I haven’t updated my personal life blog in months! Frankly speaking I’ve been far too busy, but all in wonderful ways. The last thing I’d posted publicly was a hopeful and determined yet incredibly pained installment updating about my intentions for my art as well as my decision to set aside my fitness certification temporarily while focusing on the construction of a new career. So, I’ll take this in segments to sum up in brief about all the things going on over this past half year:
- I officially registered my studio as an LLC. There was a complication as there was a similar name registered for a different form of business. That business name, though registered, was not in use. I had to send a form to the registrant and request that they allow me to use my studio name. This was incredibly stressful for me as I’ve been using the name of “Neon Skies Studio” for a number of years and although I could re-brand myself, I was frankly rather attached to it. I was AMAZINGLY relieved when the very kind man and his wife did in fact give me permission, and so Neon Skies Studio LLC was incepted at the end of March. The process had begun at the start of February, so this was a very long process.
- I have maintained artwork in the Watercolor Art Society of Houston’s gallery consecutively for half a year, though for June I did not submit anything due to my coming show with RAW.
- I have attended gallery openings, art fairs and other related events as a viewer and chatted with all manner of people, making tons of new friends and learning a lot from them.
- I have faithfully attended the monthly WAS-H paint-ins (workshops), and in May attended several of the larger workshops offered. I am now actively examining the workshop schedule, because I have learned so many new things about water media from the paint-ins and workshops. In particular the workshops with Liz Hill and Mary Wilbanks were most inspiring! (More on that on my art blog.)
- I set up the financial end of my business and have slowly but surely worked on all the business bookkeeping stuff, from managing tax registration to getting set up in accounting software.
- I have worked to sort out all of the things required for my business undertakings and begun obtaining them: materials for art-making, marketing, setup at conventions and art fairs, etc.
- I’ve educated myself a bit via books and workshops about art business in general.
- I’ve overhauled commission forms, invoices, etc.
- I’ve begun the process of trademark registry for my Neon Skies logos.
- I’ve expanded the scope of my website to include a random “Short Stories About Nothing” blog which is predominantly about various memories or thoughts that come up in a day. I’ve also initiated the C’est La Mort character blog, “Porter Explains It All.” Furthermore I have worked on short installments to a prose work entitled Aplasia.
- I’ve added a store to my website. I’ll be expanding it from prints and comics to original artwork after the coming PANORAMA show.
- For the sake of the Huntress Hood project I also initiated a return to a 6 days/week high-intensity interval training regimen and am participating in the Fit by Faith June Core Challenge run by Krista, who is a fellow Tae Bo instructor (although my certification lapsed at the start of the year as I mentioned previously).
- I was contacted by the Tae Bo home office and by some stroke of luck was able to extend my certification! I will need to take a new Advanced certification camp as soon as one is offered in my area, but somehow I have managed to retain this very important part of my life.
In returning to training and in having the chance to step back up to instructor status I’ve realized how precious it is to me. In the last 6 months I’ve been far too busy to train with regularity and I still will not teach for some time after I renew my certification officially, but even so I want to do it for myself and my life.
Insofar as the art business is concerned, lots of branding, building and networking! I am unsure of where things will take me from here but I will do my best to make the most of it. I am working as hard as I can to ensure that I’m doing everything in my power to succeed and bring my ideas to others.