For the past week, I’ve been hard at work in setting up my website shop. I wanted to integrate all the products with my art in one place so people can browse conveniently before deciding to buy. Instead of having to go to various partner sites just to check out what’s available, customers can just go to my website and see what’s on offer. I am also able to integrate the selling of my original artworks which I handle directly.
It was a tedious task and I stayed up late for many nights. And now it’s up and running and I am hoping that my labours would bring some fruit.
I’m closing down my Etsy shop once all listings have expired because right now I cannot afford the fees they charge, and they just announced that there are going to be some changes made that I suspect may not be too helpful for sellers like me who have yet to establish a strong core of customers.
You can visit the website shop here.
Here’s a sneak peek on some original artwork now available in the shop.
I also fixed my Support The Artist page and found a way to work with Paypal so that I cut out on the many layers of fees from Patreon and Ko-fi. (Ko-fi has no fees per se but to avail of the really useful features you have to subscribe to Gold which is a fixed monthly donation of $6 which in the end amounts to a fee of sorts, and I barely make that amount from Ko-fi myself.)
However, I’m keeping my Patreon and Ko-fi (non-Gold) accounts open in case some supporters feel more comfortable coursing through a well-established third-party.
If any of you want to consider giving help in any way (there are non-monetary options such as recommendations — very valuable because reach is a challenge for me right now, I need more people to see, and I need the people who need my art to see), you can visit here.
I realised that I need to make new pieces now that the shop is fully open and active. Not just paintings but also get started on the other items I want to explore further, such as handmade bookmarks, notebooks with handpainted covers, and other stationery. I also want to make a series of artworks that is meant to also raise funds for causes (my chosen causes are those on animal welfare and the environment). I want to be an active artist, someone who’s always working on something I believe in and passionate about every day, creating stories and stirring up hearts, moving people towards hope and inspiration and positive action.
I have a terrible feeling I am already too “ruined” to ever return to employed corporate work (my old life) with its values dissonant from my own. I have to make it and make things happen as an independent freelancer, somehow able to survive and thrive on the unpredictability and perceived instability of such a status. So if you feel you want to help in any way, please do so and I shall be eternally grateful.
To all the other independent artists out there, how are you doing? I hope you’re getting some good breaks and breakthroughs.