I admire the artists above for different reasons and I ask the universe to give me the following traits (or better traits) that I admire in them.
She is probably my favorite. There are quite a few things that I admire in her. She is upbeat, fun, adventurous and carefree and she documents her happy, magical life in absolutely beautiful pictures. She creates the art that she likes for herself, and does what she loves, everyday, all day. I’m sure there are things that she has to do that she doesn’t enjoy, but it seems that she does only what pulls on her heart. I love her photos and her delightful, childlike demeanor. Her popularity has come about completely organically, just from her doing what she loves whenever she wants and them posting it on social media for all to see. People really responded and she’s huge on social media. I adore her website and her online persona in general.
I love her colorful, realistic but painterly style and the emotional tone of her work. Honestly, I love what her life appears to be.
First of all, I admire Alex and Allyson Grey because they are an adorable couple. They clearly love each other. They’re always together happily. I also admire their broad vision and their mission to bring love and deep spirituality to the masses. They are not only sharing their art with the world, but they are also creating a community of peace loving free spirits. Alex gives talks at big events. They also give workshops that blend art and spirit that are very popular and well priced.
They have a cult-like following of spirit minded people, but they’re extremely accessible. They have parties every month and invite the public. They are authentic and outspoken.
There’s a lot to admire about Natasha. Her work ethic tops my list. She is one busy lady. She has multiple streams of income from all sorts of sources related to art and art business. She is not only an artist who sells paintings online, she also runs an online art business course, licenses her work and illustrates children’s books. She is an artist who really understands the business behind the art. More than anything I admire her unstoppable attitude, work ethic and deep understanding of how to make a lot of money with her art.
Something about Amanda Sage makes me want to say “Peace girrllll and party on”. I admire her crazy, funky, gypsy style and her dedication to her craft. I admire her authenticity and the confidence and ease in which she paints live at various venues. I admire her line work and her ability to create masterpieces with the same amount of effort that average people use to tie their shoes. She’s amazing in many different ways, but I think that what I admire most about her is the art she creates. It’s incredibly unique and beautiful. It stirs something deep within and calls it forward. I dig it deeply.
The point of this blog post is to learn from these wonderful people. I’m going to break it down into what we can learn from these mentors:
- Maintain an upbeat, fun, adventurous and carefree attitude.
- Document your happy, magical life in absolutely beautiful pictures.
- Create the art that you like for yourself. Do what you love to do, what speaks to you.
- Take beautiful pictures of yourself and your art and put them on social media. Just put it out there for people to see, without necessarily expecting anything in return.
- Let your love for what you do, your passion for it, come through in your interactions online and in “real life”.
- Have a professional design your website.
- Project an online persona that is authentic, but centered around a busy, full and fun art-filled life. This is your “brand”, (you are the brand).
- Maintain your close relationships. Feed them love, joy and time.
- Have a broad vision about the good that you want to bring to the world through your art.
- Share your mission to benefit the world openly as often as you can.
- Create a community around your vision and your mission.
- Give talks about what your art is bringing to the world that is interesting to others (about them, not you).
- Be very accessable and interact with as many people as possible, with your art clearly “visible”
- Maintain a strong work ethic. Keep promises and over deliver whenever possible.
- Create multiple streams of income from all sorts of sources related to art that interest you.
- Learn about the business behind the art.
- Have an unstoppable attitude and focus on making a lot of money with your art. I have a friend who writes a to-do list every day that she labels as “income producing activities”. If you’re not making money with your art, it’s a hobby, not a business. If you want to make money with your art, then you must focus on making money with your art.
- Express yourself authentically and uniquely through your hair, make-up, clothes, car, accessories etc.
- Dedicate yourself fully to becoming a master of your craft. This is in bold for a reason. It should be top priority.
- Practice every day. If you’re a fine artist, paint without the aid of machinery such as projectors and light boxes. These can become crutches. Think of it as an adventure and try painting or drawing from your imagination.
- Find a place to paint live. People love watching this process and they will be fascinated watching you create your masterpiece.
- Don’t call a painting (or your craft) complete until you absolutely love it. I use a 1-10 scale. One is horrible, throw it in the trash, and ten is the most amazing work I’ve ever done. I don’t stop working on a piece until it’s a ten. Why do something if you’re not going to put the best of yourself into it?
A technique I learned from Napoleon Hill’s book “Think and Grow Rich” is to have a mastermind group. It’s very beneficial to have a group of people that are very successful in the area that you want to be successful in. They can provide insight and strategies that will really propel you forward in a huge way. However, it isn’t always easy to form a group of this nature. Napoleon suggests that you can do this with people you admire, just in your mind. Charmaine Olivia, Alex and Allyson Grey, Natasha Wescoat and Amanda Sage are my “dream team”. I’ve never met them in person, but in my imagination they provide me with much needed guidance. I ask for their assistance and their wisdom daily.
For example, I might ask Charmaine to help me to improve my social media presence. I often ask Alex and Allyson Grey to help me broaden my vision and live my mission. I ask Natasha for help in keeping the business part of my art running smoothly and I just asked Amanda Sage for help in finding a perfect venue that would love to pay me to paint live for their customers.
Remember – all minds are joined. You can form a “dream team” whose purpose it is to guide you to success.