A Lesson in Just Being Last night I rushed into my studio for the Final Friday art walk a little frustrated. I was late, traffic was bad, and I didn’t get to run home & change like I wanted to.
I took a deep breath and repeated my mom’s favorite quote “It’s a great life if you don’t weaken” -John Buchan. I told myself, “I am here, that is all that needs to be.”
It ended up being a magical night with a great crowd, stimulating conversation, new connections and sales.
THE CREATIVE LIFE FOR THE CURIOUS I met a women who was looking at my space as much as my art. I introduced myself and she began talking about how she would love to have the space & time to explore her creative side.
I simply told her, “Why not? That is what all of us are doing here”. Just like my night, it doesn’t have to be complicated, or a big show or fancy clothes, just be, just show up.
I also connected with a life coach & we plan to work on some Empowerment Camps/Retreats together - I am so glad I showed up last night!
I will be hosting some Open Studios on the Saturdays after Final Friday this year where people can just show up (pay $5.00) and create, share, express and be a part of a creative community. I will set out all kinds of art supplies add in some snacks & drinks and let people create - I will keep it cheap ($5.00) and keep it simple. If your interested in this idea send me an email and I will keep you on the list - firstname.lastname@example.org
ARTIST TIPS FOR THE MOTIVATED Sometimes we make the simple complicated. Don’t fret over the details….. just show up and be present and open to possibilities. I think my dressed down attire and attitude made me more open and because of that I had really great conversations about art, politics, politics & art, creative communities and I also made some terrific connections. I sold a piece of art, a piece of jewelry & was commissioned for 6 more jewelry pieces!
Sometimes the motivation is not there. I encourage you to show up anyway…come as you are…. the rest will just happen
SHARING FOR THE GENEROUS
Please pass on my idea about Open Studios and have people email me - I need to know there is some interest before I do it!! My email is email@example.com
Thanks for letting me into your world
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