Art Studio Diary...Real Life as a Full Time Artist

Art Studio Diary…so let’s chat. I just got through a bit of a low energy rough patch. The summary is outlined in the following video I posted on YouTube:

I’m finally out of that mode. I feel more energized and motivated this week. I’m still not fully myself, but I’m better than I was! Sometimes this happens when I get overwhelmed, but it can also happen when I’m excited for a new project. And well…I kinda am!

I am just now getting started on renovating my basement, and it’s got me thinking a lot about it. It’s hard for me to focus on anything else, to be honest! I’m just loving the idea of fixing it up and getting it ready to become a new art studio. More space! More functionality! Very stoked about it.

You can watch episode one of the basement renovation series below. Right now it’s just the before video, showing all of the fixtures, decor, wall paint, clutter, junk, and design choices that have been down there ever since we bought the home.

You can also check out my new art house instagram account for pics of my home in general before and after renovations! :) Here’s the link:
https://www.instagram.com/maceylouarthouse/

I’ve also been streaming on Twitch. Still doing the 3 days a week thing. Monday, Wednesday, and Friday 9:00 p.m. eastern time. :) Feel free to come chill with me while I draw or play games! Link is: twitch.tv/maceyloubrown

That’s all for now, peeps! Have a great Tuesday!
xoxo
-MaceyLou

Full Time Artist Career Building : WEEK 3

Hi, people! Nice to virtually meet you, if you're new here! :)

I just uploaded my video all about week 3 of me being a full time artist. I hope you find some type of entertainment, information, or just intrigue out of this episode. This is a regular series I do on my YouTube channel, and I hope to continue it for quite some time, or at least until I can't stand doing it anymore. I don't vlog every single day, but I vlog when I think there's something to talk about or something to show you all.

In this episode, I talk shipping and I clean up my studio a bit. I also go into a little behind the scenes about my art shop inventory, and how I stay organized.

I hope you are all having a fantastic Monday, and I hope to see you back soon. :) hugs all around!!

-MaceyLou

Week One as a Full Time Artist!

Hello, my lovely people!!

I just want to share what the first week was like, as a full time artist. It was a shorter week, sort of, because of Thanksgiving, but I feel it was really productive (plus I worked a lot more than I planned to on Friday! haha!).

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I worked on my website, my patreon ideas, my youtube channel, my paintings, and more. I love having a variety in my schedule. I love standing up some of the time and sitting down some of the time. I love being in my home studio, with its natural light, its elevated height, and its colorful vibrancy.


If you had asked me one year ago today, where I'd be right now, I would have never guessed this would be it.

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I've started a new vlog series on my YouTube channel all about my day-to-day as a full time artist. You'll get to see the raw and real (and sometimes goofy) sides of my life.

I'll tell you what...I had a schedule all mapped out before I quit my job, for what my new artist life would be. I knew I'd have to make some adjustments here and there. I'm still working out the kinks, but it's very close to what I end up doing every day. I keep it varied to keep it interesting.

Then, there are the blocks of time where I just paint, and work on my craft. I've still got a lot to learn. ...So, I also enrolled in a wonderful online class. It was originally a $2,000 class! But they've recently marked it down, so I had the opportunity to join the class for only $199! I'm so excited, because the class is one I looked at trying out months ago, but the price was just too steep for me at that time. So glad she decided to lower the price for a limited time.

It's a class run by an artist I've looked up to for a long time. Maybe after I'm done with the class I can tell you who it is I'm talking about. I want to go through the whole class before I promote it. I don't want to gush to you guys about something this serious until I've done it and tested it myself.

So, yeah, I've been very busy. Busier than I even planned for. But it's so fulfilling. It's so interesting and exciting. I hope you are ready to join me on this journey. :)

Here are some things my previous coworkers got me for my new workspace. I definitely need to reorganize and clean up my studio so I can fully decorate with these items!

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I also wanted to share with you all my video I recently created from reading your comments on my previous video, titled "Things to Never Say to an Artist". I wanted to answer your questions about pricing. Check it out! :

Well, that's all for now! Keep checking back for updates on the Patreon tiers and so much more. Have a great day, everyone! :D

xoxo - MaceyLou

Artist Manifesto | PART 1

I find it difficult to keep up with a blog nowadays, since I’ve really focused a lot of my energy on a youtube channel. However, I feel like I can create a sort of manifesto of sorts, in regards to my art life, and my pursuits in general.

Manifesto may not be the proper word, but I have yet to find a word that better fits my goals for this blog.

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Let’s start off by discussing a few things. I’ve seen it written in places here and there, that one shouldn’t reveal their “next move,” so to speak. I’ve also seen it written or spoken in other places that it’s better to speak about your goals in order to better achieve them. Sort of like a check system or a buddy system.

I don’t know what the right thing is, but I want to imply my goals and my intentions going forward in my life, mostly my art life. Even if I don’t out-right express my full goals and my dreams…

This all sounds very vague, but to put it simply:

* I want to live more honestly…through my actions, my answers to questions, my saying “yes” to the right things / opportunities, and saying “no” to the wrong ones.
* I want to be as artistic and free as possible.
* I want to have tons of creative freedom (this does NOT mean I have to have a huge bank account.)
* I want to be as brave as I can, and reach for very high art-related goals.
* I want to give people a glimpse of my life, through my content online….
* I want to really brand myself, but I feel I already have….so this one may already have been won, just need to be maintained?
* I want to take risks that are worth taking.

What does this mean moving forward? It means that I am going to do things that align more with MY dreams, MY visions of where I want to be in the future. Not just accommodating for others’ dreams they have in mind for me. I’ve done that too much. It stifles almost any venture I start. I have to stop the cycle now.

Sometimes I won’t have the money for a project I want to pursue. The solution? Save save save….save that money up, until I CAN afford it.

Sometimes I might fall for false opportunities. The solution? Learn from it and move forward, but don’t let the fear of being duped again cloud the waters completely.

Recent Art triumphs:

* One of my pieces was featured in a sticker subscription box! See below:

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* I’m so CLOSE to being finished with 2 of my unfinished paintings
* A gallery contacted me! (Not talking about the details unless/until something comes of this…)
* I actually created an oil work I liked, in my sketchbook, on gesso:

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* I’ve done a TON of research on things to help me with my secret art project. It will cost me a lot of money and time, so it is sort of in an on-hold state…sort of, but at least I’m gaining the much needed knowledge to get the job done. It just might take me a year to complete…who knows!

Social Media Triumphs:

* Instagram followers: 925 (end of 2017 goal: 1,000)
* Facebook likes: 355 (end of 2017 goal: 500)
* YouTube subscribers: 1,819 (end of 2017 goal: 2,500)

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Things to focus on next:

* Finishing all my unfinished acrylic works from 2015 / 2016.
* Finishing my two oil paintings
* Finishing my oil painting sketch
* Create artwork for gallery show
* Create more digital work on the iPad.
* Get a better screen recording app for my iMac, so I can create better video editing tutorials.
* Figure out how to record my iPad screen, for speed paint videos.
* Putting finished artworks on sale on my website.

FUTURE THINGS:

* Clean and organize the studio, so I can…
* Renovate and paint the studio!

 Me...contemplating all that I need to get done.

Me...contemplating all that I need to get done.

I hope you all enjoyed this first installment of my artist manifesto….more to come. :)
xoxo
MaceyLou

Happiness: A Journey of Overcoming Sadness

Hi my lovely starfishies!!

Today I just want to touch on a very broad topic, and that is happiness. I’m not going to solve all your sadness problems, I know that, but I want to just share a few tips that really help me get out of the rut I sometimes get into with sadness.

This topic hits close to home for me lately, as I’ve lost a grandmother to cancer about a month ago, another grandparent is ill, and there’s been other illnesses in the family lately as well as my own flu illness and other health issues as of late. Sometimes all you can do is cry. In between the crying, try these tips below. Sometimes these help me a lot!

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# ONE:
Almost everything (if not everything) is temporary. If you’re having a tough time right now, just remember that it will pass. And if it’s a more permanent situation, try to think of ways to adapt. What are some things you can do to inject something happy into every single day, regardless of your current situation?

Can you go for a walk?
Can you relax and read a book or watch TV?
Can you at least listen to music or a podcast while you get chores or work done?

And if none of these seem possible right now, just go into your imagination. That’s right. Be a kid with me for a minute. Go in there and remember a funny or a super amazing moment you had. Most recent one if possible. Now, relive that moment in your mind and remember that you’re probably going to have an even BETTER moment SOON! It just hasn’t happened yet, and you can still look back on fond memories for now.

I know this may seem like a small little piece of happiness, but we’re building something here with all these little blocks of happy.

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# TWO:
Write shit down. Write down what is hurting you emotionally right now. Sometimes writing about it will make you cry, mid-sentence, like as you’re writing it. However, once it’s all written out, and you can feel all those feels pour out of you, usually through crying, you will be able to see more clearly and think more rationally. Why? Because you got it out of you. You admitted to what was hurting, and now you can try to move on and to adjust. Or to start the healing process.

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# THREE:
Art. This is a multiple choice option. If you are good at art, make some art. It will preoccupy your mind. It will help you decompress and take some of the stress out of your system. If you are NOT good at art, do you love to do it anyway? Then make some art. You aren’t good at it, and you don’t like to do it? Give it another shot. Maybe try a new medium….maybe try something unique. Remember, it’s for YOU to enjoy. You don’t have to show it to anyone, if you don’t want to.

None of that appeals to you? Maybe just look for art online or in galleries. View the art. Soak it in. Think about meanings within it. Or just buy some beautiful artwork for your home. Surround yourself in happy and visually appealing things on the walls. It will help you feel more comfy and at home. It will make your home feel more like a sanctuary.

# FOUR:
Tell someone your pain. Make sure it’s someone you really can trust and that you’re super close to. There’s nothing worse than to spill your guts to someone who will stomp on them later or talk about your problems to others behind your back. Choose someone you have either grown up with your whole life, a really close family member, or a significant other that you really really love and trust.

Talking about your problems can really help relieve some of the tension. Be careful with this one, though. If you dwell too much on the negatives, you’ll get more depressed, not less….so keep that in check. Keep your stress rants short and to the point. And take deep breaths after.

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# FIVE:
Remind yourself that life is full of ups and downs. We all have hard battles to face, and it’s scary out there. No one is really ever immune to bad things happening to them. It happens eventually. We all need to remember that we all go through crap. We all have sadness to cope with. Let’s do it together. Let’s lean on each other, remembering that we’re all human and make mistakes. Remember that things happen, but there are some things we CAN change and that we CAN control: our attitude and how we start to perceive things. <3

xoxo
MaceyLou

P.S.: I forgot a really fun one: travel and vacations! It's one of my favorites, actually. Exploring new places that I've never been before, really helps me relax and enjoy life. It helps put things into perspective, too, when you leave your tiny bubble, whether it be leaving your house, or leaving your little town you live in.

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