4 Easy Steps for Artists to Avoid Creative Burnout

4 Easy Steps for Artists to Avoid Creative Burnout

Thank you for joining me here in my outdoor office for the day.  I want to talk a little bit about burnout.

We’ve all been there.

You know that feeling where you just are not inspired by what’s on the easel, what’s in your head, what’s in your mind? Nothing’s coming easy.

Well, hold on, I’ve got some ideas for you.

Step number one, step away from the easel. Put down the paintbrush. Sometimes actually continuing to paint is not the answer. Instead, I’ve got some other ideas for you. I want you to remember that when you’re painting, you need to draw from your creative well from your imagination, from the sort of creative juice that drives art. And if you don’t have any inspiration, if you’re running dry, you’ve got to recharge that well. So the first thing to do is to step away from the easel, step out of the studio.

And if nothing else, at least take a walk. That’s one reason I’m out here today is I needed to get out of the office and away from the computer and away from the studio. So step away. Go take a walk at the very least, take a walk. Another thing you can do, you can go read some books on artists. So even if you can’t get to a museum or a gallery, which is, or another really good idea we’re going to talk about, think about pulling out one of those books, probably one of your favorite artists. Get a little inspired looking at art and art books by your favorite artists can really help replenish that creative juice.

Number two, go look at some real art. Again, you got to get out of the studio. You’ve got to go feed that. Well, go to a museum, go to a gallery, go to a friend’s studio, but go look at some real paintings. Look at the texture, look at the color, look at the surface.

Number three is to try something totally different. Step away from art altogether. Either train or try something out in a different medium than you’re used to using. So for example, if you’re an oil painter, try watercolor. Try gouache, try pastels, or try something totally separate from art. Think about something like surfing, horseback riding. Another activity that will take you out of yourself. That’s a passion that can fuel your creative fire.

And number four, which I think is really one of the most important ones, find a community of artists because nothing that I can think of will refuel. You regenerate your creativity and light your creative spark, like being in the company of other creative souls. So get out there and find your community. Where do you go to find those folks? Well, you can go to your local art guilds. You can go to your local art museum. You can go online to a Facebook group like our ART+WORK+LIVING free Facebook group.

Or you can come away with us.

Come camp with us. We have paint camp coming up September 12th through 15th and I can’t think of a better way to refuel your creativity, rejuvenate your creative spirit, and make a whole lot of new art friends.

You can click here  to get all the details.

Happy Painting, y’all!

 

5 Actionable Tips for Getting More Engaged Followers

5 Actionable Tips for Getting More Engaged Followers

There’s a secret sauce for making sales on Instagram…

and it’s not as complicated or difficult as you might be thinking.

We’ve been talking all things Instagram this month in my online membership community (The ART+WORK+LIVING Community Membership) and this is one of the biggest questions I get.

“How I find customers or clients for my art using Instagram?”

That secret sauce, the magical key…

It’s engagement.

It’s building an engaged audience.

It’s engaging with your audience.

People buy based on emotion, not logic. So if you build a relationship and connect with them…

Really CONNECT…

They’re 10x more likely to buy when you have something to offer.

Taking action on these 5 things will get you on your way to finding and building that engaged following.

1. Post With A Plan and Post Once a Day

2. Add a Zingy Bio

3. Hashtag With Precision

4. Post in Instagram Stories

5. Talk to People

Now pat yourself on the back! Well done!

Want to review the Instagram Essentials?

Discover Instagram for Artists: Essentials for Getting Started

If you’re a member of the paid ART+WORK+LIVING Membership, don’t forget that we’ve got a 7 Day Instagram Engagement Challenge running in the membership. Log in and get started!

Not a member yet? Learn more here.

The Top 5 Mistakes Artists Make on Instagram

The Top 5 Mistakes Artists Make on Instagram

Want to know how to avoid the 5 biggest mistakes I see artists make on Instagram?

You’re in the right place.

We’ve been talking all things Instagram this month in my online membership community (The ART+WORK+LIVING Community Membership) and one of the biggest questions I get is “Can I really find customers or clients for my art using Instagram?”

The short answer is: OH HECK YEAH. It ABSOLUTELY is possible.

Steering clear of these 5 mistakes will get you set up for success.

1. Overthinking the “grid”/thinking it’s all about the perfect image.

2. Posting bad photos.

3. Posting sporadically or posting too often. Both will hurt your reach.

4. Agonizing over their number of followers.

5. Not having a plan for moving your followers off of Instagram to your email list or website.

 

Now pat yourself on the back! Well done!

Ready for the next step?

Discover 5 Actionable Tips for Getting More Engaged Followers

If you’re a member of the paid ART+WORK+LIVING Membership, don’t forget that we’ve got a 7 Day Instagram Engagement Challenge running in the membership. Log in and get started!

Not a member yet? Learn more here.

Summer Greens

Summer Greens

“Summer Greens”, oil, 6 x 6”, © Mary Bentz Gilkerson

“Summer Greens”, oil, 6 x 6”, © Mary Bentz Gilkerson

We’re deep in the midst of summer greens here in the Lowcountry!

I haven’t been able to paint outside for a month, the longest I’ve gone without it for ages.

But I headed out to paint this week with friends.

It was a gorgeous morning after almost a week of constant rain! (Note: the heavens opened up again almost as soon as I got into the car to leave.)

I definitely felt more myself being back outside working! I’m fascinated by all the scientific data out showing the impact being outside has on our health. Great article here from the Business Insider, of all places. I was really struck by this sentence: “Among office workers, even a view of nature out a window is associated with lower stress and higher job satisfaction.”

“Summer Greens” on the easel

“Summer Greens” on the easel

Certainly all of the greens in the park we were in gave us a chance to forest bathe. Have I convinced you to spend some time outside?

“Summer Greens” is part of the GREENS COLLECTION that will be released July 10th.