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Weekly smARTips: 10 Reasons For An Artist Statement

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This week’s smARTip:

10 Reasons For An Artist Statement
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1. Because an artist statement affirms what you do, and by extension affirms you.

And none of us can ever have too much affirmation.

2. Because an artist statement calls out for you to recognize the true faces of your deepest self: truth, beauty, and goodness.

3. Because an artist statement invites you to experience another level of awareness about yourself and your art.

4. Because an artist statement strengthens the relationship you have with your work.

5. Because an artist statement builds a compelling bridge between your audience and your art.

6. Because an artist statement enriches the connection between the artist and the art.

7. Because it is practical. You can use your artist statement for:

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8. Because it makes a deeper statement about self-trust, that you trust yourself enough to flow into another dimension of expression.

9. Because it is a powerful experience to use the tool of language to support what you love

10. Because you can.

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Your smARTist Move of the week:

I really don’t care which reason reaches into your psyche and moves you to action.

Just pick one and go for it!
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btw – if going for it feels more confusing than it should, seriously check out my book because I go to great lengths to make crafting your artist statement easy and satisfying.

Click here to check out my special before next Monday, when it all comes down!  http://writingtheartiststatement.com/

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Live Call! Ariane Reviews 2 Artist Statements & Answers Your Questions

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Come join me Wednesday, December 11th as I review 2 artist statements and share some other golden nuggets for you and your art!

We will talk about how to use your artist statement to expand the range of your connection with your viewers because… the more connections, the stickier you and your art becomes. The stickier you and your art become, the more they remember you!

Revealing what, how and why you do your art does not dismantle either the beauty or mystery of it. Quite the opposite. Your effort to reach out invites others to participate in the mystery and to share the beauty.

Here’s the scoop….

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Wednesday, December 11th

7pm ET/ 6pm CT / 5pm MT / 4pm PT

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I look forward to revealing the true spirit of your work!

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The Slippery Slope of Artist Statements

When you’ve read as many truly awful artist statements as I have, it begins to dawn on you that maybe, just maybe, the problem is at the very beginning before sliding down the slippery slope of awfulness.

What if accurately defining an artist statement was the first step, the very first step in writing a compelling, engaging statement that truly caught the attention of your viewers instead of making them yawn.

What if we start by answering the basic question: what the heck is it?

Here are 5 parts to that answer:
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1. The Sticky Factor: An effective statement creates a personal connection to the artwork and stimulates our human thirst for “story.” This, in turn, triggers…

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Hiding Out, Eating In

hiding out eating inYou’ve known me to disappear from this blog before, yes? Which, considering I am a writer, is pretty darn odd.

I love to write. I don’t like blogging. Something wasn’t copesetic in Kansas.

And because this has been going on ever since I put this blog up, I knew browbeating myself wasn’t going to work.

So, what was? What was going to turn the tide? Pizza or Chinese?

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When Small Things Snowball

When I first started selling my book on Writing the Artist Statement the shopping cart installed on my website malfunctioned.

Now, mind you, I didn’t know this at the time. I just thought no one was buying my book. Since I’m always into the next project on my inner to-do list, I pretty much let it go at that.

Far be it from me to force anyone to buy my book! [Which, in those early days, meant I equated selling used cars to book selling, and wasn’t about to get my hands “dirty.”]

Then something unremarkable happened…

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What Do I Really, Really, Really Want?

I don’t know about you, but I’ve spent a chunk of my lifetime asking, “What do you want?”

I ask my daughters this. I ask my clients. I ask my neighbor.

Tonight, in the kitchen, returning from a date in Northampton (a ton of fun!), I leaned on the counter, hung my head and heard myself ask out loud, What… do… I… want?

I had been pouring myself a glass of water when a weight seemed to drop onto me, out of nowhere, and then…

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Hiding Out in Plain Sight

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

Thank goodness for all my smARTist Telesummit Alumni whose art is a balm for bad habits. (I’m waving to every single one of you!!!)

In the past, I’ve fallen off the blog wagon because, honestly, I wasn’t inspired.

And I’d beat myself with the wet noodle of: be disciplined, grl! You don’t need to date the muse every time you write a blog post.

I would scoot over to Alyson Stanfield’s blog or Joan Stewart’s and think: why the heck (well, maybe “heck” is more PG13 than I’m fesin’ up to) can’t I do that?

Be consistent.

Be concise.

Be clear.

Have a specific action for you to take/follow.

Then I’d go right back…

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About Them & You: Two Artist Statement Secrets

The first secret is about them—the people who see your art, the people who are moved by your art, and immediately have this very human desire to know more about you, the person who moved them.

Sure, they can stand there (or move their cursor around), and stare some more. Maybe even strike up a conversation with someone next to them about what they are seeing.

“Honey, come look at this. What do you think?”

Or, you could have this killer artist statement that keeps them right there, next to your work, contemplating it even more.

Because, when you capture that next layer of insight and awareness – without detracting from your viewer’s perspective – you have…

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Do You Know What An “Artist Statement” Is?

One of the most confusing aspects of an artist statement is deciding what it is.

When I asked painter, Bob McMurray, if he had an old artist statement we could compare to the one he had just written, he said, “Not really. I wrote some things for a web site, but it’s not an artist statement. I’ve been thinking about writing one for ages, so I was primed and ready to go when I got your book.”

Imagine my surprise, when I finally surfed over, to find a perfectly coherent artist statement on the site. True, a few touch-ups and a stronger central theme would be a plus; and, what he had worked. So, why was this clear to me…

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