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.

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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Are You Ready to Start Selling Your Paintings?

Are You Ready to Start Selling Your Paintings?

In my last video I talked about whether the style you work in matters in making sales from your artwork.

But maybe you’re not even sure you WANT to sell your work.

I hear lots of reasons why artists say they don’t want to sell their work.

Emotional attachment to the painting…

Don’t need the money…

But the one I hear most is that their work isn’t good enough, so they’re waiting to start selling until their paintings are better.

How many good artists do you know who are waiting to start selling their work until their paintings get better? Are you one of them?

The irony is that starting to sell your work can actually fix the “not good enough yet”.

Here are 3 reasons you should want to sell your paintings:

1- You’ll make more money

  • More art supplies
  • More time

2- You’ll make better paintings

  • The more time you have to paint, the better your paintings will get

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

  • Validation of what you do
  • Impact on someone else

So are you ready to start selling your paintings? What’s holding you back?

Join The Painter's Path Course

Grow Your Online Art Biz

Enrollment is Open!

Through Monday, Jan 27th, 2020 at Midnight Eastern

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Does Style Matter in Selling Your Art?

Does Style Matter in Selling Your Art?

Have you wondered if the style that you paint in – representation, abstraction, impressionism, expressionism, etc. –  matters in selling your art? In other words, does one style sell better than another?

The truth is the art world has changed. There isn’t actually a singular “art world” anymore. 

There are actually multiple art worlds, one for every medium and style.

And while having a style matters, which kind that style is doesn’t matter at all.

Here’s how to think about style instead.

3 Liberating Truths that Kill the Myth of the Starving Artist

3 Liberating Truths that Kill the Myth of the Starving Artist

Paulo Coelho: “If you want to be successful, you must respect one rule: NEVER LIE TO YOURSELF.”

So…what’s a liberating truth? It’s the opposite of a limiting belief.

If a limiting belief holds you back, a liberating truth sets you free. That liberating truth allows you to reframe the lie that keeps you stuck.

The Starving Artist Myth

You can’t make any money making art.

Successful artists get there because they were lucky.

Real artists don’t make money from their work. Making money is selling out.

So we need to release that stereotype of the starving artist suffering for the sake of her work.
 
There are actually many artists out there with thriving successful careers. Online art sales in 2018 were estimated at $6 billion.  
 
Share your work regularly and you’ll attract an audience. When you share your work regularly you will build an audience you can serve. Compelling art comes from showing up regularly and painting. Creativity is a gift we have a responsibility to share.
 
Making art to make an impact. Use the money you make from your art to make more art and have a greater impact. Remember there are as many definitions of success as there are artists.

Join my free ART+WORK+LIVING facebook group and get involved in our community of artists of all mediums, styles, and stages. This space provides a reflective and supportive space for all artists, including you! 

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Creativity Hack #7: Follow Your Curiosity

Creativity Hack #7: Follow Your Curiosity

Follow Your Curiosity
A strong driving force can be a great motivator to creativity. But some of them I hear talked about are not going to work as well as others. Market vs. Passion. Which should you pick?

So here are the two drivers I hear about the most
For the market – painting what you think people want   
Problem: it lacks passion or the emotional connection
For the passion – painting what you’re deeply passionate about
Problem: what if you don’t feel super passionate about anything!?!
To paraphrase Elizabeth Gilbert, we won’t feel passionate all the time every day. But we will feel curiosity everyday.
For curiosity – painting what you find intriguing, what excites you
Curiosities are the markers along the path to finding your deeper passions.
Practice Self Awareness
Signs of Curiosity:
  • A racing mind
  • Absorbs your conversations
  • Makes your heart race
  • You feel excitement
Journaling or sketching are great ways to start seeing the patterns around what captures your curiosity so that you can recognize the early signs, what sets off your curiosity radar. 
Look for:
  • What sparks it.
  • Patterns that cross over different subjects.
Focus on the ones that feel most compelling, that spark a sense of play.
This is how you create deeply compelling paintings rather than just technically good ones.
That’s the second stage of the painters path, the inner game of painting, the creative living that leads to compelling paintings that emotionally engage your audience.
And how you’ll find your ideal collectors, the people who share similar curiosities, the work of the final stage of that path.
We’ll be opening the doors the my signature course, THE PAINTER’S PATH, soon, but first I want to invite you to my free live online workshop that starts Wednesday, October 2nd at 4pm Eastern. 

Join my free ART+WORK+LIVING facebook group and get involved in our community of artists of all mediums, styles, and stages. This space provides a reflective and supportive space for all artists, including you! 

Click here to join and start getting engaged with artists just like you!