The Debbie Ellis Watercolours crew at work in 2019!
As we always seem to say, I can't believe how fast this year has gone by. I'm not sure why that is, and I thought that it was just something that you felt as you got older. But when I talk to young people, they comment on it too.
So what does my 2019 look like in retrospect. It has been a very good year. Thank you for all the support this past year. It's been very nice meeting so many new people and chatting with them. And I certainly appreciate the many people who have added to their 'Debbie Ellis Watercolours' collection.
As I eased into full-time retirement from bookkeeping, it seems that my art world increased in busy-ness. Go figure. Isn't that always the way. I thought that I would be able to 'paint every day'. Not happening! ( I will add here though that we did spend 6 wonderful weeks on Vancouver Island in Jan/Feb and I did 29 new paintings...yes I painted almost every day on my 'holiday')
The business side of Debbie Ellis Watercolours takes a lot of time and energy and I'm loving it. Between setting up this website....ongoing Facebook posts....starting & posting on Instagram....planning & teaching workshops....planning and starting to teach beginner lessons.....increasing the scale of my Etsy shop and linking all 200+ items to my website.....taking part in 17 shows/craft events which included 15 Fridays at the Hespeler Village Market and 4 days at the Cambridge Christmas Market......commissions.....arranging for & upkeep of my work at The Old Marina Restaurant(Puslinch Lake), Mosborough Market, Olde Bridge Place(West Montrose), and The Revive Studio in Cambridge....keeping updated inventory of prints and cards......planning & getting new stock of prints and cards......answering queries through Facebook, my Website and Etsy (did you know that a lot of my Etsy sales are actually to the US?)....overseeing the matting (thanks to my husband Dennis) and packaging of originals and prints.....and much more.....it's actually hard to find time to paint!
So now it's time to take a pause for the next month......I thought.....but I know me...It won't happen. I've already got a list as long as my arm of things to work on (updating Etsy shop/organizing storage/re-organizing the classroom area/work on SEO for website & Etsy shop/doing some year end bookkeeping)....
.....and still I hope to paint!