Tuesday, December 04, 2007

freakishly calm

Just where have I been lately? Everyone has been saying to me, “I know you must be so crazybusy right now!” Yes, crazybusy is oneword. As a matter of fact, things have been freakishly calm at my studio. I’m not doing any of my usual holiday shows this year, and let me tell you, it’s been great. I don’t mind doing shows, I kind of like it in a way, but all of the retail craft shows in California have been going downhill sales-wise for a while now. Everyone has their theory on why, including me, but the bottom line is it’s just not worth it for me to show up at these things anymore. Standing around… looking cute… acting nice… and not making any damn money.

I think after the trial by fire last spring with the five-figure-order I’m simply incapable of getting too hyped up and stressed out over what is happening at the studio right now. I’ve worked really hard at getting a system of steady sales in place, and while I look forward to a bump in Christmas sales, I’m not going to lose my head over it. My mind is really on next year: refining my system even more, adding a few more great pieces to my wholesale collection, and giving my assistant more hours at the studio so I can concentrate on what I’m really meant to do in this life, which is drinking really amazing wine by night while making really incredible art by day…

That being said, I’ve loaded up my etsy site with lots of goods, and I’m adding more things all the time. Help me help my local wine shop by getting on over there and buying something beautiful for yourself AND for a friend!


  1. Oh, crazybusy is good word! :) However, I`m not that...not especially - I have done worse. I have similar goals as you do - drinking wine etc. I still have n`t found any good fairy or just a helper here to help me. So I`m not so far with working system as you are.
    And I love your new sculpture! Simply beautiful!

  2. Wow, your sculpture is just BEAUTIFUL Whitney.

  3. love your art and loving my wine... currently.

  4. I have similar feelings about the shows I've been doing. Seems they are going downhill in lots of places. Yet entry fees still are climbing--could be the reason or at least contributing to the reason.

    A lot have lost their focus and are using shows to fulfil their own agendas instead of simply supporting and presenting art while making a modest amount.

    As soon as I get an alternate studio set up in AZ, I've decided to go the gallery path.

    Nice work, Whitney.

  5. Hey Lady.
    Was just standing in line at Long's and saw the Sunset thing. How cool. And LOVE the new work.
    As we say on project runway,
    Carry On.
    See you sooon.