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Have you found your creative well has run dry of inspiration? Especially recently? This week we have two projects to share with you which will help inspire and re-invigorate your art.

The 100 day project was started by the designer Michael Beirut and has since become an annual free global art project for creatives. Just pick an action, do it consistently for 100 days and share it.

Today we meet Lindsay Thomson who has been involved in co-ordinating the project since 2017. We talk through some tips on how to pick your project; maybe choose one of the three key areas projects often cover: play, practice or produce. How specific to make it, how figuring out your motivation can really help, what your starting point might be, finding time.

The project kicks off on 31st Jan and runs until May 10th, but it doesn’t matter if it takes you longer than this.

How to join the 100 day project:

1. There are some great FAQs and tips on the website page where you can also sign up for the newsletter.  http://the100dayproject.org
2. Go to @dothe100dayproject account on Instagram to share one of their recent posts to announce your commitment 🙂 Look in the Stories for a Q&A session done earlier this month
3. Think of your project and share using #the100dayproject and your own personal invented hashtag

Artist, psychologist and creativity coach Rachel Davis, who some of you may know from her AJ visits, will be offering free support, accountability, inspiration and humour through her IG account @racheldavisart.bayarea as she embarks on her third #100 day project.

Rachel knows this terrain really well and is ready to help you stay on the creative track, even when self doubt, boredom and frustration show up, as they inevitably will. Follow #100daysupportwithrachel to keep up with what she’s offering and so she can comment on your journey.

Get inspired with the Art2Life free workshop:

Don’t forget to join the free Art2Life workshop HERE which starts on 15th February 2021. These online lessons are a great guide for you to learn a new approach to making personal, powerful and authentic art.

“As a textile designer I thought Design was an area I knew about but he explained the importance of variation/differences so clearly and I already want to get into my studio to think more about this. I want to watch all the videos now…..is that greedy?! What a great start…..he genuinely made me believe I can improve and love my art and don’t have to wait years for that to happen.”
Gill

Find out more and register HERE

If you sign up using this link and later choose to go on to take the full programme we will receive a referral fee which helps support us to and keep the podcast running each week. 

Mentioned:

Follow and find Lindsay @lindsayjeanthomson

“Does this sound like fun? I’m not sure. But some years, up to two dozen students start the assignment. And some years, more than half drop out before the end. Everyone starts with high hopes. But things get repetitive by day ten. By day twenty, no matter what you’ve decided to do, it feels like you’ve been doing it forever. And bridging the end-of-year break is always a big challenge. But the students who get past day thirty or forty tend to get in a groove that will take them through to the end. Here’s a sampling of what’s been done through the years, including some of my favorites.
Read about the original Michael Beirut project here: https://designobserver.com/feature/five-years-of-100-days/24678

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“Monkeys Spinning Monkeys” Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License

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This can be biggest question for artists today: How do I sell my art online? Whether you are new and don’t know where to start, or would like to add more options for your potential buyers, in this conversation we share some tips to get started fast and how we began.

This is a huge topic and perhaps a little ambitious for a one-hour episode, but we decided to give it our best shot! In a wide-ranging discussion, we discuss the importance of a website and email list as a “home base” for your marketing, so that no matter where people find you, they can sign up to stay in touch.

But we also cover other options and ways to get started if you don’t yet have a website, including social media, licensing opportunities and third party websites such as Saatchi Art.  And we stress that even when you do have a website, it’s not enough to just set it up and then wait for people to arrive. You will always need to drive traffic to your site and finding ways to do this is an important element of your marketing strategy.

Mentioned:

Louise’s Art Tribe membership group is currently accepting new members. Join for a free trial month at: https://thispaintinglife.mykajabi.com/art-tribe

If you’d love to be part of an artist group building a creative business alongside developing your art join Alice’s Connected Artist Club waitlist HERE

If you have a question you’d like us to discuss, click here to send it to us

If you are enjoying the podcast this is an easy and inexpensive way to help support it and ensure it continues. The demands of making it each week can be challenging. Your support is allowing us to hire some editing help. If you’d like to help out with a one-time or a monthly donation, you can “buy us a coffee” us at Ko-fi.com

Contribute to the podcast here:

Follow Alice on Instagram @alicesheridanstudio
or Louise @louisefletcher_art

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“Monkeys Spinning Monkeys” Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License

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As working artists, we have both used social media to build an audience and make sales. In this episode, we discuss how we approached social media when we first started, what we learned along the way, and how it plays into our marketing strategies today.

This is an honest and open discussion that includes what we didn’t understand, what we got wrong, and where we still need to improve. But having built solid and loyal followings on platforms such as Instagram, Youtube and Facebook, we both have sound advice about different ways to leverage these free resources to build your art career. 

Building a following on social media is a slow process, but the results speak for themselves.  These platforms certainly have their downsides, but artists have never been able to take such strong control of their own marketing or been able to reach so many people free of charge. We hope you find our conversation thought-provoking and perhaps inspirational.

Mentioned:

Sketchbook Project: https://www.sketchbookproject.com/

Patrick Gale book: Take Nothing With You

Listen to episode 59: https://alicesheridan.com/episode59

Mini Seawhite concertina sketchbook: https://www.cassart.co.uk/drawing/paper-3/sketchbooks/seawhite-concertina-sketchbook-70-pages-140gsm.htm

Join the Connected Artist Club waitlist HERE

If you have a question you’d like us to discuss, click here to send it to us

If you are enjoying the podcast this is an easy and inexpensive way to help support it and ensure it continues. The demands of making it each week can be challenging. Your support is allowing us to hire some editing help. If you’d like to help out with a one-time or a monthly donation, you can “buy us a coffee” us at Ko-fi.com

Contribute to the podcast here:

Follow Alice on Instagram @alicesheridanstudio
or Louise @louisefletcher_art

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“Monkeys Spinning Monkeys” Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License

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As we look ahead we ask if the creative space you have suits the artist you want to become and look at some ideas to help you grow.

This week we’re discussing the pros and cons of our different studio set-ups. Louise has a studio in her garden while Alice recently took the leap and rented a large studio away from her home. As our discussion reveals, there are pros and cons to both arrangements. For example, home studios are ultra-convenient and allow for quick pop-ins, while studios away from home can give much more space and also more privacy.

We also share some tips for maximising the space you do have and suggest that sometimes there are options we haven’t allowed ourselves to consider.

As you think about your plans for your space, Alice recommends thinking a few years ahead – what kind of artist do you want to be and what kind of space will that artist need?

In this episode, we also catch up with what’s been happening over the holiday, and share where we are with our planning. Finally, we would like to wish all of you the happiest and most creative of new years and to thank you for your ongoing support. We couldn’t do it without you!

If you are clearing your existing working space, this post gives you some key pointers to help: How to kon mari your studio

How to kon mari your art studio
Can you Kon Mari your studio?

Mentioned:

Charlie Brooker’s Death to 2020 on Netflix

Click here to download your planning workbook

If you enjoyed this workbook and know a bit more structure could help you, you may like to hear when I next open up the Connected Artist membership – which is designed to help you build your business in an artist-friendly way.

We have a fully extended version of this and plenty to keep you in check with all your projects, interactive spreadsheets ready for you to use and expand your creative practice.

Join the Connected Artist Club waitlist HERE

If you have a question you’d like us to discuss, click here to send it to us

If you are enjoying the podcast this is an easy and inexpensive way to help support it and ensure it continues. The demands of making it each week can be challenging. Your support is allowing us to hire some editing help. If you’d like to help out with a one-time or a monthly donation, you can “buy us a coffee” us at Ko-fi.com

Contribute to the podcast here:

Follow Alice on Instagram @alicesheridanstudio
or Louise @louisefletcher_art

Credits
“Monkeys Spinning Monkeys” Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License