Zig When Everyone Zags

'Zig Zag' ink study on paper ©
'Zig Zag' ink study on paper ©

“It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent that survives. It is the one that is most adaptable to change.”

—Charles Darwin

July 2, 2020

Change is the only constant in life, especially these days when everything is hitting us at once.

Convulsive changes seem to be slamming us on a daily basis. Sometimes it’s overwhelming and we are tempted to give up and hide under the covers until everything goes back to normal. But is there ever such a thing as normal?

Did you know that only 50% of small business owners survive their fifth-year of operation? Businesses often close because they continue doing things the old way, hoping the outside world will eventually change in their favor. Sorry, but that rarely happens.

Over the past 28 years, I’ve witnessed how technology, shifting social views and a global health crisis has had unfavourable and, in some cases, devastating affects on small and large business owners.

However, have you ever noticed how some people somehow, not only survive, but thrive. They may not necessarily be better than the next, but they’ve seized the opportunities others did not see.

Change Creates Opportunities

Being a full-time professional artist automatically makes me a small business owner with similar challenges.

Just like any business, I make a product (art) and art needs to be shown and made available to customers (you). Just like any business, I have overhead costs, production costs, marketing costs, employees and of course taxes.

Nowadays, the success of a long-term career or business depends on many things.

One of the most important keys to surviving during an onslaught of change is the ability to stay flexible. Look for the ‘silver lining’ and there will always be an opportunity to move toward.

Although occasionally, it’s been a real struggle, I’ve had to adapt my art career path in many ways over the years to keep my art business alive.

Shirley Williams basement studio 2004
In my basement studio in 2004

I’ve written before about the ways in which the internet, especially, has impacted the art world. See my Blog Post Time for Renewal

If ever there was a time to take another zig in the zag of life-
this is it !!!

Exterior of the Studio Gallery
Exterior of The Studio Gallery, opening soon.

Re-Focusing on Local

The Studio Gallery, a 500 square foot exhibition space attached to my warehouse studio in Windsor, Ontario, will be ready to open by August 1, 2020.

The Studio Gallery will be open to the public during regular hours. We’ll be sending out a survey really soon to find out the most convenient hours for everyone.

Plus, my website now offers Affordable Custom Reproductions of my work on fine art paper, stretched canvas and even mounted acrylic. You can custom order a fine-art print in exactly the size and style that suits your needs. 

We're just getting started and there will be lots more exciting news ahead .
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Blessings to all during this stressful COVID pandemic