I don't know about the rest of you but this economy has hit my hard. The only paintings selling are small ones , and I am happy that is happening but it is so slow. I had sulked around for some time about it, verbally too. That really is a terrible way to deal with this issue and I have had to turn my brain around to stop thinking so negative. I can't change what is happening but I can make the most of it. And though this sort of thinking usually makes me crazy when I hear it from my husband- it was true. A painting friend of mine, Phil Starke, is a marvelous painter, and teacher. I know that tough times have been tough for all artists but I found out that Phil was taking a workshop in Scottsdale. I had sort of assumed I should cut back my spending as much as possible and that means workshops but I realized that if someone as amazing of a painter as Phil was taking a class to be a better painter my gosh how much more I should be learning more also. Now I am tucking away a bit here and there to save up for a big workshop- one that I can throw myself into from a master painter. I am still spending money with advertising but I am very selective as to where, I keep my website up to date and started a newsletter. Those things I hope will keep my name out there and in front of my collectors so they won't forget me when they have more leisure money to spend. In the mean time instead of being a pouter, it's time to work on my skills. I am back to drawing all the time with a cheap little notebook that I can do small sketches while waiting and waiting at doctors offices, or talking to long talking friends on the phone and road trips. If you are having the economy blues give one of these things a try, it has really reversed by brain to run forwards, not backwards.