Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Too Much!

I'm so excited right now I can't even tell you! Good news coming up, wait for it...

Sunday, January 19, 2014

Creative Thinking

My mind wanders a lot. Sometimes I find myself drifting off to another place when people are talking to me. I have to ask politely for them to repeat what they were saying. 
I'm always creating. Even when I'm not physically doing so. I'm triggered by shapes and colors. A cute outfit might set my mind racing. I always have a project being tackled in my head. 
It's a pre-sketch to a sketch, the process my mind goes through. The best outcome is when my final piece is exactly how I "thought" it would be.

Money

Money.

No one likes to talk about money unless they are getting it. Being an artist, of any kind, there's always that thought of...what we do isn't a job, because we love it. Hmmm true, but still a job, that takes effort and time. And we ALL know time is money.

If you are going to support anyone in the art world, pay them for the jobs they do. I have a few artist friends that thrive off of their art, while others struggle hard.

Freebies are always good and most times beneficial. It baffles me why it's so difficult to pay a musician, poet, actor or painter but so easy to pay the guy that cuts your grass.

I had this discussion with a friend of mine...

"People will use you until you break. It's best to have a contract up front. The problem is that most artists are not business people. They are "in love" with their craft. They hear the words "I'm interested in your work", and they forget all about pay. Be prepared in your field, research other artists and see what they charge, get contracts and invoices. Or, be broke. Your client, whether it's your Mom or Donald Trump, WILL PAY if they want YOUR services. Let them pay someone else if they don't."

This is a subject that's touchy with folks, that's why I chose to discuss it. We all have worth, whether you can put an exact dollar amount on what you do is up to you.

Just remember that we are all struggling no matter what our jobs are. The idea is to give credit where it's due. Even if it's a VISA.

Weekends...

Ahhh, the luxury of the weekend. Sleeping in, no work, dinner dates, drinks with the girls.

Not quite. 

For me the weekend is the time I have to CREATE. Saturday night is the night all of the magic happens! The bedroom becomes an art studio. My bed is where I layout my ideas; sketches all over the place. My easel sits next to my tv, which becomes irrelevant when I work. Strictly music, maybe a long chat with my agent. I love the weekend, it gives me time to be me.