Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Fused Glass Holiday Ornaments Class and 2016 Goals

These past few weeks have been a blur!  I've been getting ready for my upcoming show at FE Gallery and my Holiday Open House in early December in addition to teaching eight fused glass Holiday ornament classes in my home glass studio.  Someone had approached me about teaching her how to make a Christmas tree out of fused glass, so I decided to put together a class.  I posted the information on Facebook and within 10 minutes, I had six people sign up, so I schedule another class....and another....and another. 

I had no idea this class would be so popular and look forward to doing it again next year.  Some of the ideas were so creative and I really learned a lot from the students.  

Teaching these classes reminded me of the reason I started the Creative Soul Revival business in the first place.  I wanted to host fun artsy classes and workshops in a safe and encouraging environment for people who needed to get in touch again with their creative side, so I developed several classes but failed to properly launch or market them.  Instead I stayed busy with my own art and participated in several painting challenges.  All fun, but this did nothing to promote my classes or networking with other like minded souls.  

So it's time to announce my goals for the coming year.  In 2016 I will be putting together a schedule of classes and will promote the heck out of them on my website for Creative Soul Revival  and my Facebook Fan Page. I will also continue to develop my own art business by participating in more painting/art challenges in addition to aggressively marketing and selling my work.  If you haven't already seen my personal art website, here it is:  Judy Jacobs Art .  I will still sell original paintings in my shop on Artfinder as well as my shop on Amazon Handmade.  It might not hurt to get busy and restock my ETSY store either.  And you can find various sized and affordable prints and other items (pillows, bedcovers, phone cases, etc.) on Fine Art America.

I also plan on being more diligent with my newsletter by publishing it on a regular (monthly) basis instead of the "whenever I get around to it" mode.  I will be offering special coupons and invitations to my readers in this publication, so if you want to be on my mailing list, you can sign up here.

January 2016 will begin by being involved in yet another "30 Paintings in 30 Days" challenge sponsored by Leslie Saeta.  Each challenge I choose a different theme, and this time I am thinking I will do abstract expressive paintings in a very peaceful, limited palette.  I haven't come up with a name for this theme yet, but I want to somehow work it into a new portfolio for my art consultant and designer clients.  

In the meantime, it's time to concentrate on the upcoming Holidays and wrapping up year end business details.  Wishing all of you a safe and wonderful Thanksgiving holiday with your family and friends!