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

My Current TOP 7 Favorite Artists!

My TOP 7 favorite (living) artists, currently…

Okay, so a lot of people say that you shouldn’t post too much about other artists, but I feel like it’s important to be honest about who influences your work, and who just intrigues you the absolute most. I also love showing other artists love and appreciation.

I’d say I have a LOT of favorite artists right now, but here are my top faves this past few months (or even longer). I’m going to do them in REVERSE ORDER, so you can see my favorite at the very end. ;)

7) Lindsay Rapp :

Here's one of her videos, so you can get an idea:

6) Leigh Ellexson :

ONE OF HER SKETCHBOOKS! :

5) Lora Zombie :

Here's her "HEAVEN IS INSIDE OF YOU" video, which I'm in love with :

4) JacquelinDeleon :

This video of Jacquelin's is so satisfying to watch for all the up close shots and amazing attention to detail she accomplishes!

3) Audra Auclair :

Her video on artists and depression :

2) Tanya Shatseva :

HER AMAZING STUDIO TOUR :

1) Happy D :

Here's her video on HOW TO PAINT BACKGROUNDS :


I hope you enjoyed seeing what top artists inspire me the most right now. My list changes throughout the years, and I’d love to document that here on my blog.

*NOTE: if you are one of the artists I’m referring to, and you don’t want your video on my site, please email me using my contact page, and let me know. I’ll be happy to take down any content the artists / owners don’t want me to show.

Thanks so much for reading!
xoxo
MaceyLou
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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.

SPACE MERMAID GODDESS

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:

maceylou queen sticker bento box
sticker bento subscription box maceylou queen sticker princess


* 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:

oil painting maceylou gesso sketchbook 80's 90's kawaii barbie phone stars


* 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)

ghost girl kawaii cute sexy full body watercolor small painting maceylou

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

My Studio and How It Helps Me Get Stuff Done

Hello my starfishies! <3

The past couple of weeks have been interesting. Last weekend (Easter weekend) was amazing! My employer was kind and let us have Friday off, so I had a 3 day weekend! I got so much done that weekend, including shooting and editing several videos for my YouTube channel and doing some cleaning around my house.

My favorite part of my studio: the toy shelf and the iMac! <3

My house was a wreck before that (and to be honest, it still kind of is in some rooms), so cleaning a lot in the bathrooms and kitchen // living areas was super important and relieved a lot of my stress I had over my messy environment.

from left to right: my current painting, my dry erase board that needs a permanent home, one of my video lights, my photo collage, my clutter-filled table, and a chair and stool....

One thing I know for sure: I'm gradually balancing work with life. It's a difficult thing, actually. I work as a graphic designer in the day, over a 40 hour work week, so coming home and working some more until the wee hours of the night is tough, but I think it will all be worth it.

That 3 day weekend helped me a LOT. I rolled out several videos just in one weekend onto my YouTube channel. I've noticed a lot more engagement with viewers and followers on my social media accounts as I post more often. In fact, ever since I started my art 365 back in June / July of 2015, I've posted something pretty much every single day (except the rare occasion that I give myself a rest break, which I did just the other day, but we'll get to that in a sec...). So, it's helped a lot. I have about 820 followers on Instagram and just under 300 likes on my Facebook page as of the time of this post. My channel on YouTube has grown to over 1,400 subscribers and counting! :)

One of my windows is right above my work shelf, where I keep all my sewing and painting supplies.

I'm not posting my numbers to brag. Far from it. I feel like I have a loooooong way to go. I just think it's really important for me to document my numbers as my brand grows. I really want to be able to come back to this later and see how far I've come. I hope my art gets seen by many and loved by the ones who find it intriguing. It would be such an honor to have my art hanging in someone's home one day, on full display.

One's home is truly where their heart is in almost every case. It's such a personal look into their personality and their interests. So, to have my art hanging up in someone's home is just the most beautiful dream I could dream.

The beautiful trees right outside my studio window. They live in my neighbors forest of a yard. Love it. <3

One thing I do want to be really honest about is that after the high of getting so much work done that weekend, I started feeling down during the next week days. Not sure exactly why, but I think it was the change from having all day to work on things for 3 days straight, to realizing that most week days I have very little time to do my art.

I still think that the 3 day weekend was one of the best opportunities for me in a long time, though, and I'm glad I didn't just binge watch netflix. There's nothing wrong with binge watching netflix, but I'm realizing that if I want to build my art business and brand, I have to devote the time and do the work as much as possible.

Another view of the little forest. :)

However, there's a balance that needs to take place. It's really important that one takes breaks when really needed so as to not get burned out. I think I burned myself out a little bit this past week...I didn't really feel as artistic and creative as I normally do. I felt a little down. That's another reason I'm posting this. I think it's important to be honest and show that creativity and stuff like that is difficult. It's rewarding for sure, but it's also difficult at times and pushes us.

I want to show my process and my mindset going through this transition of graphic design to fine art. I am really aiming to be more creative with every day. The art 365 project I'm taking part in is really important for me, I think. It has helped me so much to improve my art, my process, my consistency.

This morning, I woke up early and made her a swimsuit from some pipe cleaners. Haha, I needed something weird and carefree to do. I've been so methodical lately...I needed some child-like fun. Something easy that I don't have to take too seriously.

I've read a lot of articles and listened to several podcasts that say that consistency is one of the most important things. I think that is so true. I think consistency is a very mandatory ingredient to success when it comes to building a tribe -- a group of people who support what you do and love to see it.

I think there are other important ingredients, too, though, and I think I need to work on these:

  • learning new skills
  • working in new mediums
  • meeting lots of people who share your interests
  • getting into some good daily habits
  • supporting other artists and creatives

I posted this on Instagram this morning to celebrate spring and kawaii cute things...<3

The last thing I want to say is don't forget to take breaks if you work your butt off. It will all still be there to work on tomorrow. If you already work super duper hard, don't feel guilty for needing to breathe every now and then. Go outside. Exercise. Go out and have some fun. I need to follow my own advice on this so much! <3

Love you all! xoxoxo

MaceyLou