Finally read Art, Money & Success, written by my wife @mariabrophy , detailing our own art business model and how to make a full-time living as an artist. She's going to help so many artists with this book. Go to @mariabrophy and click the link in her bio to get a copy.
Setting up for my live Interview today😋I'm so honored...Xanadu Gallery owner Jason Horejs chose me for the 2017 Artist Mentorship. Very exciting, Stay tuned for my live interview and outline of the year. Artist can follow and learn along with me the art biz, how to get into galleries, etc. His gallery...Xanadu Gallery in Scottsdale, Az will also represent my art , so an exciting year ahead🙏🏻Jason wrote the book "Starving to Successful" knows the art biz inside & out so look for my post and interview, a lot of great tips for Artist's getting their work out there👍🏻
My book cover is finalized! It's clean, professional and has my favorite blue color in it. Choosing a book cover is a brutal process and you never really know if you're making the right decision. But at some point you have to call it DONE, it's better to be finished then to try to be perfect.
It is in the final stages of editing, which is also brutal, like being in labor. You know you have to go through the pain to get the gold. And I thought the writing part was hard. Can't wait to birth this baby!
Artists are often discouraged by well meaning friends and family who warn them to do something more practical with their lives than being an artist. I say "well meaning" because these people just don't know any better. They think they are helping. But instead, they are stifling your divine contribution to the world by putting doubts into your head.
DO NOT allow yourself to believe what the naysayers are telling you. Family and friends do not know what is best for you. Only YOU know what is best for you. 🌟
And that knowing is already there, in your heart, and it is what drives you to continue as an artist.
From today forward, do not allow anyone to say anything negative about your dreams and plans. 🌟
If they do, say to them, "I appreciate your concern, I know it comes from love, but, from now on I do not want you to put negative thoughts into my head. Please keep them to yourself." 🌟
And, if they continue, spend less time with those people.
Start connecting with people who are positive and who believe in the power of creating your life as you want it to be. These people are out there, and they will uplift you and help move you closer to what you want.
You were given the desire to create for a reason. Don't throw it away because someone else doesn't understand. Allow your creativity to grow and flow, as it was meant to be.
Photo by the beautifully talented @evelinapentcheva 🌟
Paint. Collage. Yarn. Fabric. All asking me to trust in the exploration into unknown territory... A found message in a musical hymnal - “Showers of Blessing” ...
A wave of gratitude washes over me when I journal onto the page all of the blessings in my life. My home, my family, friends, kind strangers, warm blankets on cold nights, my health, Creative expression, love. Most definitely love ...
A sense of accomplishment at the end because I actually really like the final piece. Everything turned out well in the end, like it always does in art and in life. I remember that trust in the process and trust in myself are all that I need when I feel unsure and uncomfortable. It all works out in the end... always.
Sculptural works mingle nicely with the two dimensional pieces. Almost all of my recent sculptures can be displayed hanging on the wall or on a surface/shelf. Although they look wonderful in large groups (look at my feed for examples) but they also look nice individually or in small groups. Thanks to everyone that stopped by the studio yesterday for the Artspace Market.
Last night at dinner I got asked what my vision for Austin Coloring was... it tripped me up for a second. I don’t have a vision. At least not in the classic sense. Lately I’ve been on a #moana kick. The story talks about #wayfinding : “Determing where you’re going by reading the signs AS YOU GO.” I love that approach because who in the world plans on being a coloring book artist? Wayfinding allows me to make decisions in my business based on the conditions of now. It makes me flexible and powerful, but (perhaps) much less interesting at dinner parties when I try to talk about the future, and all I can think to say are the famous words of #billwatterson : “I don’t know where I’m going, but I’ll know when I get there.” If you know you want to do A THING, but can’t say WHAT, I’d like to say with all my heart that you’re not lost. You’re wayfinding. And wayfinding is the BEST. -
Continuing on with my favorites from the year, these are my #SecondQuarterStandouts 🌳
Everything from this quarter was so much bluer and greener than the quarter before. ✨
I love the top left and bottom right trees especially. Top left one was just sold last week, but I still have the bottom right one. Maybe I’m supposed to hold onto it? Its name is Effervescence. 💕
Today I'm working 1 of my last 2 drawings of the season!
After these 2 drawings I've actually got a photo shopping job (my first paid photoshopping job) and the gift commissions are done!
Next I'm starting some personal art projects that I've been putting off.
Stuff that my daughter has been asking for like
-customizing her ds case
-an art challenge she came up with for me
Also going to get some wood canvases and signs painted and make some jewelry.
I'm calling it the #funartlist
A list of ideas that aren't about making money, just ideas that pop up here and there.
After those just for fun things I'll be working more on the business of rimbeyart.com and most importantly - digging back into #homeschool !
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What folks are saying about our Boxed Deluxe Christmas Card Assortment ✨
Happy Friday, guys! I'm super jazzed up about the response I received to my first "How to Not be a Starving Artist" post. People seemed to like it and find it useful. So, I'm going to write the next part sooooon! (If you haven't read the first one, it's in the News section of my site.) I like helping people, but my enthusiasm also may have something to do with revisiting an abandoned passion: writing.
What folks are saying about our Boxed Deluxe Christmas Card Assortment ✨
It all started with an urge to explore and experiment. It turned into a reflection of all the little showers of blessing in my life. .........
Art has a way of pushing me into new areas of exploration. A muted, earthy color palette is new for me. Adding fabric, strings, and textured yarns is a departure from my normal go-to art techniques. You may wonder “What’s the big deal?” My answer is simply this... It’s uncomfortable to try new things. I have no idea what will happen next, or how it will turn out, and yet I push myself to keep going anyways. .......
This is how you tap in to your intuition and begin to trust yourself. ........
Pushing yourself in an art journal is a safe space to grow. Little did I know that the more I practiced it here, the more I practiced pushing myself out in the real world. .........
My confidence grew. My willingness to try and fail grew. Simply put, the more I flexed my bravery muscle, the braver I grew. .........
These are all the reasons why I am passionate about helping others to do the same. How are you showing up for yourself now? Would you like more out of the life you’re living? If so, I would love to help you. 🙏🏼❤️
All I want for Christmas is...
1) Spend as much time as I can in pyjamas
2) Play outside, and cuddling with my kids
3) Meditate and create space for inspiration
4) Have meaningful conversations with people I love
What's on your wishlist this Holiday season? Share with me 👇
Remember, if you want it, you have to make room for it!
And if you want some good book ideas, here's the list I shared with my Artrepreneur group today: . 💥 Nobody Wants to Read Your Sh*t: Why That Is And What You Can Do About by Steven Pressfield (Author of The War of Art also an amazing book!!)
💥 The Invisible Selling Machine by Ryan Deiss (or any content from DigitalMarketer.com)
💥 Start with Why by Simon Sinek (or check out one his Ted Talks)
💥 6 Months to 6 Figures by Peter Voogd (don't let the icky title stop you)
💥 The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen R. Covey
💥 The Power of Habit, by Charles Duhigg
💥 The Subtle Art of Not Giving A F*ck by Mark Manson
💥 Essentialism - The Discipline Pursuit of Less by Gregg McKeown
💥 The $12 Million Stuffed Shark - The Curious Economics of Contemporary Art by Don Thompson
💥 Any artist catalogue, art history book or contemporary art magazine to stay inspired, explore new ideas and grow your art practice.
Ready to be FESTIVE and I saved all my dolla bills from the craft show to tip drag queenz this weekend but HEY, I can still ship out awesome cards and gifts for you, so hit me up! 🌈bettyturbo.etsy.com🌈
$ales of my #2018 calendar are going well, had to order more!
This passage by #chuckclose showed up in my inbox from the joyfully hardworking @janheatonwatercolors this week. It meant a lot to me, and I thought I’d share. I truly believe I now get to work full time in the arts because of his perspective. That said, lately I’ve needed the reminder. ***
“The advice I give to young artists, or really anybody who’ll listen to me, is not to wait around for inspiration. Inspiration is for amateurs: the rest of us just show up and get to work. If you wait around for the clouds to part and a bolt of lightening to strike you in the brain, you are not going to make an awful lot of work. All the best ideas come out of the process; they come out of the work itself. Things occur to you. If you’re sitting around trying to dream up a great art idea, you can sit there for a long time before anything happens. But if you just get to work, something will occur to you and something else will occur to you and something else that you reject will push you in another direction. Inspiration is absolutely unnecessary and somehow deceptive. You feel like you need this great idea before you can get down to work, and I find that’s almost never the case.” ~ Chuck Close