Should My Hometown Deaccession Public Sculpture of Lesser Quality? (Curious Monday)

Brother and Sister at the Rodeo - Sculpture in Golden, Colorado

There’s an art controversy in my sleepy little hometown of Golden, Colorado.

Six bronze sculptures have been recommended for deaccession from the City’s collection. The reasoning:

– They were mass produced in China.

– They are judged to be of lesser quality.

– They are signed by “fake” artists. No one can find an artist by these names.

And, yet, many people love these pieces.

I’m curious about what you think.

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How Do You Take Care of Yourself? (Curious Monday)

Blue painting of birds by Bill Jacka

We’re busy.

Busy in the studio, busy at home, and busy in the office. Everyone is so busy that it’s a boring topic. I’ve even made it an important goal to never utter the words I’m so busy.

But lots of the busy-ness involves sitting on our butts. And when we’re not doing that, we might just be so involved in deadlines and commitments that we forget to eat.

None of this is good.

Today’s big question originated from one of my Inner Circle members: How do you take care of yourself?

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What's Your Social Media Schedule? (Curious Monday)

Painting by Barbara J. Hart

One of the things we do in Content Camp is create an editorial calendar so you know what you’ll be posting and when.

This naturally got me thinking about what your social media schedule is like.

How frequently do you post? And to which platforms? Facebook? Twitter? Instagram? Pinterest?

What time of day do you post?

Do you schedule posts or always post live?

What types of things do you post?

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About Curious Monday Posts

Curious Monday is a weekly question that is sent only to subscribers.

I’m curious about how you live your life as an artist, how you juggle the demands on your time, and what you’re thinking about.

I hope you’ll read the responses from other artists.

Maybe you’ll get some fresh ideas or even feel a little more connected as a result.

Feel free to email me with suggestions for future Curious Monday questions.

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Have You Lost Friendships Because You Are An Artist? (Curious Monday)

Painting of 3 women by Pam Beer

Living the life as an artist is hard enough, but it’s made harder when those we’re close to don’t support us.

We need people around us who can support us emotionally – people who believe in our message to the world. It really stinks when friends and family don’t believe in our goals.

Have you lost friendships because people couldn’t support your life as an artist?

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How Do You Motivate Yourself to Finish a Project? (Curious Monday)

Sandra Duran Wilson painting with lotus

We all have projects that are part of our lives for longer than originally intended. The more we avoid them, the more monstrous they become.

Procrastination is in charge.

Today’s question …

How do you motivate yourself to finish up a project that has been hanging around the studio too long?

Or

How to you face a project that you committed to, but no longer have any interest in?

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What Is Your Morning Routine? (Curious Monday)

Ruth-Anne Siegel painting of coffee cup

If you ever doubted that routines are important for doing strong creative work, read Twyla Tharp’s book, The Creative Habit.

What is your morning routine?

What do you do each morning without thinking? What do you wish you would be able to do in the mornings?

Do you rise and shine early? Or are you a late starter?

Respond on this first Curious Monday post.

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When You're Worried About Being Too Commercial in Your Art Career

Jack the cat

I’ve asked about what it means to be “too commercial” before, but this article in Hyperallergic had me thinking about it again. It discusses a limited-edition $2,500 book by Annie Leibovitz for Taschen and the Wu-Tang Clan’s plan to sell access to a pricey album for 1-time-only listening.

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Does the Nosedive in Facebook Reach Affect How You Market Your Art?

Graph showing Facebook Reach

Have you noticed? Facebook has dramatically reduced the number of people who are organically seeing the posts on your business page. The reach of your posts has probably gone down 50% or more since October of 2013. This means that even though someone has liked your page, they probably won’t see what you share unless you pony up and pay for promoted posts and ads.

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Evaluating Your Art Instructors

Paper with A+

Artists often go out of their way to learn new techniques from well-established instructors. You might drive a long distance, hop on a plane, or invest a good chunk of change. Today’s deep thought comes from a reader who thinks you probably have something to say about these classes.

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