I began selling at artist alleys in January 2015. Since then, I have sold at 20+ conventions in 5 different states in the US, including California, Washington, Texas, Massachusetts, and Oregon.
I enjoyed my time in the artist alley very much, but have decided to retire from it in October 2017 to focus on myself, art, and a new direction for my business.
I created Artist Alley for Beginners in response to the need for organized information and instruction to prepare for artist alleys.
As an aspiring artist looking to be "one of those artists behind the artist alley table," you may jump into the artist alley scene with dreams and hopes of "making it big" or simply making money with your artwork.
You'll work hard to prepare and create products to sell at an artist alley, feeling incredibly proud and excited to sell your work for the first time in public.
In all your hard work and excitement, you may begin to feel tired and overworked, stressed and exhausted.
You start losing sleep, eating less, ignoring exercise.
Eventually, you may find yourself questioning your dreams:
"Why did I start conventions again?"
"Why am I drawing things I don't care for?"
"Why am I not making money?"
"What am I making money for?"
"Why am I not creating what feels right to me?"
Artist alley becomes another job. The kind of job we didn't want to have in the first place but have created for ourselves.
This is what happened to me.
Even though I enjoyed my time at conventions, I found myself lost and confused.
With my time away, eyes wide open, I see now what is truly important for artists:
Being true and authentic to who we are.
In our craft and all other areas in our lives.
That will be the underlying message in this course.