Why I love being an artist

 

Why I love being an artistHave you ever thought about why you love doing the things that you do every day? I have! Few days ago I was thinking about a lot of things. I started to think about the times when I began to draw again, on 2010. I thought about all those reasons why I love being an artist.

1)I start with the most important thing. I love to give emotions through my paintings. Every time when I paint something, I put my whole soul in it. There is a quote that I like:

“People will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel”- Maya Angelou

 My goal is to make people happy!

“Art is not what you see, but what you make others see”- Edgar Dega

Actually the whole process of the painting coming to life is very exciting. The idea of the painting may come in the most unexpected moment. And then I  start to think about it. I start to visualize it in my mind. After that I paint it.

I also love the feeling that I get when I know that I have made somebody’s day better because they liked my artwork or because I inspired them somehow.

2) I love learning new things. Not a single day will pass without me learning something new. Whether it be about drawing and painting or something about marketing because when it comes to being an artist, you actually have to do a lot more than paint and draw. You also have to post your art online, market it, find new potential customers, edit pictures, answer to letters, make videos about progress of art and read books about all kinds of things. And this all is so exciting.
I love to watch speed up videos about other artists creating their artwork. I have watched many videos about drawing techniques and painting techniques.

3) I love to meet other artists. I would have never thought that there are so many talented and beautiful  people. I have made some new friends along the way. And their passion and amazing artworks have inspired and motivated me a lot.

So these are some of the reasons why I love being an artist. Every morning when I wake up, I’m so excited because it’s a brand new day full of endless opportunities and possibilities.

What is your passion? What makes you come alive? Why do you like it?

 

How to start believing in yourself

How to start believing in yourself

Have you ever found yourself thinking that you are not good enough? That your ideas are not good enough? Maybe you think that there are so many artists who are better than you? Have you ever thought: “How am I supposed to achieve my dream?” Welcome to my world. I have had these kind of thoughts so many times that I have lost count. But there is a way how to start believing in yourself more.

I remember when I started to draw and paint again on 2010. Back then I had this perfect image on my mind how I wanted everything to be. Which also included my artistic skills and abilities. I wanted to be good and professional quickly. Unfortunately that meant only one thing, that I didn’t have patience.
So I drew and painted a lot but many times I got mad and frustrated because things didn’t go the way I wanted. So I just threw my pencils and oil colors in the corner. Few days later, something inside of me kept telling me ” Try again, don’t give up. Eventually you will achieve your goals”.

I had a really hard time in my life back then. I studied in the university business and marketing but something inside of me kept telling me that this is not the right thing. And besides that I had an anxiety which made it quite impossible to even go to school. Eventually on the 3rd year I took the risk and decided to quit.

There were so many people around me who didn’t understand why I made that kind of choice. When I told them that I want to be an artist and make the living with my art, then many of them raised their eyebrows and gave me the weird look, like I’m some kind of freak. They told me that its impossible to make money by selling your art. That this can only be my hobby, nothing more. Many even stopped being my friend. But that was totally fine with me.

To be honest, I was really scared. Why? Because I didn’t know how to achieve my dream. And the uncertainty about the future made me worry a lot. Eventually I understood that worrying about everything doesn’t help at all. In fact it only makes things worse. So I decided to take 1 day at a time. As I started to be more positive, I noticed that everything started to get better. My mindset was more positive and I didn’t throw my art supplies to the corner anymore. In fact, I started to get more inspiration and ideas about what to draw and paint.
I spent hours watching different art tutorials on Youtube. I did everything that I could to be better than I was the day before. I invested in myself.

Today I’m really grateful that I didn’t give up.

So if you are facing some difficult times and you want to give up, then please don’t! Because then you might regret later and think: ” What could have been if… “

You will have to face your deepest fears and tell yourself that: “I am good enough!” You have to believe in yourself! Surround yourself with people who like same things as you. There is a quote that I like:
“You don’t have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step”- Dr. Martin Luther King

So just take the first step. And one day you will realize that all these little steps helped you to achieve your dream.

Have you experienced something similar? Maybe you can even share some tips.

 

Art groups that you should follow

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As an artist I have learned in time the importance of being a member of art groups. As though most of the artists tend to like more solitude, they still need the community. A feeling that you are a part of something bigger in this world. A place where you can meet people who have same interests and share the same passions as you.
 
It was 2013 December. I remember it very clearly,I was drawing and painting. I was happy. Yet I felt like there was something missing. By that time I  had found some art groups on Facebook where people could share their artwork and give feedback about other artist’s artwork but mostly people just posted their artwork and that was about it. They didn’t much care about giving feedback about other artist’s artwork or just a simple “Like” which sometimes could brighten up somebody’s day. There was something missing in those groups.
 
That was the time when I was browsing artwork on one of these art groups. There was a lot of nudity in this group and I was doing my best to still see the good sides of the group which were beautiful artworks of artists. And then it happened. I came across a post by Inaa HΓ€ggstrΓΆm Foose who invited all the girls to join her new art group Women’s International Creative Group.
 
Women’s International Group was created for girls and women only which means that nobody else can post to this group. It’s a group where people can post all kinds of creative work and share it with other artists. Which include photography, craftings, artworks, music, writing and share tips and ideas.
 
In the beginning I decided to keep a low profile and observe to see what this group is all about and to understand the spirit of the group. It didn’t took me a lot of time to realize that this group is full of beautiful, talented and friendly people. They appreciate each and every single member of the group. I felt the joy of recognition. Why? Because I felt like I had found a right group. A group that I had always wanted to be a part of.
 
And what I also love about this group. People actually give feedback about each other’s artwork and they encourage and support each other on hard times. For sometimes some artists might get artist blocks or they might have some problems in life and feel like they want to give up. To quit art, for ever. But in this group everybody are always so positive and they encourage each other to not give up and try harder.
 
I’m so happy that I found this group. Thanks to this group I have been able to meet so many beautiful and talented people.
Here is a picture where you can see the admins of this group.
 
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Another group that I recently found on Facebook is Lachri – Youtube art group. I found it because I had been following Lachri fine art page on Facebook for a while and then Lisa ( an artist behind Lachri fine art) decided to make a group for artists. And of course I wanted to be a part of this group because I love Lisa’s artwork and her Youtube videos.
 
This group was created so that people from Lisa’s Youtube channel could have a place to share their artwork and ask advice from other artists. I can always learn something new by reading all these posts that discuss about a technique, medium and social media . People are really friendly and nice. There are also challenges for group members in every month.
 
Plus every week Lisa posts new videos on her Youtube channel and also shares them in the group with members. Those videos include painting critiques, speed paintings, speed drawings, tutorials, artist vlogs, tips, tricks and art advice.
 
I’m so happy that I found that artist and that group. I have learned so many new things and I have seen so many beautiful artwork.
 
You can see Lisa’s Youtube channel here:
 
https://www.youtube.com/user/Lachri
 
So these are my favorite art groups on Facebook. What do you think about art groups? Do you follow any?
 

How Linky parties can help you grow your blog

 
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I’m sure there are many people who haven’t heard anything about the Linky Parties. If you are one of them, you have missed so much! So in this article I will tell you what it is and what its used for.
 
What are Linky parties?

Link parties are the opportunity for you to grow your blog and get some new followers. Basically what it does for you, it allows you to share your content on other websites. When you visit a site on the day of their weekly link party then there is a link to ” link up” and you can share the URL of your blog/site and write a title and crop a photo from the post. It will create a hyperlink thumbnail that other bloggers can see and visit.
It is recommended to read the rules before you put your own link. Because every day there is a different theme and some Link Parties don’t allow to post selling stuff and giveaways. So its better to read before you act.
 
How can I host my own link party?
 
Before you start there are few things you should keep in mind.
First of all. Like always with parties, you should think about the reason why you are hosting a link party. Are you celebrating something? Are you looking for a new recipes to try? Or you want to find some new DIY ideas to try out?
 
  • Choose a date and time. Link parties are held weekly, monthly, seasonal.
  • Plan your budget. Unfortunately Link Parties like any other parties require some cash. In order to  host a party you can use a service like Inlinkz or LinkyTools. They both have a subscription fee.
  • Invite quests. Market it on your social platforms.
  • Design a button for your Link Party, There are many tutorials about it on internet.
  • Be a good host. Try to comment on every linked post. Make your guests feel special!
  • Keep an eye on posts. If somebody posts anything inappropriate, then you have to make sure that it will be deleted.
  • Make a new connections. Just like you would on a real life party. You can also introduce some of your friends to some new guests.
  • And at last, don’t forget to send out Thank you’s.
What do you think? Will you give it any try? Are you willing to take the time and money to make a Link Party and make some new connections?
 
Happy linking!

7 reason why you should use Bloglovin

 
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If you are a blog owner and you are looking for a new ways to promote your blog and get some extra traffic to your blog then Bloglovin is a good place to do that. Maybe you haven’t heard about it before, believe me few months ago I also didn’t know anything about it but I’m glad that I found it. In this article I will tell you about 7 reasons why you should use Bloglovin to promote your blog.
 
It’s one of the newest social platforms which was created for bloggers and also readers. It allows readers to read, organize and discover their favorite blogs. It’s really easy and comfortable to use. I personally haven’t used it very long time but I have realized some of the benefits that it offers.
 
  • First of all, it allows you to link your blog to Bloglovin. This way your followers will easily see your new posts on their feed. I personally like to follow people more on Bloglovin than on blogger. It’s more organised.
  • It has some really attractive ” Follow this blog on bloglovin” buttons that you can use to post on your blog and this way your readers will see that you are using Bloglovin and can follow you there.
  • And of course you can build connections in the blog world. Commenting and following other blogs can have some really good impact to your blog. It will get you more traffic and you will even find some new friends.
  • Bloglovin has different blog categories. This way you can follow the similar blogs to your own or you can just search for the topic that interests you the most.
  • You can link not only your blogs, but your social media sites such as Facebook, Twitter and it will help you to get more traffic from their users.
  • It’s easy to use with your blog. You just have to “claim” your blog.
  • Bloglovin is free, It also has a mobile app which is available for Iphone, Android and Ipad.
So these are the benefits that Bloglovin offers. I hope that this article was useful for you and that you can go and claim your blog and rock the traffic world with Bloglovin!
 
And here is a link to my Bloglovin profile:
http://www.bloglovin.com/people/liisi6-11139073