I've been lucky enough to sell my art at Art Source Gallery, a local cooperative, for the past few years. I was successful the first few years and made a profit. Last year, though, things changed. I started traveling more for work and had a harder time making new art every month. I became interested in different forms of art- journaling and bookmaking that are a little harder to fit into a traditional gallery.
I also stepped back from being as involved in the work of the gallery- stopped attending meetings, offering suggestions, etc. Looking back on it, I stopped selling when I stepped back. I couldn't muster the energy to become involved again and have made the decision to leave the gallery at the end of May. This has turned out to be a tremendously freeing decision.
As I was working in my studio this weekend on a traffic box for Ketchum, ID
and making more "traveler" journals (which have sold at the gallery)
I felt a sense of possibility. I have so many things to try- a printing press that has been rarely used, bookmaking techniques, jewelry, photography- the list goes on and on. Not having to produce makes it possible to play. I will be looking into other options for selling work, and devote the time I would spend on the gallery to updating my website (which needs it badly), blogging and looking for other opportunities.
Pretty exciting overall! Stay tuned.....