Hurry Hurry! (sort of)

hurry-hurry

Emphasized at my mastermind meeting two weeks ago: The most successful people have a sense of urgency. I believed this to be true when I heard it, and then I started researching what “a sense of urgency” really means. It’s not really about hurrying. [...]

Twitter Tweekly for January 26 2014

@abstanfield on Twitter

Only the best for you! My top tweets from the past two weeks – all in one place. Click on what you like and ignore the rest. >>> Just booked travel for VT workshop on Feb 15-16. Hope you can come! artbizcoach.com/vt2014 . . . If the art is for sale, make sure the price is visible . . . [...]

11 Ways to Work Through Your Grief and Return to the Studio

Barbara Muir painting

For artists making art is life’s main goal, so what happens when we quit producing? When my 13-year-old dog died in September, I thought I’d hit the depths of sadness. Then my mother died in October, and I was suddenly sidelined by my own grief. The direct result of losing someone or something you love is profound grief. And that hollow, meaningless feeling that accompanies loss does not lead to art. Yet we know art is the answer. [...]

Would You Fire Yourself?

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If you were the boss and had you as an employee, would you be happy with your performance, or would you fire yourself? Let’s pretend for a moment that you are conducting a performance review of your work. Evaluate whether or not your expectations as an employer are being met by your performance as an employee. [...]

Artists and Health Insurance

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I thought we should get a pulse on health insurance since everyone else is talking about it. Deep Thought . . . .Do you have health insurance? Did you get it for you as an individual or through work or a spouse? Have you tried to access health insurance through the HealthCare.gov site? Or have you used a state exchange? [...]

Introducing Yourself as an Artist

Stephanie Hartshorn and Holly Wilson get to know each other at Art Biz Makeover this past fall. Photo by Regina-Marie Photography.

I’ve been surprised at how difficult it can be for artists to introduce themselves as artists. “I’m an artist” doesn’t seem to roll off the tongue easily for some people. And yet it’s critical to be able to say it with confidence. It seems to be easier for people with art degrees to pronounce their profession to the world. This might be because there is a piece of paper that says you completed a curriculum to the satisfaction of an institution. [...]

Twitter Tweekly for January 12 2014

@abstanfield on Twitter

The Tweekly took a break for the holidays so we’re playing catch up. Here is a curated list of helpful, interesting, and entertaining tweets from the past few weeks. >> Quick reminder to change © date info on your sites, newsletter, etc. The more personal you make an email, the better response you’ll get. You have to know where you stand if you want to expand . . . [...]

I Challenge You To Do The Work

Webinar replay

Yesterday I taught a complimentary webinar for artists titled Surefire Income-Boosting Strategy for 2014, in which I shared the 5-step process I use every year to increase my income. And although our businesses are different, I show how you can apply the same process to your art business – immediately. If you didn’t attend, you can access the replay through January 15 on this page. [...]

What Good Are Artist Awards?

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Best in Show . . . First Place . . . Viewers’ Choice . . . Purchase Prize . . . Honorable Mention. Deep Thought for Artists >> What good are artist awards? Do they lead to a better career for the winners? [...]

Clarity

planning photo

My word for 2014 is clarity. I didn’t sit down and randomly select a word or force it. I paid attention to what’s going on in my life. I listened to what I was asking for. I have been feeling a little discombobulated and even unsure about how I can best serve you. In the last few months, I found myself repeatedly asking for clarity in specific situations. [...]