Business Fasting Notes
Business fasting has become a nice way to save pennies here and there. I’ve read that a body is improved by fasting for 12 hours after the evening meal. I fast between 7:00 PM and 11:30 AM each day. I have gotten used to it. Who knows if it helps my body?
. Business Fasting
This gave me the idea of business fasting. I fast from buying art supplies, studio supplies, advertising, studio parties, postage (except for shipping paintings), or studio maintenance for a month. I do this mostly in the summer months, when my party schedule is off, but now and then throughout the year. I’d say I’m business fasting for about 5 months per year.
The lowered costs are more significant than I realized. It is a great way to use up all of those weird colored paints that I seem to accumulate in boxes. I make brushes last longer by cleaning them more carefully, knowing I can’t buy that month. I use odd sized canvases that are in storage. It is amazing what seems to be useable when you can’t buy anything.
Psychologically, it is useful because I feel thrifty and I have a few bucks to put into my emergency fund, which seems to be emptied out regularly. The ultimate goal would be to business fast for about 8 months a year, leaving myself four months of purchasing power for my entire year’s studio function.
I try to purchase supplies when they are on sale when I’m not fasting. I’ve just gotten started with this idea this year. So far I’m sticking to it. The hardest time is about the last week of a fasting month. I start to run out of paint colors, or canvas sizes I like, or ideas for marketing. I have to be patient and wait, always a good lesson.
More musings for artists and collectors to come….
Sweet and Sour Coctail
1 1/2 oz tequila
4 oz sour mix
1/2 oz triple sec
1/2 oz maraschino cherry juice
Maraschino cherries, optional for garnish
Fill cocktail shaker with ice. Add all ingredients (except cherry juice and garnish).
Shake well; strain into an ice-filled Collins glass.
Top with cherry juice. Garnish with cherries if desired.