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Guided Meditations for Visual Fine Artists

 

Ariane on NY subway w: red scarfFor a long time now I’ve felt a presence in and around me, only I haven’t known how speak about it.

Then, the lovely Maria Brophy (smARTist Telesummit presenter Put deals together: A totally out of the box use of creativity!) encouraged me to create guided meditations for my artists.

…something I had never considered.

Months went by, maybe even as long as a year, and then, one day, as I was talking about inspiration with my Blue Stocking Art Salon co-host, Lori Wolfson, the Goddess of Inspiration quietly and fully appeared.

If you want that story (it’s short), you can listen to the audio right here.

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I love the Goddess of Inspiration!

6804_1240961lWe artists – creative types – need and benefit from meditations that are specifically produced just for us.

Unearthing Dreams

Unearthing Dreams

This meditation is believable, easy to listen to, and I liked how you convey your heart-felt belief in me as an artist.

I liked that I could be in my studio or outside in my imagination, and the length is just right.

Now I’m inspired to create something in my studio that sends a constant invitation to her.

Thank you. ~ Carol McIntyre

 

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Dogs, Dolphins, and Nothing At All To Do With Art (or everything!)

#6It’s just about the same time of year. Bitter cold. The kind of cold even my wood stove has a hard time keeping up with.

It was 2010 and I was nowhere near recuperating from holding one of the smARTist Telesummits, tired at my core, and praying for a spring that was months away…

When…

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Inside a barrel or watching the waves crash in?

Taking the month of August off, like they do in Europe, has totally changed my idea of “context.” Suddenly things I wasn’t even aware of are popping into view.

Like posts that are ready to come back around for a second reading.
From now until I return in Sept, I’ll be dishing up yummy leftovers.

Enjoy!

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Once upon a time, an artist I was working with spent a long time priming and polishing her artist statement for a very serious studio exhibition she was planning in Boston.

She had been working for over a year on a series of oil paintings that had taken her in new directions, and she was attending to every detail of the exhibit with loving care.

Her large, abstract work was engaging on its own. But when you got a chance to read about her process and her thoughts as she painted, the work took on an even larger presence.

Part of my job was to coach her on how to present her artist statement so it reflected the same attention to detail that her art did.

But, as the saying goes…you can lead a horse to water…

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Confidence (Part 1 of 5) – 3 Ways to Heat Up Your “Studio Confidence”

The comments you left on my last post about confidence made me realize this is a subject begging for more.

So let’s shake it out.

Let’s take each of the five points I made, last week, and expand in as many directions as we can in a 5-part series. (Well, if you count last week that would be 6 parts ;-) but who’s counting?)

And, I’m going to need your help for this. I’ll be able to nail down a few ideas, but it’s you, out there in the studio day after day, who can tell me what I can’t even imagine.

Here’s what I’m looking for, from you

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5 Cool Ways to Wear Confidence in Public

For an artist to be able to climb what often feels like a very steep career mountain, confidence is your essential ingredient.

And by that I mean bone-real confidence; not the pumped-up kind, where we’re skating over a surface of insecurity and fear, and so we’re pumping ourselves up to keep from falling over a cliff.

I’m talking about the kind of confidence that’s based on what decades of academic research have shown: that it is not compliments—it is not people telling you how good your art is—it is your level of competence that is the bedrock  of your confidence.

Here are 5 cool ways to increase your art-career competence, which will automatically increase your confidence. (And if I’ve left any out, go right ahead and add it in the comments!)

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Are You On Pinterest Yet?

I’m inside the smARTist Telesummit Community Forum tonight reading more of the exciting, informative posts from this year’s conference participants. Each year, this Forum brings me thought provoking resources, and 2012 has been no different.

Artists were counseling each other with idea brainstorming, reflecting on artist statements, talking about the value of art, discussing marketing ideas, print sale options for artists, vanity galleries, and so much more it would take hours to catalog.

But there was one thing in particular that caught my fancy…

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Success Out the Wazoo: 3 Short Stories


Maryann Pranulis in Crystal City

Here are 3 short stories of wildly successful artists—three of my smARTist Alumni—who talk with me about how the smARTist Telesummit, and private coaching, changed the course of their careers with concrete information, unprecedented support, and intelligent connection.

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I’m “Out of the Closet”

Something’s been bubbling up around here, an underground hot spring that finally shot up an unanticipated geyser last week on Lori Wolfson’s and my Blue Stocking Art Salon gathering. The most surprising thing was that the artists on the call weren’t particularly surprised. Turns out I’ve been walking my silent talk all along – and only I have been oblivious to how obvious it has been. Until last Wednesday, I thought I was perfectly happy to let the hot spring in my soul remain…

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After a Sale, Go Slow

by smARTist Speaker,  Alyson B. Stanfield

Don’t overwhelm your art buyers with a lot of stuff and promotional material at the time of sale. Why?

Because you want to save items for future mailings – “touches” for your collectors. You’ll need to follow up regularly in order to keep your name in front of people.

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Part 2 – Buying Art: Can We Return to the Good Old Days?

by smARTist Speaker, Jack White

Check out my next two, short stories and start reinventing how you sell art today.

Story 1 – Stone Cold Creamery Sells Excitement. Ice Cream is the cherry on top!

I recently read a small book by Seth Godin, All Marketers Are Liar. Seth tells a great story of Stone Cold Creamery. The company started in Phoenix and now is in forty-six states. Stone Cold charges seven to ten times more than you would pay for Blue Bell ice cream at your local 7-11.

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Part I – Buying Art: Can We Return to the Good Old Days?

by smARTist Speaker, Jack White

Thirty-five years ago, I gave a client an exciting experience he never forgot. In return, years later, he lobbied for me to become an Honoree Admiral in the Texas Navy. (I commissioned on the USS Lexington.)  I gave my collector a “Highlighter Day” in the ‘70s, and he repaid me for that exciting buying experience with Governor Perry making my commission official with his signature.

In the past four decades I’ve seen a lot of changes in the art market; however none as radical as the years following 9-11. People are now ambling through outdoor shows and galleries in a zombie daze. 40% of the Carmel Galleries closed within six months after 9-11. Scores of artists gave up their careers.

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Return of the King. Return of the Queen.

by smARTist speaker, Eden Maxwell

You are making art, and you feel that your creations should support you. Is this a reasonable demand, or not? Didanyone guarantee this financial arrangement?

Let’s look and dig deep. Having your art exhibited and acquired by collectors adds up to prestige and money. But, what if this is not happening? Having or knowing your philosophy will make the difference between a sense of fulfillment and a sense of failure.

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The “Appreciation Connection” A Collector Won’t Forget!

by smARTist Speaker, Maria Brophy

There are many pieces to the puzzle when it comes to being successful in the business of art.  One of the most important pieces is connecting with your collectors. After all, without collectors, your artwork would be sitting in a back room, lonely, with no place to call home!

Before I share my number one technique on how to connect with your collectors, let’s talk about what it means to “connect.”

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Friday’s Featured smARTist Question

I’m putting telesummit material together and want to be sure I hit the mark for you!

“If you could ask a major collector your top 3 questions, what would they be?”

You can place your questions in the comments section below here on the post.

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“Three Words” by smARTist Speaker, Barney Davey

Blogger extraordinaire, Chris Brogan, talked about how he concentrates on creating THREE WORDS that sum up all that he will focus on for the coming year. His ideas, as expected, are thoughtful and practical. You can read them on the link above.

Brogan uses this Three Words in lieu of New Year’s Resolutions. I loved the idea, never having found resolutions to be more than wishful thinking and broken promises. So, I took up the challenge of creating three words that will help…

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