I am a little behind in posting this but I wanted to share my experience with some professional development I recently participated in. I am always trying to improve my art and my art business. The art world is always changing, and I think it’s important to stay innovative and connected with what’s happening. Everything from the latest encaustic techniques, what’s new in art marketing, to time management apps. I recently received a grant and want to put the money back into my art and art business so I decided to attend an art business conference. A couple of weeks ago I went to the Art Biz Breakthrough conference in Golden Colorado put on by Alyson Stanfield. Alyson is an art business coach; I have taken several of her online courses and read her book “I’d Rather Be in the Studio”. There are a lot of business coaches out there, Alyson is one of the most professional and consistent ones I have come across.
Now that I have had some time to really think about and process the experience I am really happy I attended. Overall it was a positive and motivating experience. One of the main things I got out of the conference was meeting and talking with so many other motivated artists. Everyone was there because they want to improve and grow and those are great people to be around. There were artists who were just starting out to super stars who make 6 figures and everything in-between. I really met some fantastic people and felt so supported and encouraged.
The conference also reinvigorated me in my art business. Sometimes all the non art making stuff can take a lot of your time and really block you. Newsletters, blogs, inventory, marketing, social media, packing and shipping, photographing artwork, ordering supplies, networking and the list goes on and on. Being at the conference helped me to focus and motivated me to beef up my business practices.
Now that I am back I have ordered new business cards with images of my artwork on them and signed up for and started using a new online artwork inventory system. I have a lot more on my To Do list but I think that’s a good start.
So did I have a breakthrough? Kind of, there were lots of people who had big breakthroughs and epiphanies throughout the conference. I didn’t have anything that major it was more a slow percolating, ahhh, that makes sense experience. Sometimes it was a duh Shannon, you know this so why aren’t you applying it.