2011 SmARTist Telesummit – I'll Be There

This art career event helps teach artists ways to bridge the gap between being an artist and making money from one’s art and having a successful art career and business. I just love all the info I’ve learned in the past from it!

I’ve taken the SmARTist Telesummit for two years in a row now and I’ll be there this year too! It’s coming right up, starting on Jan. 13th and 14th (2 MasterMind Panel Days) and on the 17th through 21st (5 days with 12 Keynote speakers).

I will admit I was sitting on the fence and wondering if I should spend the money. I remember feeling this way last year too. But then, just like last year, I started thinking about how much I’ve enjoyed it! In fact, how much I LOVE it!

And I started thinking about how much I learned. How it helped get me excited about my art career. It’s like a booster shot of enthusiasm just at the perfect time of the year when I’m writing down new goals, putting together my marketing plan and dreaming up art ideas for the new year!

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There is sooo much information given by art experts at this Telesummit and I love having the CDs to reference later! It is almost mind boggling how much info there is to take in and one can’t do it all at once. You need to have the CDs to go back and listen to everything. That’s when you get to be thoughtful and start implementing things step by step and seeing the results of the Telesummit! That is what makes it worth it!

So I decided the investment in my art career was worth spending the $ on. I am so glad! Now that I signed up for it, I’m so excited for it to start!

Take a look at some of the things that we will learn:

Selling Your Art To Corporations – Demystified! by Barbara Markoff
Take Charge, Skip the Galleries, and Sell Your Art Directly: by Daniel Grant
Get a Second Life!…and Another Stream of Income: by Jeremy Lipsky
More Patrons Than You Ever Dreamed Of – Learn the Secrets of Being Successful at the Nation’s Juried Fine Art Fairs: by Constance Mettler
Vertical Markets: Become A REVENUE GENERATING ARTIST: by Jodi Walsh
Sell Like a Pro – Inside Tips from a Gallery Owner on the Delicate Process of Turning “Tire Kickers” into Collectors: Jason Jorejs
Art Licensing: Learn to Talk the Talk, Walk the Walk and Get Paid Multiple Time for the Same Art! by Tara Reed
Art Pricing Secrets: How to set, negotiate, and raise your prices form maximum impact throughout your career: by Molly Gordon
Transform Your Website Into the Art-Marketing Machine You’ve Dreamed About! by Daniel Tardent
Giclee Printing: A New Frontier for Artists: by Stanley John Bowman
Discover Success in the 2011 Giclee Print Market: by Barney Davey
And a rare appearance by the @ArtCareerDeva, Ariane Goodwin, where she will be giving one of the presentations: The Three “C”ecrets of a Successful Art Career: Courage. Commitment. Completion.

1. Selling Your Art To Corporations – Demystified! by Barbara Markoff

2. Take Charge, Skip the Galleries, and Sell Your Art Directly by Daniel Grant

3. Get a Second Life!…and Another Stream of Income by Jeremy Lipsky

4. More Patrons Than You Ever Dreamed Of – Learn the Secrets of Being Successful at the Nation’s Juried Fine Art Fairs by Constance Mettler

5. Vertical Markets: Become A Revenue Generating Artist by Jodi Walsh

6. Sell Like a Pro – Inside Tips from a Gallery Owner on the Delicate Process of Turning “Tire Kickers” into Collectors by Jason Jorejs

7. Art Licensing: Learn to Talk the Talk, Walk the Walk and Get Paid Multiple Times for the Same Art! by Tara Reed

8. Art Pricing Secrets: How to set, negotiate, and raise your prices for maximum impact throughout your career by Molly Gordon

9. Transform Your Website Into the Art-Marketing Machine You’ve Dreamed About! by Daniel Tardent

10. Giclee Printing: A New Frontier for Artists by Stanley John Bowman

11. Discover Success in the 2011 Giclee Print Market by Barney Davey

12. Sell Yourself, Sell Your Art: With a Social Media Blueprint for Artists by Lori McNee

Plus The Three “C”ecrets of a Successful Art Career: Courage. Commitment. Completion by the @ArtCareerDeva, Ariane Goodwin

And then there are a bunch of freebies one gets for signing up.

Bonus #1. Your “Stay-on-Track” Workbook (a $114 value) I’m looking forward to having this and keeping track of my goals.

Bonus #2. A Lifetime Discount to all future smARTist® Telesummits (a savings of more than $370 over the next 3 years alone). That is sonething definitely worth considering!

Bonus #3. A 14-Week Follow-up Program (a $495 value) I love this!

And then there is the online community where you can meet other artists and discuss the Telesummit, as well as access all the recordings and handouts. This alone is worth tons! Sharing ideas with other professional artists and making connections and networking is really a wonderful thing!

If you’re interested in signing up for the SmARTist Telesummit 2011, go now and do it! Don’t miss this unique art event! You are worth it and you won’t be sorry! See you there!

Writing My Artist Statement

I have an artist statement. In fact, I have multiple versions of it. I usually have one that I use on my website and one that I use for my promotional materials. And then I will write one for a specific show that I am having such as the one I’m working on for my show in January at the Black Butte Ranch Lodge in Sisters, Oregon.

My artist statements seem to be evolving and changing. It reflects my growth as an artist and I keep all the versions so I can look back on them and see where I’ve been.

This past spring, I was reading my artist statement and felt like it could be modified. I really felt like I needed to give it more thought and really understand what I wanted to convey with it. I wanted to do some self-study. I guess you could say I wanted to get in touch with my message and my art in a different way.

So I went searching online for some resources. One is on the Chicago Artists Resource site. The EBSQ website has some info. I found a Squidoo Lens about it where you can find lots of great links! I found a couple different websites that offered help with writing it. One is by Molly Gordon. She has a website on Authentic Promotion and talks about writing your artist statement with the idea of thinking about it as a nourishing stew. I like this idea because I like to think in metaphor. One’s artist statement is rich with ingredients that you share with your guests.

Another website is by Ariane Goodwin who runs the SmARTist Telesummit. She has a website and e-book titled Writing the Artist Statement. This is the one I ended up purchasing. Writing my statement from her book was a process and I really enjoyed it. So much so that I became one of her affiliates. I took a lot of notes and did a lot of writing as I went through the book. I came up with sentences like:

Painting refreshes my spirit

Painting wraps me in color and a language not heard but felt and seen

I think art can be healing, like a breath of fresh air can rejuvenate one’s soul

The process asks you questions and you answer them without caring what others will think or thinking too hard yourself about it. In looking back at my notes from Question # 8, I wrote this:

#8. Art comes to life in my studio. …It flies. It floasts with fun. The color swirls and moves. The energy is contagious. It invites you in. It beckons you to come play with it. It wants you in it’s world. It says have fun! LIVE! Be engaged. It tells me to have fun.

So as I answered the questions without caring what others might think, I found sentences and thoughts about my art that I hadn’t expressed before. Then at the end of the process I ended up taking all the thoughts and words and snippets of sentences to form a cohesive artist statement. It does take time. But I accomplished my goal. I had a revised artist statement and one that got me to think about my art and process in new ways.

You can read my current online version of my art statement here>

More on the SmARTist Telesummit

Below is more info on the SmARTist Telesummit 2010 that I’m taking and took in Feb. 2009 too.

For the next 48 hours (until midnight Dec. 24th PST/CA), or up to 50 registrations, you can get all 3 upgrades ($97 value) for the price of a standard registration for the live 7-day conference:

  • A COMPLETE SET OF WRITTEN TELESUMMIT TRANSCRIPTS-all 14 Sessions

Download immediately to your computer. Print. Read. Highlight.
2 MasterMind Panel Days, and 12 Keynote Speaker Presentations.

  • Ariane’s “STAY-ON-TRACK” GROUP COACHING PROGRAM

A unique 15-day, “Stay-On-Track” group coaching program, to help you get results before the dust settles. Ariane will be your personal guide to help you
1) identify the holes in your career before the event, and then
2) create your post-event action plan to fill in those holes.

  • ACCESS to SPECIAL PLATINUM MEMBER’S ONLY FORUM

Enjoy special access to a Platinum Members’ Only Forum where you can dialogue directly with Art Career coach, Ariane, and chat with other artists about how they are using the “Stay-on-Track” Program to get the most out of the conference.

Step 1: Click here to register:
http://www.smARTist.com
Step 2: After you choose to upgrade, type (or copy/paste) this code in the Coupon Code Box and click “apply” to get all 3 upgrades immediately: 2010UPGRADE


I am a proud affiliate for the SmARTist Telesummit and earn a commission off of every sale through any links I have on my website or blog. Thank you! Then, let the wild January rumpus begin, where your art career gets all the attention,

Lindy

SmARTist Telesummit 2010 for Artists

I love this 7 day online conference to help artists with the development of their art career. I took it last February and I learned so much! At first when I read about it and how much it cost, I loved the info I would learn but I wasn’t sure if I wanted to spend the $. But then G. asked me how much I had in my marketing budget and how much I allowed for such things such as classes and professional seminars etc. I actually hadn’t thought of that! I realized my marketing plan and budget wasn’t really as thought out and planned as I thought!

It was another good reason to take the telesummit as there was going to be a speaker talking about marketing plans. Last time, I learned all about social networking, creating a Twitter account, a Fan page on Facebook, putting together and writing a marketing plan, taking professional photos and creating a great portfolio, new ideas for my website and selling my art, plus more. I thought it was well worth the money cause there were all kinds of bonus things included too. Plus I love the idea that all the information is downloadable and I can go back at any time and re-listen to the information. So this time, when the smARTist newsletter announced the dates for the 2010 Telesummit for January I knew I would take it again! And I know I will learn lots and be inspired at the same time!

This year there will be speakers on art licensing, using Twitter effectively, giving workshops abroad, writing for ezines, bios and blogs, how to know if a gallery is right for your work, selling art prints, organizing and more.

Like last year, you can sign up for it and pay in installments. That can help your budget. It helped me last year to decide to go for it. Spreading the payments out made it work for me so I could take it. Click on the below image to sign up for the conference or just learn more about it.
smARTist® Telesummit

If you sign up for it, I hope you get out of it as much as I did and hope to again!

Also, I am a proud affiliate for the SmARTist Telesummit and earn a commission off of every sale through the above link. Thank you!

Wishing you creative abundance,

Lindy

The November Holiday Season Sweet Delight Divalicious Sample Box

I discovered a new form of advertising which I think is really creative and super fun! It’s the Sweet Delight Divalicious Sample Boxes! It is a Canadian business and their website is http://www.sweetdelight.ca/samples.html How it works is one can buy a sample box for $25 (Canadian) and inside you will find all kinds of fun things as samples, as well as some full size items! We all like to try things before we buy online and this is a great way to do so. For example there are soaps, jewelry, stationary, fragrances, artwork, etc, from some very unique and creative e-tailers. You can take a sneek peek inside the box by going here>

I’m participating by being one of the artists who gives samples that will be inside the box. The November Sample Box is a holiday season box and I’m sure by what I’ve seen so far, it will be fantastic! I’m contributing some mini prints that are signed by me on the back and come in clear cello sleeves and some people will also get one of my whimsical bird full size note cards too. When you receive your box, you won’t know exactly what will be in it but you will get 10-15 samples of different items, depending on how many people are participating. So it will be a surprise! These boxes sell out so you know they are very popular! I can’t wait for them to go on sale! It will be very fun!