|Posted by lindasummersposey on September 8, 2010 at 6:28 AM||comments (0)|
Recently, I learned about yet another wild & crazy art project on Facebook. This one is an art contest sponsored by Sell My Art!
I'm sure you know how many art contests are out there, and most of them charge a hefty fee to enter. This one, however, was free. Lots of art contests have no prizes at all, but this one did. In fact, while the value of the prizes - a customized fan page and some social media and marketing training - seems a bit inflated to me, they are potentially quite valuable.
What's not to like? I figured even if I lost, I'd still gain some good exposure for my work.
I'm usually not a competitive person, but this contest spoke to me, and I decided to enter. I picked the painting that's been getting the most favorable comments from other artists, as well as from gallerists and art consultants who've seen it. I went to the contest's fan page and found it easy to enter, as promised.
Now that I'm in, I really want to win. Why not? My art compares favorably to the other entries. Goodness knows, since founding Artists Alive & Well, I've developed a heck of a network. I shouldn't have any trouble drumming up votes. Plus, you can vote once a day. Some of my more loyal supporters might actually?be willing to do that.
I also wanted this experience to be fun, so I set up my participation in the contest as a game and invited?pretty much everyone I know, especially my Facebook friends, to play along. I'm sending out lots of messages encouraging them to vote for me.
Here's how my message?would go if I were sending it to YOU, my blog fans:
Hi DEVOTED BLOG FOLLOWERS -
Please play the WIN the Sell My Art? Contest game with me!
I'm in an online art contest with some pretty cool prizes that I want to win to advance my art career. Please go to the following link and vote for me anytime between now and September 24 (You have to be a Facebook member, sign on to FB, then LIKE the contest's Facebook page and click the green VOTE box beside my painting - it's quick and painless!):
My painting is called Dimensions. Here's what it looks like (an image is attached to my message - see my art gallery page for the image):
What's in it for YOU? - If YOU? -? If I win, I promise to blog about as many of?the great social media and marketing strategies I learn via the contest?prizes as I can without violating copyright.
Vote soon and often - even daily (You'll be at your computer messing with emails anyway, right??:-) ) - and invite all your friends and family to vote!
UPDATE: I just learned that the top entry has more than 100 votes, and there are 10 in contention for the top 3 prizes. I'm about #22 on the page of MOST VOTES, but I don't know if that's an accurate reflection of my overall ranking.?I'm sure I'm well within reach of one of those prizes - with a little help from you! Besides, who's more hard-working and deserving than MOI?!?
So please DO vote for me every chance you get between now and 9/24 - and share this message with all your friends and family!
THANKS for your support.
That's the message about voting for my artwork in the contest - NOW, here's the message for you: Don't be shy about entering contests or participating in auctions or other events that can serve as?useful tools for promoting your art. Even if not much of your art gets seen during such events, it could be seen by a lot of people. I have no idea how many?folks will see my art as a direct result of the contest. But I'm sure hundreds will have a chance to see one of my creations because of all the drum-beating I'm doing to get people to vote for me.
Of course, do your homework. If there's a fee or if you have to ship your artwork off to Timbuktu (not recommended!), you'll have to decide whether it's worth it.?But if you can enter and make your participation fun, as I'm doing with the Sell My Art! contest, I'd say go for it. The art collector or gallery owner you've been waiting for just might see your promotion for the event and get in touch.
AND PLEASE VOTE FOR MY ENTRY SOON AND OFTEN - DAILY IF YOU CAN - BETWEEN NOW AND SEPTEMBER 24:
THANKS for your support.
|Posted by lindasummersposey on September 7, 2010 at 1:24 AM||comments (2)|
My Art Is in a Show in FRANCE!
Here's how it happened: I saw an online request for postcard-sized art for an exhibit in a restaurant in Rouen, France (actually in a nearby town with a long name). OK, the restaurant is in a JAIL, the exhibit organizer said, but what the heck. Hopefully, it's in a former jail. Regardless, how else am I going to get myself in an art show in FRANCE... for free... at this stage in my career?!?! I immediately decided to enter. Why? More on that later.
Since the venue is a restaurant, they asked for food-related art. I chose the Texas peach as my theme. Easier to draw than barbeque, right? I also decided to make my piece look as much like an old-fashioned postcard as I could. I painted, I glued, I textured, I shipped it off and – VOILA! – now my art is on display in France. After the exhibit ends, it will be added to the restaurant's PERMANENT collection. Lah-di-da, s'il vous plait!
See below for an image of the postcard. To see the whole exhibit: http://www.facebook.com/linda.s.posey#!/photo.php?pid=187535&id=100000825422919&ref=fbx_album - Enjoy! :-) (FYI – the "fuzz" on the peach is… dryer lint and carefully applied paint!)
Why did I bother?: I won't get paid for this piece of art. As far as I know, the works aren't even for sale. I just donated my little painting to the restaurant's "permanent collection." And even while it's on display, it's in France for pity's sake, thousands of miles away from where I know a single solitary art collector. Why did I bother?
First of all, for the fun of it. Period. I succeeded at that.
Second, this was a challenge to my creativity, although a small one. Nevertheless, I wanted to see if I could create something that would embody the theme, be fun to create, and be different (in a good way!) from the pieces already showing up on the Facebook page for the exhibit. I feel like I succeeded at that goal too.
Third, I wanted to be able to say I'd been in an art exhibit in France! What better conversation starter for an artist that saying you have work in an art show and a private collection in France. That aspect has been a success too. I've emailed friends, written about the show on Faceboook, and talked about it at one of my networking groups. And the story gets a smile or a laugh - and a lot of genuine "Congratulations," "Atta girl," and "Go for it!" comments.
Finally, it'll look great on my resume. WHAT? This tiny little piece of art in this tiny little show? YES. Anything creative I do is fodder for my resume. The next time I update my bio, this exhibit will definitely be included.
Furthermore, if I can't get some publicity for doing this, I'm just not trying. Already it's given me fodder for my blog! The next media release I send out... you guessed it. The "Diner a la c'art" show will either be the theme of my PR, or it'll be prominently mentioned in the release.
Why do you need to know about this?: As an artist, I encourage you to expand your horizons as I have.
Happy creating -
|Posted by lindasummersposey on August 17, 2010 at 6:53 AM||comments (0)|
Suddenly, my art career seems to be booming... I'm in an exhibit that runs through August 20, when the closing reception will be held (see Upcoming Events, in the right-hand column). Then, I'll be in another exhibit opening on September 9 and running through the end of the month, followed by another one opening on October 4 for the month of October. Life is good!
What's the source of this mini-explosion? I can't claim to be supremely talented. (I didn't say I wasn't talented, but I'm no artistic genius either.) I don't have the best connections on the Houston art scene. (Sure I've got contacts, but plenty of other artists are vastly better connected than I am.)
However, I'm stubborn and, from time to time, despite being stubborn, I learn my lessons. I'm finally absorbing what my coaches (most recently, Taft McWhorter, Sandy Lawrence and Diane Larrivee) have been trying to teach me for lo these many years:
In today's art world, a little courage and a lot of persistence can be as important as talent and connections.
P.S. I'll be posting all the details for these new exhibits soon. You can trust me not to drop the ball on that!
Happy creating -
|Posted by lindasummersposey on August 15, 2010 at 6:03 AM||comments (0)|
Artists are free spirits, weirdos or complete nutcases, depending on who you talk to. And we’re proud of it. We’re the outrageous innovators, breaking patterns in the interest of freedom, full self-expression and the First Amendment. Anything resembling stick-in-the-mud regimentation makes us break out in a cold sweat.
When you’re in your studio creating, give that free spirit free rein. Otherwise, you’ll never grow as an artist.
When you’re out in the world communicating with potential customers, you might want to rein that outrageousness in a tad. But only if you want to appeal to ALL your potential customers.
Generally speaking, potential art patrons fall into two broad categories:
Whether your art is straightforward representational or off-the-wall abstract, you’ll find art enthusiasts who like your style in both these categories. It’s not like you have to paint something wild and crazy for one group and something tame and boring for the other. Paint (or sculpt, etc.) what you want and how you want. But like it or not, your best chance of succeeding as an artist lies in relating to both these kinds of folks.
How? By acting like a professional. You don't have to become someone else. Just think of your public persona as your “polished” self. You’re still the creative genius you were meant to be – you’ve simply put on another one of your multi-talented hats, that of the sophisticated, urbane expert in your field. Some suggestions:
Being all that you can be as an artist means becoming as free and fully self-expressed as you possibly can. It also means being both the outrageous creator and the sophisticated professional when the time is right.
Happy Creating -
|Posted by lindasummersposey on August 13, 2010 at 6:55 AM||comments (1)|
Every arts organization should have a Suzanne Buckland.
Suzanne is an artist and a correspondent for www.examiner.com. Not long ago, she profiled me and my arts organization, Artists Alive & Well, in her regular Houston Art Examiner column. That article came out in March.
Suzanne has been covering Artists Alive & Well (AAW) ever since. She publishes our meeting announcements, calls for entries and invitations for our art exhibits, and other event notices. She even publishes a summary of each monthly meeting she attends.
Soon after she interviewed me back in March, Suzanne joined Artists Alive & Well and she has entered several of our exhibits. So she has a vested interest in promoting our activities. Every time she writes about AAW, she attracts more readers for her column. Now that she’s exhibiting with us, her pieces about our shows help her attract more followers for her own art.
Suzanne is the ideal PR contact for Artists Alive & Well.
You couldn’t do better than that. Look for media outlets that reach your target audience; look for writers and reporters who share an enthusiasm for your subject or at least an ability to write about it with enthusiasm; and if you find a reporter who’s IN your target audience, consider that a bonus.
Or, if you’re in Houston, you can simply join Artists Alive & Well, and Suzanne will probably be covering your art career before you know it.
|Posted by lindasummersposey on August 11, 2010 at 5:02 AM||comments (4)|
Yesterday, I attended Sandy Lawrence’s Bistro Collaborative along with at least 12 other people including: Marian Smith – marketing veteran; Kumar Kandasami – software developer; Tanya Robertson – makeup artist; Jerry Scribner – real estate investor and wealth guru; Charles Bigham – social media consultant; Vannessa Wade – PR consultant; Janet Braun – financial advisor; Danielle Forget – author; Katrina Burkhalter – virtual assistant; Wes – insurance agent; and of course, Sandy Lawrence – founder of the DIY Marketing Boot Camp.
The range of professions, interests and expertise these individuals represent is amazing. It’s such a pleasure to experience the flow of ideas, energy and genuine eagerness to help. With this amount of talent in the room, brainstorming never had it so good. Every time we meet, every attendee goes away with new ideas, new contacts, new resources and new inspiration they can use immediately to boost their businesses and projects.
Artists – This type of group may sound like it’s just for business people. Not so.
If you aren’t in a business network or brainstorming group, look for one or start your own. Four key ingredients:
You’re invited to the next meeting of the Bistro Collaborative, Monday, August 23, 11AM-1PM, coffee shop, upstairs in Kroger’s, Westpark at Buffalo Speedway, Houston.
If you’re in a great brainstorming or networking group, please share your suggestions and results in a comment.
Happy creating – Linda
|Posted by lindasummersposey on August 4, 2010 at 2:45 AM||comments (3)|
If you want an art CAREER, as opposed to an art hobby, you need people who love your art enough to buy it. Before these people can buy your art, they have to know it – and you – exist. You can paint 24/7 to cultivate your talent; you can meditate every day to tap into your muse. But for attracting actual paying customers, I haven't thought of a method that doesn't involve taking action in the real world outside your studio.
Remember the mantra: If you want to be successful, start by acting successful! Here are 3 ways to launch your successful A-C-T and win attention and customers for your artwork:
"Oh my goodness, thank you SO much for taking the time to write. I appreciate it...and have shared it with my editors."
Her enthusiasm tells me that not too many people she writes about bother to thank her – and that my simple note might help her career as much as her article might help mine. How cool is that?
ACTing to expand your art career isn't always easy or convenient, but it is essential. Your career won't see any action unless YOU act first.
Happy creating -
|Posted by lindasummersposey on August 2, 2010 at 4:51 PM||comments (1)|
Being an artist is fun. Period. Personally, I don't need any other justification than that for what I do.
And being an artist is MORE fun when I can share the fun with others.
Today's fun: Sharing the article that appeared in yesterday's Houston Chronicle (Memorial/Spring Branch section) about my art and about Artists Alive & Well. Here's the link to the online version: http://bit.ly/b02UNF. If you go there, please leave a comment -- that way I'll know that you shared the fun I experienced when it was published. I also suspect that your comments will help the talented author of the article, Kim Morgan (http://www.kimberlywrites.net), impress her boss.
Here's one more way to SHARE THE FUN WITH ME: Please visit our current Artists Alive & Well exhibit and don't miss the closing reception:
Artists Alive & Well Summerview Exhibit
Through August 20, 10AM-6PM, M-F
Closing Reception, Friday, August 20, 4-6PM
Phoenix Tower, 9th Floor Sky Lobby
3200 Southwest Freeway (at Buffalo Speedway)
Meet the artists, refreshments and FUN!
(Free parking if leaving after 6PM -- enter parking garage visitors area from US59 access road)
THANKS for sharing the fun I have being an artist! I invite you to share the fun of bringing out your own creativity with me.
Happy creating -- Linda