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| 31 August, 2012 14:46

Art by Delilah

No one can possibly achieve any real and lasting success or get rich in business by being a conformist."
- J. Paul Getty (1892–1976),

We all know of artists who constantly need to verbalize their weaknesses and failures. Is the lousy self-esteem they project because their work is actually lousy, or is their work lousy because they're always saying how lousy it is?

thought verbalizing humility was a naughty thing to do. The Greek lyric poet Pinda took a more balanced approach: "Humble in a humble state and great in greatness."  

There is nothing wrong with promoting yourself. Something we are taught as children, " Don't talk about yourself, People will not like you." Is so wrong. No one is going to look out for your art marketing  and your best interest better then you.

Alyson Standfield, Author of "I'd Rather be in the Studio! " has this questionnaire for you on bragging about your art.

Your Bragging Questionnaire

1. What would you and others say are five of your personality pluses? [Your responses will come in handy when you're interviewed for a job, workshop appointment, or any position that requires working with others.]
2. What are the ten most interesting things you have done or that have happened to you that have contributed to your art career?
3. How did you end up becoming an artist? [This is a frequent topic of conversation. Be prepared to respond with a good story.]
4. What do you like/love about being an artist? [Substitute the specific medium if you prefer: What do you like/love about being a sculptor, painter, fiber artist, metalsmith, photographer, etc.?]
5. What projects are you working on right now, and why are you enthusiastic about them?
6. What career successes (education, exhibitions, collections, . . . ) are you most proud of having accomplished?
7. What new art or business skills have you learned in the last year? [This is something you'll want to document if you're an instructor in any capacity.]
8. What professional and personal obstacles have you overcome to get where you are today? What essential lessons have you learned from any mistakes?
9. What training/education have you completed, and what did you gain from those experiences? [Include self-education. How have you taught yourself? Also include non-art training/education that contributes to your worldview.]
10. What organizations are you associated with and in what ways? (member, officer, founder) How does each organization contribute to your art career or personal development?
11. How do you spend your time outside of the studio, including hobbies, interests, sports, family, and volunteer activities? [This kind of information can spice up anyone's biography.]
12. In what ways are you making a difference in people’s lives?
FINAL WORD: Brag better about your art by spending time reviewing your accomplishments. If you can’t stand the word “brag,” just think of it as truth-telling. You’re not going to embellish or lie about what you’ve been up to. You’re just going to be able to provide a more coherent response that doesn’t beat around the bush.
 To listen to a pod cast by Peggy Klaus on the Art of Bragging ,"tooting your own horn.

 POST YOUR OPINIONS IN THE COMMENTS" or email me at delilah@artbydelilah.com

Cupcake oil painting

| 31 August, 2012 12:58

Back to School Cupcake
Back to School Cupcake, painting by Delilah Smith
About This Painting:

I was beat last night and went to bed early 11PM before I got this finished. So I was up and working early this morning but it was still 12:30 before it was done.

This was the set up I used. I may paint another one. If I can keep from eating my still life. Yummy. I decided to change the color of the lower red crayon to purple just for more color in the painting.

Back to School Cupcake
8x8 oil painting on stretched canvas with painted sides
Media: oil painting
Size: 8 in X 8 in (20.3 cm X 20.3 cm)
Price: $125 USD
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En Plein Air

| 25 August, 2012 08:20


First Color
First Color, painting by Delilah Smith
About This Painting: Yesterday I spent the day at a Plein Air Painting event in Tecumseh, Mi., Three of my Plein Painting are on display at the Black Door Gallery in Tecumseh and will be for sale there through the month of Sept. If you are in the area stop in and view the Art from many local artist.

Art in August is a  downtown Tecumseh  even that  featured  Artists  working in local parks and around the downtown area creating paintings from 7 AM to 4 PM.

The Art in August event took place at  6 to 9 p.m. Friday, Aug. 24, as merchants and area artists bring art into downtown Tecumseh businesses. Merchants offered refreshments, and artists were on hand to greet people and talk about their work. Artists gave live demonstrations of their creative talents, which included pottery, photography and jewelry.

 Art in August. Street performers and artist demonstrations are also planned for inside and outside the stores during the event.

This was really fun event and very well attended. Here is one of the paintings on display at the Black Door Gallery

The reception was wonderful. People were in and out all night enjoying,art,beverage,food and the wonderful weather we had.
I don't have a picture of the 3rd painting I did for the show so If you want to view it stop in at the Black Door Gallery and view all the wonderful art. To view more of my art stop in at my Web site Art by Delilah. For daily paintings where I post a new painting each day stop in at Painting of the Day.
First Color
8x10 oil painting on stretched canvas
fall colors.
Media: oil painting
Size: 10 in X 8 in (25.4 cm X 20.3 cm)
Price: $200 USD
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