I''ve been out of pocket for many months now, 2016 was a very bad year for me health wise. I had neck surgery in October, they repaired 3 vertebrae and put in a titanium plate. I wish I could say it solved my pain problems, but alas, no such luck. I've been told I need the same surgery on my lower back as well but I just don't think I could handle anymore surgery for awhile. The degenerative arthritis in my back has caused scoliosis and has damaged my vertebrae and my spinal cord. So painting has been on the bottom of my list of things to do.
I have been wanting to try again, but then I received another scam email from someone supposedly wanting to buy a painting. Only he won't give me the name of the painting he wants, and wants to pay for it by electronic transfer into my account. I offered my Paypal account but he refuses. How do these people really think I'm that stupid?
I love to create, I love to paint, but sometimes I have to wonder what I am doing it for? I have won several awards for my paintings and I have sold some. But, in this day and age of Social media and websites, are we really doing any good? I read articles all the time about how artists should focus on marketing through the internet, yet I receive several of these scam requests for my art every year. So far I have yet to sell a single painting to a legitimate buyer thru the internet. What am I doing wrong? If the market is out there, how do I reach it? Quite frankly I have sold more art work thru my gallery, word of mouth, and at shows or other smaller venues.
I find it very hard to keep trying to paint and be seen as a legitimate artist when I have to deal with this kind of stuff. I hurt too much to put myself through the aggravation.
I live in constant pain, even painting is something I have to push myself to do because I need to feel somewhat useful in my life. It is hurtful when people try to scam you out of money you can ill afford to lose. I fight doctors, acquaintances, family, even the government just to get someone to acknowledge how bad of shape I am really in. I receive no help from anyone. It just really pisses me off when someone else tries to take my money by nefarious means.
Sorry for the rant, but sometimes I just have to vent.
An award winning Pastel artist and blogger, who lives with Fibromyalgia, Psoriathic Arthritis, and Chronic pain.