“Behold the turtle. He makes progress only when he sticks his neck out.” ~ James Bryant Conant.
Trying something new–even though it’s not the most natural fit–can be daunting, but might be hugely worthwhile.
A few years ago, after I’d been painting kindness rocks for a while, I stuck my neck out and started selling them through social media and sharing the proceeds with the cat rescue group I volunteer with.
Then stepped it up a notch by painting cat portraits on rocks, and doing commissions of cats, dogs, and even horses on tiny rocks.
Next, I tried selling at a couple of local events and was able to not only cover the cost of my supplies and my vendor fees, but make a bit of profit to supplement my pension.
In 2019, I was chosen to be a vendor at CATCON Worldwide, but logistics got in the way and I had to withdraw my application and regroup. I planned ahead, got accepted as a vendor at MEOWFEST which was to be held in my hometown in July 2020, and the excitement started to build.
Until COVID hit.
MEOWFEST had to cancel their live event and move to an online version, but my life was just too complicated at the time and I chose to not participate.
Fast forward a few months, and when CATCON Worldwide had to cancel their live event in Los Angeles, and move to an online platform, I figured it was time to stick my neck out again and…
Woo hoo! I’m officially a CATCON FROM YOUR COUCH vendor!
And even though technology is not my strength and selling through an online platform is bound to be just as daunting as the preparation has been, I’m truly looking forward to the adventure.
In just six days, you will find me glued to my computer, selling my art and books to people from around the world…. Gulp… I hope.
CATCON is live October 10-11 from 10am-3pm.
…and this is me, paintbrush in hand, signing off…
Kathryn Jane ~ artist, author, turtle.