Starting My Business

So far, I have been reading and listening to self-help books. One of them is You are a Badass at Making Money: Master the Mindset of Wealth by Jen Sincero. She is one of the people who keeps me motivated in reaching my dreams of becoming an illustrator and storyteller. Before, I never thought that I could follow my dreams. My parents and my friends would tell me that art is only a hobby. The reality is that you can follow your dreams; no one is stopping you but yourself. I stopped listening to other people’s fears and listened to my heart. Now, I am figuring out how to sell my art online. I made this blog, signed up for Etsy and Patreon. I think that it is a good thing to start something even though you don’t know where it will lead you. I think that is what you call faith, faith in the universe that it will provide you everything you need. So, I will learn how to trust, even though it can be challenging.

So, for this piece, I got a quote that I like from Einstein. I like this quote because it tells me to not box myself in the things I am doing. This means that you are able to grow and keep learning new things. The materials that I used for this piece are

  • Crayola Washable Markers (I have the 50 pieces)
  • Canson Mix Media
  • Copic Multi liner, sepia
  • Gelly Roll, white
  • Touch twin marker in skin white ( for the skin)

I post inspirational quotes on Instagram and Tumblr  mostly everyday. I am thinking of making another Instagram for my other art styles. I want to know how this art style thing works. I don’t want to prevent myself from learning other stuff and box myself with a specific style, but somehow I am having a specific style. We will see, but so far this is where I am.

I am signing off, ciao 🙂

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Audiobooks and Skipping Class

I skipped class yesterday. I knew that going to class would make me feel worse. It felt guilty doing that because in my mind I have this voice that keeps telling me go to class no matter what. Then I thought about the pros and cons of going to my classes. The pros include getting a better grade and be a robot. The cons are staying in a place when I would much rather rest. I thought that resting was better and so I gave myself permission to rest.

As usual, I get freaked out when I don’t use my time with “productive” things that can advance me in life. I have been obsessed with Seth Godin the past few days. He had been rejected 900 times when he wanted to get his book published. Can you believe that? that really inspires me try even if I know I will fail. Not trying is already a failure.

When I try something scary, it excites me, even if I mess up in the end. Just thinking that I can do something that I’m scared of, to me, it is already an accomplishment.

Ok, back to Seth. I have been listening to his books called:

Linchpin, The Dip, Purple Cow, Permission Marketing and All Marketers are Liars, Tribes

I highly recommend them 🙂

Of course, those books are not enough for me. I discovered his courses at Udemy. Udemy is a website that teaches you skills for your business or personal development. I took Seth’s Freelancer Course and I learned of golden nuggets. I high recommend it.

One of the things that stood out to me is the idea of the power to choose your customers. I always thought that I had to bend and wait for the customers because I make watercolor portraits. I never that I could choose my clients and I had the power to say no when I wanted to. Seth teaches you to take your power back and share your gifts. He also recommended amazing books to read which are:

Guerilla Marketing by Jay Levinson

Secret of Closing the Sale by Zig Ziglar

Tribes by Seth Godin

All Marketers are Liars, also by Seth

Free Agent Nation by Dan Pink

Ignore Everybody by Hugh Macleod  [which I finished today]

Escape from Cubicle Nation by Pam Slim

I finished listening to “Ignore Everybody” and let me tell you, it brought me back down to Earth. I always thought that I would be the artist who will not get a day job and will only survive through my art. Now I am considering taking a day job, any suggestions for an Art Studio major? Anyway, I won’t quit my art even if it means I have a day job. I am an artist and I can’t help, but make things and I hope you don’t quit your art. Like what Seth said, the world needs your art. You have that unique gift that only you can offer the world. I thought that was such a cliché too until I realized that no one can duplicate my art. It is my own unique voice or footprint that proves that I lived in this world.

This post is pretty, but I hope you guys received something valuable from my thoughts.

It seems as if I’m writing a letter so I will end with my name.

Much Love,

Regina 🙂

Presence

Your energy and presence is enough to attract people.

Earlier a man who played guitar at the side of the street wanted a high five. I walked by and gave him one. It felt weird because I don’t even know him and I thought that he knew me. His seemed familiar, but I don’t think we know each other.

It made me think about our presence and how it attracts people. Our presence is enough as a medium for art.

I learned through Marina Abramovic, a performance artist. She’s a brave one.

Books that I am listening to right now is

War of Art by Steven Pressfield

and interviews by Seth Godin

The War of Art talks about resistance when making art.

It’s a good book and it was recommended by Seth.

I also went to Philz Coffee and got a free pastry because I went around 5 pm.

I still feel sick so stayed home for today and skipped class.

I hope you are doing well today. If not, that’s ok too ❤️

An activity

So I have been experimenting with performance art. I discovered that I like collaborating with people from the audience. When I say audience I mean students sitting at the quad area in my school.

Here’s an activity I am planning to do. Feel free to do it to someone you want to experiment with 😁

Ask someone if you can draw on the hand. Ask them to close their eyes first. Take their hand and draw a heart with your finger. Tell them that it’s ok for them to give this heart to themselves whenever they need it 😚

Sick

I have been sick. I ate a really good chocolate croissant yesterday.

I have been listening to #sethgodin and he is awesome. He talks about how to be an artist in his book #linchpin

I am drinking apple cider and honey with warm water. It calms my throat.

It’s ok to fail and keep trying even though no one sees what you do. I thought that you had to keep perfect, but that’s not realistic isn’t it ?

I have been hard on myself too and forgiving myself is helpful.

Have a nice day people, I love you

The I love You Experiment

So yesterday, I went out of my comfort. I walked around campus and asked 5 people about the importance of self-empathy. “In a scale of 1-10 how important is self-empathy to you?,”is the question that I asked. The answer were above 6. The last part of the experiment was to asked them to say I love to themselves in front of the tiny mirror that I had. I think that most of them thought that it was silly. Try it 😉

I learned that people are willing to help you from this experiment, especially if it is for a class. This was a really nice experiment and I am thankful for all who participated 😊