Posts Tagged ‘artist resources’

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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Weekly smARTips: Time as Landscape

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Your smARTip for the week:

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Time as Landscape

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What have you noticed about time, and how you use it?

Is it something that feels in your control, or out of your control?

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I have just returned from what I call luxurious time.

It’s the second year I’ve taken off three weeks in one long stretch, and the sense that I’ve washed away all the work grime in a cool Alpine stream is pure bliss.

I know the glow will wear off, like any honeymoon. I also know this is a new long-term strategy for me – making a commitment to myself to take time off from professional responsibilities so I can discover new dimensions to being alive.

One of those dimensions is about time itself.

Years ago, I remember reading in a scientific journal that time was a landscape and we experience time because we are physically moving through that landscape.

It brought to mind Salvadore Dali’s melted watches draped over a landscape of rocks and water – as if he had read the same article I did.

And I started to think about the experience of time and how it affects your work.

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Your smARTist® Move of the week

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In The Big Leap, Gay Hendricks talks about our ability to expand or contract time at will.

Quite the mind bender for those of us who experience time happening to us, not us happening to time.

Yet, we all know there are times when “time flies,” and other times when “time stands still,” and even the “watched pot never boils” slow time.

So I’m wondering what might happen to your experience of time, this week, if you decided to experiment with your own personal, willful time machine?

What would change about the way you produce your art if you, willfully, expanded, contracted, or made time stand still?

How would that transform how you take care of yourself: shift frantic to peaceful, too little to just the right amount, release constriction to an open flow?

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This month, I’m urging every one in my circle to indulge in self-care – as a way to be kind to yourself, and also as a foundation for being more present and attentive to the demands of your daily life.

To add to this, I’ve spun a “Simple Tool for Self-Care: Making Sure the Wellspring of Creative Energy Never Runs Dry.

  • What are the Four Directions of self-care, and why do you need to integrate all four into your daily life?
  • What simple steps will let you care for your body and mind in the same breath?
  • What is the mainstay of a healthy, energetic, creative brain/mind, which every artist possesses?

Watch your inbox in the next few days for a download link for this—my September gift to you.

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Weekly smARTips: The upside of the downside

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The Upside of the Downside
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If you’ve been paying attention, you will have noticed either a lapse in my blog responses to your comments, or a lag time, throughout this month of August.

This is because I made a commitment to myself last year, when I took an unprecedented three weeks vacation — all in row! — that the pay off in terms of my clarity, openness, and, yes, increased curiosity, was worth the aggravation of not being available 24/7 to my online biz.

When I returned in September of 2012 a changed woman – someone with a sparkle in her eye – I vowed…

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Weekly smARTips: Part 2: Who is an artist’s best resource?

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Your smARTip for this week:

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Part 2: Who is an artist’s best resource? 
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While I was writing last week’s smARTip, Part 1 of the artist-to-artist relationship, Sari Grove commented on an earlier post about the Art-Selling Equilateral Triangle.

And, of course, I took a writing break to scan her comment.

Turns out it was way too fascinating to just scan (something I’ve learned about Sari – she’s not the scannable type). It also turns out that her War & Peace comment had a lot to say about the artist-to-artist relationship – from a whole other perspective. Sari’s comment changed the way I ended up writing this week’s smARTip.

It’s as if these blogging encounters ignore the expected boundaries of time and space, as if…

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Weekly smARTips: Part 1: Who is an artist’s best resource?

Who is an artists best resource part 1

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Part 1: Who is an artist’s best resource? 
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This week’s smARTip:
Who is an artist’s best resource?
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As far as I can tell, artists can never have too many resources to help them navigate the white water rapids of the art world (can you tell it’s full out summertime over here?).

So when I hear artists ragging on one of their best resources ever, it’s hard for me to sit on my hands.

This may not be a surprise to many of you, but fellow artists are your best resource.

I’ve been beating this drum for years, and it still surprises me when artists respond…

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A Gift For You

 

smARTist Resource Directory

smARTist Resource Directory

Here’s a gift, no strings attached, from the smARTist Telesummit 2009:

Our brand spankin’ new smARTist Resource Directory.

You’ll find a clickable TOC. And, after the 2009 Keynote Speakers, there are categories for you to browse: Art Magazines, Art Organizations, Art Supplies, Blogs, Book Recommendations, Education, Displays, Trends…and much more.

All of these resources come straight from your fellow artists.

You can download and enjoy it here.
smARTist Resource Directory

The core of smARTist is pulling together, in one place, the best art career information that we can find.

So, on top of 7-Days of art career presentations and panel discussion, I decided to create a directory that would give you resources to explore at your convenience.

Since a spoonful of art makes the “learning” go down, I’ve sprinkled pieces from our illustrious smARTist alumni throughout the directory to soothe your artist eye.

I hope you like it. I had a lot of fun creating it.

Wishing you an abundant, joyful 2009!
Ariane 

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