Monday, February 13, 2017

Why do we create?

This past week I was privileged to speak and to exhibit at the "Art for the Heart" fundraiser. This event is hosted by the Now I can organization.  They assist children with disabilities. I was impressed with the kind and professional way that the employees treated the little ones. It was an honor to display my stained glass art and in a small way benefit the children and their families.
This is one of the blessings of being an artist. To use a talent to better society and to contribute to the happiness of another is truly the reason to create.

Another amazing benefit is being able to meet such interesting and friendly people. David and I teach classes at the HERE store and gallery in Provo, UT. Each second Friday we gather students to build a stained glass project. This month we made Swiss hearts and last month we all made Nova stars. We come away with new friends and we are able to introduce more people to the art of stained glass.
There are many more reasons to create stained glass but I will have to elaborate another day. Have a creative and courageous day. 

Saturday, February 4, 2017

Fill your dance card

January flew by. Oh my goodness. I realize that there is so much to do and time goes by so fast. I am reminded of Jane Austin days when girls would fill their dance cards with names of the fellows they were to to dance with that evening. I have a tendency to fill my daily dance card until I have no room to get a drink of punch and step outside for some air. That's okay though. I like to be busy. This past month I have built lots of windows for clients and upcoming shows. I have designed some fun new patterns and applied for some exhibits. I enjoy the choreography of life and the folks I meet at the party. I invite you to my soiree this year to see what comes out of the glass studio and how 2017 plays out. Welcome to the festivities. Here are a few of the windows that came out of the studio this month.

    

Saturday, December 24, 2016

Books I Recommend To Artists

Recently I evaluated which books have been influential to me for a video we shot. You can see the video if you click here.

When I was homeschooling one of our daughters we had a motto: Learning is fun! Every day we were excited to see what there was to discover. She was a good sport. I still find pleasure in learning and personal growth. (I think she does too). As a teenager I didn't read much, who has time with dating, cheer leading, singing, acting, school studies, etc., but after I married and had my first baby I found that I could pick up a book while I was nursing him and get a few pages read. Then I started reading to him which was soothing to us both. As the other children were born I gained more of an appreciation for reading.

Now I have some favorites and that even changes periodically. In this video I list five selections you might find noteworthy. Starving to Successful helped me to understand the relationship between artist and gallery owner. Motivational Manifesto by Brendon Burchard (sorry it was misspelled in the video)  is a poetic and philosophical book about striving for a positive future.  Steal like an Artist is a whimsical book about how we acquire creativity. The Science of Getting Rich is a wealth of information about what it takes to live an abundant life. Clara and Mr. Tiffany is a novel about Louis Comfort Tiffany and the goings on of his glass studio.
I also list some books I would like to read and encourage you to share with me some of your favorite motivating books and magazines. I would love to hear your ideas. 

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Friday, November 4, 2016

5 Serve

This week I was able to take time to talk about 5 Ways That You Can Get People To Notice Your Work. This is an important part of marketing your art. You need to get it out there because there's just so much room in your house, eventually  you'll run out of places to put it!


The Fifth Step To Take Is SERVE. We are so lucky as artists to be able to use our talents to benefit others. Raising funds for a worthy cause can be satisfying and make a difference in someone's life. My advise is to not give away the farm. Pick and choose how you serve and everyone will get ahead.


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Thursday, November 3, 2016

4 Do Social Media

This week I was able to take time to talk about 5 Ways That You Can Get People To Notice Your Work. This is an important part of marketing your art. You need to get it out there because there's just so much room in your house, eventually  you'll run out of places to put it!


The Fourth Step To Take Is Do Social Media. Even if you aren't a youngster who knows social media inside and out, you can learn to promote yourself. It's not hard to learn facebook, instagram, pinterest and other helpful ways to introduce friends and clients to your work. Ask for help or be the on that others come to to get a handle on social media.


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3 Do Your Networking

This week I was able to take time to talk about 5 Ways That You Can Get People To Notice Your Work. This is an important part of marketing your art. You need to get it out there because there's just so much room in your house, eventually  you'll run out of places to put it!


The Third Step To Take Is Do Your Networking. There are meetings and workshops where folks share ideas and talents with each other. These are fun places to meet other artists and clients. You may even be able to  bring people together to help each other.


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2 Create Press Releases

This week I was able to take time to talk about 5 Ways That You Can Get People To Notice Your Work. This is an important part of marketing your art. You need to get it out there because there's just so much room in your house, eventually  you'll run out of places to put it!


The Second Step to take is Create Press Releases. It feels weird sometimes to talk about yourself, but this is not just a self serving project. People really do want to hear about your story. The narrative is a part of the artwork. Ask yourself why you do what you do and what inspired you to start. That will get you started.


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