Artist Marketing Tip #5: After yesterday's tip hopefully you have begun to develop your Facebook Fan Page. Here's a note. Unlike your regular Facebook page you will not recieve email alerting you of messages from your Fan Page. We have to manually go there and check every day to view them. I learned that the hard way!
Friday, December 31, 2010
Friday's Grace Notes: New Year... new beginnings, new "do overs", making lemonade from lemons... just don't forget to add the sugar, being open to new friendships all of the time from any unsuspecting resource... we truly are here to love others, singing Tracy Chapman songs, and Glenn fixing his famous chili for New Years Eve. Happy New Year!
Thursday, December 30, 2010
Artist Marketing Tip #4: "Brand" and promote yourself! Taking off from tip #3, make a Facebook fan page. Load it up with lots of excellent quality photos of your work, info, and what makes you special. Now send a request to all of your friends to "like" your fan page. Yes it takes time... you and your art business are worth it!
Thursday's Grace Notes; being a risk taker, support hose... hey if you have neuropathy in your legs they ARE a blessing, going out to breakfast at The Bayard Cafe (great hot cup of Chai Latte), pansies in winter (thanks Steve!) and looking forward to painting more "Butterflies 4 Lupus"... in acrylics this time!
Wednesday, December 29, 2010
Artist marketing tip #3
Create your own identity; 'brand yourself'. What do you want to be known for? For myself it is "Jacksonville fine artist/musician". If you Google "Jacksonville artsist" I am on the first page. Google jacksonville artist musician" I am #2 on the page. How do I and other artist friends do this? Tune in tomorrow for artist tip #4
Wednesday's Grace Notes; Fresh blueberries in December, giving piano students new music, warm comfy clothes, enjoying other artists paintings, and the freedom to set my own schedule. Celebrate the day!
Tuesday, December 28, 2010
Artist Marketing Tip #2; Google your name and/or business name regularly. How prominent are you? Do you wish to see more of a response? Tune in tomorrow for Marketing Tip #3.
Tuesday's Grace Notes; owning a pair of glasses so that I can see, a really good pen, appreciating others, relearning how to be humble every day (I'm a slow learner), and not being afraid to try new things. Celebrate the day!
Monday, December 27, 2010
Monday's Grace Notes; Being asked to do something that you may not be talented enough, qualified enough, or even capable enough... and doing it anyway. left-over Christmas ham, new piano music, snowflakes in Florida, time with my sisters and their families, and the color red.
Friday, December 24, 2010
Friday's Grace Notes: Giving gifts, using my resources as best I know how, baking tons of cookies, gingerbread latte coffee, my homemade cornbread stuffing, fig trees in December, "Have guitar, will travel", new Piano music from "Pirates of the Caribbean" w/ a driving 6/8 beat... love it and so will my students, AND Christmas Eve! Merry Christmas!
Thursday, December 23, 2010
Thursday's Grace Notes: Okay. This is cool. Teaching one of my ADULT piano students in Christmas tree/candlelight while we SIP fine red wine. Life rocks! Baking a lemon pineapple upside down bundt cake. White Christmas lights and candles in the fireplace and oranges, cloves and cinnamon sticks simmering on the stove. Twittering with visual/performing artists, design firms and my son's "The rainforest Gardener" fan club... AND wishing everyone a merry Christmas!
Wednesday, December 22, 2010
Wednesdays Grace Notes; Working from home, learning new things, not knowing how it feels to be bored, Walden Farms calorie free balsamic salad dressing, social networking, dryers buzzing (argh! Atleast I own a dryer) and time with my adult kids. They still come over! Okay so I cook. Tonight it's White Chili w/ turkey and home made cornbread . Comfort food.
Tuesday, December 21, 2010
Tuesday's Grace Notes; Answered prayers, enthusiasm, actively loving people, lunch with friends, pumpkin scones from Starbucks, and "living the dream".
Two Years ago I sang around Jacksonville a couple of times a week to include nursing homes. At one of these nursing homes many of the residents cried and made me promise to come back. I made plans on coming back in December to do a large performance. One day later I was in the hospital fighting for life. Following lengthy stays in hospitals and rehab centers I have been living from a wheelchair for two years. I would lie in by bed still hearing one resident say "after three months of dispair and depression you have brought music back into my life!" I began a long plea for God to let me return. Christmas day I get to go back to that retirement home, Carraige House, to sing Christmas music. God delivers in His time... and answers prayers!
Monday, December 20, 2010
Monday's Grace Notes; being healthy enough to go to my first Christmas party in two years, stepping out in faith, making up new recipes, driving through Avondale, chatting on Facebook, and giving things away.
Sunday, December 19, 2010
Sunday's Grace Notes; Not being afraid to fly with out a safety net, baking raspberry shortbread, painting watercolors late into the night, journaling and quiet time early in the morning, employment (gotta love it) and my grown up kids.
Saturday, December 18, 2010
Last week one of my young piano students asked me "what do you like best about Christmas!" I replied "giving". At Christmas it is more socially acceptable to "give". Christmas is LOVE. Christmas is GIVING. Cookies to neighbors and friends, paintings to students, singing Christmas music in un-expected places... free of charge. "You have not because you ask not".... you have not because you GIVE not." I think that I will make a few phone calls and see where else I can sing and play Christmas music for "free". Where else I can give. Lord use me!
Saturday's Grace Notes; waking up early and writing a new song "Be Still And Know", watching Kerry Shook Ministries, being able to independently take a shower, seeing God's promises being full-filled, living in the present, opening the gift... and finding a diamond, finding out that I haven't gained weight after all! Maybe the scale CAN be our friend! :)
A year ago today I had accepted that my new disABLED life would never include a Christmas tree again or my "Martha Stewart" meals that I was so known for. The "hostess with the mostess". My days were, although content, filled with reading from small easy to hold books and T.V. shows. Now, today I am able to stand for small amounts of time, play guitar, piano, paint large canvases and plan on cooking for family and friends again. Never close the door on God!
Friday, December 17, 2010
Wednesday's Grace Notes; "Releasing" my newly composed song "Butterfly", teaching piano lessons with the light of the Christmas tree and lit candles, a sense of humor, naps when needed, new neighbors, and staying true to my authentic self.
Wednesday, December 15, 2010
Wednesday's Grace Notes; Working through the hard places, mass producing watercolor greeting cards while in the artist's "flow", pairing friends together to have even more fun, Gingerbread bagels from Panera Bread Company (hello!), new lipstick, and a fresh Costco wreath on the front door. "It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas".....
Tuesday, December 14, 2010
We paid our electric bill yesterday. No big thing, except that dealing with recent unemployement made it more of a deal. A big one. So as I sit here this morning in my warm jammies I hear the familiar click of the heater turn on and the cold record breaking wind whirl around our Florida home it really hits me. There are people without heat. There are people without heat........
Tuesday's Grace Notes; Letting others help me, chocolate peppermint coffee freshly ground and brewed by Glenn during piano lessons... ahhh, brother-in-laws, mail box blessings, the quiet of the early morning and Facebook friends.
Monday, December 13, 2010
Monday's Grace Notes; Living in God's favor and thanking Him ahead for it, Christmas shopping at Kohls, new candles (pumpkin, white christmas, evergreen and red berry), Panda's Christmas color with jingle bells (he likes it!), giving my music students hand painted cards, ornaments and lots of cookies and talking to my sister Michele on the phone this morning.
Sunday, December 12, 2010
Sunday's Grace Notes; Drizzly cozy Sunday afternoons, singing for clubs, organizations, art showings, weddings, funerals... celebrations of life, Wendy's hamburgers, driving, a roll of christmas ribbon and endless opportunities, and Joel Osteen's new Christmas book. Oh happy day!
Saturday, December 11, 2010
Saturday's Grace Notes; Comfy pajammies, Christmas lights, singing today at the American Penwomen's Christmas Tea, running the dishwasher, medicine that keeps me alive... and a "spoon full of sugar"!
Friday, December 10, 2010
Friday's Grace Notes; Decorating for Christmas... okay I had to have help with the tree, finding new solutions to old problems, humble baked potatoes, a vacuum cleaner, meeting a friend for lunch and my sheltie Panda.
Thursday, December 9, 2010
Thursday's Grace Notes; new load of library books, the tree is up... now time to decorate it, voice, guitar and piano students singingand playing Christmas songs, remembering the kindness of others, Snapple Gree Tea, and bromeliads.
Wednesday, December 8, 2010
Wednesday's Grace Notes: Not being a chicken but soaring like an eagle, driving my SUV w/ only a rollating walker in the back in place of my power wheelchair, selling my art products on "Zazzle.com", picking out clothes to wear, taking care of loved ones, and homemade meatloaf on a Tuesday night.
Tuesday, December 7, 2010
Tuesday Morning Grace Notes: A BIG Christmas mug of coffee, painting more butterflies (some are worth keeping LOL), making a healthy sweet and sour chicken and rice for dinner, composing on the piano, it's "painting only" Tuesday ( no music/art students), believing in God, and enjoying the journey on the way to the goal.
Monday, December 6, 2010
Monday morning Grace Notes: Being promoteded on Linkedin and especially promoting others, taking risks, continueing to fly even when I can't touch the ground, serendipity, "good news" Joyce Meyer Ministries, and good health care.
Sunday, December 5, 2010
Sunday's Grace Notes: Santa paintings, meeting new friends at The Village Gallery and at The Art Center, playing a three hour vocal/accoustic guitar holiday music set downtown last night, recieving God's grace just because He loves us, and a 'to do' list.
Saturday, December 4, 2010
Saturday's Grace Notes; A lazy Saturday morning (that never happens!), wool socks, new mouse for my computor, singing tonight downtown at the Art Center, practicing guitar, teaching my students Christmas music, and making new friends.
Friday, December 3, 2010
Friday's Grace Notes; Going to Nashville in January to record a new CD! Singing Christmas music for a few hours at the Art Center saturday night in downtown Jacksonville, Christmas open houses, fresh fruit and cold weather clothes.
Celebrate the day!
Thursday, December 2, 2010
Not living in fear, "play a little", eating too many coofresh blueberrieskies-forgiving myself-anf 'getting back on the wagon', friends who take the time to care, and greek yogurt with fresh blueberries.
Celebrate the day!
Wednesday, December 1, 2010
Grace Notes; Post Thanksgiving and still giving thanks, painting, selling and meeting new people at the Ethen Allen Design Center and the Cummer Museum Saturday, December, being part of the Art In Embassies Program, what an honor!, and writing new music. Celebrate the day!
Thursday, November 25, 2010
Last year I sat in my wheelchair and watched others cook in my kitchen, same as the year before. THIS Thanksgiving I will stand, cook, clean, create and celebrate with family, sit in a regular chair with my powered wheelchair 'standing by'. God is soo good!
Grace Notes: Sitting in regular chairs in my art studio and music studio. Getting some muscles, if small to begin with, in my "skinny turkey legs". Writing new music to perform and sing with my guitar and record. Glenn making the turkeys... again. He's the best! good jazz music and family coming to visit.
Wednesday, November 24, 2010
Pumpkin Lattes, Christmas mugs... okay I broke them out early, :) my kids patiently teaching their technilogically impared mother, it's okay to eat ice cream once in awhile, so cookie dough it is! AND, working hard for things that you really want to do in life.
Monday, November 22, 2010
Monday's Grace Notes
Church and "Sticky Fingers BBQ" with my daughter,
Compassion, Sleeping in when I need to, cooking for Thanksgiving (love to cook), taking chances and... hope.
Sunday, November 21, 2010
Sunday's Grace Notes; Writing a new song "Butterfly", new guitar strings, frozen yogurt, birdsong, time with my daughter, feeding the dog, and the huge collection of recently painted watercolor greeting cards in front of me waiting to be delivered to galleries and venues.
Saturday, November 20, 2010
Second chances... and third, fourth..., a jumbo cup of coffee, living fearless, crisp Florida mornings, humbling new opportunities in music and art... they leave me speechless.
Friday, November 19, 2010
Time with other artists and creative people, "Carol of thr Bells", learning more about social networking (now if only I can remember it all), my best friend Glenn, and each new dawn... they just keep showing up!
Thursday, November 18, 2010
The Guess Who Fundraiser
The ART Center
Saturday December 4th 2010
6:00 PM t0 9:00PM
Live Holiday Music
Come out and meet talented artists and hear me sing!
Sounds like fun to me!
Village Framing and Gallery Holiday Open House
358 B Stiles Avenue Orange Park Fl
Saturday December 4th
4:00 - 6:00
Come by, meet my talented friends and see my holiday greeting cards, paintings and ornaments
The Cummer Museum/Ethan Allen Design Center
Gifted Artist Shop
The Town Center
Saturday November 27th
11:00 - 3:00
Come and meet me while I paint my watercolor greeting cards onsite.
See ya' There!
The Cost Of Freedom Juried Art Show.
The ART Center downtown Jacksonville
Saturday November 2o, 2010
5:00 PM to 8:00PM
"I belive in peace and I'm willing to fight for it."
"Instruments of Peace"
30x40 acrylic collage
I hope to see you there!
Great Showing and great chance to see old and new friends. Beautiful paintings and sculpture. So much talent. And good music too. We live in a great City with a lot of opportunities.
Making Hobo Soup, asian inspired clothing, The Concurrency art Showing at the AT&T Towers tonight, reading inspirational books, discovering old and new friends on Facebook.
Wednesday, November 17, 2010
I now am booked with two music venues to sing/play acoustic guitar holiday music. Up to two hours "with no repeats". Anybody interested? Life is just too much fun!
Tuesday, November 16, 2010
Okay, how long do I have..... so much to be thankful for: Healing people helping others to heal, reaching out in friendship and in faith, great books like "Spark" and "Kiss-Ass Creativity (trust me it's good), reds and blues, doing things "afraid", and well, hot dogs!
Saturday, November 13, 2010
Today is a new day for new beginnings. I am thankful for courage that "I can do all things through Christ Jesus who strengthens me", the awesome support of my family and friends, tapping into so many great motivational inspiring books, and my improved health. These are my Grace Notes for today!
Friday, November 12, 2010
It's amazing how much we fear the unknown, even when the unknown carries with it the possibility of success. We are so determined to stick to our comfort zones that we learn to live with dissapointment, as long as it is familiar and safe. Well I'm about to loosen the safety net and get out of the boat and walk on water.... Jesus is telling me that it is okay, if I fully rely on Him. So here I go!
Thursday, November 11, 2010
Thursday's Grace Notes: Asking for help, believing in oneself, believing the best in others, giving it to God over and over again, getting back up and trying again, play it forward and my backyard to enjoy with my sheltie "Panda" and the lizards... birds... flowers....
disABLED artist and musician beating the odds! Stay tuned on Facebook, Twitter, and blog!
Wednesday, November 10, 2010
Tuesday, November 9, 2010
Grace Notes: Early mornings, helping people, teaching piano, planning for a great weekend, using the resources that God has already given me, (hello!) and taking the time to thank Him for them.
Sunday, November 7, 2010
Two years ago I was told that I would lose the use of my legs. I gave away ALL of my shoes. Now I need to buy some more. A lot of them. I'm about to do some very brave things....
Saturday, November 6, 2010
Saturday mornings with a nip in the air, a bowl of cereal, a new blouse, jewellry to match, paintings to paint, music to play and people to love. Now does it get any better than this?
Friday, November 5, 2010
Can't sleep. Too excited about the world of opportunities, improved health, paint brushes, guitars to play, songs to sing, students to teach........
Monday, November 1, 2010
Sunday, October 31, 2010
Happy Halloween! It's a great time to get in touch with our inner child, although mine is never too far away. That's what happens when you play with art supplies and musical instruments for a living. Life is good!