welcome summer


summer time & the living is easy! HA! This is how my summer looks, what about all of you? As we reach the half way mark in our year together how is your energy? Are you still excited by the things on your list, or are you beginning to realize that you want to go some place else?

This is how I keep track of what is going on in my professional life. It is in plain view in my studio. I need to see things otherwise I waste a lot of time & energy worrying about the due date for a show or application. The little notes are meetings I have committed to attending, so I don’t start to over-schedule my days. Summer is so precious to me because I get big swaths of time to create in. I am able to work on larger projects and just play in the studio instead of always being on a creative deadline. The bottom of the board contains my crazy lists, things still to do for impending deadlines. I use post-its for this area so I can take them down when I need to take action on them!

Watch your post in the next week or so as a new SAVI newsletter will be on its way filled with tips & tricks for goal “keeping” from your peers. I see from the green sheets that many of you use a big calendar or lists, would you be willing to share some pictures? If so email them to me & I will share them with the group. I find a calendar doesn’t work for me because I want it to look neat & tidy and I am always adding and re-prioritizing things and I end up re-writing the calendar just so it isn’t a mess! I’m off to enjoy a day mostly in the studio, except for a few errands for a workshop I am teaching tomorrow. Hope you have a great day!


your blog, your way post 2

this month’s installment on art blogging by Seth at The Altered Page is available here. Looking forward to seeing you all on Saturday!

creative arrogance

We have spent a lot of time thinking about the business aspects of creativity. Like many of you, I still feel weird thinking about my work in terms of value measured by money/income. Why is this?

I know for me it is partly because of my education, many academic artists I encountered on the path to my degree never spoke about money. Of course they partly supported themselves with their teaching activities, just as I do now, but they also sold art, their work, and never once mentioned that. In art school I learned that art & money don’t mix! But of course they must!

This is further reinforced by the glamour of the starving artist mystique. Artists enjoy suffering for their art, it is a rite of passage, if you aren’t hungry you are doing it wrong! Well that was all well and good when I was single. I lived frugally, I was OK with nothing. But then I had children. My kids didn’t sign up for that lifestyle and it wasn’t fair to them. I had to learn how to translate my creativity into income, and to do that I entered the coporate world, I got a job! I worked as a typesetter and graphic designer for many years, with some breaks when I went to school. In the beginning I felt like I was selling out, pimping out my creativity on business cards and logo designs. It took me a long time to realize it was OK to make money doing something I was good at that came easily to me.

So for a long time I have lived in two worlds, my studio and the office. Many of you are doing the same thing. In the beginning it was a bit like being behind enemy lines, the business culture has its own language and culture, I had to learn those things to function there, and I am smart, so I could and did!! I have always been a morning person, I like to get up and get going, so getting up to go to work wasn’t hard for me. I don’t sleep much, so I could work late in my studio too, because like most people I often hit my creative stride late at night. I made it work because I needed it to work.

I am mentioning all of this because as usual, my web surfing this week has turned up a theme… art & money. First I want to share this link, from an artist who has come up with a great marketing scheme to pay her rent! She is also getting a lot of flack from other artists for being gimmicky, but a girl’s gotta pay her rent! What do you think?

The second is another TED video, this one about the communication barrier between the art world and the business world. It’s about 20 minutes long so hang in there, and the pie chart on creativity is worth the duration! I am guilty at times of crarrogance, how about you?


How many of you are thinking about entering the Southern Tier Biennial this  year? Me too if I can get my act together and get some better pictures before the deadline!! Oh I know you are all disappointed to find out I am not perfect! Actually I am procrastinating because I didn’t get accepted for the show last time. I am worried I might not get in again. If I don’t what will that mean about my work. Since I did get in the first year does it mean I have been making rubbish since then?

We will all have to face down rejection and all the crazy monkey mind fears it brings. Here is a great blog post about one artist’s experience and how she dealt with a crushing rejection.

Looking forward to seeing you all twice this week, on Wednesday at the webinar on websites and on Saturday in person! Hope you all have a productive week, and I am looking forward to reading all your goal surveys. If you haven’t sent in your statement it is LATE! Hop right on that, promote it to the top of your to do list. I want it Saturday for sure!!

cool website, cool post

Check this out when you come in out of the sun today, I had to take a break from weeding, overwhelmed by my allergies, so a little surfing and I found this for all of you – enjoy, the sun and the blog! See you all soon 🙂

facebook suggestions

I know some of you etsy, but for those who don’t I am giving you this link to marketing ideas on facebook. While you are there check out the site, it has a lot of cool, cheap , effective marketing ideas.

Also many of you are asking me about resumes, must be all that writing has you in the mood! I am going to recommend the College Art Association’s website for info on resumes, CV’s for teaching and many other tools for presenting yourself in a professional manner. Here’s the link.

I hope everyone who participated had a good weekend at Routes to Art. Please feel free to share your success and any insights you think the group might benefit from here or on the website. I came back from what was a pretty slow traffic weekend really energized and fizzing with ideas for two new pieces of work! Plus all the new names on my mailing list and a sheet full of people interested in taking classes with me. I hope you all got something positive out of it too.

Summer is finally here for me, I teach less and am able to get into the studio to work on big installation pieces. I will also have more time to post on the blog so finger’s crossed for more frequent updates. If there is something you’d like me to cover or research for you, shot me an email, or leave a comment here!


Someone I know just posted a link to this very sage piece of writing, so I am sharing it with you! I know many of you, like me are busy gearing up for Routes to Art this weekend – don’t forget that success is not only sales, but contacts and publicity. Think about how you will measure the success of the event before you head out, 10 new contacts, 10 sales? And after you have tried 100% don’t beat yourself up if you don’t quite make the goals, celebrate your success and then as this author suggests, pick up from there and continue on down your path.

Also a friendly reminder, your artists statement is due to me and Heather by May 27th, and we are available to offer editing advice before then! And don’t forget to think about the answers to the goal worksheet (green) I handed you at May’s meeting.

If you have any specific topics you would like Jim to address in June relating to the legal side of art making, get them to us ASAP. No guarantees he will be able to cover them, but we can ask!

I hope you get out and enjoy the sun this weekend. And I hope I will see some of you at Routes to Art.