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Summer Minis Giveaway

Last summer I had a plan to hide a piece of min art everyday somewhere in Tacoma. I did hide several tiny pieces and it was a blast. People that found them often connected to me and let me know how it brought a bright spot to their day. I was equally intrigued by the pieces that I never heard from again. They’ve gone on an adventure and I may never know what became of them. My art out in the world, doing it’s own thing. I loved it.

However, I wasn’t prepared. I was making the pieces as I went and investing more time in the pieces than expected. Even the time taken to hide them was more work than I thought I’d signed up for. So the project fizzled out pretty quickly.

I haven’t forgotten about it though. I even miss doing it. It was one of my favorite art activities ever. So, I’m gearing up to do it again the summer of 2018. This time I’m making them in advance. As they’re completed I’ll often post photos to social media. You can also catch me making them live on Twitch.

Just another reason to get excited for summer.

 

 

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Why I Stream the Boring Stuff

Last week I was streaming while creating a content calendar for my online posts. I was blogging, planning & all the not fun stuff. I’d honestly rather be painting, no question. I had to ask myself mid-stream, “Why am I even streaming this right now?” The answer goes along with why I need a content calendar in the first place.

Visual art is undeniably a form of communication. When I consider:

  • My art is communication.
  • My business is art.
  • Business is done through communication with clients.
  • Most of my communication is done online or via apps.

I realize the boundary between making the art and creating access to that art loses definition. Communication is not a one way street. I want to communicate my art, but I’d also like reciprocate with other artist’s pieces. So blog posts, photos on Instagram and Tweets are all a part of that dialogue we have as artists with each other and our audience.

Blogging, networking and administrative tasks are a part of my art, even if I’d rather be painting. Maybe they’re the boring part, but that’s just another reason to stream while I do it. Come keep me company and make this process more fun!

Lastly I’m streaming while I do the boring stuff because as soon as the stream starts I go into work mode. It’s like clocking in. It helps keep me on task. Anything that helps, I do it!

If you’d like to explore the concept of sharing your process with your audience as well as the finished pieces I’d recommend picking up Show Your Work by Austin Kleon. He wrote about it better than I just did.