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Cultivating a Space for Gratitude

Cultivating a Space for Gratitude

Begin with Gratitude

Over the last year, I’ve made a conscious decision to invite gratitude into everyday of my life. It isn’t that I wasn’t grateful before this year, I just did not intentionally focus on the importance of gratitude.

I would find quotes and journals and images that reminded me to be grateful for EVERYTHING.

Why Gratitude

I guess there are a lot of other virtues to think about but focusing on appreciation rather than what I didn’t have right at that very moment literally shifted my thinking. In miraculous ways. Which is why in my e-courses, both Energy.Motion.Flow: The Beauty of Alcohol Inks and Beyond as well as INKSpiration, A Space for Gratitude was built into every single lesson.

How To Let Go of Perfectionism & Learn to Go With The Flow

How To Let Go of Perfectionism & Learn to Go With The Flow

Alcohol inks are messy. Anyone who has ever played with alcohol inks know that they are one of those mediums where it is just hard to keep everything neat. And, it is really difficult to stay within the lines! But, I tell my students. Why would you want to?

When I hear another student comment about great control….I kind of cringe a little. Control? Why do we want to control this beautiful, fluid, and magical medium?

Oh sure...don’t get me wrong.  Every now and then you will see that I like to create more “controlled” floral pieces or blooms, but I’d say at least 90 percent of my art is about going with the flow.

And I work with many students about how to let go and have fun with the inks. Many. They all want to control the inks, the outcomes, the masterpieces that they have in their minds.

How to Cultivate a Growth Mindset as an Artist

How to Cultivate a Growth Mindset as an Artist

I’ve spent 20 years of my professional life in public and private school education. Over the years new ideas about learning and the ways students learn have come and gone but one that has stuck is the concept of the growth mindset. Carol Dweck, Ph.D., in her seminal work on a fixed mindset vs a growth mindset helps us understand that it is all about the attitudes we hold about whether we can continue to learn or not. It is about our mindset NOT our ability level.

“...no matter what your ability is, effort is what ignites that ability and turns it into accomplishment.” ― Carol S. Dweck, Mindset: The New Psychology Of Success

What Does this Have to Do with Art?

Glad you asked. EVERYTHING.

Why You Need a Website as an Artist

Why You Need a Website as an Artist

I love teaching e-courses and I love when students reach new heights in their art journeys. One of the questions I get asked most often, especially as students start to present their art in galleries, exhibitions, and markets is: Do I need a website?  Imagine me jumping up and down emphatically saying, YES!”. Your website is the first place people will go to check out you and your art. Your website conveys your BRAND. Your website conveys your commitment to your craft as an artist.

Two years ago, I started researching artists web sites that spoke to me and looked for the name of the website designer at the bottom of the page. HINT: This is one way to choose a website designer. Look for websites that you love, check out the designers website, see if it is a fit for you, and then contact that designer to discuss working together.  

For two years I had a terrific site, but I knew it wasn’t going to take me where I wanted to go in the future. I wanted a more sophisticated look, more robust commerce ability, a new e-course platform, and, well…it just didn’t feel like me anymore.