Wednesday, February 1, 2012
Studio work is going well. Mostly oil pastels since I haven't been applying to shows much in the painting category. I think the work I've been putting out is strong and I have some good ideas of where I would like to take it. Whether it goes with me is an entirely different story!
After watching a reality tv show about a failing restaurant, I turned to Rees and said "I can't believe this guy doesn't know the costs that go into his bread." And then I had a moment. A moment when I realized that I did not have a strong handle on the costs of my "products" either. I did at one time. But, I've upgraded the frames, my mat supplier has raised his pricing, and frankly, I don't know if my glass costs more now than it used to. In fairness to me, I am not on the verge of bankruptcy. I am making a decent living. Still, a good business person would have a handle on both fixed and variable costs involved in his/her business. And, so I am going to calculate those things out. Then, at least I'll know and won't be a pot calling the kettle black the next time I watch that silly tv show....
Oh, and by the way, my new year's resolution of "Being Nice to People" is going pretty well. I do try to get Rees to answer the phone in case it is a solicitation or something, which would probably elicit a rude response from me. But, so far, the nice thing has been pleasant. Tough when I had to hand the receipt over to the anti-theft person at Sam's door on the way out...but I did smile. Couldn't quite get myself to say anything nice but I did smile. How is that for resolve!