Life as an Observer

Life as an Observer

Sounds like an artist doesn't it? Life as an observer.

About 15 years ago or so I started going through a "bad patch" in my life. ("Bad Patch", I had never heard that description until a friend told me about a family member always saying that for any bad incident in her life. For some reason it stuck with me.)

Anyway, as usual, I start getting off my subject. Hmmmm.....sounds like an artist too..... Well, when I went through this "bad patch", I went to a councelor to find the solution to all my life problems. I went for several weeks or maybe months.

Then, the last day that I went. He told me that I had been going through life as an observer as if it was a problem. It always struck me as an odd statement. So.... what's wrong with that? I am an observer, I think that's what artists do. I look upon it as a gift.

I believe most artists do, they see much more than the average person. When I'm in the car I'm constantly looking at the landscape and the sky. I have tons of "drive-by-shots" (wish that didn't have such bad connotations now days).

As I pass old houses or cars, my mind will wander and soon I'm making up stories of people's past lives and how they lived in those houses. In fact when I travel on painting trips, I will often drive into neighborhoods. My mind wanders, I observe, watch people, look at their yards.

And, sometimes I find interesting things I want to paint. I know that I see things that others pass over. Is that such a bad way to go through life? I observe color and color changes. It's part of how I've learned to paint. I observe times of day. Light fascinates me. I observe flowers and plants.

I'm in awe of creation. I observe peoples reactions to events and others. It's part of their life story I observe old objects. I like history. I observe the landscape. It's incredible. I observe. What's wrong with that? I'm an artist. I have the gift to observe.

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Are You a Frustrated Artist? Get To Know Yourself!

Are You a Frustrated Artist? Get To Know Yourself!

First published on ezine.com on July 12, 2011 The progress of an artist is a continual self- sacrifice, a continual extinction of personality. – by Eliot, T. S..
  • Know what you do well.
  • Know what inspires you.
  • Know that small changes in your habits make small changes in your art.
  • Know that big changes make bigger changes.
  • Know that you are an artist.
  • Know how you feel about your subject.
  • Know what your art means to you.
  • Know that the more time you put into it, the more it grows.
  • And, know that you are not alone.

We’ve all heard about the artists’ world having so many ups and downs. It’s not just in the world of shows, acceptances and rejections or selling a painting or not, it’s also in the emotions of making of our art. We have good days and bad days in creating. Some days go so smoothly, we approach the easel with confidence and turn out a wonderful painting with ease that we are proud of.

The next day, we feel like we step up to the easel with a lack of confidence and have to wipe that canvas off a couple of times. On those days it seems as though we’ll never get where we want to go with our art. As artists we always strive for perfection, but know that we will probably never achieve it. But, you mustn’t admit that, then you surely will never achieve that ultimate goal. Once you admit that you will never create the perfect painting, you will have stopped or at least limited yourself as an artist.

So, how do you come to grips with the idea of knowing that you will probably never achieve what you aspire to and be happy with the work that you do? I have always had a tough time with this. It seems as though I am happy with my completed painting for about three days, then I look at it thinking I can do better or I would do it differently now.

I find it really difficult on the paintings that I set aside for a show to ship off later. I always seem to find myself thinking, “If I did such and such to the painting, it would be a better painting. I now box them up so that I am not tempted to touch them.

I keep wondering when the time will come that I will be completely satisfied with my paintings or does that time never come? I know that I have to accept my paintings for what they are or I would never be able to move on and paint the next one. And that is what keeps me on the road to improving as an artist and striving for that perfection that I know I will never achieve.

I have come to the conclusion that I have to look at each painting and know that it was the very best that I could do at that moment in time and that is a good thing.

All the best,

Becky

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101 Inspirational Art Quotes

101 Inspirational Art Quotes

Brighten You Day with Inspirational Art Quotes

  1. The aim of art is to represent not the outward appearance of things, but their inward significance.” – Aristotle2
  2. Every artist dips his brush in his own soul, and paints his own nature into his pictures.” – Henry Ward Beecher1
  3. The object isn’t to make art, it’s to be in that wonderful state which makes art inevitable.” – Robert Henri 
  4. “Like emotions, colours are a reflection of life.” – Janice Glennaway
  5. “Painting is by nature a luminous language.” – Robert Delaunay
  6. “If you could say it in words, there’d be no reason to paint.” – Edward Hopper
  7. “Design is like gravity – the force that holds it all together.” – E A Whitney
  8. “When you start a painting, it is somewhat outside you. At the conclusion, you seem to move inside the painting.” – Fernando Botero
  9. “How painting surpasses all human works by reason of the subtle possibilities which it contains.” – Leonado da Vinci 1452 – 1519
  10. “Painting is just another way of keeping a diary” – Pablo Picasso
  11. “As practice makes perfect, I cannot but make progress; each drawing one makes, each study one paints, is a step forward.” – Vincent van Gogh 1853 – 1890
  12. “Life is like a great big canvas, and you should throw all the paint on it you can”.– unknown
  13. “A painting is never finished – it simply stops in interesting places.” – Paul Gardner
  14. “Art not only imitates nature, but also completes its deficiencies.”  – Aristotle
  15. “Art, like morality, consists in drawing the line somewhere.” – G. K. Chesterton
  16. ‘”Without art the view of the world would be incomplete.” – Conrad Fiedler
  17. “Everything has beauty, but not everyone sees it.” – unknown
  18. “No amount of skilful invention can replace the essential element of imagination.” – Edward Hopper
  19. Every artist dips his brush in his own soul, and paints his own nature into his pictures.” – Henry Ward Beecher
  20. “Art is a language that can transcend words. It can convey some of the non-verbal consciousness of the artist to the viewer.” – Ron Gang
  21. “My art is what I do and how I live. I paint the things around me, the things I know and feel comfortable with.” – Dion Archibald
  22. “There is only one difference between a madman and me. I am not mad.” –  Salvador Dali
  23. “The artist never entirely knows — We guess. We may be wrong, but we take leap after leap in the dark”Agnes de Mille
  24. Life is the art of drawing without an eraser.” – John W. Gardner 
  25. Everything you can imagine is real.” – Pablo Picasso
  26. If you ask me what I came to do in this world, I, an artist, will answer you: I am here to live out loud.” – Émile Zola
  27. I dream my painting and I paint my dream.” – Vincent van Gogh
  28. Creativity takes courage.” – Henri Matisse
  29. Do whatever you do intensely.” – Robert Henri.
  30. “To make art is to sing with the human voice. To do this you must first learn that the only voice you need is the voice you already have.” – David Bayles, Ted Orland –Art and Fear, 1993
  31. The object isn’t to make art, it’s to be in that wonderful state which makes art inevitable.” – Robert Henri 
  32. I invent nothing, I rediscover.” Auguste Rodin 
  33. “True art is characterized by an irresistible urge in the creative artist.” – Albert Einstein
  34. “A work of art is the unique result of a unique temperament.” – Oscar Wilde
  35. “The earth has music for those who listen.”  – William Shakespeare
  36. “An artist cannot fail; it is a success to be one.” – Charles Horton Cooley
  37. “The art of art, the glory of expression and the sunshine of the light of letters, is simplicity.” – Walt Whitman
  38. “What art offers is space – a certain breathing room for the spirit.” – John Updike
  39. “The artist belongs to his work, not the work to the artist.” – Novalis
  40. “I don’t paint things. I only paint the difference between things.” – Henri Matisse
  41. “The principles of true art is not to portray, but to evoke.” – Jerzy Kosinski
  42. “To an engineer, good enough means perfect. With an artist, there’s no such thing as perfect.” – Alexander Calder
  43. “Artists don’t make objects. Artists make mythologies.” – Anish Kapoor
  44. “My love of fine art increased – the more of it I saw, the more of it I wanted to see.” – Paul Getty
  45. “I think about my work every minute of the day.” – Jeff Koons
  46. “Vitality is radiated from exceptional art and architecture.” – Arthur Erickson
  47. “When I make art, I think about its ability to connect with others, to bring them into the process.” – Jim Hodges
  48. “Love of beauty is taste. The creation of beauty is art.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
  49. “A work of art which did not begin in emotion is not art.” – Paul Cezanne
  50. Art does not reproduce what we see; rather, it makes us see.” – Paul Klee
  51. Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life.” – Pablo Picasso
  52. “Art begins in imitation and ends in innovation.” – Mason Cooley
  53. “Art is not what you see, but what you make others see.” – Edgar Degas
  54. “Art is a lie that makes us realize truth.” – Pablo Picasso
  55. “People discuss my art and pretend to understand as if it were necessary to understand, when it’s simply necessary to love.” – Claude Monet
  56. “Art is not a handicraft, it is the transmission of feeling the artist has experienced.” – Leo Tolstoy
  57. “Art has the power to transform, to illuminate, to educate, inspire and motivate.” – Harvey Fierstein
  58. “The most seductive thing about art is the personality of the artist himself.” – Paul Cezanne
  59. “Great art is the outward expression of an inner life in the artist, and this inner life will result in his personal vision of the world.” – Edward Hopper
  60. “Life is short, the art long.” – Hippocrates
  61. “Good art provides people with a vocabulary about things they can’t articulate.” – Mos Def
  62. “One’s art goes as far and as deep as one’s love goes.” – Andrew Wyeth
  63. “Discipline in art is a fundamental struggle to understand oneself, as much as to understand what one is drawing.” – Henry Moore
  64. “Fine art is knowledge made visible.” – Gustave Courbet
  65. “Art is the beautiful way of doing things. Science is the effective way of doing things. Business is the economic way of doing things.”  Elbert Hubbard
  66. “Art is a harmony parallel with nature.” – Paul Cezanne
  67. “Great artists are people who find the way to be themselves in their art. Any sort of pretension induces mediocrity in art and life alike.:  Margot Fonteyn
  68. “All I tell artists is, ‘Do what you love. Never let anybody talk you into changing what your musical idea is just to try to get a hit, because you’re chasing your tail that way. It’s not going to happen, and if you’re successful, you have to do it the rest of your life. Stay true to it and do it for the sake of the art.” – Gloria Estefan
  69. “Art is nothing but the expression of our dream; the more we surrender to it the closer we get to the inner truth of things, our dream-life, the true life that scorns questions and does not see them.” – Franz Marc
  70. “Art is the objectification of feeling.”  Herman Melville
  71. “Art is an investigation.” – Twyla Tharp
  72. No great artist ever sees things as they really are. If he did, he would cease to be an artist.” Oscar Wilde 
  73. Life beats down and crushes the soul and art reminds you that you have one.”Stella Adler 
  74. The emotions are sometimes so strong that I work without knowing it. The strokes come like speech.” Vincent Van Gogh 
  75. It’s not what you look at that matters, it’s what you see.” Henry David Thoreau 
  76. There are painters who transform the sun into a yellow spot, but there are others who, thanks to their art and intelligence, transform a yellow spot into the sun.” Pablo Picasso 
  77. “I am seeking. I am striving. I am in it with all my heart.” – Vincent Van Gogh
  78. Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep.” Scott Adams 
  79. The work of art must seize upon you, wrap you up in itself, carry you away. It is the means by which the artist conveys his passion; it is the current which he puts forth which sweeps you along in his passion.”  – Pierre-Auguste Renoir
  80. Art is the process of relationship. Through art we create and share ourselves.” –  Destiny Allison
  81. The arts especially address the idea of aesthetic experience. An aesthetic experience is one in which your senses are operating at their peak; when you’re present in the current moment; when you’re resonating with the excitement of this thing that you’re experiencing; when you are fully alive.”  Ken Robinson
  82. “To send light into the darkness of men’s hearts — such is the duty of the artist.” – Schumann
  83. “Painting is easy when you don’t know how, but very difficult when you do.” – Edgar Degas
  84. “Anyone who says you can’t see a thought simply doesn’t know art.” – Wynetka Ann Reynolds
  85. “What art offers is space — a certain breathing room for the spirit.” – John Updike
  86. “One of the best things about paintings is their silence — which prompts reflection and random reverie.” – Mark Stevens
  87. “Art is not a thing; it is a way.” – Elbert Hubbard
  88. “The true painter strives to paint what can only be seen through his world.” – André Malraux
  89. “Art is the struggle to understand.” – Terri Guillemets
  90. “For the mystic what is how. For the craftsman how is what. For the artist what and how are one.” – William McElcheran
  91. “While I recognize the necessity for a basis of observed reality… true art lies in a reality that is felt.” – Odilon Redon
  92. “Art is when you hear a knocking from your soul — and you answer.” – Terri Guillemets
  93. “The aim of art is to represent not the outward appearance of things, but their inward significance.” – Aristotle
  94. “A man paints with his brains and not with his hands.” – Michelangelo
  95. “Fine art is that in which the hand, the head, and the heart of man go together.” – John Ruskin
  96. ” Art is a jealous mistress.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
  97. “There is no surer way of evading the world than by Art; and no surer way of uniting with it than by Art.” – Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
  98. “That art is best which suggests most” – Austin O’Malley
  99. “Inspiration exists, but it has to find you working.” – Pablo Picasso
  100. No masterpiece was created by a lazy artist.” – Salvador Dali
  101. “Have no fear of perfection.” – Salvador Dali

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Questions to You About a Book on Color

Questions to You About a Book on Color

I’ve been asked many times if I had a book or a dvd on color. Color is something that a lot of artists have wanted to learn more about from me. I have been putting together my notes about color that I have compiled for a few years. The end result: a new book on color and an online workshop in conjunction with the book.

What I would love to hear from you is, “What do you want to learn about color?” Is there anything in my paintings as far as light and color that you want to learn about? Are there concepts that are confusing to you? Do you understand light as it applies to color? Do you want some color exercises to help understand their use? What I don’t want to have in this book are color formulas. I don’t work with formulas.

Each painting is approached differently and the knowledge of my colors and what I can do with them is very important. I want to impart to you the things that I have learned over the years. I want you to come up with colors that work for you and to be confident in their use.

Let me know what you want. The more I know, the more I can help you. You can either comment here or email me at beckyjoyartist@gmail.com Thanks and have a good productive day painting.

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John Pototschnik Blog Interview

John Pototschnik Blog Interview

I was recently interviewed by artist John Pototschnik of Texas for his blog  He asked questions about teaching from 12 different artists, Marc Hanson, Kaye Franklin, John Cook, Rusty Jones, Jill Carver, Fran Ellisor, Richard Prather, Kathyrn Stats, Kevin Macpherson, Nancy Boren, Ted Clemens, and myself. It is a very informative and interesting article. Check the blog post out at John Pototschnik Blog for part I. http://www.pototschnik.com/three-questions-about-plein-air-painting-part-1/

Part II will be posted next week. Check it out for a very interesting read.

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Do People Ask You, “How Long Did It Take To Paint This?”

Do People Ask You, “How Long Did It Take To Paint This?”

Today I spent most of the day running errands and taking care of business. I didn’t get any painting done. Tomorrow I will be in the studio painting and hopefully getting a lot done. “They” say that being an artist is 50% taking care of business and 50% actually painting.

Most people don’t realize how much goes on behind the scenes with business, the preparation before painting and the framing when they ask the question, “How long did it take you to paint that?” The answer really doesn’t tell the viewer anything.

Besides all the other “stuff” that goes on behind the scenes, an artist generally paints faster and with more ease the longer he has been painting. I’ve also found that plein air painters as a whole paint faster than other painters. We have to paint fast when we are battling the changing light, bugs, weather (and sometimes people), when we want to hurry up and move on to the next location.

The”stuff” that we do behind the scenes, of course, varies between artists and mediums. But I thought that I would tell you some of the “stuff” that I do. I prepare most of my plein air boards for my small paintings and plein air paintings by having the boards cut then gluing (with a special archival glue) the canvas to the board and cutting the edges.

I often stretch my own canvases. I’ve been known to gesso, texture, and/or underpaint my canvases. All this is done before painting. After painting, I photograph everything at least once, then I varnish each piece.

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Lively Facebook Discussion, Pay Dues or Education.

Lively Facebook Discussion, Pay Dues or Education.

Recently I posted a workshop video on facebook. The first comment I received was something like, “Do you really think this helps. I think we need to pay our dues.” My first thought was that this was an individual who thinks he is self-taught and wears it as a badge of pride. He may think education will stifle his self expression. Now, you may disagree here, but I don’t believe any of us are self-taught and why would you want to be.

We are living in a world which is inundated with images, especially with the advent of Facebook. It is up to each of us how much we want to take in and absorb. To me (and this may be another disagreement),

I believe that artistic talent is like any other attribute someone may have. We all have a gift or propensity toward something and it is to some degree inherited. Some families have mathmeticians and some have artists. It is what we do with that gift that is important.

Any other profession hones their skills. Even though a bookkeeper is good at numbers, that doesn’t mean they don’t need to go to school or at least learn their profession from a mentor. No one comes out of high school with all the skills for their given profession. Art is no different.

However you gain that education is a self-directed path. You decide the best learning experience for yourself.  Being an artist is different in that there are no clear guidelines to being a professional, which is good.  We aren’t people who ordinarily like to be fit into a box. And often our way of absorbing an education is different that the “norm”.

You may disagree with me again and say that art is an individual expression which education will stifle. Yes, it is individual and it is your expression. But, are you sure that you are expressing yourself clearly to the audience that you want? Can you say what you want in a more direct, clear or concise fashion?

I believe that educating yourself will in the end give you a better voice in the art world. There are hundreds of years of art history. I don’t understand why anyone would want to ignore that history and I say, that it can’t be ignored. We live with it all around us. Using that history as a learning tool will add to the dimension of our art.

Why waste time trying to relearn it. Learn what has been done before us and build on it. Add your own voice to that history. As with any education, we are influenced by our teachers and often project their ideas instead of our own. At least, in the beginning. but, as we gain more knowledge and confidence in our work and ourselves, we begin to find more of who we are.

We become our own unique selves with all that history and influence behind our work. We are able to communicate with our audience in a concise and voice through our artwork. Paying your dues through mileage with the brush is definitely important, but take the road in the right direction.

Self-direct your education. Learn what has been taught before us and begin to build on that foundation. Should we just paint and pay our dues or should we take workshops and educate ourselves?  

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Plein Air Events, Participate or Not?

Plein Air Events, Participate or Not?

Last year I participated in a number of plein air events, Telluride, the Grand Canyon, Sedona, and Carmel to name a few. This year I decided not to do as many. In fact, I didn’t sign up for any. It wasn’t completely by design.

Someone ask me to teach a workshop. I booked the workshop which happened to be during one of the plein air events. Then I booked another workshop, then another…… Teaching is something I always enjoy. I felt a little ambivalent about participating in the plein air events.

On the one hand I love meeting the other artists and the complete and total immersion in plein air painting for a week without interruptions from the outside. What I didn’t like was the feeling of having to get a completed painting every time and sometimes painting a subject to sell  than what might  really interest me. I know that that is something that I shouldn’t do, but I did find myself painting what I thought I should paint.

I also found that some of the painters were more about painting as many paintings as they could and sell them for less in a variety of sizes. I found myself painting fast and furious, another fault of mine. I knew that this wasn’t the overall direction I wanted to go with my paintings.

Although, I did find that going from one event to another last year, I put in more time plein air painting and that did help me to improve as an artist. Improvement has been my overall goal in the last few years. I also had trouble getting enough studio work done for galleries and the Celebration of Fine Art. This year I have added a gallery and will again be participating in the Celebration of Fine Art again.

That means I need to paint more studio work. I still need to spend plenty of time plein air painting. In April I participated in the show, Powered by Nature, Seven Women in Carmel at Mountainsong Gallery. All of us painted around Carmel for a week before the show. It was a much more relaxing environment and more enjoyable. In fact, I felt that it was one of my best weeks plein air painting, technically and enjoyment. I definitely will do something like that again.

This summer and fall I will be doing quite a bit of traveling and painting. I decided I want to continue my plein air painting, so I have made a challenge for myself. Starting June 1 I will painting a plein air every day for 125 days. I will first be painting in Arizona for a couple of weeks. That will be challenging in itself this time of year with the heat. My paintings will most probably be early morning of at sunset. Then I will drive through CA on my way to Oregon. I’ll paint on the way ad in Oregon. I have more traveling planned later in the summer and into the fall.

Becky

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Do We Do What We Love or Do What We Are?

Do We Do What We Love or Do What We Are?

You’ve heard the saying “Do what you love”, “Love Your Job”. It’s great getting paid to do what we love, isn’t it? I can’t image doing something else for a job. But, wouldn’t I do it anyway, even if I didn’t get paid. I think so.

As I said it is great getting paid to do what I love, but there is more to me than loving one thing. I love a lot of things. I love being a mother. I love being a grandmother. I love riding my bike. But I don’t get paid to do those things.

What really is important is that we experience things to find what we love and to find out who we really are. If we love doing something, we will come back to it and do it over and over. If we can get paid for who we are, that is the best thing in the world.

And, being an artist is who I am. It is the fabric of my being and has been all my life. How about you do you do what you love or do you do what you are?

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Behind the Scenes – I’m Learning Here

Behind the Scenes – I’m Learning Here

I’ve been working on the business side of my art lately. So, I thought I would pass on a few things I’ve learned and implemented lately.

Automation – to save time and make some things more reliable than me. Starting to post more regularly to youtube – Youtube is owned by google It helps with your seo and it’s a huge search engine.

Adding an autoposter into wordpress – I can post automatically any of my pages, time them and do it with the press of a button.

Working with someone to outsource editing of my videos – wow, what a timesaver that was. Learned how to make annotations (multiple links on the videos to my website) – that should help with the marketing.

Having the video permanently set up by my easel – makes it easier and saves time to start videoing things. Continuing with the auction paintings – just starting some new marketing instead of just facebook. Implementing Facebook ads – two months of success.

New freebies for my signups – a print for the monthly email, a video lesson for the Painting Workshops Online newsletter.

Setting up an online sale coming at the end of this month. – One of 4 a year that I want to have

Starting to make a blurb book – coming out soon.

Making a color workshop for online – this has been a long time coming.

Let me elaborate on some of these points.

I’ve tried to find as many things as possible to automate, blog posts, the auction, facebook posts, social media posting. All of this is old stuff, but I’ve been working harder to complete some actions on my website and to do multiple posts at a time and coordinate things together. I had been using Socialoomph for quite some time, but recently bought the nextscripts pro plugin to put on my website. It will save time in automated posting by just going through my website and clicking the buttons.

I’ve known for a few years how important it is to upload videos to youtube, but just one of those things I never got around to. So, I set up my video camera so that it is permanently installed next to my easel. There shouldn’t be an excuse to not do so now. I have even spent a day recording several in one day to drip out. That saves time.

I went through youtube and verified my websites: beckyjoy.com, auction.beckyjoy.com, and paintingworkshopsonline.com.

I learned how to annotate and put a clickable link on my youtube videos. That took forever because the directions led me all over the place. I hate that, but it’s done.

I talked to you a little bit about my auction paintings. I started some Facebook ads using boosted posts. I’ve been very happy with them. I make the post knowing that it will be an ad, so I leave the words to a minimum and direct. I have done it for two months now and have increased the likes on my page by just over 1000 now (that’s a by-product of the ads). The stats have gone up on both of my websites and there have been more sales besides just the auction paintings. So, at about $50 a month, I plan to continue the ads and will try some new things after a while.

I have new freebies for email signups on my websites. This I’ve had to tweak and will continue to do so. I’ve got different providers for the sign ups. I have optin-monster which I purchases and added sumo-me. I like them both and have found them both to be successful. Each of them have one signup form that is performing better than the others. On one website the bar at the top of the page works best. On the other it is a popup. I have had to lower the amount of time that the popup appears. There’s a line there that it’s too much and I crossed it. It will take me a while to get this in better shape.

As for the freebies, they are both working very well. I have a poster/print for the monthly newsletter. For this site, I just added a free color mixing video last night. I little glitch in delivery this morning. I hope I have that fixed. At any rate, in less than 24 hours I have added 25 email subscribers. I’ve never had that many so quickly. It may slow down after a bit. I will be sending the link to my email subscribers.

Outsourcing – My first foray into this was last summer, when my website crashed. I had a company in India work on it. They also put the auction on my website. These were tasks that were beyond my ability and too much of a learning curve. So, I decided to try it again. I know how to edit my videos, but it takes too long and is tedious work. I went to Upwork and found someone in Serbia to edit my videos. He made an intro that can give my videos a unified look. It also has given me more time to video for my online workshops and to get them going. With the camera that is installed permanently, I’m videoing my color workshop segments, coming soon.

In December I made my yearly plan which included sales, monthly, weekly and daily tasks. (I’m a list maker and planner, but like many people my follow thru hasn’t always been the greatest) So, I’m trying to find easier ways to get it all done and to outsource some of the work.

I started a blurb book of sunsets months ago (the follow thru, not so good), so I’m picking that up and finishing it.

Why am I doing all this?

I have been tracking my income for the last three years to see where most of it came from. I noticed three years ago that about 30% of my income came from online. It has continued to grow. It is the majority of my income now. It is the only source, besides one gallery that continues to grow for me. I’ve seen other sources start dropping and I’ve had to put far too much time into some sources to make it, that it just doesn’t make sense to continue them. So, it’s work what is building. And, I don’t see the internet going away any time soon.

OK, this has been rather long winded, but may be beneficial to some of you in thoughts for marketing your own work.

Now for the good stuff

Here are two videos that I’ve uploaded to youtube. This is the kind of trailer to get people to sign up for my newsletter to get the free color mixing lesson.

 

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