An Artist Looking for Other Artist to Help

I have always been a visual artist.  And although it took a back seat when I became a mom and a teacher, changing my self-image helps me get back right on track.

Now, I have turned myself into this superwoman who can be a mom, an eco-activist, an entrepreneur and an artist all at the same time.

I now have the liberty to embrace my creativity and my passion.  And I’m sending back to the universe what I’ve learned by sharing my stories, hoping I’ll influence other people and artist, motivate them in a away or teach them a thing or two.

One of my dreams is to be able to help artist community to share their visions to the world without selling out, hence the importance of marketing for artist.

A chance meeting: Another lady artist!

It was a privilege to have met Erica Cameron, another artist who also struggle with marketing, like so many artists out there.

We’re artist, we create art works – marketing is the opposite of what art is for us.  For creative people, art is an innate thing, it comes naturally for us to create art – but not the marketing aspect of it!

One must realize the importance of setting goals, of knowing your intentions and using that energy to propel you forward  and manifest that energy into art or whatever it is that you do.

 

Why marketing for artist is a big deal

Erica and I, being the artists that we are, have to keep our creative channels open, we need to be able to create – to express ourselves, our emotion.

When I became a MOM and had to put my creativity on hold, I realized how important this truly is. I became frustrated by not having the freedom to be creative, and thus became an unhappy, angry and uninspired person. When I was finally able to change my self-image and decided to go back to what I love the most, which is creating arts, I knew instantly, that life is possible.

But then again, we’re artist, we need to create art. We can present it, but we don’t necessarily know how to sell it to the world.  I have an art education, and even completed a Master’s program in Fine Arts – but I lack the business know-how.

I was pretty discouraged seeing other artist biting the bullet just to put their artworks out there.  It’s a common problem among artists.  Either you’ll rely on luck as to who sees or who buys your artwork or take a chance and give 50% to 60% to studio galleries.

Marketing for artist proved to be a challenge, putting ourselves out there to share our visions to the world didn’t come as easy as it sounds.

Superwomen on the move to help other artists!

“We are the super empowered women artists who are going to take the world by storm and become the badasses that we are totally, totally are! And you guys are going to watch it!” – Lisa & Erica

I was able to learn a lot about marketing for artist, blogging, social media, and even personal development.  All of these things have led me to the realization that as an artist I’m also an entrepreneur, and that I was my own product.

Being the artist that we are, we have the best and the worst and will come across as over sensitive.  We just internalize things differently and also put it out into the universe in a different way.  Expectedly not everybody understands that all the time.  Neither do they see things the way we see it.

That’s why I’m here, together with my gal Erica, to help so you can be your own business.  We’ll show you how to let your inner happiness shine through.

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Art Education and Your Children’s Development

Although a lot of focus and attention are directed with Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) we should also stressed the importance of art education in our children’s development.

Through art education, basic skills are developed which will better prepare them as they take on the different fields of learning when they grow up.  Shaping their minds and encouraging them to explore their own capabilities and interests will equip them with the right mindset to make decisions as they embark upon their own future.

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Exposure to art education

Studies have showed that early exposure to visual art, music, or drama encourages brain activity which promotes creativity.  Through art education children are thought to express themselves in ways they are more comfortable with, be it through painting, dancing or reciting poems or singing.  It breaks the language barrier not just with the little ones who are not yet equipped with the vocabularies but even with school age children that are having a hard time communicating themselves through language.  Suffice to say, art is indeed a way of expression.  It’s where children could learn how to become creative and communicative in non-verbal ways.

Being exposed to art education, these children develop a sense of self-confidence.  They are given validation for being able to perform or create an art piece.  It doesn’t necessarily have to mean that they’ve come up with an exceptional piece or performance.  Aside from the fact that such an opinion is basically subject to different perception, we have to understand that as MaryAnn Kohl, puts it – art is a process, not a product.

“Where art is concerned, it is the process of creating — exploring, discovering, and experimenting — that has the greatest value. Through self-expression and creativity, children’s skills will develop naturally, and their ability to create will soar.” – MaryAnn Kohl, award-winning author, publisher and educational consultant.

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Developing skills through art education

Through art education, children are thought the value of perseverance and the ability to focus.  They learn to figure out things on their own eventually.  Like for instance, ‘this is not the color I’m aiming for, what should I mix it with to achieve what I want,’ or ‘my popsicle sticks are falling apart what would hold them together more firmly.’

Art education also has an impact on our children’s social and emotional skills. They can learn how to be patient and compare that to the consequences of being the opposite.  For instance,  ‘I really should let this painting dry completely before I proceed or I’ll ruin it like the last time,’  or ‘I really should attend practice today to make sure our group will perform well.’

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Art education teaches our children to be appreciative of other children’s works and abilities in general.  It teaches them the value of responsibility, and become considerate and respectful of other individuals as well.

While Science, Technology, Engineering and Math are no doubt important areas our youths should be educated on, let us keep in mind that art education also plays a role in shaping our youths today.

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How to Introduce Arts and Crafts Projects to Children

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One way to keep your kids busy and ensure that you’re nurturing their overall developments at the same time is to engage them into arts and crafts project.  Keeping them occupied with activities that promote creativity as well as physical movements will aid in reinforcing positive attitudes as well as confidence.

Although a lot of people would love to take on an arts and crafts project with their children, most do not have the slightest idea on where to begin. If you happen to be one of these people, read on and learn arts and crafts tips that will help you get started.

For the little ones, you can make use of q-tips for miniature paint brushes that will fit perfectly with their little hands.  Big paint brushes tend to make big messes as well when used by small children. Using q-tip in place of a real paint brush will help them have better control, not to mention that it’s cheap and functional as well when drawing because the cotton ends pretty much acts like a pencil.

Make it a point not to come down on kids when they’re doing crafts, we’d like to inspire individuality through projects like these and not discourage or embarrass them for showing their own take at creating arts.

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Arts and crafts projects with kids are always messy; readily expect that even before starting this activity.  Using a drop cloth on your working surface and or area could help minimize the mess.  Using washable markers, adhesives and other art materials can also make cleaning up a lot easier.

You can always turn to the internet when researching for inspirations for arts and crafts or other diy projects.  There are a lot of websites offering ideas and tips for arts and crafts projects that is suitable for your kids’ age group.

Make use of the Sunday circulars if you are into arts and crafts.  Look for stores offering great deals on art supplies to get you going with your crafts project.  Stay updated with the latest sales event that will save you tremendously on arts and crafts materials.

Make it a habit to wash your brushes thoroughly when you’re done painting for the day.  Leaving your brushes with paint on will cause the bristles to harden when the paint dries up.  This will then make it harder for you to make subtle strokes that could in turn affect your painting.  Using a brush that is not cleaned thoroughly can also affect the color ranges and may leave you with a slightly (or heavily) different shades of color than what you would actually intend.

Opt for high quality arts and crafts materials whenever you can.  It may cost you more initially, but in the long run it’ll pay itself and you’ll be glad that you invested properly in the right art materials.  You definitely don’t want your artwork to start falling apart due to cheap materials even before you can show it off.

These are just some of the arts and crafts simple tips that you could consider before starting your own DIY projects with your children.  Remember that creating arts and crafts can significantly affect your child’s development, not just by honing any dormant talent but both mentally and emotionally as well.

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An Artist Looking for Other Artist to Help

marketing for artists

I have always been a visual artist.  And although it took a back seat when I became a mom and a teacher, changing my self-image helps me get back right on track.

Now, I have turned myself into this superwoman who can be a mom, an eco-activist, an entrepreneur and an artist all at the same time.

I now have the liberty to embrace my creativity and my passion.  And I’m sending back to the universe what I’ve learned by sharing my stories, hoping I’ll influence other people and artist, motivate them in a away or teach them a thing or two.

One of my dreams is to be able to help artis community to share their visions to the world without selling out, hence the importance of marketing for artist.

A chance meeting: Another lady artist!

It was a privilege to have met Erica Cameron, another artist who also struggle with marketing, like so many artists out there.

We’re artist, we create art works – marketing is the opposite of what art is for us.  For creative people, art is an innate thing, it comes naturally for us to create art – but not the marketing aspect of it!

Even Erica, after listening to a call, realizes the greatness in Empower Network and the importance of setting goals, of knowing your intentions and using that energy to manifest exactly that into your products or whatever it is that you do.

marketing for artist

Why marketing for artist is a big deal

Erica and I, being the artists that we are, have to keep our creative channels open, we need to be able to create – to express ourselves, our emotion.

Based on experience, not having the freedom to do so turn me into an unhappy, almost angry and uninspired mom. When I was able to change my self-image and have decided to go back to what I love the most, which is creating arts, I know instantly that life is possible.

But then again, we’re artist, we can create art, we can present it, but we don’t know how to sell it to the world.  I have an art education, and even completed a masteral program in Fine Arts – but I lack the business know-how.

I was pretty discouraged seeing other artist biting the bullet just to put their artworks out there.  It’s a common problem among artists.  Either you’ll rely on luck as to who sees or who buys your artwork or take a chance and give 50% to 60% to studio galleries.

Marketing for artist proved to be a challenge, putting ourselves out there to share our visions to the world didn’t come as easy as it sounds.

 

Superwomen on the move to help other artists!

marketing for artist

“We are the super empowered women artists who are going to take the world by storm and become the badasses that we are totally, totally are! And you guys are going to watch it!” – Lisa & Erica

Through Empower Network, I was able to learn a lot about marketing for artist, blogging, social media, and even personal development.  All of these things have led me to the realization that as an artist I’m also an entrepreneur, and that I was my own product.

Being the artist that we are, we have the best and the worst and will come across as over sensitive.  We just internalize things differently and also put it out into the universe in a different way.  Expectedly not everybody understands that all the time.  Neither do they see things the way we see it.

That’s why I’m here, together with my gal Erica, to help so you can be your own business.  We’ll show you how to let your inner happiness shine through.

create your own inspired life

How to Express Ocean Awareness Through Art

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More and more artists are now using ocean art to inspire changes and raise awareness about the need to conserve and protect our natural world.  These artists are utilizing their talents to produce artworks – not only those that shows the beauty of the ocean or the gifts of life underneath it but especially artworks that communicate the predicament that our ocean is currently in – the problems about pollution and the incessant abuse of natural ocean resources.

Check out this Interview with Claudio Garzon, an eco-friendly

Artist teaching kids about environmental art.

There’s No Denying

plastics are foreverIt’s not very surprising now a days to take a walk along the beach or river, and you won’t get too far without seeing or encountering plastic trash – from plastic bags, plastic bottles, and plastic wrappers to fishing nets and other plastic debris.  There’s no denying that we are in a ‘messy’ predicament right now.

There are plastics everywhere.

Plastics are not biodegradable.  If you think ‘diamonds are forever’ guess what, so are plastics!

The very plastic you’re using at home, at work, at school or anywhere for that matter – will eventually find its way to our water system and we now know will eventually end up in the ocean.

These plastic will endanger the lives of marine animals – there are instances where turtles or dolphins get trapped with discarded nets or even plastic furniture.  These animals oftentimes die; very seldom will they get rescued from it.  This plastic trash is clearly a threat for these marine animals.

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Through the years, these plastics get broken into tiny bits – some small enough for marine animals and even birds to mistaken it for food, and into microscopic size over time…but still…it will not totally biodegrade.

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It maybe no longer visible to the human eyes but it’s still there, it’s still plastic, it doesn’t get absorbed into the natural system.  It continuous to pollute our waters and gets eaten by tiny marine organisms that will of course enter the food chain.  And guess who is on the top of this food chain?  Exactly.

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Unnatural Expectation from the Natural

The ocean has been providing us food, water, livelihood and even recreation.  Its abundance is simply immeasurable.  It’s quite heartbreaking to know that not only do people are taking more than he needs but is also showing no regard at all.

We are making unnatural expectation from the ocean.  The bounty that the ocean used to naturally provide us is no longer coming ‘naturally.’  Simply put, we are ‘forcing it’ out of the ocean.

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Artists on the Move

The likes of Claudio Garzon, along with other artists who are choosing to use their talents to inspire people, to educate them and raise ocean awareness are the ‘ocean defenders’ of our time. Facebook Page Sea Turtle Defenders Keeps the Ocean’s Safe for Sea Turtles through education.

We are defending the ocean, the planet and future generations.

It’s nothing short of admirable to have these artists affect a movement by making use of the fact that arts do affect people’s lives.

They communicate their ocean sentiments through paintings, sculptures, murals, songs and or plays that leave a lasting impression to whoever manages to come across such artwork.

The Mission of the Sea Turtle Defenders: endeavors to identify, categorize, and disseminate current environmental and related social educational information to children, families, educators, and community leaders to raise their awareness and  continuously advocate for sea turtle rights.

Channeling My Passion for Art

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I’m very passionate about art; I have a degree in Fine Arts and even completed a Masters Program around the same time that I starting my own family.  It was quite a challenge, and I can honestly say that it wasn’t easy – but it’s all worth it!

Being able to be there for my kids on their formative years while keeping in touch with my passion for arts is undeniably one of the best decisions I made ever.

I was an art teacher for more than 20 years and also do glass arts – so basically my life revolved around arts.  It’s very much a part of who I am really, I breathe art. I love art!

A burning passion.

I’m a strong believer that keeping your passions in life alive makes you a better person.  It brings out the best in you.  You become this person that can affect other people positively.  You become a source of joy and hope.

Probably you’re thinking that keeping in touch with life’s passion is the last thing we can afford to think of considering that we’re all so caught up with our jobs, making a living and other mundane things that have taken control over our life completely.

But I truly believe that anchoring everything else in your life with your passion will ultimately bring focus and balance.  When you’re passionate about something you make things happen – even things you probably thought you won’t be able to do now feels you can easily accomplish.   Problems or trials or challenges become bearable if not easy.  You see things more clearly.  You make things happen.

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For me, channeling my passion for art brings my life in focus and in balance.  It actually paves the way towards freedom for me.  I can honestly say that I’ve regained control of my life living it the way I have always wanted to – spending quality time with my family, traveling to different places, nurturing meaningful relationships, creating a sustainable life and of course creating arts!

When I decided that I’m going to empower myself and break free from whatever it is that is dragging me down to unhappiness – I found my inner strength, the superwoman in me – and started making changes in my life.

These are not easy changes and I even faced harder choices along the way.  I kept going anyway because it was clear to me that arts will always be (and have always been) a part of my life. That I know for sure.  I muster the strength to delve into the business world, a world that is foreign for me, but it didn’t discourage me – I persevered instead!

Now, I’m enjoying my freedom and still channeling my passion for art to continue on making changes to even better my life and to affect other people as well – all while creating a sustainable life for my family!

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Green Art from Scrap

Creating art benefits not just your well being but even your physical body as well.  Through writing, music, dancing or visual arts, you can express yourself – your emotions, your visions.

It gives you the freedom and peace from within that radiate into your physical being – hence, art is important in our life.

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Having said that, not everybody is given the opportunity to be provided with the materials they need to express their creativity.  It can be due to financial constraints or inaccessibility.

In San Francisco alone, not all schools have the funding to support art education for the children.  And I cannot stress enough the importance of providing art education to our youths today.

With all the distraction from electronic gadgets that is monopolizing their waking hours, they do need art to let them discover their other potentials outside of their virtual world.

Artists, like myself, need to have a way to express ourselves, to channel out all the creativity that is inherent in us.  Being the creative person that we are, we simply cannot contain that without causing imbalance in our life.

Creating art from scrap

Arts supplies stores may not always be an option to a lot of people because of financial constraints and it’ll be a shame to hinder your creativity development just because you’re lacking the materials.

It’s a good thing though that art is everywhere!

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It does need a little extra creativity to see that there are arts in scrap, yes, in trash.  It’s physically there, waiting to be pick up and collected and waiting to be piece together.

SCRAP: the place to go

To create art from scrap found in your house is cool, to find all sort of scraps in one place is even cooler!

Anne Marie Theilen saw the need for resources to make art education possible for the students and for other artists as well in San Francisco, California.  This gave birth to SCRAP in 1976.

This non-profit creative reuse center, material depot and workshop space made creating art from scrap possible!  Low-cost materials and supplies are now more accessible to artists, teachers, parents and organizations.

SCRAP provided the community not just the resources but the opportunity to learn and pass on the value of creative reuse.

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 Now a days, so many things have become easily replaceable that people oftentimes just throw it away and replace it with something new – from household items to home furniture to office supplies.  Before we even knew it we have successfully participated in further polluting our planet earth.

We can make a change; let’s make it a habit to upcycle – to upcycle is to create art.

It takes imagination and creativity to re-shape or re-fashion an item to fit its new purpose.  Workings from scraps not only give you the opportunity to challenge yourself to give it a new life but you’re also contributing in saving the environment as well.

Green art from scrap!

By finding a new purpose to these scraps means less trash are polluting the earth!  SCRAP is literally saving landfills of additional tons of trash by taking the responsibility to make use of these scrap for the benefit of the community.

Suffice to say that art from scrap is definitely green art!

Check me out at the San Francisco Contemporary Art Market

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