Work In Multiple Mediums

I recently received this very nice email from Gabrielle Swain. She has some advice for artists at the end of it:

SwainptgTruly, I don’t know how to thank you for your wealth of information. After the marketing and shameless self-promotion, the wheels started turning. What could I do to get myself out there in the big pond? My decision was to develop a series of instructional dvd’s targeted to my specific market…textiles. First step was a shopping cart on my website; next I sent dvd’s to specific publications for reviews; and finally after downloading your interview on ACC and craft shows, I took the plunge and went to my first wholesale market. Results: picked up two distributors and sold enough product to pay all my expenses for the market. Everything has been going at break neck speed since then.

However, there is more news. When you featured my dvd on your blog, Eric Maisel contacted me to participate in a study he is doing for a new book. Out of this connection grew a very productive artistic coaching relationship. Moving me totally out of my comfort zone, Eric has me painting. I cannot stress enough the value of working in more than one discipline to any artist. Each media brings strength to the other in a way that only working in one media can never do.

Thank you again for the push and lighting the fire of confidence. Even though I have a very established career as a fiber artist, it was time to move forward into some experimental work and some shameless self-promotion.

Gabrielle wanted me to be sure to share her experience and stress that working in more than one medium can propel you forward faster than staying in a safe place. It’s taking a big risk, something discussed in today’s Art Marketing Action newsletter.

Image: Gabrielle Swain, Beware the Asphalt. Acrylic on archival vellum bristol, 14 x 11 inches. (c) The Artist.

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4 comments to Work In Multiple Mediums

  • In response to today’s advice about the millionaire mind, two thoughts. First, I would put thoughts and feelings before programming…not that programs already in place might not tend to lead one down a path of continued thought and feeling, but really WE DO HAVE A CHOICE about what we are going to think and feel, and that is how we have the ability and capacity to re-program our inner dialog, regardless of parental, cultural, or social influences. Second, I recommend that all artists see the movie, now in DVD, “What the Bleep Do We Know Anyway?” It talks all about the quantum physics reasons that prove how much power we have to change our programming, and intersects physics and spirituality in discussing this. Very thought-provoking, inspiring information for any creative person, and you will want to listen to it more than once to really take in fully what is being said. One part of this documentary-style movie shows pictures of the alterations in the cellular structure of distilled water when positive or negative words are placed on the bottle that the distilled water is contained in. Pretty amazing proof that we as human bodies comprised of 90% water can influence ourselves to realize any dream we want to focus on. regards from Mona

  • That is a wonderful success story!

  • Good messages, there. I waas recently asked by the Nicolaysen Museum in Casper to participate in their Windows on Wyoming project (40 artists chosen) but I have not done a lot of work with acrylics so that is a new deprture for me. It is a good thing to come out of one’s comfort zone now and again–it stretches the mind and imagination. Husband and I watched What the Bleep rather late one evening but he left after ten minutes and I was too weary to stay awake. Will have to put the DVD on again. Scrap the programming, is my take on the whole thing. Leave preconceived ideas behind–they only hold you back. (as I am probably older than all of you, I have lots of those to leave behind).

  • We learn at an early age that some risks are dangerous and hurt. The biggest risk takers in life are the most successful. Maybe the trick is to distinguish what is a dangerous action and what is just a different action with great potential. Being adventuresome is not necessarily risky. Fear is a greater motivator than reward. If we have a fear of rejection we need to get over it and take action.