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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Art Therapy: Healing You From Within

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You have probably heard of art therapy before, it’s basically a form of psychotherapy that uses art media.  One doesn’t have to have an experience or skill in arts because the focus is not about producing wonderful art work.

The primary concern is to affect changes in the client’s life–facilitate communication, overcome stress, improve overall well-being or experience personal transformation.

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Art therapy is relatively new


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Art therapy begun in the 1940’s, it is a relatively new therapeutic discipline but its effectiveness is undeniable.  It’s been proven to help patients recover from illnesses, both physical and mental, by tapping into their unconscious through art expression.

What art therapy can do for you?

Well often times, is viewed solely as a treatment for mental health problems or physical healing.  In reality, it affects the well-being, the inner experience of the person that in turn facilitates positive changes that can be seen visually – physically getting better or mentally improving.

People who are suffering from some type of illness, (or most people in general) have issues communicating verbally.  And the stress of not being able to communicate or be understood debilitates their condition.

The very thought of having a way to communicate is empowering in itself.  To be able to express oneself in a platform that is deemed ‘safe’ gives a person a sense of freedom.  Art therapy makes these doors to communication accessible.  It makes use of art as a way to relieve overwhelming emotions.

Art therapy is commonly used to facilitate learning and improve life of both children and adult with disabilities, experiencing depression, mental illnesses, some kind of trauma and physical illness as well.

Art therapy taps into your inner being, it heals you from within.