The Artist’s Mind and Secrets Inside

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Secrets of the Artist’s Mind?

The mind has always been a mystery even for those who study it. Many people study the mind to unlock the secrets of the brain and its effects on us as humans. The health of the mind, including anxiety and depression, is a very relatable subject to many, myself included.

Previously I wrote Anxiety And The Arts and discussed anxiety in particular for artists, writers, and creators, and how it affects us and our works. I want to take the discussions a step further.

However, this is a very personal and difficult topic to share. I usually struggle to talk about this as I am a very private person. It is often difficult to open up about depression and anxiety. There are numerous causes and effects it has had on me as a person over the years. Even when I was first diagnosed, loved ones were stunned due to well kept the secret of my inner turmoil was.

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I will start by saying, I am not a doctor by any means. Nor am I a certified psychologist, cognitive therapist, or any such combination thereof. My words are not meant to replace anything a doctor, therapist, or any other healthcare professional has said. These are merely the words of a wife and mother, an artist and writer, who struggles with her own battle with depression and anxiety.

My hopes are to provide comfort, support, and even impart knowledge based on personal experiences and interactions. I am not perfect by any means. Some of the various advice and experiences are things I struggle with myself.

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Screaming Essence by E. A. Pritchett of Lizzy Pritty Arts

It is a classic “do as I say, not as I do” sentiment. Ironically that is the thing about depression and anxiety. We may know something in our hearts is true, whereas our minds tell us otherwise. A perfect example of this is something that is very common with me. I often advise others to open up and talk about their concerns and thoughts. Especially when things are overwhelming. It sounds very cliche and possibly even obvious.

I plan to delve further into the artist’s mind with many more posts in the future. Therefore, as this article is only delving into the basics I won’t get too much further, with plans to refer back to this article in the future. In other words, my main focus with this article is simply to begin to share my experiences with other artists, writers, mothers, wives, or any person with anxiety and depression. Knowing others experience the same or similar feelings, emotions, and struggles and may know that they are not alone.

Fine Art America Billboard Contest 2021

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Sunset In The Tropics
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Sunrise Season

The following three links will take you to where you can vote one each of my three contest submissions, and the the contest can be found here on Fine Art America.

Each image that gets at least 100 votes will become a contest finalist and get featured on the Fine Art America #FineArtAmerica Instagram account.

On September 15th, a panel of judges will review all of the finalists and pick twenty winning images to appear on billboards throughout the United States during the fall and winter. All billboards will be located near major metropolitan areas (e.g. Chicago, Los Angeles, Atlanta, etc.)

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Mountains Of Paradise

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Print on Demand Art Shop – Threadless

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There is an expression that says “never put all of your eggs in one basket.” I have been gradually uploading my artwork for on various print on demand art shop platforms. So far I have had Society6, DeviantArt, Redbubble, and now Threadless is the latest endeavor.

I am always open to suggestions or comments on various art shop portals. Feel free to post comments providing your feedback!

Never Too Late To Learn A New Skill

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The old expression is, “you can’t teach an old dog new tricks,” and to an extent, this can be true. However, it is never too late to learn a new skill. One may never necessarily be great at it, but it can still be learned. I have been learning numerous new skills lately, myself.

I have always enjoyed learning. So for me to be able to take the time to learn new skills that can help me increase my chances of success, is huge! I am not being paid to advertise this, but one such location is SkillSuccess. They have hundreds of courses to choose from. I have already completed numerous ones and I plan to continue learning.

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When I first got my subscription, there was a Groupon deal for SkillSuccess, so I decided to try it out. I love it! They have all types of skills, from bartender courses to Adobe and Microsoft product education courses. Some courses, like with anything, are better than others. Overall, most of the courses I have been more than satisfied with and have been able to utilize for my art skills.

Overall, I feel learning is and always will be a valuable asset.

Artwork Sales – On RedBubble

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Mountains Of Paradise

Come and check out my shop on RedBubble, where you can purchase prints of my artwork on various objects, such as mugs, duvets, shirts, clocks, and more! Some examples can be seen below!

Artwork and Photos – Society6

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Sunny Breakers

There is a new shop in town that is set up with my works! I am officially on Society6, where my artwork and photography will be printed on furniture and decor items such as tables, murals, wallpaper, and much more! Please come visit and check out my shop on Society6!

Custom Landscape Painting – On Fiverr

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Lakeside Tranquility

If you are looking for a landscape painting to adorn your home or office then look no further! I will paint one custom landscape piece in either watercolor, acrylic, or oil paint. Please come check it out on Fiverr!

The 8″ X 10″ package will include:

  • Paintings will be on canvas for acrylic and oil paintings, and specialty watercolor paper for watercolor painting.
  • Two revisions only. This does not include starting over from scratch.
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Autumn Lakes

The 11″ X 16″ package will include:

  • Paintings will be on canvas for acrylic and oil paintings, and specialty watercolor paper for watercolor painting.
  • Two revisions only. This does not include starting over from scratch.

The 16″ X 20″ package will include:

  • Paintings will be on canvas for acrylic and oil paintings, and specialty watercolor paper for watercolor painting.
  • Two revisions only. This does not include starting over from scratch.
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Sunrise Season

* All pricing does include shipping costs. Pricing is non-negotiable.

** Please note: these are landscapes. While some objects or people can be included, the main focus will be on the landscape and scenery.

* If you would like a painting in a different size, please message me and we will discuss a custom size or shape.

Ideal Artist Writer Office Studio Space

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Every artist or writer asks one particular question. Where am I going to work? Will it be inside or outside, basement or a bedroom? These are valid questions we ask ourselves. A dedicated studio or office space is important to an artist or writer is because this is the place we go to work. Although we may travel around to paint gardens or write in coffee shops, most work occurs in office spaces or studios. This is assuming so long as there is a dedicated space for it.

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Every artist and writer set up their office studio in a different way. For example, a writer’s office space may require plenty of light to enable them to see papers on the desk. On the other hand, a photographer may require a dark room to develop traditional print photos. Another example would be videographers, such as for YouTube videos or TikTok. These artists require space that enables plenty of backlighting to highlight the areas needing focus. A painter may require an area with running water to rinse brushes. A logo designer may require a large desk space for a computer with multiple monitors and things spread across the desk. The list goes on!

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Some further questions may include what do we need in the space? An example includes a computer and pen and paper for basic writer’s needs. Photographers will need an enlarger for their negatives as well as a place to store their equipment. Moreover, videographers will need a place for their subject matter to sit or stand and a space for their camera. That painter may require an easel, a brush stand, a sink, a table, and subject matter to paint. The logo designer will operate best with a drawing tablet. In addition, they may need graphic design software on the computer. Nearly every artist will also need color swatches for comparison.

To conclude, I want to mention what my dream space would entail. I am an artist of multiple styles of art, including graphic design, painting, drawing, and writing to list a few. As such, my dream space would have multiple elements as well. Ideally, I would like a space with indoor and outdoor space. Moreover, I require an area that could also efficiently home a desk with at least three monitors. The idea that comes to mind, it converting a greenhouse space into an office and studio.

The natural light will create beautiful arrays of color. Any glass panes could be covered with darkening curtains as necessary. I of course would also require running water and air conditioning. If too much sunlight obscures a computer monitor, the blackout curtains can be drawn. The ceiling would have a covering that could be moved for more or less direct light.

Natural light would help because sunlight provides vitamin D, which can help with anxiety and depression. As I mentioned in a previous post, it is not uncommon for artists to exhibit one or both. An area that is lit naturally would be beneficial to an artist’s psyche. I know not every artist would dream of a space like this, but for me, this would be an artist and writer’s paradise.

Freelance: Advantages & Disadvantages

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Freelancing: sounds like everyone’s dream right? No daily commute into work, no boss hovering over your shoulder, being able to work in pajamas from bed, and spend half the day shopping on Amazon or catching up on Facebook? Sounds ideal. Unfortunately, like with all things, it is not entirely as it seems. Though there are many perks to being a freelancer, there are also numerous disadvantages.

I am sure many are wondering, “What could be so bad about working from home, being your own boss, working in your pajamas from bed?” The simple answer is nothing is necessarily bad about it. It is, however, much more work than appearances would have one believe. It isn’t about putting out an ad or two and waiting for traffic to appear on your site. It is not typically a “get rich quick” principle. There is a lot of hard work involved.

I have only made the transition to be a freelancer within the past month myself. In that time, though there has been very little income, the hard work was still put in. Day after day of preparations and even classes and tutorials to relearn old skills and obtain new ones. The process is still ongoing. So what exactly are some of the pros and the cons of being a self-employed freelancer or contractor?

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Be your own boss:

Pros – Yes. You can indeed be your own boss. Any decision made is made entirely by you. Don’t like that color stationary? Gone. Don’t want to have someone constantly checking your work over your shoulder? No more worries! It can be freeing and liberating to know that if you are running a little late because of your toddler, that you won’t get a stern lecture or write-up from your supervisor or boss. You can dress the way you want so long as you don’t need to do any video conferences with clients or customers.

Cons – So what could be a con to being your own boss? Well most importantly, is you will be handling your taxes each year, and I do not mean inputting a simple W-2 into some form of tax software. Freelance work involved documents such as 1099-NECs, or tracking expenses incurred (buying business cards, art supplies, a website, starting costs, cellphone usage, etc). No one can do that for you when you are a freelancer unless you hire a tax specialist or n accountant. Every receipt needs to be maintained for tax purposes, not just for filing taxes, but also in case of IRS audits. It can be daunting, however, with the proper organization will assist with this process.

Finding the Business:

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Pros – So I will be first to admit that the major pro for this is something I experienced numerous times in corporate jobs. I cannot even keep track of the number of times I have had a customer I was trying to assist, they ask for something that was unfortunately against company policy, and I was not able or allowed to bend the rules for the customer, I would tell them I cannot do what they are asking because it was against company policy, and they ask for a manager who then gives them whatever they want, making me look like a liar for following protocol.

The most common question always being asked or implied “can I get this item for as little money as possible, maybe even free?” In most corporate jobs, there may be a little leeway to assist a customer or client and maybe give them a discount. Very rarely do corporate jobs allow something to be given away for free, and trying to convey that doing something against company policies and protocols can cost someone their job is nearly impossible at times.

Nevertheless, not having to rely on a manager or supervisor to get permission to assist a customer, or even having the ability to turn away a customer who becomes threatening or unreasonable can be a major pro. You can select the target audience. For example, most historical romance fiction is targeted towards women in their twenties and thirties. However, a freelancer can also write a novel to appeal to slightly older audiences. A freelancer can also choose if they want to sell their artwork on platforms such as Etsy and Fiverr, set up a personal e-commerce shop on their website, self-publish, or even sell items at local fairs and events. The sky is the limit!

Cons – Simply put for this, is two different topics: one being no protection of a corporate policy (unless you and your business eventually become incorporated) or managers to help handle the heat, and the other being knowing where and how to find the clients that will be the foundation for your freelance work. What this means is that you as the freelancer will need to advertise yourself and your skills.

This entails advertising, building profiles on platforms such as Etsy or Fiverr, and putting yourself out there to attract potential clients and customers interested in your set of skills. There are numerous ways to do this and search engines can be a huge help and step in the right direction. Not only can customers search for you as your skills become more known, but you can also search for the markets that offer your set of skills.

The list does continue far beyond this, but this is a good foundation for some of the pros and cons of being a freelancer.

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