The view from my vacation in Grand Bahama's It was stunning. ( I am in the process of painting it.)
Wow, A busy week was had by all. Tuesday Dad flew in from NY. Gary & I are cruising for 4 days to the Bahama's. While we are away, Nick will stay at my house with the three angels. Hope all goes well. I am writing this before I go....so I can have all ready.
One thing I learned while posting is that I can write a post and have it prepared and ready to publish by scheduling a time. This internet, and all its possibilities are endless. I have always had a fear of breaking, loosing information, or just the unknown. Its still very much BIGGER than my mind is, but it is not to be afraid of. That is just one thing I learned by accident. DON"T be afraid. Most of us Baby Boomers have not had the training that our Children and even Grandchildren have, and it becomes a barrier that we sometimes call fear. That is just an excuse to not go forward in our learning. In my field of art I need this computer to help me reach people that are not just my loved ones, who love my art because they love me.
Fear, can be crippling, as it overcomes our goals It comes in many forms, sometimes noticible, sometimes not. I am writing about the fear I experience in my Art worlld. Sometimes I have feqr of the white paper, as I don't know what to paint or how to paint it. Many more times my fear is one of the unknown. How do I market my work? Which show should I enter? Should my website be split into two? One for fine art and one for my fun, whimisical art? The biggest fear is of FAILURE. I think everyone has a fear of failing...... How can I overcome my fear? How can I keep my personal fears and my art fears separated? Do they need to be separated?
First to overcome any FEAR you must acknowledge it. Then you can take steps to work through it. I must admit, I do get the fear of the white paper now and then, Thats when the music and the paint becomes my inspiration. I just don't think of the fear of the paper...I just begin to paint. This works for me, I choose to paint, not stare at the paper. I think I have overcome that fear, as I paint everday!
My other FEAR is the marketing, of my work, the publishing of my books. This FEAR became a crutch. I don't know how to do it. I can't get the computer to send a pdf without help. So how did I overcome this fear? I didn't...... I am managing it. How, by deciding it will not stop me. I have been researching and learning for a while now online and at many webinars. I have noticed I am still challenged by the computer and how I can use it to my art interests. But I will not let it stop me. Can I overcome a mistake, most definately. So can you.....Thats the eraser of the pencil or the delete button on the computer...easy. The hard part is knowing if it is a mistake.
Advice and help from my many art friends and famly has been invaluable, I have my own website. Bobbinsartwork.com, is finally up and running, with the CART giving me some trouble, but I am working on that.
I also have my art on Fine Art America.com, Art Wanted.com, and am thinking of other venues to marketmyself. I of coarse have been on Face Book for years and have connected with lost friends, far away family, and enjoy this as a personal outlet. I do share my artwork on this , but have decided to use Instagram for art only. Twitter? Im not to sure about, but I have the option to post on FB
Maybe another painting....Jackson II.............
Be creative and paint! bye for now!!!