So you had a thriving creative business going (I had both art and music) and this corona plague came along and the government shut you down. I don’t think any of us were prepared for that, as I don’t think any of us have lived through times like these.
I had several different sources of income – fine art sales,
Of course, you do not want to copy other artists’ work. Besides violating copyrights, it’s just unethical.
But why not learn from copying? Many artists paint old masters paintings just to learn how to do it. And you do learn a lot. As long as you aren’t selling it, or passing it off as a real old master,
If you have plenty of money, go to a frame shop and get your new painting custom framed. Always the best to let professionals do it. Mom and Pop frame stores tend to be less expensive than Hobby Lobby or Michaels or other big chains.
If you want to do it yourself,
Some people thrive on criticism. The giving part, not the receiving part. Artists are a target for such characters, because artists are trying to communicate aesthetically and because they have put themselves in the spotlight, so to speak – they are easy targets. Don’t let the critics get you down.
Easier said than done.
About the Artist
Elizabeth C. Sullivan gave up an artistic life to single-handedly provide for her child with no help from the adventurous ex-husband/father. When the job was done, she resumed artistic pursuits and has been an artist full time for the last 15 years,