Posted by on Aug 18, 2015 in Blog | 0 comments

THE DEFINITION OF AMBITION – a strong desire to do or to achieve something, typically requiring determination and hard work.

 However…

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Let me go ahead and preface this blog with a THANK YOU TO ALL MY SUPPORTERS!  Whether you interact on my page, share my work, commission my art, have backed this project (and/or one of the last) – I AM GRATEFUL FOR ALL OF YOU.  Without you, I wouldn’t be painting at all. 

 

That being said, I am a tad competitive (especially with myself) when it comes to…..well, everything.

 

My last two Kickstarter projects had 57 and 71 backers, respectively.  Each surpassed $5300 in funding, and gave me steady work for 3 months, then books to create and publish.

In order for this latest project, Sketch The World, to feel successful to me (and for me not to feel like a failure as an artist and business owner), it HAS to surpass the last two, in backers and funding. 

Has. To. 

How do I do that?  How do I WORK HARDER to make that happens? 

More importantly – how do I do that without going broke with ad fees, over spamming people, or basically just coming across as a begging, starving artist?  (NOT the look I am going for)

I know, I know….I need to celebrate any successes, accept failure and grow, etc., etc..

This latest project was over 50% funded in less than 24 hours.  However, the last two were completely funded in 36 hours or less.  The first one was 200% funded in 12 hours.  So, as you see, the bar is set high.

I even read this fabulous article a while back, “11 Things That Scare Creative Artists (and what you can do about them).   One of the first things mentioned, “Failure”.  I can read as many articles as I want and use “positive self talk” all day long…but, success means doing better (than before or better than others) and reaching goals – just the way the world works.

 

I SHOULD BE GROWING  and GETTING BETTER AS AN ARTIST. 

BUT, HOW DO I JUDGE THAT???? 

 

One of the few ways I can, by how many people commission my art.

So, you see why 11 backers out of 6500 fans FEELS like a failure.

Yes, this is only day 2, the end of summer when everyone is starting back to school, and the project does has 36 days left.  

But still, it is not an IMPROVEMENT from my last projects….yet.

And I won’t feel successful until it is.  Period.  If it isn’t successful, I will of course blame myself and go through a million “what if I…”, “I should have…” scenarios.  Hate that.

 

ON A POSITIVE NOTE!

 – THANK YOU TO EVERYONE WHO HAS BACKED THE PROJECT EARLY and/or  SHARED IT

– We are closing out on DAY 2 of the project and have 36 DAYS LEFT!

– the MINIMUM goal of $1000 hasn’t been met yet!!!  Like my last projects, I am hoping to FAR surpass that goal (the more funds, the more paintings painted and featured in the book).  I have a personal goal of $8000 which would cover 80-100 paintings and the book and give me steady work for about 5 months)

– There are still 3 FREE painting size UPGRADES available to my first 10 backers!

 

ANY pledge will be REWARDED, and I am grateful for EVERY BACKER. 

Remember, BACKERS MATTER!  It is like a grand opening…a crowd brings a crowd.

Here is some info in nice, colorful, picture formatting :)

 

 First 10 

15 reward!

buy now

with or without people

 

READY TO JOIN THE JOURNEY AND BE A PART OF THE PROJECT? 

I need everyone’s help to make it happen!

Click my project link, HERE!

Watch the videos, read the info, choose a REWARD, and click “Back This Project”! 

Have a question?  Just email me!