Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Get the Lead Out (Links for Artists)


Here are a few links to some great articles / sites that might have a positive impact on you as an artist.



This is one of the best articles around that addresses motivation.   It supports the reason why I deleted my Facebook account:
Killing the 7 Motivation Murderers - Kyle Eschenroeder


This Forbes article convinced me to accept a four month long local art commitment.   The offer would not have even been considered if it hadn't been for Margie Warrell's article:
The Impostor Syndrome - Margie Warrell




If only one inspirational blog were available to artists, this would be a top contender:
Nicolas Wilton - Reignite Your Creativity





A short, but sweet, FASO (FineArtStudioOnline) article on "luck:"  How to Get Lucky - Clint Watson


Things wouldn't be the same without a weekly dose of Alyson Stanfield.  Her blog is great reading, especially when you need to "get the lead out:"  Alyson Stanfield - Art Biz Coach



Hood River, Oregon  -  Would you want to sell your art here?


If you have any other recommendations, I hope to read about them on your blog.

See you soon!



 

24 comments:

  1. Hi dear Chris, so nice to see your post! I would like to take this opportunity to wish you a very happy, healthy and peaceful 2016!

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    1. Thank you, Linda! Wishing you every happiness in 2016 and beyond!

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  2. Thank you so much for the recommended reading, Chris! I always enjoy your blog. Happy New Year!

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    1. You bet, Candy. Thanks for the comment! Happy New Year!!

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  3. Thank you Chris for all the links. Will keep me busy for the next days!
    Happy and creative New Year 2016 !!!

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    1. You're welcome, Martine. The links are good to look at on some quiet snowy nights. Wishing you every good thing for 2016, Martine!

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  4. Happy New Year, Chris!!! Looking forward to your wonderful work in 2016!!!!!!!!

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    1. Happy New Year, Hilda! Can't wait to see more of your beautiful work!!!

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  5. What a wonderful blog post!!! It speaks to my inner truth. While I won't likely give up Facebook (it's helped my art grow in both skill and sales) I did give up TV in 2009. I haven't turned on a TV since then. What a time gift! For a while I caught some things on Netflix but I'm realizing as I write this that I haven't even watched Netflix in many months. When I first started painting daily four-and-a-half years ago my work was truly that of a beginner...makes sense, I was! I have a lot of it on my DailyPaintworks site and have chosen to leave it there rather than delete it as it shows my path as an artist (plus I actually sell one once in a while). Truth be told, I totally felt like an imposter back then but I kept painting, day after day, as it had become my bliss. I actually feel like an imposter with much of my life. When I really think about it I feel like I'm still about 16, not 48. I can't believe people think I warrant being given any responsibilities. :-) I love to look at my early paintings and thank them for the part they've played in my artist's life. When I blog with my daily painting posts I reflect on the good/funny/whimsical things I've encountered in life. Mostly I post in the evening and it's so wonderful to end my day with thoughts of gratitude. The article on luck struck me as well. I tend to keep my head in the sand and not really put myself out there, I'm a true introvert. But a couple of years ago I received an email from my sister-in-law saying that a friend of hers was a talent scout and was looking for real people to be in a commercial. I dragged my kid with me to the audition and we both got cast. Then I got the itch to try my had at TV work. Ironic, I know, as a non-TV watcher. I signed up on an extras list and got cast as an extra (there were tons of us) on an NBC show. Out of the hundreds of extras there, the director came up to me and told me he wanted me to walk right past one of the stars in a shot. Me! That means I was actually seen! Then a little later I managed to get cast in a couple of commercial spots. All that said, I realized that I much prefer painting so I took myself off of the lists. But I do love the feathers in my cap I earned.

    Anyway, I went on and on there. Thank you so much for this wonderful post, Chris! Very validating, encouraging, and educational. I've subscribed to a couple of the blogs.

    And thank you, Chris, for supporting me with my work. You have such a wonderful ability to make someone's day. I love your blogs and art! xoxoxo

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    1. Sounds like the beginning of a great article or book. You are a wonderful writer, Kali, and clearly have the ability to encourage and inspire young artists! Heck, I'm inspired and I'm 15 years older than you are!

      Yes, I really like the articles on the impostor syndrome and "luck" Like Watson's article, I also think you just have to engage in life to notice opportunities and to get noticed - and to receive those serendipitous nods. I don't think luck had much to do with it even when you were chosen out of hundreds of extras. You would not have been chosen if you had not had the courage to lean into an opportunity.

      Blogging is the perfect environment to support each other, to get away from comparison and competition, and form strong friendships. I'm thankful for your friendship, Kali. We'll be watching you soar in 2016!

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  6. Don't believe in luck, hard work yes, but not luck. call me jaded or a cynic lol luck doesnt have anything to do with intuition, thats just fallowing your gut instincts.

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    1. Well, Jennifer, there is Michelangelo & there are always people who get unmerited recognition, but I agree with you - it's putting in the hours, being immersed in what you do. The people who whine about other artists' successes are usually the same people who aren't willing to do the work.

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  7. What a great idea to show us all these wonderful links. It is going to be neat checking them all out. Positive - yes!
    I am looking forward to another year of following you and your fabulous personality in art and words.
    Happy New Year, my friend in art.

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    1. Here's hoping someone else can benefit from at least one of the links.

      Julie, you are an amazing artist and teacher. I love your blog! It is a feast for the eyes and a reflection of your generous spirit. Thanks for being my art buddy. Happy New Year!!

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  8. I love your LINKS!
    Thanks for your continued support, too...
    YOU are the best = )
    Are you doing the January 30 Paintings in 30 days???
    Have a very happy and Healthy NEW YEAR.

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    1. Thanks, Sue!!

      No to the 30-30 this January. I won't be free to do much painting until the second week of the month. Always have the time to keep up with your awesome blog, though, and will look for you in the challenge!

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  9. What a great line-up of links Chris, I've already investigated a few of them and they are very inspiring and insightful - thanks for sharing!
    Love the painting of Oregon that you recently treated yourself too - lovely! I also enjoyed seeing your latest gorgeous paintings on batik - you are very talented!
    Happy New Year!!

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    1. Thanks you, Wendy!

      I'm looking forward to seeing more of your beautiful work & will be cheering you on in the challenge! Best to you in January and throughout the year!!

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  10. These all look like good reads... thanks! I am so glad to have found your blog for all the information and inspiration your art and outlook provide. Happy New Year Chris!

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  11. Thanks, Mary! Hope something in the articles resonates with you! Wishing you continued success this year!

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  12. Thanks for these links Chris! There are a couple I already follow but I'm looking forward to reading the others! I love reading your blog...always inspiring and interesting as well as beautiful art!!
    Happy New Year!

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  13. Sending a late thank you for the links in this post. They will keep me busy(er) as winter proceeds. Good wishes to you!

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  14. Hi Chris, Please forgive me for taking so long to comment on this post - I've been working through it! Thank you so very, very much for all of it but, in particular, Kyle's post - I have realised that my 'motivation murderer' is 'Overwhelm' which, in the past, I've overcome simply to stop the panic! Since reading this, I've really assessed my working methods (both admin and art) and got to work. My boss was off last week and I took the opportunity to steamroll through a ton of things that I'd wanted to do for a while - all the time scolding that particular 'MM' and got so much more done - I was exhausted though! Earlier today, Mr Overwhelm tried to creep back in via the back door but I sent him packing and have got down to finishing some artwork that could wait a bit longer but no! I'm so grateful to you for waking me up to this which, in turn, provided the solution. All the very best.
    Sharon

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    1. I'm so glad Kyle's post has helped you!! It's a pretty long article, but something in there has to resonate with everyone at one time or another. Love that you "steamrolled" over Mr. Overwhelm! Problems are so much easier to fix when you externalize them, like Kyle said. It's about 5:30AM now & I've been sitting at the computer for over an hour because I can't sleep - just overwhelmed with stuff to do. So thank YOU, Sharon, for reminding me to get back to Kyle's post and take some of his excellent advice!

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