Hip Cat

“Many things which cannot be overcome when they are together yield themselves up when taken little by little.”
– Plutarch

Hip Cat

4″ x 6″ Watercolor attached to a black canvas

Just look at that face.  Awwwww.  Well, he has been given the wonderful honor of being my very first sale on Etsy!  YAY!!!  He is going off to live in New York.  It just goes to prove that people really do have room in their hearts for a purple cat on psychadelics.  **big grin**

I have had a few paintings on Etsy & Artfire for quite a while.  It’s time consuming to add them, so I never really got serious about it.  Maybe now,  I have a reason to maybe add a few more.  I have monetized my website, but have not really been selling much of anything there.  I have never tried Ebay.  Some friends of mine do really well there.

I just love to paint!  This whole business of selling my artwork is a little awkward.  But, I would like to be able to justify all the money I have spent on art supplies over the last three years.  My husband worries about my feelings.  Since he doesn’t “get” my art most of the time, he worries about the rejection.  I just put it out there, with my sense of humor fully in tact.  If it sells, great.  If it doesn’t, then it’s not for lack of effort on my part.  Sometimes I get a wonderful surprise like I got yesterday… an email that tells me someone named Susan loves my Hip Cat.  😀

And that is awesome!  Thanks, Susan!

About Plutarch

Plutarch, the Greek historian who penned more than 46 anecdote-laced biographies of famous Greek and Roman figures in his Parallel Lives series of books, was more interested in exploring the influence of character on a man’s personal destiny than in writing dry histories. He was born in Greece during Roman rule, most likely in the year 46. He traveled extensively through the Roman Empire, finally returning home to become a priest of Apollo at the Oracle of Delphi. He died in the year 120.


12 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Rick Daddario
    Oct 13, 2010 @ 06:28:16

    way cool and congratulations Beth. yeah, arting itself is a challenge. the way i see it to art has to involve some ego, to let that ego go to some degree as an artist can be tricky. i see sensitivity as important in creating, but that same sensitivity can be rough on us in other ways. cool on keeping at it Beth. purple cats on!


    • Beth Parker
      Oct 13, 2010 @ 08:22:32

      Thank so much for sharing your thoughts, Rick. You are right. We put a little of ourselves into everything we create, so our feelings have to be a part of sharing that art and attempting to place a price on it.

      When it isn’t selling, we can’t let it make us feel less valued or we might eventually stop putting it out there, or worse… stop creating. We do have to have a certain amount of disconnect from the finished piece and respect for the different tastes of the viewer. Heck, my husband isn’t a fan of my work most of the time and that’s okay. He would be much more likely to buy a painting with some realism.

      Yeah… Purple cats on!!!


  2. Erik R Davis
    Oct 12, 2010 @ 16:36:47

    Congrats on sale! I’ve listed some of my recycled art on Etsy and I’ve had some luck, but I’m a bit too chicken to list my art-art. I do understand what you mean about the amount of work to list things!
    Great looking cat – and congrats again!


  3. Mary Moore
    Oct 12, 2010 @ 14:17:04

    Congratulations on the sale Beth. He was one cute cat.
    I am like you. I love to paint. I put it out there and if someone buys something ,I think ,well that helps pay for the next order from Blick or where ever the supplies come from. I am just so happy when someone likes something I did to spend a few dollars to buy them. Have only sold one higher price one and that was icing on the cake.


    • Beth Parker
      Oct 12, 2010 @ 14:26:00

      Thanks, Mary! I’m like you… the happiness factor is a biggie, I’ll admit. I paint so small that my highest sale was $100 and it was way cool. It was a building painting and the owner of the building bought it. But she radiated from ear to ear with happiness that she was lucky enough to own it. THAT really made me happy! 🙂


  4. asmalltowndad
    Oct 12, 2010 @ 12:47:55

    Way 2 go!
    I’m the same way on selling my paintings, but after my small show in December, I’m going to have a “clear the studio floor” sale! 2 for 1, buy 1 and I’ll cut your grass sale, or heck I might pay you to take one… who knows. But congrats on your sell and I think this cat would have been perfect for Prince (The singer) to buy, it has his look and colors.


    • Beth Parker
      Oct 12, 2010 @ 13:01:40

      Ha ha ha ha ha I’m laughing out loud and the people next door are starting to wonder about me. ha ha ha Funny.

      Thanks for the congrats, Ryan. (and for the laugh) 😀


  5. thewhiteswan
    Oct 12, 2010 @ 11:57:23

    Congrats on the sale Beth! I am going to take a page from your book, so to speak- I am one of those unfortunate souls who experiences the roller coaster ride of ups and downs- so I will try very hard to just “put it out there” and let the rest go! 🙂


  6. lesliepaints
    Oct 12, 2010 @ 08:56:23

    Congratulations on your sale, Beth!!!! The way I look at it is, “If you are not creating art to make a living, the sales you do land help to purchase more art materials”. How can anyone feel bad about that? On the other hand, there are artists who have gone to school, set up a studio and get down to making this a living. They are the ones that feel that same pressure to succeed and compete as the businessman does. They are the ones that ride that roller coaster of ups and downs, I think.


    • Beth Parker
      Oct 12, 2010 @ 09:09:38

      Thanks, Leslie!! 🙂 I agree with your philosophy! As a self employed creative of sorts, I have no qualms at all about selling my signs. I have a lot of overhead and experience in my field. I can sell my designs and signs all day, without a second thought.

      I like the way you put it. No roller coaster of ups and downs where my art is concerned, just fun & a few more supplies. I kinda like it that way.


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