Following a Dream in 2017 – Day 95 of 100

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I’ve never enjoyed the business end of selling art. The pricing of it. The search for new customers. The pitching and convincing that always leaves me feeling like a used car salesman who is pulling a fast one to make a quick buck. I know I’m one of millions who feels this way. The term “starving artist” exists for a very good reason–we are passionate about creating art, yet often terrible at profiting from it. It’s well known that some of the most famous paintings today come from artists who had to pass on first before those same paintings became desirable.

It’s a part of the game, I know. Any writer, photographer, filmmaker, painter, or musician knows that the creative track is probably one of the most difficult careers one can choose. And we also know we are lucky that our lives aren’t in danger like those in law enforcement and defense. That knowledge helps put things in perspective during the difficult times, but it still doesn’t pay the bills at the end of the day. Only sales will do the job.

I have no idea if I’ll ever master business part it, or if I will continually find myself frustrated with my results. I’ll continue to try new strategies and tips and see what works best just like any businessman would do with the product/service he’s offering. I love the art too much to do otherwise.

-Vincent Lowry

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Following a Dream in 2017 – Day 94 of 100

#2 Lesson 2 - Mountain in Fall by the Ocean

Sometimes you have to throw a wrench in things and mix it up a bit. I decided to get back into painting again during some free hours, only this time I’m attempting landscapes. Consistency is key, so I hope to be persistent. I also don’t want to spread myself too thin in the areas that need focus, so I do need to be careful of that.

This is landscape lesson #2, Mountain in Fall by the Ocean.

-Vincent Lowry

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Following a Dream in 2017 – Day 93 of 100

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The California desert had such beautiful surprises this spring because of all the rainfall. It was a real treat seeing so many flowers with my girlfriend when we went in March! It was a trip to remember. 🙂

-Vincent Lowry

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Following a Dream in 2017 – Day 92 of 100

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I don’t have much to add for day 92 other than a cool little shot of a Joshua Tree at Joshua Tree National Park, CA. This was taken a few weeks ago.

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Following a Dream in 2017 – Day 91 of 100

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I’m trying one last FB promo with this picture to see if FB advertising is going to work with photography for me. While I’ve made a few sales on some prints that I’ve posted on FB, I have not been able to land any “cold lead sales,” a marketing phrase that basically means sales to customers who don’t know me at all. This is critical in business. Friends and family sales eventually dry up, and you are left looking for new customers in order to sustain your business.

If this last promo doesn’t work, I’ll be moving on from FB for my photography business. I’ll still post pictures on my profile and fan page every so often–as I’ve always done–but I won’t expect sales from it. I’m okay with this decision, too. I’ve got two other projects I’m working on that need my attention, and I’d rather toss out the things that aren’t working, and try something that has potential.

-Vincent Lowry (Author of American Vineyard)

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Following a Dream in 2017 – Day 90 of 100

Xmas Tree (1 of 1)I’m in the last stretch of the 100-day period that I allotted for following my photography/writing dream. I must admit that the dream has changed slightly to teaching and helping others as best as I can through seminars/webinars. I still have more work to do to see if this is going to be a success, but the good news is that I’m able to go over the 100-day time frame because of consulting time that I put in at my old job.

May 31st will be the final deadline. If I cannot see to way to make this dream work, I will go back to the ordinary work I was doing for years and be happy that I tried my best.

So I must work very hard now!

-Vincent Lowry   (I will add a picture soon. WordPress had errors.)

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Following a Dream in 2017 – Day 89 of 100

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I’ve seen a good deal of views and likes on my FB Constellation Chronicles page, and the funny thing about it is that I haven’t touched that page in years. Today I decided to try a boost advertisement for CC on FB to see if I can make enough sales to justify the ad cost.  The time frame is 2 days, so I’ll know by Wednesday if this makes sense or not.

-Vincent Lowry (Author of American Vineyard)

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