I recently saw an infographic that outlined how to distinguish what is out of our control and what is within our control. This landed squarely in relation to some of my current musings. We have all seen these kinds of infographics from time to time and for me, this one never gets old. We cannot control such things as the past or the future or the results of our efforts or the actions of others or what happens around us. We can control such things as where we set our boundaries and the goals we set and our thoughts and action and where we place our energy and how we handle challenges. During times of great turmoil and impending change and uncertainty, it is more important than usual to take time to assess our situation and hold our nerve by focusing on the things we can control. This is an approach that has allowed me many times in my life to stay in a place of critical thinking and creative problem-solving rather than flailing and lashing out in anger, fear or anxiety. By nature, I am an individual that keeps my eye on the horizon and our current circumstances in relation to climate change, war and global political and financial uncertainty do not come as a surprise. As an artist and a gallery owner, I am a little bit like a spider and spin a global web of reference points to find the best information I can. I do this because I am not an expert in any of these areas. But I am pretty good at finding reliable, trustworthy reference points. When this self monitored web starts to giggle repeatedly in one area or several, I know to check things out and proceed accordingly. This doesn’t mean that I always get things right or that I can foresee the future. However, it most often allows me to move forward with cautious optimism and handfuls of gratitude. All life has a begin, a middle, and an ending. The beginning and the ending are not my concern. The middle however, I do have some say about, at least within the areas of my control.
The Terrill Welch Gallery is going into the rest of 2022 with confidence and the gallery and our artists are well positioned for 2023. The gallery has secure show space at our doorstep with the gallery pod and overall, even with ISLAND TIME ART, we have ensured our overhead is low. All of our artists know about ordering their art supplies six months to a year in advance to adjust for any supply line shortages. All artists will likely need to raise their prices slightly due to material and shipping costs. I will be raising my own prices for this reason and simply because of ongoing demand and sales of my work. However, we are in a position to stall a little longer yet before any increases to see if prices of supplies and shipping come down again in the next few months. Do not wait for, or expect, any major sales on original works in the near or far future. We can go forward protecting the current prices of our work for our art collectors who have offered ongoing patronage over the years. In all of these areas we have collectively taken our time and can hold our nerve. We will be focusing on producing our best work possible during the coming months and we look forward to sharing the results with you.
We know that these are uncertain times and we want to make it as easily as possible for you to say “yes” to purchasing the original artwork you love and you are passionate about. Do reach out to us if a payment plan may be helpful. We cannot always do this but sometimes it is possible to purchase a work over several months. Give us a chance to possibly say “yes” to making your purchase possible. We can also consider commissions in a size that is right for your current budget. And finally, we love it when you simply come to browse and enjoy the work either online or in person. We know how important art is and the kind of difference it can make in your day just to be with the paintings for a while. As we said at the beginning, take your time and hold your nerve. Together, we can do this.