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Friday, August 6, 2021

Party Animal--NOT!

Party animal--NOT image


Everyone has told me I should offer painting parties as a way to supplement my starving artist's income.  

I have put in hours online, researching how to put paint parties together.  All the, icebreaker activities, themes, checklists, you name it.  There are worlds of great information out there for anyone that is interested.  It is supposed to be a great way to monetize your painting skills. I'm putting all of it aside. Why?

I don't like parties.

Actually, I detest them.  My people skills can best be measured in negative numbers.  I don't enjoy chit-chat.  I get bored with games before they have even begun.  I was brought up with the maxim that "small talk is poorly disguised warfare".  At parties, I am usually the person taking a stroll in the gardens--the whole time.  Subjecting myself to being the focal point of a social evening would be absolute misery no matter what the pay rate.

I just want to paint!

Don't get me wrong, I would love to make some quick money.  But I make art because that is what I love to do.  It isn't a hobby, or a pastime.  It's a deep, inborn need to create something in some form or other.  It is more than just "fun". It is fulfillment on a soul-deep level.  And turning it into self-torture for a few dollars just isn't on the table any more. 

If you are set on doing painting parties, here are just a few of the tons of tip sites out there:

I'll skip the party.  I'd rather stay home and paint.

But if you make some money doing a party, I would appreciate it immensely if you would drop in at my website and buy some of my art or gift items!

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