I just received this very nice email and testimonial from Marie Merritt and I’m not above a little shameless self-promotion.
Signing up for the [ArtBizCoach.com] artist statement class is one of the best things I’ve done for myself in a very long time. I have always hated writing. Whether due to my poor hand writing, or my inadequate training in high school, it has been a chore. College classes that required essays were pure torture. It wasn’t that I couldn’t write, but that I couldn’t put in flowery prose the thoughts I had. I was more the “just the facts” type of person. All of this is just a lame excuse for not getting the job done!
This fear of writing has stymied my ability to articulate what I do in art and why I do it. I now realize that it has hindered my sales as well.
Approaching each day’s assignment challenged my comfort zone. It forced me to examine myself, my art, my approach, and even my skill level. Strange as it seems, I thoroughly enjoyed all of it. I learned a great deal about myself and the exercises forced me into analyzing and improving my organization. Reading back through my responses proved to be enlightening.
I understand the value of journaling as it helps organize thoughts, set goals, plan, and implement. It is also very cleansing! . . . Thanks for the opportunity to expand my horizons.