Hi everyone….this weekend I spent all my time reading up on how to pull viewers to my website. Goodness…..the amount of things you need to have in place or do…..heavy sigh….but I have to do it all if I want to get my art out there as well as make a living off of it. Yes I already run a Coaching Business but that’s with my Husband and I want to have my own secondary business that allows me to be more creative.
I don’t want my art to be a hobby. I want my art to be my second business so it has to make money (at some point). First off I went on youtube. I have to say you can learn about almost anything on youtube. It is absolutely amazing. I know now that I need to be blogging…which I am : ) I need to be in all the social medias…which I am. I need to be updating my site every week…this I’m not consistent with yet. I also need to up my SEO via my key words on my blog posts and any articles I post on facebook. Thaaaat’s not so good. Facebook rarely see me. OH! OH!
I didn’t know you can pay people online to write your articles and blogs. Hmmmmm!!??. They specialise in placing these key words within the blog or article so its picked up by the search engine. And you can pay to get keywords that help people find you when they are searching for similar items/services and you can also pay to get top key words so that your site pops up first in the listing when they search. But somehow I’m not comfortable with that, so won’t be spending on that for sure.
Oh so much to learn and sooooo much to put in place. I’m still trying to understand it all so I can go implement. Some of what I learned I’ve started but most I still need to do. If you need some of that knowledge go to youtube and type….” how to get people to my site”…. loads of videos come up and as I said they are quite enlightening.
“—doing something so small and gradual that it almost looks like you’re doing nothing—often leads to much more sustainable success. You can do extraordinary things when you are patiently persistent.”
“In the end, the more cautious entrepreneurs ended up being the more successful ones, whereas the risk takers who quit their jobs early were 33 percent more likely to fail.”
“Good artists copy. Great artists steal.” Picasso
“We create by copying, and as we do, the skill becomes embedded into our memory.”
“When we steal like this, we end up creating a style that is all our own.”
“You are not an artist because you steal. You steal because you are an artist.”
These stood out to me because for my 10×10 acrylic pieces I sell at markets most of the ideas come from different sites and pics that I see and I would change them up a bit. My large abstracts and my 9×12 abstracts started off with me trying to follow Michael Lang’s style but instead I developed my own style and look. My watercolours are totally influenced by things I see and have a deep urge to paint based totally on my personal watercolour style.
Initially, I felt that seeing a piece and expanding on it was not a good thing but I’ve since learned that its when you copy others work and pass it off as yours….that is a problem but if you change it around or even improve on it then that is different. Artists learn and get inspired by each other and especially so from the masters. This book revealed what allot of the other books I’ve read.
“In other words, we create not in isolation but with the influence of others around us.”
“….I call this the Rule of Re-creation, which says that you are not born an artist. You become one.”
It has all been so interesting and even more recently, I’ve discovered a platform calle Patreon for creatives where you can get Patrons to sponsor you as you continue to create. loved that. I’ve signed up and you can check me out here.
This is what Patreon is all about:
Patreon powers membership businesses for creators by giving them the tools they need to acquire, manage, and energize their paying patrons. With a subscription-style payment model, fans pay their favorite creators a monthly amount of their choice in exchange for exclusive access, extra content, or a closer look into their creative journey.
This model is a win-win; creators retain creative freedom while getting the salary they deserve, and fans get to rest easy knowing that their money goes directly towards creating more of what they love.
So if you’re interested go learn more. To end, you become what you believe you are. You don’t have to be born into it. Therefore………. I am an artist. And get my FREE ONLINE TOOLS LISTING HERE!!
Later guys. Send your friends to my website http://www.gara.org and check out my store. Purchase items with my artwork. Even get sets in your favourite designs. Check how my abstract looks on clothing, personal items and home items.