How to Deal with Artist’s Block

 

Sometimes the creative flow just isn’t there…

Know what I mean?

Creativity takee a LOT of energy, and sometimes that energy is just gone.

Burned out…

But there are ways to refill your creative well if it’s been depleted.

I’ve got 7 ideas for ways to reset the creativity button.

  1. Walking is the creative reset button.
  2. Studio is a state of mind and can be anywhere.
  3. Show up and meet inspiration halfway.
  4. Find the extraordinary in the ordinary.
  5. There is power in doing nothing.
  6. Share your gifts. It’s your responsibility.
  7. Follow your curiosity.

Which one of these will work for you? Do you have other ways to get unblocked? Let me know in the comments below.

Art Movies & Series: Resources for the Creative Spirit During Challenging Times

Art Movies & Series: Resources for the Creative Spirit During Challenging Times

People say we live in challenging times. But the truth is, challenging times are a predictable part of life. 

It’s how we face those times, how we build and use our resilience, that defines our lives.

But you may not be feeling particularly resilient at the moment. 

I get that and I’m here to help. 

I’ve crowdsourced with artists and creatives across every medium so that we can have a series of blog posts dedicated to inspiring artists when they need it the most.

Think of these as a survival guide for chaotic times.

We have to reamin resilient and ready for what life holds, whether it’s a the easel or in our communities.  

The more resilient we are mentally and emotionally the healthier we will stay. 

Now’s a great time to focus inward and get hooked on a new inspirational resource.

 

 

So here’s the top 10 Art Movies & Series suggestions for creatives: 

1. MaudieAvailable on Amazon Prime Video, Vudu, YouTube, Google Play, iTunes

2. At Eternity’s GateAvailable on Amazon Prime Video, Hulu, Vudu, YouTube, Google Play, Sling TV, Showtime/Showtime Anytime

3. Loving VincentAvailable on Amazon Prime Video, Hulu, Vudu, YouTube, Google Play

4. Lust for LifeAvailable on Amazon Prime Video, Hulu, Vudu, YouTube, Google Play, iTunes

5. Big EyesAvailable on Amazon Prime Video, Vudu, iTunes

6. FridaAvailable on Amazon Prime Video, Vudu, YouTube, Google Play, iTunes

7. SéraphineAvailable on Amazon Prime Video, Vudu, Youtube, Google Play, iTunes

8. PollockAvailable on Amazon Prime Video, Vudu, YouTube, Crackle, Google Play, iTunes

9. Exit Through the Gift ShopAvailable on Amazon Prime Video, Vudu, YouTube, Google Play, iTunes

10. Girl with a Pearl EarringAvailable on Amazon Prime Video, Hulu, Vudu, YouTube, Google Play, iTunes

Want to see more recommendations? We’ve got a free PDF download with the top 25 art movie & series suggestions for creatives. 

And don’t forget to pull together and lean on your art community.

I’m here for you. My team is here for you. And we have thousands of artists that are here to encourage, inspire, and support you. 

Use these links to dive into resources that feel best for you: 

Free ART+WORK+LIVING™ Facebook Community 

5 Ways Artists Can Stay Resilient During Chaotic Times 

Podcasts: Resources for the Creative Spirit During Challenging Times

Art Books: Resources for the Creative Spirit During Challenging Times 

Free PDF download: 25 Art Movie & Series Recommendations: Resources for the Creative Spirit During Challenging Times

 We are here to help and remember, stay resilient – we’ve got this!

Happy painting and all my best,

Mary

 

 

 

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Art Books: Resources for the Creative Spirit During Challenging Times

Art Books: Resources for the Creative Spirit During Challenging Times

People say we live in challenging times.

But the truth is, challenging times are a predictable part of life. 

And these challenges don’t have to define us or our lives.

In fact we get to choose how we build and use our resilience.

But you may not be feeling particularly resilient at the moment and I get that.

I’m here to help.

We have a community of artists and creatives with wide-ranging backgrounds and trainings…

Working in just about every medium you can think of…

So I’ve done some crowdsourcing so that we can have a survival guide for chaotic times.

That’s where this series of blog posts comes in. These posts are designed to strengthen your resilience as an artist so you’re ready for what life holds – both in your community and at the easel.

It’s a great time to turn inward and focus on self-care. In fact, let’s get hooked on a new inspirational resource.

 

So here’s the top 10 art book suggestions for creatives: 

1. Art & Fear: Observations on the Perils (and Rewards) of Artmaking by David Bayles and Ted Orland

2. Ninth Street Women: Lee Krasner, Elaine de Kooning, Grace Hartigan, Joan Mitchell, and Helen Frankenthaler: Five Painters and the Movement That Changed Modern Art by Mary Gabriel

3. The War of Art: Break Through the Blocks and Win Your Inner Creative Battles by Steven Pressfield

4. The Art Forger by B. A. Shapiro

5. Daily Painting: Paint Small and Often to Become a More Creative, Productive, and Successful Artist by Carol Marine

6. Steal Like an Artist: 10 Things Nobody Told You About Being Creative by Austin Kleon

7. The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron

8. How to See Color and Paint It by Arthur Stern

9. Color and Light: A Guide for the Realist Painter by James Gurney

10. The Zen of Seeing: Seeing/Drawing as Meditation by Frederick Franck

Want to see more recommendations? We’ve got a free PDF download with the top 25 art book suggestions for creatives. 

And don’t forget to pull together and lean on your art community.

I’m here for you. My team is here for you. And we have thousands of artists that are here to encourage, inspire, and support you. 

Use these links to dive into resources that feel best for you: 

Free ART+WORK+LIVING™ Facebook Community 

5 Ways Artists Can Stay Resilient During Chaotic Times 

Art Movies & Series: Resources for the Creative Spirit During Challenging Times

Podcasts: Resources for the Creative Spirit During Challenging Times 

Free PDF download: 25 Art Book Recommendations: Resources for the Creative Spirit During Challenging Times

 We are here to help and remember – the more resilient we are mentally and emotionally the healthier we will stay.

Happy painting and all my best,

Mary

 

 

 

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Podcasts: Resources for the Creative Spirit During Challenging Times

Podcasts: Resources for the Creative Spirit During Challenging Times

People say we live in challenging times.

But the truth is, challenging times are a predictable part of life. 

It’s how we face those times, how we build and use our resilience, that defines our lives.

But you may not be feeling particularly resilient at the moment. 

I get that.

I’m here to help. 

I’ve done some crowdsourcing with artists and creatives working in every medium you can think of… 

With backgrounds and trainings just as wide-ranging… 

So that we can have a series of blog posts designed to strengthen your resilience as an artist so you’re ready for what life holds, whether it’s at the easel or your community.  

Think of these as a survival guide for chaotic times.  

The more resilient we are mentally and emotionally the healthier we will stay. 

Now’s a great time to focus on self-care and get hooked on a new inspirational resource.

 

So here’s the top 10 podcast suggestions for creatives: 

1. Inspiration and Insights on Art and Painting Podcast hosted by Stefan Baumann

2. PleinAir Podcast hosted by Eric Rhoads

3. Savvy Painter Podcast hosted by Antrese Wood

4. The Jealous Curator Podcast hosted by Danielle Krysa

5. Art Curious Podcast hosted by Jennifer Dasal

6. The Modern Art Notes Podcast hosted by Tyler Green

7. A Piece of Work Podcast hosted by Abbi Jacobson

8. The Art Juice Podcast hosted by Alice Sheridan and Louise Fletcher

9. The Lonely Palette Podcast hosted by Tamar Avishai

10. The Art History Babes™ hosted by Corrie, Ginny, Natalie, and Jennifer 

Want to see more recommendations? We’ve got a free PDF download with the top 20 podcast suggestions for creatives. 

And don’t forget to pull together and lean on your art community.

I’m here for you. My team is here for you. And we have thousands of artists that are here to encourage, inspire, and support you. 

Use these links to dive into resources that feel best for you: 

Free ART+WORK+LIVING™ Facebook Community 

5 Ways Artists Can Stay Resilient During Chaotic Times 

Art Movies & Series: Resources for the Creative Spirit During Challenging Times

Art Books: Resources for the Creative Spirit During Challenging Times 

Free PDF download: 20 Podcast Recommendations: Resources for the Creative Spirit During Challenging Times

 We are here to help and remember, stay resilient – we’ve got this!

Happy painting and all my best,

Mary

 

 

 

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The Challenge starts Wednesday, March 25th.

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5 Ways Artists Can Stay Resilient During Chaotic Times

5 Ways Artists Can Stay Resilient During Chaotic Times

In the face of uncertainty and the unknown, artists are particularly equipped to step up to the plate.
Why?

Because the very nature of what we do as creatives builds great resilience.

What does it mean to be resilient?

Being resilient means having the emotional strength and knowledge to cope in spite of setbacks, or barriers, or limited resources.

Do you recognize yourself there?

You should.

Because all those times you walked into the studio and lifted your pencil or brush, you exhibited resilience.

Every time you’ve submitted an artwork to a competition, you’ve exhibited resilience.

All those times you’ve shared your work online or in a gallery, you’ve exhibited resilience.

People say we live in challenging times.

But the truth is, challenging times are a predictable part of life.

It’s how we face those times, how we build and use our resilience, that defines our lives.

But you may not be feeling particularly resilient at the moment.

I get that.

So I’ve made a list here of some ways to strengthen your resilience as an artist so you’re ready for what life holds, whether it’s at the easel or your community.

  1. Practice Self-Care
  2. Find Opportunities
  3. Pay Attention to Your Thinking
  4. Build a Tribe and Be Part of a Community
  5. Channel Your Creativity 

You can also use these links to dive into resources that feel best for you: 

Free ART+WORK+LIVING™ Facebook Community 

5 Ways Artists Can Stay Resilient During Chaotic Times 

Art Movies & Series: Resources for the Creative Spirit During Challenging Times

Art Books: Resources for the Creative Spirit During Challenging Times 

Podcasts: Resources for the Creative Spirit During Challenging Times 

Free PDF download: Resources for the Creative Spirit During Challenging Times

To make it through the tough times takes resilience. You’ve got it. And now we’re all called to share it.

Let’s paint our way through it.

 

 

 

If you’d like to grow your painting habit...FAST, join us in the upcoming FREE ART+WORK+LIVING 5 Day Painting Challenge.

The Challenge starts Wednesday, March 25th.

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Selling Your Art: Where to Start

Selling Your Art: Where to Start

In the last episode I talked about the top 3 reasons why you should want to sell your paintings:

1- You’ll make more money

2- You’ll make better paintings

3- You’ll build a relationship with an audience for your work

Hands down, most of the questions and responses I got to that video were around this:

“If I want to sell my art, how do I do it?”

Are you asking yourself this??

My advice might not be what you expect.

Galleries, local events, and fairs may NOT be the best way to start.

Which direction should you go instead??

Link to Register for free “Artist’s Path to Success” Workshop mentioned in the video: https://marygilkerson.lpages.co/artsuccess/

Transcript:

00:00 This is the question that I got. “I want to start selling my art, but I don’t know how!”

00:11 In my last video we talked about why artists might want to start selling their paintings, their artwork. And I got a flood of questions, a flood of comments saying that the artists wanted to start but had no clue how to get started. One of the most traditional ways of selling art is to sell through galleries. Another way is to sell through outdoor events like art fairs, other sorts of temporary, local kind of art events. That tends to be the standard spot that all the gurus out there will tell you to start with. Start local, start with something that’s close to home, start with something that’s easy. Well, that was true 10 years ago, maybe.

01:10 Certainly it was true 20 years ago. Things have changed. Things have changed an awful lot. So I wanna talk about why galleries, local events like art fairs, art sale, outdoor art, sales or events, just might not be the place to get started if you want to sell your artwork.

01:35 Let’s talk for a second about the way it used to work pre internet. So back in the old days, if you’re like me, and remember those days pre internet, the way that art was so primarily was through galleries or through those local live events like those art fairs. And so that meant that an audience would come and attend a live public event where they would see the artwork for a limited period of time interact with either the dealer or the artist. They would have the chance and the opportunity to purchase that artwork.

02:16 Only during that time they would buy that artwork, they would leave and they’d go home and happily hanging on their walls. Well, that changed when the internet came along. And here’s how when the internet came, it meant that artists started selling their work online. It meant the art work was available online. It meant that there was an expectation that collectors would be able to find an artist online. So here’s how that scenario works. Now when people go to an outdoor art fair, an art event, now they go, they browse, they meet the artists, they look at the artwork online and they asked the artist, where can I find your work online?

03:11 They don’t always buy and in fact statistics show that attendance at both art fairs and outdoor events and physical galleries has dropped in the last 10 years and a lot of that can be attributed to the new shopping habits of people worldwide. People want and expect to be able to shop online. Galleries that are succeeding now are taking that into account and making sure that they are using online resources to market to those exact same collectors. So what does that mean for you as an artist? It means that when you try to start at a gallery or start at an outdoor event, a live event that you are going in to a market or a channel that has fewer people in it than it did 10 years ago. And those people now have no pressure to buy the ones who actually do show up because they know that art will still be available to them when that event closes down and they go home because they’ll be able to find it on line.

04:33 So there’s no longer any deep need or desire, FOMO, fear of missing out when they attend those live events. That’s the first main reason that I just don’t think that’s the place to get started selling artwork. The second reason that I don’t think that’s the place to get started besides there’s a really limited number of people attending anymore, is that if that was the first place that you try to sell your art and it doesn’t work, what’s going to happen? You’re going to pack it up, you’re going to go home and you’re going to say, nobody wants my artwork. This doesn’t work. You’re going to give up. You’re going to quit painting and you’re not going to share your work with the world and the world deserves to see your work. So that’s why I do not recommend that people use that as a starting point.

05:36 Does that mean that I think those are bad places to try to sell your art? No, not at all. I think they can be very fantastic channels for selling your art, but the artists that succeed in selling through galleries, the artists that succeed through selling at live events harness the of the internet to make sure their audience shows up so it’s not the place to start first. The place to start first is online yourself. The barriers to entry are so low, they’ve never been lower, and it means that you have direct access to your customers and clients want to know how to get started or we’re going to be talking about that more over the next few days, but I have an upcoming free workshop next week that’s going to be diving into exactly that and if you’d like to learn more about that or to register for that workshop, I’m gonna put that link right here.

06:52 If I can get it copied, I’m going to put that link right here in the comments so that you can hop in there and join us next week. We’d love to have you there. It’s going to be over three days, Monday, Wednesday, and Friday of next week. Each day live here on my page and on zoom so you can join via the page right here via Facebook live, but I highly recommend that you register via zoom. It’s a much more comfortable experience. Facebook live can be a little unpredictable, but it’ll be at one o’clock Eastern on Monday the 13th and Wednesday the 15th and Friday the 17th where I’ll be going over my framework for how to grow an audience and sell your artwork online. Would love to have you there. Hope. See you soon. Take care everybody, and happy painting.

 

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