Making Art, Making Craft, Making a Living and even Making Dinner.... Meaghan Louise loves to share all she makes.... and hopes she can inspire you to do some "making" of your own...
|Posted on February 13, 2014 at 4:55 PM||comments (0)|
During the course of myhttps://www.facebook.com/groups/1453136061574419/" target="_blank"> Create 360 Campaign, I had a little idea.
It's going to take some doing to get it off the ground, but I think it might just be worth it.
Click through and take a looky.
Help if you can.
Anyone that makes a gift towards helping new artists on the path to realising their dreams will recieve some art.
If you'd like to be one of the artists to recieve a free two week exhibit, email me
or visit our Facebook page and message me there
and please share the donations page.
I want to help as many artists as I can, but can't do it without a little help.
|Posted on January 12, 2014 at 1:45 AM||comments (0)|
First of all WELCOME to 2014!
Gee, 2013 wizzed by didn't it.
It was busy too... so busy I didn't actually have time or the energy to do much creating of my own.
For those of you that haven't been following the Facebook Page or had the chance to pop by the studio in the last few months, my partner and I welcomed a new edition to our family in September.
Trinity Alice was born calmly at home, a healthy 8pounds 6ounces in the early hours of September 9. We are completely besotted with her, as are her four brothers and sisters, and I even managed to stay away from the studio for a few months (shock horror, I know) to get to know our gorgeous little person a little better.
I am back now after my "maternity leave" and Christmas break, full of beans and raring to go!
I will be starting the monthly Mini Art Giveaways again, but in the meantime, to get my arty groove back and in order to produce some of the pieces I will be gifting to some of my lovely followers, I have set myself a challange.
I'm calling it "Create 360".
For the next 360 days I will endeavour to spend the equivilant of one hour per day creating something... I will be painting, designing, crafting, writing, anything creative.... and then sharing with a https://www.facebook.com/groups/1453136061574419/" target="_blank">group I created on Facebook, no matter what the outcome, successful or not.
I invite anyone who is interested to take up the challange too, or just follow along.
I will try and share regularly the results here as well.
|Posted on October 12, 2010 at 3:51 AM||comments (0)|
”Art washes from the soul the dust of everyday life.” -- Picasso.
(The Art of Business Part 1)
I originally wrote this post for another site, but have since edited and expanded it and thought that it was a good starting point for our series on getting into the "art business" full time...
Since 2005, I have been a full-time professional artist as well as a cook/waitress and community arts worker/volunteer whilst living with the love of my life and raising four children.
One of the questions that I frequently hear is:
"How do you make time to make all this STUFF!"
Besides giving up sleep (which I have been guilty of at times) or talking (ask Miss Ellen who owns the Bookshop next door to my shop-front gallery - I talk A LOT) there are several things you can do that will make pursuing your passions a little easier...
When I first decided that I wasn't happy in my (accidently) chosen career of hospitality and that I was going to pursue my artistic desires as more than merely a hobby, I did not have a studio and my partner was working outside the home. My two youngest children were still quit small, so I had to cope with many distractions and interruptions while I worked. I have (to some degree) learnt to multitask while maintaining focus on my artwork and business. I have also learnt to prioritize.
How can you find more time for art?
Here's my advice:
Lower Your Standards
No, not for your artwork... but there are a lot of other things in life that I was spending far too much time on.
Cooking, cleaning and childcare are necessities as a mother, but they do take up ALL of your time.
By lowering my standards and expectations, I have found hours more each day to devote to my art and my business.
It isn't that I don't do housework or look after my family, but I have learnt to be more effective at it and do what is necessary and needed. Not what others expect that I should do (including myself)
I have become accoustomed to living in a somewhat messy house, I spend one day a month making BULK amounts of spagetti sauce, stews and the like to freeze for microwaveable lunches and dinners.
I have also trained my older children to do their own washing (it took a few weeks of no clean socks or underwear, but they eventually gave in and learned how to use the washing machine). I have even taught my partner how to reheat my homemade frozen dinners. Remember that ironed underwear and polished floors are soon forgotten, but a fine work of art could last almost for eternity.
Establish a Workspace
It doesn't really matter where it is.
I now have a lovely studio room at the back of my shop-front gallery, with a big window for natural light and an open fireplace for cold winter days, but I started off with a small corner of my bedroom and then my dining table.
In late 2005 I graduated to a corner of the shed, then a small garden shed of my own with a workbench and old cupboards for storage. It doesn't matter where your space is, the key is to establish one. All you need is a spot where you can leave your tools and equiptment, no matter how small.
A french easel packed with supplies, a backpack with drawing gear. The key is to keep it handy, so you can set up and pack up with ease, no matter where you choose to work.
Follow a Schedule.
Set aside time for your art each day.
Let everyone know that you are working! If you can't find the inspiration or bring yourself to draw or paint, use the time to photograph artwork, prepare your slides, contact galleries, read art books or order supplies. Begin with just an hour a day. Once you get started you will find more time, believe me.
Learn to Say NO!
This can be a hard one, especially for mothers. Sometimes people assume that because you're an artist that you don't really work, which means that you are available for socializing and volunteer service. It's REALLY IMPORTANT to limit social phone calls, emails, Facebook and visits during "work" hours.
I have learned to say "NO!" to a lot of community organisations and events that just do not fit in with my schedule or are not relivant to my skills. I still co-ordinate the local community art show and write publicity articles for the local tourism association, but otherwise I decline the invitation to become "involved" in every charity event or social group I am asked to join. I am simply to busy with work and family.
Choose those few things that you are really passionate about, or can complete when it suits your schedule and politely say no to everything else. It's incredibly hard at first, but the more you say, "sorry I'd love to, but I'm working", the sooner others will respect that you are actually "working" .
Seek Advice and Training
Formal or informal, any artistic and business eductaion is beneficial to your art career. Seek out local arts organisations, business guidence centres, or even search the internet. Talk to other artists or research artists in your area that you admire and see if they teach workshops. Spending weeks or months drawing or painting will not guarentee success, only skill and understanding can achieve that. It also shows you how to work swiftly and economically. This in the end results in better art and use of your time.
Obstacles to creating art are different for every individual, but the fact remains that every one of us only has 24 hours in a day.By prioritizing and organising your days, you will make time for your art. If you truly dream of becoming a "real" artist, now is the time to begin!