is what I worked so hard to achieve. For all of you that have been following along and know of all the road blocks that I encountered with this little set, I wanted to thank you for your support and encouragement when I was discouraged and wanted to give up on it. Having my set presented here, to this audience is the best thing I could have asked for. All I hoped for was that it would be seen by people who would want to paint it. And the Artist’s Club is the top company for painters and painting supplies. I still haven’t received my print catalog, but I heard from others that it was given a full half of a page in it.
I certainly can’t say that it wasn’t marketed well. It is now up to the design itself as to whether it sells or not. As a designer, that is all I can ask for and I am extremely grateful for the opportunity and please that someone took a chance on me, as I am relatively unknown in the painting world. If it does well, it could be an opportunity for me in an entirely new area of designing, and it will bring new customers to my site too. I really hope that others like it.
So all in all it was a pretty good day. I am really happy and it is amazing how sometimes things can fall into place. I am proud that I didn’t give up and kept trying to find a way to make things work. There are always answers it seems if we look hard enough. Sometimes they are just harder to find than others.
I’ll close with that today because I really need to move early. I am expecting painters to do my bathroom today and even though I am usually up before it is light out, I don’t always get dressed until I am done here. I want to be sure to be ready.
Have a great day everyone. I hope you enjoy every moment!
-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs (http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com) Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"