Posts Tagged ‘Manifesto for artists’

What Is The Value of Your Art?

What Is The Value of Your Art

I’ve been holding a lot of one-on-one, in depth conversations with artists who know they have hit a mud flat and are spinning their wheels.

Within the first hour of our conversation, something clicks into place – an insight they didn’t have before.

Suddenly, a light is shining on what had been in shadows before our call, and the artist can feel something opening up inside, expanding into the pathways for the dream, which they have always longed for, to be realized.

At this point, artists usually ask how much the mentoring /coaching service is going to cost.

And for some of these artists, often the ones who are hurting the most, the value of what they have just experienced, and know they will continue to experience if they work with me, gets strangled in the net of price.

In one moment, the precious, incalculable value of their insights become tangled up in lines of scarcity and fear, and then falls over a cliff, disappearing from view.

Sometimes artists can grab a hold of the lifeline I throw them, so they climb back up and see the vista that is always there, waiting for them.

Other times, the conditioning and hooks around money sink the dream—as it has for these artists from time immemorial.

What, you may wonder – as I have – has really happened here?

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Paradox and Creativity by Robert Fritz

I’ve often felt that paradox is the highest level of human intelligence, at least at this point in our evolution.

It’s certainly one of the hallmarks of creative behavior, also known as Janusian Thinking (Janus being the Greek god with two heads facing in opposite directions).

When you can hold opposite perspectives, ideas, or feelings simultaneously, you free your mind from automatic, familiar patterns of thinking and behavior.

You open the door for more possibilities.

Robert Fritz, one of the keynote speakers at a smARTist Telesummit, has another take on paradox and how it supports your creativity.

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fritzThe Paradoxical Flow of Creativity

by Robert Fritz

When we create, we do two things that are apparently opposite.

We actively focus the creative process toward the full manifestation of our vision, while at the same time allowing ourselves to be aimless and non-directive.

We are narrow and wide, active and

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Is Marketing Passé for Visual Artists?

is art marketing passe for visual artists

I have come to the startling conclusion that marketing is passé for visual fine artists.

That the whole concept of marketing in the art world has spiraled into a paint-by-numbers campaign with everyone trying to figure out the right formula.

There’s one set of rules for the 1% of the art world – the snob-filled, high-end world of auction houses and galleries where price lists are taboo – and another set of rules for the 99% of the art world – the artists who fill up the thousands and thousands of private galleries, art fairs, and museums sprinkled all around the globe.

The 1% crowd has no need for being approached through marketing. Their collectors are already captivated by their own lust for status, and catered to through strategies reserved for luxury and an overflowing bank account.

That leaves the 99% wondering how to sell their art while secretly yearning

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The Puppet Master Always Leaves Clues: Part 2

puppet master

Last time, we were looking at how you ferret out the invisible puppet strings directing any aspect of your art career by paying very close attention to the choices you make that don’t lead you in the direction you actually want.

There’s another well known way those puppet strings can operate with what comes off as a reasoned, friendly approach, but with such expert control there’s no way of catching the Puppet Master in the act.

Most often, it’s called

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The Puppet Master Always Leaves Clues: Part 1

puppet master

Last week, I wrote about the invisible puppet strings directing the course of one artist’s career.

And how the entire trajectory of that artist’s career changed once the Puppet Master had been revealed.

Where once the career had been flat lining, now it was moving ahead at the speed of illumination.

There are 3 secrets to this level of transformation

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Puppet Strings

ariane smartist puppet strings

True story.

An artist with 20 years of experience, an international presence, an impressive list of collectors, and decades of gallery experience hit a career wall.

The artist’s galleries were closing. The work was changing dramatically and not appealing to the previous collectors. And even though this artist had created a significant social media presence with interactive fans throughout the world, sales had nearly stalled, no exhibitions were in sight, and new galleries remained elusive.

When I posed the question, Why are you not selling any art? I got the initial answer I expected.

“My galleries are closing, previous collectors aren’t

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The Blame Game

blame game

Oh, I’m so excited. Last Sunday I released the full version of my new Manifesto For Visual Fine Artists  and already the questions are flying in from around the world.

And they are doing exactly what I was hoping: asking for clarification.

I knew when I wrote this that some things were self-evident to my brain, but could very well be more mysterious to another’s.

And artist Leonore Alaniz pointed out for me exactly where…

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The Manifesto’s North Star

 

manifestos north star

Last Sunday, I talked about why fulfilling a career in the visual arts is the Mt. Olympus climb that it seems to be, and why I feel so passionate about artists bringing their visions into the ever-expanding light of human consciousness.

Which, of course, brings up the question about what holds artists back from bringing their visions into the ever-expanding light of human consciousness.

I know from experience how easy, and almost automatic, it is to focus on what seems to be …

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