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Hiding Out In Plain Sight – Again!

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I know, this is not the first time I’ve disappeared from my blog.

This time I’ve fallen off the blog wagon because my life has been scrambled upside down in an Alice-in-Wonderland now I’m small/now I’m tall sort of way.

The story is as old as the hills: met my Prince Charming, got engaged, had full replacement right knee surgery (and for those who aren’t up to speed on this lovely medical wonder – it takes at least 3 to 4 months to ramp up to semi-normal!), moving out of my home of decades (now rented to grad students and musicians) and into one of my youngest daughter’s home until my fiancé’s renovations on his place are finished, after which there will be a wedding and I will move again!

Right this minute I’m sitting my in “old” home office surrounded by half-packed bags and boxes (and I have to be out of here in 2 more days!) thinking – yikes, my lovely artists have no idea where I’ve gone to.

My creative career coaching practice is still breathing, only quietly, in the background while I integrate all of these changes.

Over the years, I’ve worked with and talked to artists who have had to move and figure out how to become part of their new community.

And now, here I am, doing the very same thing.

In the meantime, for those of you who want to stay on this journey with me, I’ll be re-posting some evergreen blog posts that will enliven your creative career while I figure out how to get through this darn door…oh, yes, I see that bottle that says “Drink Me” on the table.

Let’s see what happens next….

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Case Study Part 3: Tips – Showing-Up Consistently ~ It Works!

By guest artist Carol McIntyre

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Last week, in Part 2, I shared two recent success stories that were a direct result of my social media presence.

In this last part of the “Showing-Up Consistently ~ It Works!” series of blog posts, I’d like to share a few tips I’ve discovered along the way.

Consistency + Images + Articles

I do not live by a schedule. However, I aim to consistently post at least 5-8 times a week – sometimes more, sometimes less.

In addition to my images, I also post relevant articles. Interestingly, people have told me that they

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Case Study Part 2: Success Stories – Showing-Up Consistently ~ It Works!

By guest artist Carol McIntyre

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In the First Part of this three-part blog series, I talked about how building relationships through the various platforms and connections in the social media world, as ambiguous as that world might feel, builds trust with our future buyers and collectors.

I’d even go so far as to say that building relationships is the key benefit of social media where its various platforms allows us to develop connections that can lead to unforeseen opportunities.

People – Fans –Follow Us That We Are Not Aware Of

Have you ever been somewhere socially and someone comes up to you and starts talking about your work or latest activity because they have seen your

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Case Study Part 1: Showing-Up Consistently ~ It Works!

By guest artist Carol McIntyre

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In today’s cyber space artists around the wide post thousands of their images on various social media platforms, never knowing if it matters or if it is working.

Like a flock of birds in flight, our artwork images fly into never-never land. We don’t know where they land. We can see how many ‘likes’ and ‘shares’ and ‘pins,’ etc., occur, but are these people the only ones that see our images? Also, given the number of

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Will The Real Me Please Stand Up!

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I don’t know about you, but I’m pretty clear that the Ariane who talks with her first-born daughter is miles different from the Ariane who talks to her girl friend clear across the country.

Or the Ariane who interacts with her private artist clients is not the same gal rocking out, hard, on the dance floor for hours.

Sometimes one of my Arianes feels powerful and transcendent. Other times one of my other Arianes feels vulnerable and tender.

And yet, at my core, all these Arianes are hooked up to a clear, vibrant center of Self that has characteristics in common with all the other Arianes—like embracing creative fireworks, fighting like a scrappy mongrel for justice, picking up small wounded creatures off the sidewalk, or stopping to marvel for the hundred thousandth time at the moon (new, full, on its back, or as a slice of lemon…).

How is this possible? To be the many and the one?

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Your Most Selfish Responsibility

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 I know. Selfish and responsibility seem to be on opposite sides of the isle.

Part of this has come down through the ages via religious or spiritual precepts: that serving others is the high ground, while serving ourselves is the lowest of the low.

But isn’t this a just confusion of terms?

… because we also have the edicts to love others as we love ourselves, and to be true unto ourselves.

So, let’s see if we can tease this out, and furthermore, stir our artist life into the pot!

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Your Artist Identity: From The Beginning

Ariane of smARTist_Artist IdentityWhen I was a young girl, I spent a lot of time by myself hanging out on the edge of the Big Sur cliffs, a couple hundred feet above the pounding Pacific, reveling in the crash and roar of dragon waves hitting the rocks far below me, and smelling the salt spray as it rose into the air.

Or, I traipsed back in the canyon, under the cool cover of my fir-tree giants to play by a stream sparkling with water sprites as it tumbled down from the Santa Lucia Mountain Range.

Sometimes, the lady next door allowed me to play with her pen and ink drawn paper dolls in their elegant 18th Century dresses. I had to be very, very careful, as this was a privilege that could be taken away with one tear, one unintended lapse of attention.

What I sensed back then, even though I didn’t yet have language to complete the awareness, was this: in each of these different settings I was both the same person and a different person.

I had a central sense of an artist-self that never changed. And yet, there was another sense of self that did change.

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