The membership of LAA are invited to an art reception and exhibit showcasing the work of Nickie Barbee and Jim Miller on Saturday, September 8th from 6 to 8 pm at NCAR located at 1850 Table Mesa Drive, Boulder, CO. Please join us!
Visit Nickie's Website
Cindy Sewell Hohman is offering a new online art marketing class. She is working in partnership with the LAA, so if you sign up for her class, the LAA gets a commission. This is a win/win: you receive valuable training in marketing your art and the LAA receives a commission. Check it out! Click HERE to view the course. You can sign up for the waitlist and be first in line when the class opens.
More about the course, Create a Marketing Plan for Your Thriving Art Business:
If you are overwhelmed by all of the marketing options for artists and feel like you are spending lots of time on marketing, but just spinning your wheels, then what you need is a marketing plan. After completing Cindy's 6-week course, you will know the steps to take daily, weekly, and monthly to sell more art. You will feel good about marketing your art because you will be creating a plan based on authenticity, rather than doing what everyone else is doing. You will have clarity and confidence about marketing your work. Marketing will go from being something to avoid to being easy to manage. You will sell more work.
This course is developed specifically for the artist who is ready to:
Article by John Huges, August 10, 2018
When I started teaching painting years ago, the first hurdle I had to jump was organizing my thoughts about creating art. In doing so, I felt that I would be in a better position to present this information in a clear and understandable format. Just that alone forced me to be a better painter, but more importantly, pointed me to the realization that I had gaps in my own learning that needed to be filled. As I taught, I learned, and as I learned, I taught, and so it goes to this day!
My first approach was to teach the tools of painting, (drawing, color, value edges, and brushwork), which I’ve written about extensively over the years and more recently in a series of articles that started on May 24, 2017, in Outdoor Painter, for PleinAir. As I grew artistically, along with my understanding of teaching I began to sense that teaching the tools by themselves was not enough; there was something missing. The missing part was light and design. Yes, I had taught these in conjunction with the tools before, but it was always done as an incidental component, and I don’t feel that I gave these two huge concepts the attention they rightly deserve. Quite frankly, they are the glue that holds every good painting together and, conversely, is the reason some paintings fall apart! This summer I added two more elements to the painting process, because of discussions and thoughts that I had with my painting buddy, John Poon. These two important elements are concept and a solid painting procedure. So, my approach to painting and teaching are constantly growing, and that’s the way I like it.
The rubric of learning now looks like this:
2 – Light
3 – Design
4 – The Tools (drawing, color, value, edges, and brushwork)
5 – Painting Procedure
"Everyone who makes any kind of art knows that blissful feeling of falling into the zone: The internal chatter stops, the doubts become so fascinated by what you're doing that even they shut up." Susan Colon.
I believe most of us could say that is our experience. We can be having a rough day or dealing with pain and we sit down to create and it all fades to the background.
I think the only time when we can't get into "the zone" is when we begin telling ourselves that we are not good enough. You know the voices. They say, "Why aren't I selling my art? I didn't get juried into that show, so I guess I'm not as good as I thought." And on and on. We defeat ourselves as artists and take away the joy that it brings to us when we demean our work and ourselves. We lose the whole point of why we make art-for the satisfaction and fulfillment we experience when we drop the paint on the paper, or capture an incredible scene with our camera, or work the clay between our hands, or whatever art medium we work in. And often it results in our slow drift away from this creative outlet.
So, let us conquer the inner demons and celebrate our art! We create to express ourselves. Some will like it, some won't. But what really matters is that we immerse ourselves into this love of ours. To create is to be alive! -Anne
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