I see it has been a while since I added to this blog, but everything is ok. I guess I have been busy, several big projects as well as for keeping the Gallery going everyday. Actually I got so overwhelmed with work that I slipped into a minor stage of “not liking life” but just as He always does the Lord guided me to a couple of movies that I watched with the boys (my 4 cats) and had some eye opening discoveries through watching them. needless to say, I am feeling revived in my outlook on life.
To sum it up in a short phrase, I can say this to myself every morning “Today is the first day of the rest of my life”. So anything that is in my life that I don’t like or areas I wish I had gone into, now is the time to change the direction and make the rest of my life what I think I would want it to be like. I have tried to begin slowing down on how much work my Agency does, while at the same time increasing my rates so that I work a little less but make as much or hopefully more.
And you may ask “how’s that working out?” Well I am finding that out, so I have no answer yet. My partner and I are still determined to hang on to the idea that the economy will come back to life and that we will see some profits from the Black Bear Art Gallery. We have about 180 available, and I am trying to build on that amount every week. But it is a task that can take a lot of time. I have about 25 pieces on canvas on the wall. One would think that the weekends would be booming with tourist here in the Arts & Crafts District of Gatlinburg, but I have found that the biggest days for gallery sales have been on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesdays. I have a real high quality product at an excellent price point, so it’s nothing we are doing wrong, it’s just a slow time right now for spending.
I have found that most of the people buying the bigger framed pieces are also the ones from the farthest away. A couple from Pennsylvania came by and bought 6 pieces one day. And this week visitors from Wisconsin bought framed works. So, to sum things up… I am still here, still plugging away and with a great outlook on where things can go.