I recently started putting out calls for entry. I am doing monthly online themed exhibits. The winner for each month gets to be a featured artist on The Shy Artist website. I've just put up the next two calls for the months of October and November. It's free to enter, so what are you waiting for?!?!?
Last week the plumber came over to make some repairs in my bathroom. I know, not terribly interesting. Or is it?
You see, my bathtub faucet has been leaking for a long time. It got to the point that I was feeling so guilty about wasting water that I would save the water in the tub and use it for toilet flushing and laundry. So, why didn’t I fix it sooner?
Last Wednesday was the opening of the Art-A-Fair Festival in Laguna Beach, California. I have been an artist at that show for the last 18 years. In that time, I have spoken with hundreds and hundreds of people. And, you just never quite know who you are going to end up talking to.
That night, I spent some time talking to Patricia Shanks, a reporter for Examiner.com. She interviewed me and wrote a wonderful story about my music themed art.
It was very interesting to see how she interpreted my responses and incorporated my words into her story. I was also surprised to see that she had been observing while I was interacting with customers.
Her story had me seeing myself through her eyes. What an interesting perspective.
Here's a link to the story:
Taking care of your customers is one of the most important things you can do for your business. It doesn’t matter if you are a Fortune 500 company, an online business, or an artist.
Like me, I am sure you have had a bad experience with a business. Most of the time you might rant to a couple of your friends about it. If the experience was heinous enough, you might do your venting online to your extended group of friends.
Over the past several weeks, I have been participating in The Book Marketing Challenge. It has been an information packed experience. I have learned so much about marketing and I’d like to share my favorite strategy.
I got to observe something really interesting last night. I am busily in the process of creating new artwork for this summer’s Art-A-Fair Festival. As usual, my main theme is music. My boyfriend and I were talking about some ideas for the new pieces. He suggested doing music notes in different colors in a series, maybe even a rainbow of colors. That started my creative juices flowing. I immediately came up with a title for the piece: Harmony.
Ten years ago today, How Original! An Art Gallery in Laguna Beach closed its doors forever. (Well, at least until I go insane enough to try it again.) In many ways I miss the place. It was fun and exciting. And, I learned so much. Most importantly, it helped to start me on this new path of author and speaker.
Friday night I was watching a marketing webinar on how to publish and market books. I already knew most of what they were saying, so I was only half listening in case something interesting came up. While I was listening, my brain was working. All of a sudden something triggered a plethora of ideas. I started madly writing things down so I wouldn’t lose them.
The other day I received an email asking about one of my pieces of art. This is the body of that email: