Everyone creates in their own way, with their own quirks. I find it quite interesting to hear about the atmospheres in other artist’s studios. Some meditate or listen to podcasts, some need complete silence or a perfectly clean and organized space. I am the same way. There are three things that I could not live without when I am creating my own pieces.
First, music. I need something motivational with lyrics that make you think or question society. I love the Beatles, Scars on Broadway, Pearl Jam and that type of thought provoking genre. (Balanced out with a few happy upbeat numbers of course)
Another thing I need is a drink. Though I usually get so wrapped up that I don’t drink it. Usually hot tea or coffee is my favorite. Hot and relaxing. (Unless you run in to a “paint dipping in the wrong cup, or oops I just drank paint water” accident. 😀)
Lastly, I have my trusty “My Little Pony” water cup. I could probably live without this, but I would be a little sad, as this was my favorite childhood show. (I still have all of my old ponies 😀)
I wish I could say I was one of those organized clean freaks, but I am the opposite. Messy, chaotic and a little too excited to be cleaning while I am creating!
It’s always a good idea to get your head on straight and set some goals for the new year ahead. This year I am dedicating my time to improvement. I plan on getting back to the basics and sketching and perhaps finally learning how to draw. I plan to take my time to develop my style and experiment with new techniques. Here is the first step:
New sketch book, new opportunities!
To hold myself accountable for my improvements, I plan on posting a few practice scetches and paintings a month. The more practice, the better! I think for my first drawings, I will sketch out some other life goals, so stay tuned!
I have always been attracted to art and creativity. It was in my imagination and my restless personality since birth. At the age of 5 I got in trouble for going for the easel station when I was supposed to go somewhere else 😦 (traumatic memory)
What’s crazy is that after that I never tried painting for fun until I was 16 years old. After watching a Bob Ross show, I was inspired. (Who wouldn’t be lol) I found a piece of printer paper and rummaged through my dads garage and found some stray acrylic paints. (Not many colors) I had black, white, green and orange.)
I got a paintbrush, dipped it in paint, and laid color on the page. Before long, I was mixing colors on my paper (it was pretty fragile since it was just normal paper) and I created a black and grey sky, mountain and bright orange and green bushes with white highlights. It was similar to a beginner Bob Ross!
After that, I bought art supplies and never looked back. I have dabbled in many mediums and subjects, but I still always come back to my roots and love to paint acrylic nature scenes, as It is my tranquility!
I saved that painting, but alas, it is lost. If I ever find it, I will be sure to post my beginnings! Where did everyone else get their beginnings? I would love to know 😉
After a brief hiatus from the online world, I have come back with several things that will help artists and entrepreneurs gain some footing in the online world and help to build a name for themselves.
First of all, don’t put all your eggs in one basket. If you are selling in Ebay, branch out to some other sakes sites and if you are marketing in one social platform, why not join some more? I am saying this because the world of social media and online selling is changing by the minute. What works now, may change and you don’t want to be stuck.
Being in more than one place will help you build a presence and a personality. It is no longer enough to just build a website and expect traffic. Nowadays, it is the norm to not only have a website, but you will want a Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, ect.
Make a schedule and keep track of what you are doing. This is what I need to work on. I tend to post and then fall off the face of the earth. With so many places to post, this is easy to do. It is easy to forget about one for a while if you don’t have it written down and planned out. Make a schedule of what you will post, when and where. Keep it written down so you don’t loose track 😉
Create a personalty and be fun! I think this is something that most people miss. (Including myself) The online world is used mostly for fun and entertainment. Being too “salesy” will be an immediate turn off for everyone except the people who are already sold. The most successful people I have seen online are usually a little quirky and are very fun to follow and watch. Just let yourself shine through and don’t worry about the selling part so much. That will take care of itself if you tell your story right!
There you have it! Three helpful hints to being more successful in your online business! Be sure to check out my art website at http://www.easthamart.com