motivation

That thing called luck

In the spirit of St. Patrick's Day, this post is about luck, and the debate on whether it exists or not.  I've seen some fellow artists who have made a lot of sales, like several pieces on any given day, and I've been quick to say "they're so lucky!" Hmmm, I wonder. Is it possible that maybe they're just working incredibly hard?  Sure, maybe they got lucky by making a connection with the right person at the right time, like unknowingly chatting with a gallery owner in the checkout lane at Walmart, or running into an interior designer at the gym or hair salon, but I believe you have to work hard and PUT YOURSELF OUT THERE first. I've been thinking about branding lately: what's my story, or what's a piece of my art's story? I've really gone out on a limb recently by ramping up my social media presence, telling stories, and taking chances, like calling a local community center, which resulted in my first upcoming exhibition. I've been trying to comment and connect more with fellow artists on Twitter and Facebook, and slowly, slowly, I think it's starting to pay off, not to mention I'm meeting and getting to know some great people out there. And, obviously, a benefit of lots of hard work is that your skills will get better and better. So, here's wishing all of you the best of luck, with maybe a lot of hard work thrown in, no matter what you're doing. Please share your experiences below in the comments and connect!

"Green Dance," 2015, Alcohol ink on artist panel

"Green Dance," 2015, Alcohol ink on artist panel

A round tuit, or procrastination

"Just do it!"  ~ Nike

We've all used and heard the phrase "when I get around to it." Years ago, when I was a little girl, my Dad brought home a little round thingy similar to this:

Now, I don't ever recall my Mom using this phrase a lot; she was and is a good housekeeper and always got things done. It was probably just my Dad's being funny, which he frequently was. As I began another piece of art the other day, the phrase "when the spirit moves me," kept running through my head and, the more I thought about it, the more the "round tuit" phrase kept coming up; two different ways of saying the same thing. Below is a detail shot of this latest work in progress, "When the Spirit Moves Me," and you'll see some "round tuits" in it, my version of them anyway. Procrastination can be a crippling thing, and I've learned, just like the Nike people said, to "just do it!"