It is a lovely Sunday here at Anisette Studios. I have my coffee on the right, the sun is coming through the windows creating bright patterns on burnt orange curtains. The cat has stopped pestering me but is knitting the couch, I told him “No, no, no, NO!” he stopped, and so I can write.
Sunday’s mark the end of or the beginning of the week for many of us. It is my time to wrap up what I do not want to do during the week so things can slide until next Sunday. I do the housework or it might be that I make muffins___. Ah! Sunday! More than in the past I let it be a real weekend. One where I don’t work at something but reading or binge-watch a series that has attracted my attention. Recently its been painting furniture for the Boho look I am working towards. I am filling my house with color! My goal is to change up my house and wardrobe. Getting there!
So far the schedule that works best for me is to take mornings for writing. The plan is to write the blog consistently, or pen pal rather than a journal. I still work in the business journal, and I am back working on revenue streams. I like pen paling where someone responds to what I write about. It gives me a great chance to work ideas out in my head. It is a slow but quite pleasant way to have conversations.
Writing time is 8 to 12. I do other small things in the mix so to move and not sit the whole time. Then about 12:30 to, 1 to 8. I work in the studio. After 8 my evenings are free to relax in. Weekends are off. To be honest, some days are more than 8 hours in the studio or with writing. The pitfall of being an artist or writer it is fun when it goes well! The not-so-fun part may be the business end of things. But that part is vital to success; it does not do itself! It’s officially time then!
I did not always keep the schedule. Nor did I understand how to go about the business end of art. Now is the time for me to put what I have learned into action! Time will tell how well I learned the lessons. Artists need to court others, and bring them on board! This journey makes me excited, anxious, nervous___yet I am underway!
It took me a long time to figure out what would truly work for me. I was and am creating original art but my plans are to do something different with it as well! It’s ambitious, but I want to make a difference in the world with my art and writing. I feel people need art more than ever to heal from the effects of the pandemic.
I spent all my time in the studio, and no time on the business end of things for way too many years. Not until I met up with Catherine Orer and became a part of her The Artist Entrepreneur Network group on Facebook. Catherine taught us well! I forget how many years it was, at this point, I am an alumnus. What we learned, and had great support with was the business end of art. FASO, Fine Art Studios Online is also helping artists with the business end of art. Good support is key. The art world is evolving. My FASO website: <https://www.anisettestudios.com/>. Since learning about the business end of art I have become more successful. To be honest however, it is only recently that I am able to fully focus on Shibui Found Image Art. It is harder when your attention is divided to give your all. This said being a caregiver for my husband was very important! Now, he has died, I will focus on Shibui more.
What I know has not made me an old pro at selling my artwork. Not yet! I do understand enough to move forward. I know how to ask questions that will help me. I know where to find support.
I am at the beginning stage of launching Shibui Found Image Art. It dawned on me as I continue to developing Shibui that developing it was just one component. I realized consistency was vital. Internalizing being consistent is important for being an artist or writer. Catherine Orer as a business coach taught us that it may be 3 or 4 things that we accomplish in a day’s time, but if we are consistent, then there are days when things do avalanche forward. This is true! She also taught us that even if it is 1 or 2 things no matter how small will matter! That living our lives, so we are healthy, and where we are a part of our families. These things are as important as the art we do. Seeing the world at large___” All work, no play”___makes Jack or Jill___dull. We really must take care of ourselves and if we do we will be successful. I recommend: <https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-artist-entrepreneur-podcast/id1518318244>
Development for Shibui has meant coming to certain standpoints such as having to develop enough Shibui to understand it, and explain it; to have a control group where there are different kinds of artists using Shibui as an art form. I have learned a great deal from group members. The important thing has been to learn where other people can take the foundations. That it is different than what I do and unique to them. That when they use different mediums they come up with yet one more type. It has been a valuable choice to run a control group.
I will leave you with these thoughts for now. Best wishes! Have a wonderful Sunday! Pejj