I’ve been hinting and hinting (or you could say “stalling and stalling”) as I worked and worked at something I had up my smARTist sleeve.
Seems as if—even when you think it’s going to be simple—any project worth its grain of salt takes months to pull together!
I’m imagining, pretty much the same kind of time it takes you to prepare for a solo or group exhibition.
If you’ve been following me for any length of time, I’m pretty sure you know that those six, smARTist Telesummits—pioneering the first-ever, art career conferences for artists — knocked me for a six-year loop.
Thank goodness, the thousands of artists who participated kept emailing me six months, a year, two years, six years later to tell me about all the successful changes they were having.
As much as my heart wanted to, the rest of me knew that I was not up to hosting that conference again.
But it kept bugging me that so much ever-green, smARTist art-career material and resources were languishing in my digital archives.
Then, Life handed me a really smart coach (yup, I also get help when I need it!).
And even in this current heat wave (cue: fans, iced tea with fresh spearmint, short skirt, skimpy top—even in my flower-giddy garden!), I’m ridiculously excited to finally be able to share what we came up with.
The smARTist Telesummit Revival: A Podcast Series
(Releasing the first two years (of 6) as smARTist Telesummit Podcast #1 and Podcast #2)
Just like the original smARTist Telesummits, the smARTist Telesummit Revival dives deep into the critical areas you need to thrive as an artist.
This podcast series makes sure you can figure out what’s important, right now, for your art career—and can be implemented by you right away.
Here’s just a taste of what you’ll learn in Podcast #1:
Which myths stop you from making a profit
How writing a book opens up new streams of income (from an artist who did it!)
How to get collectors without getting a gallery
How to snag museum exhibitions
What you never say to a gallery owner
How to get free publicity for your art, online and off
How to host a successful exhibit
Here’s just a taste of what you’ll learn in Podcast #2
How to sell your art through art consultants
How to write a press release for collectors
How to set up a simple business model that helps you stand out from the crowd
How to get time to serve you, and not the other way around
How to tackle the 5 money dramas that can keep you broke
Learn 5 simple ways to tell if your art can be licensed
Learn what you really need to know about Art Law to protect yourself
If you’ve ever wondered what the hoopla was all about with the smARTist Telesummits, Podcast #1 and Podcast #2 will take you right back into the excitement of the live event. Click here to see for yourself.
A summer thunderstorm just blew in, and out, leaving my grey deck shiny-slick with rain.
The air smells fresh with the charged ions that only a wild rain can summon.
And I feel as if those invisible particles are beckoning me to take any small action of my choosing.
Which is exactly what I did, a few moments ago.
I roused myself from an intense focus on this desktop screen and decided to sink into my old rose-pink, rocking armchair and think of nothing.
In short, I gave myself permission to simply be.
I let go of all thoughts about art careers. The business of art. Artist statements. How to get and keep collectors. My smARTist Telesummits, which I’m busy turning into podcasts so more artists can have access.
I turned away any, and all, work thoughts and let myself slide into the rain.
Delicious. Giving into flow—the unspooling of infinity.
Giving myself permission to be intentionally surrounded by all of life.
Because, even though this is the core truth of every day (being surrounded by all of life), it’s a rare moment when I actually experience this reality.
I had no agenda. No idea or thoughts about what next?
Then, once the rain had washed the dust of summer off the air, and my being had washed the dust of work off my allegorical shoulders, I returned to this screen.
And immediately wrote to you.
And wondered…when was the last time you gave yourself permission to go off your script-of-life?
To dabble in nothingness?
I’ve love to know…
As always, revealing the true spirit of your work…is the work, because artists change the world.
Truth. Power. Art.
P.S. Please, scroll down and tell me if you’ve recently dabbled in nothingness and what that was like for you.
Because nothing makes me happier than having a conversation with you!
What on earth do I mean by “you are so much more than your art”?
There’s a family story that my mother, a watercolor artist hanging with her Big Sur, bohemian crowd (think Man Ray, and the insolent Henry Miller), declared to the gaggle of male artists in her circle, after my birth, that no art could compare to the creation of a child.
Besides the emotional burden of having to carry her creative outlet, which I’ve long ago released, I re-tell this story here to say: this is not what I mean.
For my mother, being an artist (which she was in so many respects it’s dizzying) was a zero-sum game, which she stacked up against being a parent.
And her art lost. (In many ways, her parenting also lost…but that’s another story…)
Your art and you: the optimal relationship
When you immerse yourself in making art, nothing is more fulfilling.
If you experience “flow” (an expanded state of being where your proprioceptive sense of “I” disappears and the art making becomes everything), that’s likely to increase the internal experience that you are your art.
And if, on top of that, people tell you how beautiful, amazing, and awesome (three shop-worn adjectives I’d like to toss in the trash) your work is, then being equated with your art becomes too yummy to pull away from.
And yet, that is exactly what I’m going to ask you to consider doing.
Extract yourself from your art.
Just for a moment, right now.
Take a breath, and write an answer to my following two questions.
(On what? A Digital note? Some paper beside you? You decide, only, please hang in with me here and do it right now before distraction—or duties—step in!)
Because writing engages your brain, and your subconscious, in ways that can reveal new information to you, about you.
And, as odd as it may seem, you and I are heading straight into your art career.
1. Who are you without your art?
2. If you couldn’t do the specific art you do, what might take its place?
You can scroll down and give me your answers below here on this page.
Or hang onto your answers for a few days because…
I’ll be back on Friday to consider what an optimal relationship with your art might look like. Or feel like. Or dance like…
Remember, revealing the true spirit of your work…is the work,
Your Truth. Your Power. Your Word. Claim it!
P.S. When you respond to my two questions here, I’ll take that as permission to share your response with the other artists in my circle—unless you directly ask me not to.
When you’ve read as many truly awful artist statements as I have, it begins to dawn on you that maybe, just maybe, the problem starts at the very beginning, before sliding down the slippery slope of awfulness.
What if accurately defining an artist statement was the first step, the very first step in writing a compelling, engaging statement that truly caught the attention of your viewers instead of making them yawn?
Deciding what an artist statement is, to some extent, depends on…(more…)
I remember when my mother was dying. I was getting ready for my orals in graduate school and the one thing I couldn’t have imagined, since all mothers are invincible, is that my healthy, vivacious, 83-year-old, artist mother would die.
Time stood still as the nurse put me through to her hospital room.