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

2018 – This is your year!

So a month into 2018 and already its going by so fast. Now into February How are your goals looking? Have you started to get into the groove of things and setting up challenges to meet those goals?

Every year people get so excited because a new year means a new chance at obtaining that goal we have been putting off. But like most people once we get right into it the goal seems to take a regular back burner and we don’t end up doing what we set out to do on that great midnight strikes 12 promise.  Most common ones are getting fit or losing weight or quitting smoking.

I think if you plan these things out and not go out on a whim you have a better chance of the goal being obtained.

SO for every day you avoid that donut or walk for 30 mins write it down on your calender. Yes there will be that tempting donut you couldn’t resist but don’t give up! The next day you have a chance to start again. Make it count and once you start writing it down everyday it will become easier and easier to do.

I find that if you can visually see you are working towards something the easier it gets. Like for me if I want to do something I write it down and look at it everyday and ask myself if I have done it or am I just procrastinating?

Also make the goal an exciting thing, its not supposed to be a death sentence. Write a list of all the positives you will get out of it once its achieved put it on the fridge or somewhere you are faced with the decision you made daily. Let it be a constant reminder to keep yourself in check.

Not only that but mentally you have to really want it too, because no matter what if you are doing this for someone else it won’t work. It has to be for you only.

And lastly, don’t tell anyone you are going to do until its done. Nothing like having people eyeball every slip up you make (like eating the damn donut) when you don’t actually do what you said. You are already your own biggest critic so give yourself a break and keep your goals personal until it happens then surprise them with it! Because really this is just about you and no one else. Only you have yourself to keep track of, and it isn’t the responsibility of another person to keep you in check.

So if you want to do something, like that painting sitting in the corner getting dusty, ahem… then its best to set some time aside everyday to get that done. little by little it will if you keep at it!

Namaste,

L. C

 

 

Getting it out there

Sometimes when we see others doing things we wish we could do it too. We have fears that hold us back however. What if no one likes it? what if I don’t make any money?

These are all things that stop us from truly living. If we waited for perfect moments to come about to make things happen we would end up with nothing and our dreams would be put on hold forever.  Sometimes we need to just get it out there. So what if it isn’t perfect or it isn’t the trend, the point is it is what we need to do to fulfill our lives.

Putting it out there for everyone to see proves that we can accomplish things and dreams we have envisioned for our own pleasure. Does it really matter what anyone else thinks of what you have done? No All that matters is what you think. Are you happy at the end of the day. Do you feel satisfied with your accomplishments in life?

I wanted to be an author and illustrator. I decided this in my head. I had no idea how to do it or how I was going to accomplish it. But the idea and the determination was there. SO now after a few years of doing illustrations for people and getting a few books out there I decided to become an author. I had written poetry over the years and thought you know what I am gonna put it out there. I know its not perfect and I self published it on Amazon but you know what I DID IT! And now that the fear is out of my head I am writing a Children’s  book of my own and I am illustrating it. I can do anything I decide. Some way some how if you want to get out there and do something, just get the fear and toss it aside and do it. Because the feeling of having the books that I have illustrated out there from other authors and now a book I have in my hand that has my name on it, I can’t tell you how much confidence it gives me to go more and do more.

SO get out there and do it!!! You will be surprised at how much you can accomplish!

Namaste

https://www.amazon.ca/Emotional-Poetry/dp/1520435770/ref=sr_1_1_twi_pap_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1515014406&sr=8-1&keywords=emotional+poetry

Keeping it Real in 5

Dispite the long drawn out slow spots once peak season is over, we can always find ways to keep a steady flow by keeping it real.

What do I mean by that? Well being transparent and truthful about the fee and processes of your business can help to break down some of the reasons cost is what it is. Customers like to know exactly what they are paying for, be it labour or cost of product etc is just some of the ways in which your customer will feel they are getting the better deal.

1 Communication: One of the key elements in any successful business. Keep it real by telling them if a family matter has put things on hold or someone is sick. It helps because we are all needing this at one time or another. Remember that you are only one person and if they are truly in it they will be understanding.

2 Stand for something you believe in; If you are passionate about creating something to help someone else and that you do care about them. This is what keeps it real.

3 Making it personal. Once you have figured out what it is that they need, make it all about them to be more then just a sale. Make it a memorable commitment. Go above and beyond for them, show them you are taking the job seriously and think if you were them what would you like to see.

4 Make your loyal customers feel like they are VIPs. And they are! If they return to you time and time again then show them the same by setting deals aside just for them. This will keep it real and keep them happy.

5 Keep it simple. The faster they can get the product in there hands the better. So keep it simple, the process should be easy from start to finish. One of my biggest tips is putting the most information on the initial sale item so that they can see everything required before purchasing. Makes for easy shopping and a fun experience for everyone.

So now that you are armed with these tips give it a try!

Merry Christmas everyone!

Namaste,

L. Campbell

 

 

A Tour- The improved Etsy

For all those who are deciding on whether or not to open a Shopify or any really simple online store I recommend Etsy.

Etsy has come a long way and has improved tremendously over the last little while in making the store owners successful. With easy click to sales and other goodies it has really made huge strides in helping to make even the newest online members have the best chance of selling their products online.

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What is really nice about it now is that you can view the sale before you even purchase and Item. Before it would adjust once you clicked on the item.  It offers the viewer a chance to see the great discount available to them per store.  Another eye catching feature that entices the view to buy!

And for as little as 20 cents a item, putting many is easy and cheap! Also a really nice feature about Etsy is the New shop manager in your store which keeps everything at your fingertips. Such as promoted listings, finances, etc. manager.jpg

You can check how many people have viewed your store and what items seem to be a hit.

And if you are interested in Promoting your listings with Etsy who is with Google you can for a little as a $1 a day!

They have also taken a new approach to tracking ad performance. Currently, we attribute sales to an ad in two cases:
A buyer clicks on an ad for your item, then purchases that item within 30 days
A buyer clicks on an ad for an item, then purchases any item from your shop within 24 hours.
Starting 4 October, they will attribute sales to an ad when:
A buyer clicks on an ad for an item, then purchases any item from your shop within 30 days.

So overall I am pretty pleased with the way Etsy has changed for the better making sales easier to obtain!

Heres my store link to take a look at https://www.etsy.com/ca/shop/LizzywhothefunkC

Namaste

 

What makes you Great?

I sit and think about what defines me what makes me unique about what makes me set apart from others and I ask myself…

What can I do to stand out, to make a difference?

Something that will make my kids proud of me. Then I really don’t have to think that hard. I am already. There is no one else like me. There is no one else like you. SO why do we feel like we have to be something we aren’t?

It’s one thing to become better at something to be the best self we can be, but to look at others and think why can’t I draw as good as them or paint as well? That’s wrong.  Perhaps these sabotaging thoughts have crept into your mind.

You want to stand out and yet there is thousands and thousands of us who paint and draw and they are all over Instagram Facebook and everywhere really.  Sounds depressing? No, it isn’t. You know why because everyone is different. And that is what makes you special.  We all have unique techniques to do something and guess what no matter how good you are, someone out there just won’t like it. But you know what is even better? Someone out there thinks it’s amazing!!!!

SO you are what makes you great!!! Keep giving of yourself your talents your gifts your best you and someone out there is going to recognize it and pay you, yes you!

The formula to being great is YOU! Giving back and contributing your passion for life and creativity is what the world needs. And if you come across something that you think may just change the way people look at the world then do that too.

Be kind love one another and see people as beings of light, not as any flesh form but souls who are renting bodies for awhile. Give your gift, put it out there for the world to see. People who are on the same plain as you will gravitate to you. You know whats even better? when you have a positive loving outlook towards everyone, you create an environment that gives you a chance receive that much more.

Reflect the position you want to be in.

YOU ARE GREAT

Namaste

 

L .C

Making Tee’s!

 

So I decided to take some of my ideas and make some Tees. Why? well, why the heck not? All joking aside, I figured it would be appropriate to let a little laughter brighten the day and if it does for someone, I have already won.

I am all about originality so this made perfect sense to not only advertise my artwork but get a few shirts for myself.

No better advertising than being a billboard for your own stuff! *tip*

These t-shirts can be found on a pretty cool site called SunFrog, here’s the link: https://www.sunfrog.com

What’s so cool about this site is not only can you design your own shirts but you can sell them too!  They have a few different styles and hoodies!  What I like even more is this site is easy to use and your image can be a minimum of 3200×2400 px.

That isn’t bad considering Society6 is way more demanding of its dealers in that they want high-quality images and if you don’t own photoshop or some way of making them bigger without distortion you won’t be able to use the site to create pieces for selling.

I figure that you could even purchase these shirts and put them on your Etsy even.  Makes for some interest and variety on the online store.

If you haven’t checked it out yet here’s the link to one of my tees! https://manager.sunfrogshirts.com/promote/?groupid=137397204

 

:0) Namaste,

L. C