Can’t quite believe it’s been three months already since my daughter Anaïs left home for University. Looking forward to catching up on her exciting new life when she returns to spend some time with family in December. Wow doesn’t time fly! Make the most of your time with your children while they still are children but embrace and celebrate the change when they turn into adults.
It’s all about perception. As artists, we can turn our biggest creative barriers into our greatest gift to the world. I’ve developed a FREE artist guide to help you break through and achieve the recognition you deserve. Link in bio.
Beautiful paintings by @benitart1. Benita has been working with me through the Creative Breakthroughs coaching program. It's a privilege to be coaching her. She is making amazing progress and her story is truly inspiring. 👏👏👏
Mark the third Thursday night of each month on your calendars, art friends!
Tonight, we are hosting our third official CAB meeting (Creating Art AND Business). If you missed our first two sessions, we discussed topics including why artists create, artist's priorities, and how artists can focus on being successful at both art and business.
During our upcoming meeting, we will discuss some of the practical aspects of having an art busniess. Topics at this meeting willl include goal settting, marketing, website platforms, social media and more.
We hope you can attend our meeting! 7-8:30pm at Timmer Gallery--825 Mass. St. Lawrence, KS.
Feel free to spread the word! 🙂👍 .
As a child I remember people used to say to me "Adam, you've got your head in the clouds." In those day, I used to take this the wrong way and feel humiliated by it. Today it has become my greatest gift. Keep dreaming.
Need advice on setting up for a festival? Which lights to buy? Whether to buy the $100, $200 or $1,500 tent? How to make sure it doesn't all blow away? I recently upgraded my infrastructure and then wrote a detailed description and review of the whole shebang. It's on my site under the news section.
Tools & Talismans #23 from writer and reader Amy Bloom.
“I keep my desk as spare as possible but sometimes everybody and everything come crowding up . . . the tomato can is a tribute to my friend, the painter Connie Brown, who has rows of them in her studio.” — Amy Bloom
You can see the whole painting and read more from Amy on my site — link in profile,
Time to get out there again. Love painting the streets of Mexico. This is one of my highest value activities and I just have to include it in my schedule as a priority. The other two are writing and teaching. What are your highest value creative activities and more importantly are you prioritizing them?
I just launched my latest Skillshare class. How to create mock ups for your art licensing portfolio! I'm trying to get better about posting new @skillshare classes more often and I'll be aiming towards posting a class either once a month or every other! Feel free to send me any ideas that you'd like me to teach on there that I haven't yet 😊
If you're interested in signing up for my newest course, please head to the link in my bio! 🎉💕
Keeping a visual journal is in my opinion an essential tool for artists. It allows us to archive our thoughts, feelings, experiences about the world we live in. My phone has become that journal. And I love looking back on the memories that I captured. Reminds me of what I feel is important. Do you keep a journal?
We are thrilled to announce that in the last two months the THRIVE Mastermind community has grown from 68 to, drumroll please… 138 members! Not only do we have members here in Vancouver, Canada where THRIVE began but thanks to our online Mastermind meetings we also have members in the United States, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, Ireland and France.⠀
We are delighted and see this growth as a stride towards our vision of artists being supported, less lonely and thriving ❤️!⠀
If you're interested in joining THRIVE please head to our website as applications for the New Year are now being accepted thriveartstudio.com/mastermind!⠀
(Video by @britneyvb)⠀
I know that making a point of doing nothing is terribly difficult for me as well as many others. That's why it's terribly important to make time in your creative schedule for totally signing off. And that's what I'm doing right now. Happy Sunday afternoon! 🌞
306| daily sculptural curiosity. This one is simple but is pushing the limits of the materials - there is a little more flex than I prefer so I may have to make an alteration before it is exhibited or available for purchase. BUT, it is useful to sometimes test the limits.
I get the fun of heading with @ginghamcreative to the High Point Furniture Market. Can't wait to see the beautiful home furnishing design. Looking forward to seeing booths of folks I know or follow on Instagram.
This weekend I attended and presented at The Society for Art Entrepreneurship Education Conference. It was really great to see so many smart, creative people come together and discuss how to better prepare artists for an entrepreneurial lifestyle or to at least start their careers with an empowered mindset. It's a huge difference from my experience going through art school. If you could suggest a change in art education what would it be?
For many years I lived and worked in a city but dreamed of living by the sea. I visualized my ideal place and every holiday I took included a beach. However, it wasn't until I fundamentally changed my perspective on happiness and fulfillment, that the environment I dreamed of appeared in my life. Ironically, it wasn't until I started looking inside myself for happiness and stopped basing it on external factors that I was able to achieve my big dream. Life is full of amazing lessons.
I always love reading this quote. It reminds me that the most important action in becoming a professional artist, is getting in the habit of creating something each day no matter what. But it's not always that simple. Many of the artists I coach have lost the confidence and direction. Why? Well It's just that life often gets in the way. But what many creatives don't understand is that these experiences in life happened for a reason. In fact, I would go as far as to say they are vital in understanding who we are as artists and they hold the key to our unique creative message. I help aspiring artists reconnect with their creative voice so that they can achieve the fulfillment they're looking for. And as some of my coachees will tell you it's never too late. See link in bio.