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

 

 

 

Second Book – Nanny Bananny

Drum roll please… Well I did another book despite having little to no time! I am very grateful to my traditional Publisher for picking this up!

People often ask me what the differences is between publishers, when I say traditional it means I do not pay to have my book published. The publisher picks it up meaning they do all the work! I wrote it and illustrated it and that’s where it ends, and I love that fact. Newer Publishers expect you to fork out money for your book. SO a tip for all you aspiring authors, try and find a traditional publisher, its cheaper and yes they get some of the profits but remember they are forking out the money in the first place so if you don’t have thousands of dollars to publish a book this is the best way to do it.

Back to my children’s book, This book was inspired by a funny story about a lady who wore a yellow full snowsuit and everyone called her a banana, but it looked really good on her… so I used my imagination to branch off of that. Its funny where the original ideas come from and the story isn’t anything like the concept.

That’s the wonderful thing about having a wild imagination, you never know what will come of it. I hope you all find this book hilarious and share with your friends. Kids will probably (if they haven’t already) start calling there grandma nana banana for a while too, its funny and silly so hopefully they won’t mind.

The story itself set in the city and nanny gets her costume stuck so she has no choice but to walk around town wearing it. You can only imagine the issues she has come about with that!

Go check it out on Amazon!  <<< rub on the word Amazon to take you directly!

Or copy and paste this link :  https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1949609049/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o00_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

Cheers! ❤

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

 

I AM SO EXCITED!!! I JUST CANT HIDE IT!

Drum roll please!!! I am so excited to present to you my Children’s book Published by Pen it! Publications, LLC!!   This has been a long time coming. I am so grateful and humbled to see my book in my hands. I have been illustrating now for awhile and I got the writing bug to do my own children’s story.

I always wanted to create my own, but I had no idea what to write about. I was determined to become published this year, it was a goal of mine. I got it into my head that it was possible and so I put it out there and let it go.

I was hanging out with my friend one day and we kept running around to try and get stuff done and we had forgotten something. We burst out laughing and said ‘ its one of those days!’ I joked and said you know this would make a funny book and my friend looked at me and said yes it would.

Funny how things like this have a tendency to just come out of nowhere. I sat down to write it and it flowed!

That’s the amazing thing when its meant to be, its spontaneous and that’s usually when its your best work because you aren’t overthinking it to death.  Because believe me I was trying to think of something unusual and it wasn’t happening, but the second I forgot about it and relaxed that it would eventually find its way to me BOOM there it was!!

Like a lightning bolt, I saw the cover and how I wanted it to look. And here it is!!! My first very own Illustrated and written book. There will be more now I assure you, but they will all be different. Because I never do things the same as everyone else!

Please take the time to enjoy this book with your kids, this is about single moms doing it all for there kids and even though we forget we have fun along the way!

Copy and Paste this link to get a copy of your very own on Amazon.com 🙂 ❤

https://www.amazon.com/My-Forgetful-Mom-Lizy-Campbell/dp/1948390612/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1527218641&sr=8-1&keywords=my+forgetful+mom&dpID=512-2R82xgL&preST=_SX258_BO1,204,203,200_QL70_&dpSrc=srch

And thank you to all those of you who have already! My heart is so full of love right now I am so so grateful!!! You are all so amazing and precious to me. MY FORGETFUL MOM

 

Namaste

WINNER of the April 2018 contest!

The winner of out mothers day pet portrait contest is Jessica V Morin!!! Congratulations! You are going to love your gift! customized  9 x12 pet portrait painting!

For all of the rest of you who entered not to fear I will have another contest in May so look out for it! Cheers and Happy Early Mama day to all those moms out there, fur or human 🙂

For those of you interested in getting a portrait of your own check out my Etsy Shop link >>>>>>

https://www.etsy.com/ca/listing/250247363/custom-pet-portrait-painting-custom-dog?ref=shop_home_feat_3

 

L. Campbell

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

 

Mothers day Contest! 2018

#Contest for Mother’s day!

I decided to change my contest for all the moms out there!

So my special giveaway this month is for your mama! You could win a gift of a pet portrait painting!! a 9×12 size. Hand painted with love to give as a gift to someone who deserves it or for yourself!

Did your mom sacrifice everything for you? Do you want your mom to brag to all her friends about the wonderful son or daughter they have that was so thoughtful enough to get them possibly one of the best Mother’s days gift EVER! Then what are you waiting for!!

Get on it, Facebook page link is here:

https://www.facebook.com/LIZZYWHOTHEFUNK

Hurry and share it with all your friends!! There isn’t much time left so go now!!!
Rules : Share and like this page.
Tag 3 friends who you think would be interested in this contest on the comment section of my Facebook page and your done!
Contest ends April 27th 2018.
*United States and Canada only.

I will mail out the winners painting once its done no matter if its in Canada or The states! GOOD LUCK EVERYONE!

L.Campbell