I am quickly learning how important it is for me to keep track of my artwork in a reasonably organized manner. I know artists are commonly considered to be eccentric personalities, which often goes hand-in-hand with being disorganized or at least appearing that way, and it seems to be quite acceptable and even expected. Sorry, that doesn't work for me. I can accept it from other people but I can't accept it from myself.
Yesterday my husband took eight more pieces of my artwork to the gallery in Cass City to replace the items that sold last Friday, plus 2 pieces that broke and one that a friend selected as a gift. Each piece has a sticker on the back with the title and medium, and a tag to stick on the wall next to the piece which matches the sticker but also includes the price. Everything is listed on an accompanying inventory sheet, which is page 2 to attach with the initial inventory sheet I provided with the first batch of artwork - which has been updated to reflect items sold and those removed from sale.
In the mean time, I am getting some pieces ready for the next exhibit: the Lapeer Art Association's annual Holiday Show at Gallery 194. For the past 2 years they have opened their annual Spring show to non-member artists and I have participated. This is the first Holiday Show open to non-members and they invited me, so of course I will submit work! So that means figuring out what I want to submit, making stickers and tags and an inventory sheet, and keeping straight which items are in which exhibit.
I also have been tracking costs on a spreadsheet: How much money I spend each month on supplies and entry fees, and how much has sold (minus commissions), with monthly totals and a running year-to-date total. So far this year I am about $500 in the hole because I bought a tent and some other display items earlier in the year. At some point I hope to start realizing a profit. Probably not this year though. But hey, at least I'm organized :)