I am surprised to share how well online works to sell art for me during Covid 19. Who knew? Most of my collectors have made a fast transition from coming out to my studio to purchasing via PayPal directly to me through email, and from my Daily Paintworks galleries. My web site needs some help with setting up an e-commerce platform, and my webmaster is overwhelmed with work from other clients. I am waiting for that. In the meantime, people can just email me to purchase through PayPal.
No one seems to mind. I opened a FedEx account, so they pick up my paintings to ship from my door. I also ordered a variety of mirror boxes, tape, craft paper, etc. so packing and shipping is fast.
I think the key during this time is staying visible to others. I keep my work updated on social media and I stay in touch with my friends, though I can’t be with them anymore. They know I care about them. I know I am not alone, they continue to give me support.
The other key to survival now is better money management. I have cut back my expenses quite a bit. Staying home is much less expensive. I use Amazon Prime with free shipping, and buy my art materials from a local gallery, who sends them to me at low postal rates. Thanks to many kind and generous people, I am surviving. It feels good!
More musings for artists and collectors to come…
Sweet and Sour Chicken Thighs
1/2 cup ketchup
2 tablespoons soy sauce
2 tablespoons light corn syrup
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
2 lb boneless, skinless chicken thighs
Preheat grill (or grill pan). Combine all ingredients (except chicken); reserve one-half of sauce for later use. Coat chicken with remaining half of sauce; let stand 10 minutes to marinate.
Place chicken on grill; grill 6–7 minutes on each side and until chicken is 165°F. Baste chicken with remaining half of sauce during last 2 minutes of grill time. Serve.
You can also put them in the oven at 350 until glazed and tender.