Here’s some Valentine’s week love from me to you!
This is a sketch motif I’ve played with since childhood.
It makes me happy.
I hope it makes you happy, too!
Happy Valentine’s Day!
If you follow me, you know that yesterday was my anniversary. Around here, we celebrate LOVE for days. It’s a fantastic tradition; and I’m lucky to share it with my great love.
I think this image perfectly represents real-life love…
- The heart has to be sturdy and take some knocks; it has to give and not break.
- You have to be ready to open the door to growth and opportunity, to change and evolution.
- You sometimes have to piece your heart back together, but those repairs make it stronger.
- And you have to remember that love is an endless circle. It never stops. It never dies. It simply changes. It goes round and round.
My great love story continues. It has changed and evolved myriad times, through unbelievable challenges and incredible blessings. I cherish it all.
I hope you have or find your own great love, and that you value its evolution.
Please share your thoughts on love!
In this addition to my Home Series, I wanted to focus on women as the center that holds.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
While most of the palette is neutral, the bold pink gently draws our attention. It anchors the neutrals and supports the contrasting blue sky.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
And do you see the rainbow in the center, where paint has been removed? That thin line carries a whole lot of meaning. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
I feel content when I look at this one.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
We’ve had days and days and inches and inches of rain here in Southern California.
Today the rain stopped, the wind blew away the clouds and the sun shined brightly.
I spent the morning walking on the beach and basking in the beauty of it all. This afternoon I was back in the studio, painting flowers and hearts, (gotta get ready for St. Valentine’s Day!) and dashing across the hall to keep the laundry going.
All in all, it’s been a very, very good day!
I hope you have plans that will add joy and happiness to your life. Marie Kondo mania has given #joy a lot of attention lately; and I think that is wonderful! We should all choose joy more often.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
We don’t usually think of joy as something we can or need to choose; but it most certainly is. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
In every moment we can focus on the good or the bad. Both are always present. This is how the world works.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
OUR work is to choose the joy!⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Look for the good and be grateful.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Spend more time with people who elevate you.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Participate in activities that lift your spirit, your sense of self.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Eat, drink and move so you’re nourishing and strengthening that amazing vehicle, your body.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Be responsible for your own happiness.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
“Kindness begins with you.”
I’ve heard that my whole life, but for the longest time I misunderstood it.
I thought it meant I had to be kind to others in order for others to be kind to me.
While that is true, even more true is the fact that if you cannot be kind to yourself, you will never be fully kind to another.
Think on that.
Create something wonderful today. And be kinder to yourself.
That’s what I’m gonna do!
We were born to create. As toddlers, we created as we played; and pretending, we made incredible, fantastical things come to life. We all did it.
Then lots of us stopped. Ever notice that’s when anxiety and self-doubt began creeping in?
Creating, practicing art, soothes our angst and grows our soul. So do it! Practice art! Any art! Add to the world!
Create! Grow your soul.
That’s why you’re here.
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…life is not a smooth, linear climb to the mountaintop of “success,” but often a messy, beautifully messy, series of falling flat on one’s face, bouncing back, and falling slightly less awkwardly the next time. (And the next, and the next.)
~ OMID SAFI
For an artist, getting the work into the world can be daunting.
Snapchat, Twitter, Instagram and Facebook have changed the game for marketing and sales. Anybody can create an account and get their work out there. And most everybody does! So how do you get people to sift through millions of images and look at YOUR work?
When it comes to social media marketing, lots of talented artist/businesswomen, including Alisa Burke, Linda Woods and Kia of Sticks and Ink, are expert and generous in sharing valuable information about mastering the skills required. Check them out and learn all you can because social media can make a big difference in exposure and sales.
But despite that fact, many artists will tell you they make a large percentage of their sales to locals who actually see examples of their work. To achieve this I use postcards, business cards, stickers and other paper goods to spread my images around town.
Postcards with your contact information and social media links on the back make great marketing tools.
Set stacks of them, as takeaways, near your work at galleries, shows and exhibits. Lots of people will pick them up. Some will frame them and put them on their desk. Some will throw them away. Many will remember your name and your work and look you up when they’re ready to buy original art from a local.
You can also hang them on community bulletin boards in places like your local library, Whole Foods or Sprouts, coffee shops and small business. If space is limited tack up a handful of business cards.
Business cards are an absolute must. I know! I know! People will tell you they’re an outdated method of communicating your contact information, but my personal experience tells me the opposite. I’m often asked for a business card when my art comes up in conversation. At social function, art fairs, community gatherings and local political events, I’ve been asked about my art and for a business card.
People WANT to look at what you create.
People like to look at, talk about and buy art from someone with whom they feel a connection. I cannot tell you the number of times I failed to make a connection because I didn’t have a business card with me, so I’m learning to carry them with me wherever I go, and I’m beginning to reap the rewards.
And because new clients often come by way of existing clients, I include a business card and postcard in everything I ship and mail so they have something tangible to share when a friend asks “about the artist.”
When ordering postcards and business cards from my favorite source, Moo, I also order sheets of stickers. I use them to seal the tissue paper I wrap around the art I ship, because opening a package I send should feel like opening a present!
I include a coordinating sticker when I sell handmade cards, just like my fav paper goods, mega-business, Papyrus.
I use stickers as seals when I mail business related envelopes and I give them away on Instagram.
Printed materials can be expensive, so I keep a file of images I want to convert to paper goods and order them when Moo is having a great sale. I particularly like their cotton business cards made from recycled t-shirts.
I’ve also used Snapfish with good results. And if you’re in the position to have some postcards made right now, Snapfish has a 70% off sale which runs through May 22. They don’t do business cards, but their premium postcards are wonderful!
I hope you’ll give some of these ideas a try and let me know how they work for you. And if you’ve used prints of your art as handouts, takeaways, giveaways or in other ways, please share your approach and your results. I’ve love to hear!