The Business of Business Cards!

Business cards

I received my business cards today! I designed them and ordered them online. Just basic and inexpensive.

I hesitated on what to put on them. Giving myself the title of ‘mixed media artist’ was a bold move! But now I guess I am one because a little card says so!

No one will take you seriously unless you do!’

Not sure how much people use cards these days? I know I often flick them into the bin and use the internet instead. But they’re handy to pack with sold items or send out with exhibition pieces.

Most of all they give me a tiny confidence boost and make my artwork more official.

Another relevant saying ‘fake it till you make it!’

I could keep going with witty inspirational quotes! But I’ll stop here!

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Is My Art Any Good?

Is my art any good? That question regularly pops into my head and floats around! I’m sure I’m not the only artist who considers this (wow! I managed to actually call myself an artist!)

Anytime someone tells me they like one of my paintings, I decide they are just being polite or don’t know what they’re talking about! I reply by pointing out the work’s faults! Don’t they know I’m a fraud! ‘Imposter Syndrome’ fear of being exposed as a fraud and doubting one’s accomplishments.

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Putting aside the usual negative chitter chatter in my mind, it’s tricky to tell where my artwork sits. Exposed to so much online work to compare it to, while trying not to copy other artist’s style. Being authentic but producing pieces other people admire enough to purchase.

How do I know if my work is any good? I clearly doubt other’s opinions and can’t trust mine. I am often surprised by which paintings do well online, pieces I don’t feel are that good! Though to be honest I’m surprised when any work is received well! Though clearly this doesn’t stop me from continuing to paint!

Well I know this self-doubt is normal and common. I have to acknowledge what I have accomplished. I hope to find a place where I can comfortably and confidently present my work to the world with a satisfied smile!

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Dream Vision Board

Dream board, vision board,

My head and heart are in a state of burnout!

Life has been full of surprises and challenges. My brain had been in overdrive, while my emotions seem to have hopped onto a roller-coaster.

To help relieve some pressure and sort myself out I have created a ‘dream’ or ‘vision’ board.

This idea is appealing to me at the moment, coming into the new year, it’s a great time to think about and organise my goals and thoughts.

I collected images from magazines and some other bits that will represent what I want to aspire to. Of course one of my goals is to be a successful artist!

Dream board, vision board, being an artist
Images to inspire my creative goals.

Every morning I’m going to take a minute to look at my board as I get ready for the day, to refocus myself on what’s important. I think the board will also be helpful when I’m feeling overwhelmed by an issue. I’m not really into meditation but I can use my vision board to keep my thoughts positive.

I’m not going to pray to the board and assume the universe will grant all my dreams! But I will use it to remind me of the steps I need to take to realise my goals.

The board is just a tool to motivate me, along with my artist’s new year resolution  I should be starting 2019 on the right foot.

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New Year Artist Resolution

I’ve written my Artist’s new year resolution’. Following the steps of Marwa Altantawi from Ruined Brush

What a good idea to get the new year off to a productive and positive start!

1. Take steps to build my creative community, reach out and connect with others with similar interests.

2. Work towards an exhibition or getting my work out into real world as opposed to just online world.

But at the same time,

3. Promote my website and build up my social media presence, possibly upload work for sale on my own site

4. Build my mailing list which is pretty much non-existent.

5. Continue to explore mediums and work on my style.

6. Explore intuitive painting, work bigger and looser.

7. Enter art come competitions.

8. Create work for charitable causes.

Some of these items I have made a start on but I have a long way to go.

Lucky I have a whole year! Better get cracking!

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Launching My Website

My website is live! After tinkering around with design. I’ve finally put procrastination aside and bit the bullet!

It’s not a hundred percent polished, there are things I’d like to add including an online shop for my artwork….one step at a time!

My site also has a Blog page. I decided not to link my WordPress blog. It was cheaper and avoided all the technical hurdles if I used the Wix platform for both my website and blog page.

Although I will share some of the content, I wanted to keep my site’s blog simple focusing on the process and promotion of my work. I’ll leave all the juicy details of my insecurities, failings and the rest for WordPress!

I welcome any feedback or ideas for improvements, although it’s live it still needs some work!

With that I announce my website address annajustart.com!!

See what you think!

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Creating my Website and the Rest!

Painting, being an artist

I’ve started creating a website for my art.

I’m using Wix templates. Eventually I’ll connect this blog to the site, once I work out how!

With so many online platforms I do get muddled which site directs traffic where! I started this blog to promote my art, I’ve been building my Pinterest profile to promote my blog, I use Facebook  to promote Redbubble and Bluethumb where my work is available for sale. All platforms cross over. Now if I have a website I have to be careful not to direct my traffic round in circles! The term ‘traffic’ imply there is bumper to bumper of people ‘following’ and ‘liking’ my work; the reality is more like a country road on a Sunday morning!

I have so far avoided opening an Instagram account, for better or worse!

Just incase all these platforms collapse it’s important to have a mailing list, mine Is non-existent at the moment. Funny to think that the good old ’email’ has survived the onslaught of social media platforms.

It is very possible the whole internet world will self implode in the future! Personally I’m not sure how sad I’d be about that!

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Writing an Artist Bio

Painting, being an artist

The joys of attempting to write an artist bio! It’s goes against my Cancerian brain! It’s so hard not to sound contrived and pretentious. I’m trying to write about my creative thoughts and processes without sounding so unoriginal.

As much as it pains me it seems unavoidable. Every time I inquire about exhibitions, awards or selling online, I am asked for my bio.

I’ve Googled prompt questions to get me going such as ‘what are you trying to achieve with your art?’ Um…..why is this question so tricky to answer? Especially an acceptable answer that doesn’t include  the words ‘I don’t know’ in it! I also don’t want to sound over the top, as if my work may find a cure for the common cold!

There are two types of artists, one’s that love talking about their work and themselves and those that don’t. Probably a result of insecurities all round.

I don’t know what I want to achieve other than fulfilling an urge within myself to create. I’m drawn to colours and pretty pictures, I’m not really trying to convey or explore big issues. My subconscious might have more to say, perhaps I’m unconsciously trying to express something more?

I’m still struggling with actually calling myself an artist. I’m not comfortable with the title and not sure I have the artistic merit, though I Googled the definition of ‘artist’ and apparently I do qualify!

I’ll keep working on it and do my best not to make up too many of the answers! I’d like my work to speak for itself. I’d be delighted if people appreciated it for their own reasons, who cares about my intentions!

How do other artists feel?

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