So, I watched Marie Kondo’s show, “Tidying Up” on Netflix recently and it touched on a specific theme that I have been noticing a pattern of popping up in my life. The theme is Joy and how it connects to simplicity, energy, money, and my personal mission in life, light.
If you have been following my art journey, you will know that my artworks have drastically changed in style on many different levels. As a self-taught artist, I did not get the opportunity to explore unlimited materials and types of art like a lot of professional artists have done through schooling or since they started their career right out of high school. I went and did my own thing before grounding into this visual artistic practice. Since I was taking this time and energy to explore, I felt as if the transparency of my artistic journey through social media and my art career would show how I am developing myself as well as my own voice. I hoped it would spark light for others and it has to some extent. But I have noticed, that with this journey up until this point, I believe that I have been learning my own light and, in some way, have been disillusioned that my creations translate into my mission and vision, which as marketers would say, is brand alignment.
I have been nearly fully transparent about my evolution as a human, woman, and artistic professional. From doing a 365 days of art project (which was nuts by the way, since I am a Mom and work Full Time, more on that later…) to shaping my portfolio with consistency, my artistic journey has been themed in exploration and curiosity up to this point. Which is fine, but it is not my vision!
The theme of exploration has allowed me to investigate and realize on many levels what sparks the joy within, myself. It has been beautiful to chase curiosity and make the intention for my art journey to follow my intuition as a curious kitty on a magical journey. But the buck stops here.
It is time to align with my vision and use my voice. I know who I am. I stand for my values. I know my mission. And I don’t give a crap about new ways to do art or exploring techniques and I am not curious about what the next person is doing. I just want to follow my vision, stick to the techniques I like, and that’s it. There are so many ways for me to adapt and challenge myself within my own vision and desire to develop a relationship with it.
So, while watching Marie Kondo discuss her method for tidying up (KonMari), I decided to apply it to my art. Her belief is to take every object, touch it, see if it sparks joy, and if not, thank it for it’s time with you, and get rid of it. I went through my art portfolio and I touched every single piece of art I have done up to this point that hasn’t found a home and I saw if it sparked joy or not. If not, GOODBYE.
My Mission is Light. My Vision is to be the type of energy that brings value to the room. And my art needs to represent that. And how can I represent that within my brand?
1. Have Consistent Original Artwork that represents my vision. With consistency, comes a consistent palette development, a consistent theme and visual representation of my vision, and a well thought out art statement and portfolio
2. Align with Galleries that Align with my Brand. Up until now, I have always been against gallery representation. I have aligned with nonprofits and even spent some time building relationships with national parks, so I could get Mother Nature and Art to represent one another. I am taking a conscious effort to reach out for gallery representation, promote my art on online platforms, and stick to choosing my vision vs. chasing curiosity and exploration.
3. Throw out anything that takes my Focus Away. I got rid of my hoarding pile. Do you have a plethora of art materials in your studio? Are they unused? Do they do nothing for the consistent vision and art mission that you are on? Get rid of them. If they are collecting dust in your space, they are collecting dust in your time, energy, and money. Say Goodbye.
4. Build Client Relationships that Align with Brand. I have had many, many art collectors that up until now have supported my small business and opened many opportunities for me. Each of them has a place in my heart and as I think about all of them, I want to cry with appreciation. I hope that I have inspired them with my artwork. But now, it’s time to build an audience and get consistent sales and representation for my artwork. My clients up until now are not going anywhere. They are HUGE supporters of my work and I can only hope they remain on this journey with me.
Overall, Marie Kondo and I are on the same page about 1 thing. Making the goal be choosing joy and simplification within our space. I find that the more that we decided to choose simplicity, we become effective and can have more time for the many passions that we all have in our life.
Thank you, Marie Kondo for the inspiration and aligning with the message I have been on the fence about acting on. I am deepening my intentions and moving forward. Watch out art world, here my light comes to SHINE! <3
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