interconnected1The 3rd thing that every artist and designer needs for the New Year is …a WEB SITE.

 

Gone are the days of a website being a “nice to have”, it’s a “need to have”.

 

Why?

 

It’s the most immediate method of showing your work to the people that need to see it.

If your plan is to sell more work, display more work or do more freelance work as a designer; you must make sure that the patrons or buyers can view your work when they want to and from where they want. And even if the goal is not to sell your work, you need to be able to show it to your  audience 24/7.

 

I have had so many opportunities come open because I either passed someone my business card that sent them my website, or sent them an email with a direct link to my work.

 

Now, I know that most of you already agree with this. You’ve known for quite some time that you need some form of web presence as an artist or designer. The problem is that you STILL have yet to take action. The paradox about this situation is that many artists that know that they need a website go on the web everyday.

 

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Last time we said that the first thing you need to have are written goals.

The second thing may sound so basic, but you’d be surprised how many artists go without it.

The second thing is BUSINESS CARDS.

bizcardI don’t mean business cards from your “other job” where you write your contact number on it for someone interested in your art or design work. I mean a set of business cards specifically designed to identify you as an artist.

Why:

Think about it: How many times expectantly in conversation it comes up that you’re an artist? What should come next is you passing them an eye catching card so that they can not only remember you, but so that they can follow up with you.

It also allows you to stand out in a sea of artists that may be out there.

Here’s a website that allows you to create your own custom designed business cards, even in non-standard sizes: http://www.zazzle.com/businesscards

See Part 1 Here>>

There are 4 basic things that every artist needs in order to set the stage for their success in the new year. We’ll post each of these 4 things in a “miniseries” over the next few days.

 

Here’s the first of the 4:

 

goalsOne of the most overlooked yet most critical needs that every artist or designer must have if they plan to make any type of progress in the New Year is to have WRITTEN goals.

 

For the artist, having written goals does not have to be a hard thing to accomplish. You probably already have those goals in mind already or have talked about them forever! Now’s the time to take action by committing them to paper, which is the first step toward the goal being more than something you only talk about.

 

I recommend identifying and WRITING DOWN at least 3 key objectives that you as an artist or designer really want to accomplish this year. To help narrow the goals down, they must follow the “S.M.A.R.T.” model:

 

S- Specific: The goal must not be vague like “to create more art” but specific like “create a minimum of one new art piece each month (or each quarter, etc)”.

 

M- Measurable: The goal must be something that you can track and measure. This allows you to better determine how close or far away you are from your target.

 

A-  Achievable: It must be something that you can actually reach. “Being the number one artist in the city” may not be achievable (nor is it measurable). “Competing in 2 city-wide art shows per year” is more achievable.

 

R- It must be realistic: Selling $1,000 per month in artwork after only selling $60 per month may not be a realistic goal.

 

T- The goal must be time-specific: Writing it down on a calendar is a great way to stay on top of achieving it as weeks go by.

 

Keep watching for the 2nd in this miniseries coming soon.

flowers.jpgThere is a level of creativity that many artists and designers have access to, but few attempt to pursue nor even believe exists.

A little background: Humankind is made up of 3 parts:

“Then the Lord God formed man from the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath or spirit of life, and man became a living being.” Genesis 2:7 (Amplified Bible)

  • Body- Flesh covering or “earth suit”. The part of you that allows you to get around in the natural world.
  • Soul: Mind, emotions, the will: “What I think, what I feel, what I want” part of the human make-up. The part of you that makes your decisions and takes your steps based on what you think is right and/or how you feel about it.
  • Spirit: This is the REAL “you”. This is the part of humankind that was originally connected to God’s Spirit and has a “God awareness”. It seeks to know what God thinks, what God feels, and what God wants. It is the part of you that knows that there is power greater than yourself at work in your existence.

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Day at the Beach with Mom 2

You ever hear a speaker say that the message he was delivering was to himself first, then to those he was to speak to second?

Well, that’s what happened with what I call a prophetic painting I recently completed. The painting is called “Endure” and is an image of a battle-weary warrior who is being supported and uplifted by Christ standing behind his kneeling body.

The painting represents a passage from the Bible, 2 Timothy 2:3 that sates “Thou therefore endure hardness, as a good soldier of Jesus Christ.” The painting and the passage tell the message that although hard times will come (and they will come) that Christ is there to support and sustain the Believer.

  • …5 months after completing this painting, I received news from out of town that my Mother fell victim to an aneurysm (about 2 weeks before Thanksgiving).
  • 4 w eeks after her hospitalization, my stepfather (her husband) passes away.
  • 3 weeks after returning home to lay him to rest, my Mother also passes away (3 days before Christmas).

Talk about “Endure”.

Multiple times while these challenging events were taking place, the image of that battle-weary warrior stayed with me and I was able to see, and in a sense “hear” God reminding me that He was upholding me through it all.Endure Promo2

I thank God for the gift He’s given me to be able to illustrate, and I especially thank Him for how He used that gift to reach out to me ahead of time to prepare my heart during a dark hour.

My family and I were able to still smile in the midst of it all and are moving forward knowing that are loved ones are now with Him…and that He is also with us.

Be Blessed.


What did you accomplish artistically in ’07? Did you have a plan?
What will you accomplish in ’08? Have a plan for it?
God has a plan for you, your life and your creative ability. It’s the reason why He gave you that ability in the first place, to accomplish something.

Little AkilahThe cool thing about it is that God does not want you to be in a guessing game with Him. On the contrary, He wants to reveal to you the steps to take to fulfill that artistic plan.

God tells us from the Bible:

“I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you and watch over you.” Psalm 32:8

This teaches that the Holy Spirit will be your practical guide, and you can believe this even for the use of your artistic talents. By being of one mind with God, you walk out the plan from His perspective rather than from your limited point of view.

So where does an artist start? Let’s start with the facts about the plan itself:

  • A plan is a roadmap, predetermined for intentional progress.
  • Success is achieved by a plan. Measuring the progress equates to measuring success.
  • Plans are flexible, but they MUST be present.

Where to start?
Starting with clearly identifying the goals is what helps to “spell out” the plan of action.

God will reveal to you what He wants to accomplish through you using your creative gift. This is the “vision”, or what God sees as the end result. The bible says:

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