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June 24, 2009

Sell Your Art with Heart

painting-Temptress-TempranilloThis post can really be for anyone’s interest, not just for the “Artpreneur”.  I write this specifically for the artists who email me looking for some inspiration.  Hope this will boost your artrepreneurial spirit!

Since childhood, I’ve always had a love for art, from crayons to crafts, then growing into the love of portrait sketching with the use of pencils, charcoal and graphite, and then later emerged into painting on canvas utilizing acrylics and oils. Art has been my passion for as long as I can remember. Doing art (as a hobby) is one thing. But I remember being asked as a child “what do you want to be when you grow up?” and I wanted to say “I want to become an artist!” Instead, I answered “I want to become a doctor!” even though I knew I didn’t. Like most people (and I know much of it was from my parents’ desire for me to have a career in the medical field), I was raised to believe that an “Artist” was not considered to be a practical career that would make you enough money to support yourself. Doing art wasn’t usually more than just a hobby. This was very much not uncommon when I was growing up and even some cultures/communities still believe this today. Well who says you have to be a “starving artist”? Thanks to the internet, the good news is that being a self-representing Artist CAN pay you enough sales to support yourself AND your family!

I get emailed questions by people all the time (most of whom are new business clients, artists, buyers, interior designers) — how do you start an art business, where do you go to market, how much did it cost, how are you scanning your images, etc. Really, you can find the answers to these questions online as the web is the greatest source of information. However, you can search and search until you burn your eyes out because like any career that involves being your own boss, it requires getting in touch with a much deeper source that you cannot find anywhere online; a combination of what I call “The Four P Recipe” — Plan, Persevere, Positivity and Passion.

The latter is the most important factor of all — Passion. My theory, “don’t start with your art if you don’t have the heart.” Most businesses, whether art-related or not, fail within the first year. Why? Because true passion wasn’t really there to begin with. You cannot be a good planner for your business without perseverence, and you cannot persevere (to sustain the business, especially when times are tough) without having a positive mind. But overall, it is much easier to be positive about something, if you have a passion for it (for your product/service).

As we are talking about art and business, you can say you have a passion for creating art, but have you found your niche in the art that you create? Are you true to your genre, to your technique and your creativity? An Artpreneur is more likely to be successful if the art you create is not what you think your audience will enjoy, but what you enjoy. This is what makes for a true Artist. Otherwise, it will only feel like a job.

You hear people say that “Artists are gifted because of their talent.” But I believe there’s more to it. If you find your niche, be true to your creativity (true to yourself), and create a strong portfolio, not only will you do well independently, you will learn a lot about yourself more than you’ve ever had before and be able to get in touch with your Being. Once you’ve found your Being, you will find a much deeper happiness. This is where Artists are gifted — because nothing can take that happiness away from you.

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June 10, 2009

Summer Love is in the Air!

weddingpic-blogThis is me on my wedding day back in 2002, and I have been a very happy wife and mother ever since.   Summer is here, and summer typically seems to be the months of weddings, some of which I am honoured to be attending. I love weddings. I love everything about weddings. The dresses, the ceremony, the speeches (though some get tediously long and there are so many inside jokes :) , and of course the overall joy the day brings to everyone involved. I have been a bride, a bridesmaid, an emcee, a guest, and even a date. All carry a different experience, but the one thing that remains a constant is the love two people share with their friends and family.

One thing that I enjoy painting is the love between two people, whether it be in love which each other, or the love of something that two people share. Whether it be JUST BECAUSE, where newlyweds come together as one or WELCOME HOME DEAR, where our beautiful woman awaits her man, or  even HERE’S TO USwhere a couple enjoys simple silence together, each piece shows my love and passion for true love itself.  But I also believe in the love two people share for something in particular, and there is nothing more beautiful than dance in my opinion. Whether it be SHARING SHIRAZ, ONE WILD WALTZ, SATURDAY NIGHT SALSA or THE LANGUAGE OF LOVE, the love may or may not be between our characters, but rather for the love and passion they share for dance.

Perhaps you have a story to share, about your wedding, about the love of your life, or the passion you have for something in particular.  Or perhaps you know someone who is getting married, has a love of their life, in which you may find some of these as unique wedding gifts and others in my collection may make the perfect, timeless gift of romance.  Its summer, and love is in the air!

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