Last night I took a lecture/discussion class with Claudine Hellmuth. (This means we didn't have any art supplies and we all sat in a big circle like grown-ups around a conference table.)
I should add that on the way to the class I stopped for a frappacino and a box of sushi. (At Target you can get both!) I drank the frap on the way and ate the sushi while chatting with other artists waiting for the class to begin. That was a great start!
The class was called "Minding Your Own Business." Claudine has made a wonderfully successful professional life for herself, so I was eager to hear her ideas.
I've heard her described as a Southern Belle Hippie! She's really witty and filled the class with great info.
Unlike some of the other reading and classes I have taken about making art your business, Claudine did not delve into any of the issues of self-doubt, motivation, fear or internal struggle for validation that I think a lot of artists face. She just assumed that we all know we are talented and committed! What a refreshing attitude.
Claudine says 100% of the good things that have happened in her business have come from her website. Wow. So, I really need to send in the contract I have for the web site designer I've picked. Really. I'm going to do that TODAY!
She also talked a lot about liscensing. (You know, like Mary Engelbreit's artwork on dishclothes, coaster, journals, calendars, mugs, etc etc etc.) This is an area I've never considered and I don't know that I'll pursue it, but it's interesting to have some discussion in my experience.
Today we're celebrating Mother's Day since I'll be away at classes all day tomorrow. Claire and I are having a girl's outting to Starbucks and we'll go letterboxing later. I am richly blessed.