Ep 116 Taking Action with your Art

Nowadays, we’re talking about taking action with your art…And what we mean by that, is when you come across by yourself a little bit trapped someplace, then how to do a little something about it.

Podcast Ep 116 Taking Action with your Art

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The thought for this episode came about when I was having my possess personal self esteem disaster, which we all have from time to time. It was at that time that I was experimenting with new suggestions, but continue to, I was normally down on my artwork.

But, then issues begun to occur, that informed me that actually, I was undertaking alright… Of training course, me, remaining me, I assumed it was some sort of concept from the universe, but then Tara pointed out that maybe it is for the reason that I took some motion a short while ago, and that produced individuals matters happen.

I experienced entered the SWA exhibition, which I had hardly ever accomplished before, and my painting bought picked. I had place all of my art up on a secondary website, and soon later on 1 of my paintings was featured in their Might favourites and not lengthy just after that, I also acquired a commission.

I labored more challenging on my social media and off the back again of that, I bought invited on one more podcast as a guest… All of these issues, I experienced place down to some sort of concept, where of class, Tara, who is significantly additional degree-headed than I am, was right… It wasn’t a message from the universe. It was only for the reason that I experienced actively, even if unwittingly, produced those items transpire, and just as I had started off to really feel flat, they all arrived to fruition.


Initial of all, you want to search at what might you need to choose motion on.

Is there nearly anything you are not content with at the second?

Maybe you sense like your artwork is not increasing

If that is the scenario you require to inquire by yourself why not?

The most probably remedy is that you are not placing ample time into actively drawing.

So the action you need to take is to:

  • Put aside a established volume of time to draw every single working day or week and adhere to it.
  • Choose component in problems or create 1 for your self that will assistance you strengthen
  • Remember to be practical, if you have a whole-time job and a family you possibly don’t want to program in 4 hours a day, but it’s possible half an hour a working day is doable. Little and normally is effective best.


Put aside some time for energetic understanding

Observe is truly crucial, but make positive you place aside some time for lively understanding way too. You’ll enhance a lot more quickly if you mix observe, with looking at tutorial guides or watching movies on the issues you want to make improvements to on.

But you do need to do both of those. So make positive you are also placing more than enough time into actively practicing and not just observing other folks do it.

You could also consider a course. That could be a actual physical class that you truly go to, or it could be an on-line study course.

I know, Tara, that you love an on line training course, simply because you have finished loads of them. How practical have you identified them?


Are you striving to master a new medium?

Maybe you are disappointed mainly because you have been striving to learn a new medium, but you simply cannot feel to get to grips with it.

This could be because you are not placing constant time into it

Your Action:

  • Probably you might want to be part of a challenge linked to that medium. That could give you the accountability you need to have.
  • I keep in mind attempting to learn how to create free watercolour faces without drawing to start with. Together with getting a proposed guide I decided I would paint a encounter a day till I felt I had the knack of it. Up to working day 10 was a disaster, I was acquiring disappointed, then as if by magic the upcoming facial area labored significantly far better, it was like magic. Of system, it was not fantastic, but I could see development. You won’t always see improvement just about every day, you are likely to make a leap and then remain the same for a bit.


It’s possible you are missing some information that could help propel you ahead.


So aside from what I outlined previously, which was to go through tutorial textbooks and look at movies, why not have interaction with other artists who do the type of artwork that you’re into. Ask their advice!

Of training course, there are usually likely to be some artists who are going to be reluctant to share their information, it’s unfortunate. But the good news is, the bulk are much more than delighted to share some ideas.


Perhaps you are using the erroneous equipment.

This is a classic with watercolour. If you try and discover watercolours using inexpensive paper, it can be a disaster. Even an achieved watercolourist would struggle with cheap paper.

And which is actually the similar with a great deal of mediums. I try to remember people in our group having difficulties producing watercolour brush pens function. And that was because they were being usig a common cartridge paper that was just soaking in the colour

So the Action, in this situation, would be to

Read up on the medium and search for out video tutorials. You could also reach out to somebody on social media and inquire for tips


You sense like you are not becoming viewed or discovered

Perhaps you are assured in the artwork you are producing, and nevertheless you really feel like you are not staying viewed or seen.

It’s possible you are not putting enough energy in to Social Media


So, the first think to do is to make a program to write-up at minimum when a day.

And it really doesn’t have to be a extravagant article, there are all types of great ways to share your art on social media and in point, not long ago we did an entire episode on 31 ways to share your art, so absolutely test that 1 out if you need some tips.

But it will help if you allocate certain instances particularly for putting up. Really it’s just to remind men and women you are there and it encourages persons to interact with you as well. And don’t forget to commit a minimal time commenting on other people’s posts as well.


Have a hear to our preceding Episode on sharing your art far too.

Some action you could take on your social media

You could want to Expend a working day or fifty percent a day a 7 days making your reel and scheduling your posts. That way you know it is done and do not have to all of a sudden occur up with one thing to submit.

If you have a web site, maybe you are not driving targeted traffic to it often enough


Routinely post one-way links to your products and solutions. Describe what you really like about the piece, what it implies to you.


If you really do not share your art, no one will see it

If you never want your have web-site, then possibly it is time to sign up for Etsy, Artfinder or anything equivalent. Or, maybe even a weblog. If you never share your artwork, nobody will see it.

A web site is a genuinely good way to share your art and it’s much less complicated if you really do not want to construct a internet site. And the great point is, they are typically free of charge as properly, so there are no charges involved.


Do you sense like absolutely nothing has took place for ages to help go you forward in your artwork profession?

Perhaps you are not throwing more than enough sticks in the air or having plenty of hazards.


  • Enter a levels of competition (be very careful which as it should not value substantially, if any revenue).
  • Consider inquiring other individuals who you feel the target marketplace is for your artwork. I did this in a team the moment and another person advised a specialized niche I had hardly ever even heard of. It was relevant to the tattoo sector, when I searched it, I could see how my artwork may possibly in shape.


Do not be worried to request large inquiries.

Would you be interested in showing my work in your gallery?

Would I be capable to keep an exhibition in your space? (this does not have to be in ta gallery… It could be in your nearby pub!

What is the worst that could transpire? They can say no? Well that is good. Check out somewhere else!


Do you experience like you are not offering anything at all?

Probably you are not pushing your do the job out there adequate.


  • Remind folks of upcoming dates, like Father’s Working day, the Marriage ceremony Time, Moms working day, Valentines day, Christmas… Are they seeking for a exceptional reward? You can backlink them to your products or present commissions.

Do you come to feel like you’re not finding a great deal engagement on Social Media?

It may possibly be that you just have not uncovered the right viewers.


  • Probably Linkedin or Twitter or a distinctive system might be value experimenting with if you at present use Instagram or visa versa. You can normally use a social media app to thrust articles out to heaps of distinct spots at at the time.
  • Perhaps there are a distinct set of people today you have to have to get to, You want to operate out the place they are.


Probably you are putting time into a thing that is just not correct for you.


Choose if you are flogging a useless horse. At times you have to know when it is time to reduce your losses and check out a thing else. If you’re not sure, established a time limit and thrust until eventually you have arrived at it. If practically nothing has transformed, then it’s time to make a conclusion.

I experienced to do this just lately. I’d place a large amount of time in to NFTs, but immediately after a when I realised that, for it to do the job, I would require to devote even a lot more time on it, which I never have, so the time I do have is much better invested developing perform to promote on other platforms that do function for me.

Your finest off throwing a handful of sticks in the air and then concentrating on the types that glimpse like there going to do one thing.

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