Wow, mid-April already! 2015 is just flying by. So much for my intention to blog more this year.
When 2015 started I had my entire year planned out. At least that’s what I thought. Then I attended Christine Kane’s CLICK! Retreat in February and experienced a seismic shift in my life. And all of my plans went out the window. When I walked out of the retreat on the first day, I had an entirely new vision of what my life, my art, and my consulting business could be. So I made the commitment to step up and start playing bigger. I rejoined the Platinum Mastermind group and decided to stop letting my introversion define me. I’ve lived with that story my entire life and it's time to let it go.
Being back in Platinum means regular visits to Asheville for retreats so I’ve been in Asheville 3 times in the last 90 days. I realized on my last trip that I want to explore splitting my time between Santa Fe and Asheville. Both cities have a very similar vibe and strong art communities so both feel like home to me. I’m still thinking about what “splitting my time” would look like.
My Soul Ancestors have found a cozy little niche market so lately all of my new pieces have been commissions. I’ve had a couple invitations from art galleries and I’m still toying with the idea of gallery representation. On the one hand, my ego loves that idea but my heart is telling me that’s not the right path for me. At least not right now. There’s something very powerful, especially with the Soul Ancestors, about creating a piece for a specific person.
I mentioned my consulting business above so for those of you who don’t know, I’m also Gypsy Wolf Marketing. I work 1-on-1 with creative entrepreneurs, artists, art galleries, and arts nonprofits around the world to help them build successful businesses by teaching them the latest business and marketing techniques and strategies. There have been a lot of changes at Gypsy Wolf Marketing in the last 6 months. At the end of 2014, I retired all of my old packages and programs and launched several new consulting packages that are much more in line with how I like to work with my clients. And there are a lot of changes still to come including a new eBook which I'll be releasing in May.
If you’re interested in learning more about artist residencies, make plans to attend TransCultural Exchange’s 2016 Conference on International Opportunities in the Arts: Expanding Worlds. I’ll be teaching my new workshop, Art Business Kickstart: Tips and Techniques for Succeeding in the Changing Art World at the Conference, as well as doing 1-on-1 sessions during Portfolio Reviews. I'll be distributing the workshop presentation and toolkit after the Conference so if you're interested in receiving a copy, you can subscribe to my mailing list here.
And, of course, there's always my passion project, the International Folk Art Market | Santa Fe. I'll be volunteering once again this year in the Artist Training program and as an Artist Assistant. If you're going to be in Santa Fe July 10th - 12th, the Market should definitely be on your list of things to do. You'll see some great art, meet some wonderful artists, and know that with every purchase you make you're helping to change the world. It's an amazing experience.
So, I'm off to finish packing my suitcase. The gypsy winds are calling my name.