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Confidence Boost: It’s All About You & Not About Them

First and foremost art is for you, and secondly for the viewer/everyone else. I am aware this statement could easily be challenged based on artistic and reasoning perspectives behind each creation, however it’s a scientifically proven behavior pattern that humans are first preoccupied with personal needs, and secondly filling the needs of others. To give this perspective; when volunteering time, donate money or extending a nice gesture to a complete stranger or loved one the feelings fueling these gestures are good. You are getting a reward, a great feeling. We feel proud, happy, excited, delighted and content with doing something kind and generous, and secondly the receiving party gets something amazing in return. This illustrates the overall idea behind my first statement “first and foremost art is for you”. This idea is important since so…

Wax On. Wax Off. The Importance of Mentors.

A few weeks ago Create & Inspire introduced a conversation about “Going to Art School VS Being Self-Taught”. I continued the conversation in my article “Deciding to pursue an art degree and education”where I explained there is no “right” or “wrong” way to pursue an education… there are just different resources and approaches. One particularly valuable resource is a mentorship. Being an artist is difficult – and the journey of honing your craft can be a lonely one. Mentors are valuable companions on your artistic journey, and can serve in many roles. Most good mentors display the same characteristics you’ll find in good parents and teachers. They impart hard-earned knowledge while serving in an advisory role. They coax you toward beneficial decisions, opportunities and experiences while,…

Deciding to Pursue And Art Degree And Education

There has been a lot of buzz lately, regarding the value of an art degree/art education. In a recent podcast Aunia presented a fantastic perspective on both pathways, speaking from her personal experience as a self-taught artist. I wanted to take this opportunity to present the perspective of an Art School graduate (who straddles the line of being self-taught). There is no singular way of learning or educating yourself… I honestly believe we have entered an age where everyone is self-taught in some respect. The wealth of information available at our fingertips can so easily be utilized in learning. That being said, many individuals in the art world make a distinction between a “traditionally” schooled artist – and a “self-taught” artist. In my experience, an art education…

Am I Good Enough To Be An Artist?

All children are natural born creators in this magnificent world. Just look at the games they make up, how much they love to draw, their tree forts, imaginary friends and the magical worlds and characters they create out of thin air. There is a sadness that comes over me as an adult when I realize how much of that creativity can be lost or fades away when the appetite to create isn’t fostered, but instead gets torn down by those around them. As a young girl who struggled at home and with bullying, it was rare for me to feel good about my accomplishments. I was never good enough at anything and always felt like a failure. Even then – at those worst moments, there…

Working For Yourself / The Importance of Self Discipline

In the recesses of the human mind we all wish have a job that we enjoy, make our own rules, come and go as we please while making a substantial income. Personally, that was my dream, but when it happened it was quite different than one would expect. We have all heard people exclaim that they love their job with a capital “J”, but it’s often those CEO’s of companies, people that own their own businesses, or those doing something that fuels their inspirations or passions for a living. Sounds wonderful. Yes. For years I lived in the grown up world of nine-to-five, paid my bills and my taxes like a good citizen. On the weekdays my awful sounding alarm clock jarred me awake. I would drag myself out of bed and as…

Sell Art & Creative Goods on the Internet

After having a discussion with other artists, I came to the decisions to write a blog review about selling artwork on the internet and why it’s important to work with a venue that best shares your creations in a classy, easy to use, and welcoming platform. Overall, as artists, and creatives there are so many options to sell your work on the internet, which include places like Etsy, Ebay, Cargoh, Zibbet, Deviant Art, WordPress (Exp: Woocommerce) or more mainstream places like Cafe Press or Zazzle which I am not a huge fan of personally. Do you want your store to be professional looking, extremely easy to navigate, welcoming to prospective buyers while remaining very personalized to your work, and alleviate the huge on-line (flee)marketplace that supports the over commercialized “lets throw your art on a mouse-pad” feeling?…

Artists Need a Good Website

I love art, and love artists. I would like to make a suggestion for those who have asked about getting work out there, partaking in exhibitions and most importantly being taken serious in this career choice. It’s top priority to have a professional website because it’s  your virtual business card in the industry. No, Facebook, IG or Behance do not actually count, however they are a create and  bonus outlet when connecting to your audience. A professional website is important for any industry as a standard rule. Be warned people “will” judge your creations (art) and your professionalism on how you present yourself on the web, and more specifically how your website looks. As a graphic/web designer for 15 years, I am happy and sad all…

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