Feast or Famine?
It seems like with most things in life, it’s either feast or famine, but particularly so though in the art world. There are times, like the beginning of this year, when my sales had hit a slump. I was brooding about it at first, but then I channeled that frustration and took a business class from Beate Chelette. This class gave me a much-needed breakthrough of sorts and was one of the pieces of the puzzle that was missing. Beate not only helped me navigate the business arena, she put me in touch with MY TRUE SELF. I mean, my personality actually changed when I became liberated and I thank Beate in large part for it.
Aside from taking the time to learn about the “business” end of sharing art, it was also a fertile time to try new painting techniques and ideas – an exploration of sorts. After all, art is an exploration into our very soul, exposing us and revealing our innermost secrets. It takes great courage to share your work and passion with the world. So if you are an artist, writer, chef, stylist – whatever – give yourself a pat on the back for sharing your gifts with the world and being vulnerable. And if you create, let’s not be reticent to call ourselves artists; as my friend Terry says “embrace it”. That’s right, shine your creative light because the world needs more CREATIVITY!
Things to ponder
On a different note, I am rethinking my whole blog approach. As you can tell, I’m not much of a writer and frankly – not even sure what to write about most times. Does anyone even read this blog, does anyone care? Should I use this space to just post a photo of new, or sold work? This is what I’ll be ruminating about going forward.
As my exhibition at the Redwood Cafe here in northern California comes to a close next week, it has made me aware that art has value, if it’s not selling yet, it’s only because the right people haven’t seen it yet. Don’t give up, persevere. Look ahead – follow your heart and share your gift of creativity with the world. You’re never too young, or too old to share your talents. Sometimes our worst critic can be ourselves. I’m not saying to be boisterous and full of yourself, but I am saying to give yourself permission to be the greatest you can be and just CREATE. Art is subjective. EMBRACE IT. There’s room for all of us…
I’m grateful to have helped uplift some people and brighten their space with my paintings this month, but I also know that it’s usually feast or famine. So with that in mind I’m driven to create and experiment even more to find the gifts that lie in my soul and express them on canvas. I’m enjoying the sales, but am always aware that I can’t rest on my laurels. Because what you do today affects your tomorrow. If you’re not moving forward this week, you’ll be going downhill next.
Wishing you creative moments filled with inspiration and COURAGE to express what you feel without the filter of your worst critic-you.
Step UP and EMBRACE you!
Much, much love,