Add a little self challenge if you please

I have been in a mental slump. Not a creative slump but I felt as though things weren’t moving as well as I would like them to be and no matter what someone tell you, you are the worst critic.

Sometimes life happens I get that, but in retrospect, it always does. Life doesn’t stop or give you a break because you can’t take it. No life is really crappy and hard and being an adult with constant worry and responsibility is all part of the fun. But how we decide to embrace those life challenges and how we react to it will either stop you or fuel you to carry on.

For my well being I needed to get away for a while to gauge things and reset. So, back in November I went to the UK to clear my head, meet some old friends and ultimately get some perspective about my life and the direction I wanted it to go.

It was an amazing experience, and if you have never gone alone on a trip I advise it highly. It shakes your core and wakes you up! And the wonderful thing about going alone is that you don’t have to wait for anyone and if you want to go somewhere you can! lol

While there I explored and thought long and hard about all I had done everything I wanted to do so far with my own personal goals and ambitions. But I also realized that I was not challenging myself in the correct manner.

What do I mean? well I put my self in constant states of stress adding more and more projects to keep my head spinning, but what was I doing to grow creatively on a personal level?

We all are looking for that almighty dollar yes, but what are we doing to help that on our own scale of things? Are we improving our craft? or are we simply regurgitating what we already know and can do well?

If you are good at what you do then why change it? It’s not about changing it. More like it is a continual flex and practice so that you can make it better!

So I decided that no matter how busy I get I will always make time to challenge myself daily to improve.

Whether it is sketching once a day for yourself or writing a poem or page in your book or walking everyday etc. It is about fine tuning the you to make a better version of yourself.

We can easily get lost with work and responsibilities. But it is also our job to maintain our core so that we always shine bright even when the world isn’t.

You will be happier and the ones you love will see it and feel that too. SO what you do as a personal challenge for yourself will make you better and keep the creative juices flowing and flexing that ever present muscle.

Namaste

Artists, you ready for the Busiest time of year?

Whether you are starting to feel the grind of the holidays starting to rise or not as an artist its always a good idea to be prepared. How can we get ready for the busy season and juggle the Christmas orders along with our own personal work?

Time is key! yes time. Time is an essential balance of what is priority and what is not. If you time how long a painting takes, for example a pet portrait painting you can make an allowance of that amount and etc.  This will help to get the projects done and allow for scheduling of multiple orders.  Take for an example a painting that is larger will take more time than a smaller one, or multiple pets in one painting will take much longer as well so allow extra time for those projects.

Another idea is to always inform your customer of how long of a wait they are looking at and in what order they are. So if they are anxious you can simply tell them when they are going to be able to get it and if you have the time to complete it before the rush and when they will be the next one to have an order completed.

I usually inform everyone on my Facebook page to please order early as time slots fill up quickly well before the season starts.

Remember too that if you have another job to include also a space for yourself as it will get to the point that if you don’t you will burn out and then you wont be able to do the work you promised which reflects badly.

Always remember that a lot of business is generated through word of mouth so make sure your character is intact to get the most out of this holiday season. I have already started to work on my Christmas orders and am thankful for my customers for being considerate and realize that it does take time to complete the paintings.

As entrepreneurs you must always look for ways in which to sell your talents. I suggest you share with friends and family to start and eventually those friends of friends will share and word will start to spread so that you become known for it and people will seek you out. This is a work in progress type of deal, no quick way to get more customers. It is all in how often you can produce the paintings for others to see and how well you do it.

Remember that there are so many styles of paintings so don’t ever be discouraged, someone will love your style! There is plenty of work for everyone.

Don’t ever give up. I started out with one or two paintings here and there and now I have to make a schedule because I have people asking that I don’t know. Which is nice, once you are known around as an artist you will find lots of interesting projects will find their way to you!

Time is not the enemy, make a schedule and stick to it. Things will go so much smoother if you do. Cheers!

Namaste.

L. Campbell

 

 

 

Mind your Mind

In todays world there is so much attention to social media and needed to fulfill a persona. It is daunting and stressful. Instead of enjoying moments or the process we are taking photos of things to post for the world to see.

Even as artists on Instagram we are compelled to constantly upkeep our art page for fear of losing followers. Which happens anyway lets face it. If you aren’t posting a couple of times a day your going to drop followers, so you opt to buy automatic posts. A little less stressful but still needs upkeep.

I think the whole point of being on social media is lost with the lack of engagement and real conversations. We don’t build actual relationships with our customers and lasting bonds to create a true fan and business attraction. I mean take twitter for example, how many people actually check the inbox of those new followers who have preprogrammed them to message you once you follow? Its spam and no one likes it. So if there was any it is lost in the mix of all the hiccups of technology.  We rely on likes or hearts, retweets to get there fans to like it to validate what we are doing. Does this get you a sale? Does anyone see what you are trying to accomplish? it does give you exposure this is true but Lets put it into perspective.

Instagram now has over 700 million users, and 250 million users use Instagram Stories every day. In total, Instagram’s added more than 200 million users to its platform in under a year, with 100 million of the newcomers signing on between December and the end of April.  WOW right?

SO does what we do have much impact? If hashtags are used correctly it can be somewhat effective but again its very short lived. You have seconds for someone to see what you post until they scroll to the next image. Just like Twitter, lets put that into perspective.

According to the last statistics, twitter has 554,750,000 users in the world and this number is being continued in each minute. The number of twitter users signing up every day is 135,000; every month about 190 million people are visiting twitter.

How do we go backwards in this ever changing tech world? For those of you who are older who have seen all the changes and followed suit reluctantly you know what I mean. Everyone’s head is pointed down on there phone, headphones in no communication to the people standing right in front of you.

I am included in the mix. When do we unplug? I am so connected to my customers and boss and my online shop that I have become morphed into a walking electronic always no matter what time of day or night engaging with clients, answering questions. When do I sleep, when do I shut down and recharge.

When you realize that no matter what those clients will be there when you get up and that this is vital to disconnect from it for your mental health and well being you will start to set time to prioritize this to keep you fresh and mentally healthy hopefully before you have a meltdown from the stress of it all.

Also when you don’t always feel the need to be ON all the time you will start to get more and more perspective as to what is important. Those moments don’t always need to be photographed.

Those validations are not so important anymore. If you are genuine and you have a craft that takes time and you love what you do then people will see this and you will gain real followers who love your creativity.

Lets not forget the Ladies and Gentlemen who post half naked pics on twitter and Instagram and what ever other social media these people have to show themselves for self gratification;  I am going to address this as well.

You don’t always have to be on posting photos of your body because whom ever loves you will not make you feel like you have to get that kind of positive or negative attention on social media. And somethings should be secret and sacred to just your partner. WE don’t need to see every curve and every muscle that’s meant for your partner.  Leave something to the imagination. Its classier and you attract real meaningful relationships not social fake media ones that lack respect and dignity from these random people whom ultimately don’t matter.  And how are you to trust someone who does this constantly that says they love you for others to view you in your birthday suit? ask yourself that.

Getting down to how to uplug, here is a few things one can do to reconnect with yourself without tech interference.

  1. read a book  ( not on your phone)
  2. meditate, 20 mins a day does wonders
  3. take a walk and leave the phone at home
  4. Have a party with family and friends ( no phones allowed)
  5. Exercise
  6. listen to music
  7. DO something creative, write, paint etc..

I am sure there are more, feel free to add some in the comments section! I would love to hear from you!!!

Namaste

 

What’s On the Other Side of YOUR fear?

I keep coming across posts about fear and how to challenge it. I feel like if we don’t know how the mind really works it doesn’t have any real impact.

So I am gonna try and break it down for you, because for me when I heard this when I was reading one of many books on the secret to success and self help books I read something so simple yet so profound that it made perfect sense and it was kind of an ‘aha’ moment.

So fear, The definition is : an unpleasant often strong emotion caused by anticipation or awareness of danger by something or someone.
b (1) : an instance of this emotion (2) : a state marked by this emotion.

Right so we all know what it is. Ok so what if I told you that your brains one goal and function in its life is to keep you safe and happy?  SO anytime something new or not experienced by the brain would react to it negatively causing you to yep you guessed it create FEAR! SO because you have not experienced this new place or town or  new job, relationships too, your brain doesn’t want you to fail or to be unhappy and since it cannot tell what the outcome is it will cause this reaction and in turn you wont do it because you are afraid. And so you stay in this comfort zone and everything remains the same. But because you are an intelligent human that endless nudge to dream bigger goals achieve greater things is always there too. So we have to push through and no matter what we can at least say yes, I did it and I either know it didn’t work or OMG this is the greatest thing I have ever done!!!

So these posts that say on the other side of fear is the greatest life you can dream makes perfect sense now doesn’t it?

Love learning new things, so simple yet perfect. So the next time you are getting a feeling of no to that new job you been dreaming about, take the chance! you will either not like it the same as you don’t like the one in now OR you LOVE IT and it was the best decision you ever made despite your fear of the unknown.  And this applies to us artists who are afraid to try a new technique or a new media. Just do it!

 

Namaste!

L Campbell

 

Try new art things- for goodness sake!

I often get stuck in my own world creating late at night. The techniques I have learned are like second nature. But I find I get easily bored and tired of it. What do you do to keep things fresh?

I myself often get a flood of ideas of my own just by looking at other peoples artwork. Another fun way to get ideas is to go on Pinterest! what an amazing way to be inspired by looking at beautiful photos of landscapes, animals, other artworks, sketches, and more.

Once I have gotten an idea of what I want to do that I think hasn’t been done, I then decide how I am going to challenge myself to learn a new technique in painting or another art medium. Sometimes on the other side of fear is that new masterpiece!

I go out to art stores as well to see if there are any new products out that I can play with which is a wonderful way to try something new and get creative. If we make it a habit to try something different then we gain not only a new experience but also a new habit of expanding our knowledge of how things work or don’t work.

Everything is a lesson.

So in order to grow as artists we have to challenge ourselves to go above and beyond, because art is all about how we feel and how it showcases our talents of what we offer the world in our expression of it. And remember there are things that haven’t been done yet as an artist, so why not try and be the first!

Because once you get really good at something, in order to grow we have to do something we aren’t. Think outside the box as it were!

I hope you all are inspired to try something different!

 

Namaste

March Giveaway!

Yep it feels like spring is coming and what a better time to bring in the warmer weather than with a contest!! Woohooo! I am going to be giving away to one lucky Follower a Customized Silly pet portrait painting! The winner will be asked to submit great facial photos of their pet for painting a beautiful silly portrait of their very own! I will hand paint it and mail it out when its done to the winner!! YAY

I ask that to qualify all you have to do is 1. like my Facebook page >>>>>>>>

https://www.facebook.com/LIZZYWHOTHEFUNK

2. Share it! and 3. post a photo below of there silly pets in the comments! that’s it! I will announce the winner Once the contest ends on March 30th 2018! This is my way of giving back to all my followers who have shown me support. My way of thanking you for being there and being awesome!

FREE giveaway! HURRY before its too late!!!

The month of February marked the month of giving and kindness I decided to give away  a painting of mine. All that was required was to like my Facebook page and share the post. Pretty easy right? Well it is! There is less than two days to go so if you want to win go find my page and get sharing!!!! Heres the link >>>> https://www.facebook.com/LIZZYWHOTHEFUNK   DONT forget to like the page too 🙂 I will be checking and only those who qualify can win!

 

Check out the painting I am giving away!!! cougar