Lately I have been too preoccupied to clean up at the end of each creative session. They blend into each other and there is a mess growing in my art studio. The art studio that is getting packed up and moved across the ocean next week. A little mess is okay with me as long as I keep creating. So far 2015 is off to a great start. I am excited about where my art is going to take me.
Each child has multiple teachers. How can I make a meaningful gift for so many when time and money is limited? Of course gift cards to our favorite local bakery and handmade watercolor art cards. Boston we are going to miss you so much.
On vacation. Visiting my grandmother and aunt and uncle. Always drawing. On the plane heading home via Chicago planning out a card that I hope to finish at home this week!
Good news! I've started selling my mini Altoid watercolor paint kits on Etsy. For a limited time as a special bonus I am offering a free watercolor painted card with the first one purchased on Etsy. I have collected a lot of commercial tins during my watercolor painting adventures, but I always come back to this one for on the go come with me everywhere color.
The JP Open Studios are this weekend September 20th and 21st all around the JP neighborhood that I and work in. You can find me with my work inside at the UU church by the JP monument in Central JP and some of my work will still be hanging at Hatched until the end of the month. I will be be sketching and painting, will have my woodblock prints along with a couple of carved blocks for demos throughout the weekend. I have been looking forward to this weekend for months now. There will be some fresh prints, including new collagraphs, but this is the year that I decided to teach myself watercolor and became smitten with the medium.
Making art is the easy part. I have more ideas than time. But marketing myself and getting my art out and seem by people is a consistent struggle. I'm not a natural extrovert and networking is hard for me.
Top Ten things I can do right now to change my path.
1) Ask for help.
2) Join local networks networks for artists in Boston and New England.
3) Take a class on art marketing.
4) Plan for the spring markets.
5) Read books on marketing my art.
6) Go to gallery openings. Stop waiting for a date and go by myself and enjoy the art and making contacts.
7) Build my network online and in person.
8) Keep blogging and keep my website active and updated.
9) Find out ways to give out more business cards.
10) Keep making art every day even on the days that I don't want to. Don't get discouraged.