Maybe I am in the Wrong Job

By the time I finished creating my digital Christmas cards, I was really starting to get the hang of the photoshop program.  In fact, I have been enjoying working with it so much I thought I would take it one step further and have a go at creating some digital Christmas paper.

Here is what I came up with.

surfing santa paper 12 x 12 yellow Surfer couple 12 x 12 red Santas Surf Shack paper 12 x 12 green Jetski santa paper 12x12 blue

I was feeling pretty good about how they turned out so I was thinking maybe I should have been a graphic designer.  I then decided to list them for sale in my online Etsy store.  After all,  digital files are instantly downloadable so there is no packing and sending.  You can sell the same item over and over again without lifting a finger.  Sounds easy, right?

After completing my listings I thought I would do a search to see if anyone would be able to find them.  I was flabbergasted at the amount of digital paper listings and most looked like they were created by professional graphic designers and were selling at ridiculously low prices.  My listings had been pushed so far down the list that I struggled to find them.

Maybe graphic design is not the get rich quick idea I thought it was going to be.  Once again I am reminded how tough it is to make a living from art.  Still, I carry on with it because art is a part of me now and I can’t not do it.  Luckily I am able to continue on with it because I have a very supportive husband.  I am sorry to say, though, that he won’t be retiring any time soon.

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