Showing posts from February, 2020

Drawing inspiration - or being a Copycat?

Drawing inspiration is a good thing. And important for all artists, no matter if a young painter or a more experienced artist. But at some point - especially when the artist starts selling their work - I feel one has to slowly start finding their own creativity instead of copying only other artists, that they maybe look up to. And it’s a big difference whether a budding artist copies someone’s style to improve their artistry and learn more about their own creativity. Or if a selling artist copies someone’s work to make a profit and selling their pieces. And “conveniently” forgets to credit the original painter and inspiration. How to know the difference? Be really honest. When you take a step back, and look at your work and it is too close to your inspiration, try to change things up. Put your own spin on it. If they are afterwards still looking too much alike, you might consider not posting it on social media or selling it. If you feel that somebody could even think t

Two techniques to kickstart your creativity

If you can't find inspiration to get your next painting or art piece started, I have two different suggestions for you to kickstart that inspiration and get your creative juices flowing. Check them out in the short video here: This is a video that I created for the audience of our Facebook page  "Artsy Broads over 50".  If you haven't done so already, j oin us - we are building a supportive Facebook community that celebrates female creatives in their "mid-life".  Here we can laugh about ourselves, share stories, inspire and motivate each other, network with other kickass artists and help each other in growing our artistic ambitions and businesses.    Talk soon, 

How Artists can overcome Imposter Syndrome

I thought I was a Fake. When I received my brand-new business cards in the mail, I stared on that little line below my name that read  “Abstract Artist”.  I couldn't shake the feeling that I was being somehow delusional. That there are millions of artists out there that are better than me. I felt I am not proficient or accomplished enough, that I should not call myself an “artist”. Do you also know this feeling of inadequacy and insecurity - the secret thought of being a “fake”, and that soon everybody finds out? This feeling is called “Imposter Syndrome” and according to studies, about 70% of women experience imposter syndrome at some point in their professional lives. It’s a feeling that we don’t deserve the success that we achieved, the inability of recognizing our accomplishments and talents, despite the clear signs of success. Then there is the persistent voice in our brain telling us that we’re tricking people by appearing more competent and talented than we

Female Artists over 50 - If not now, when?

Female artists, especially in a “certain age” (= no longer young) have often problems to carve out a space for their creativity and their artistic career. We read and hear that to pursue an artistic or creative career, you have to have “made it” in your 20’s or 30’s. This is not only a wrong idea, but it also puts an enormous amount of pressure on us creatives to be successful in early age - or not at all. This celebration of youth can discourage some of us, who discover their interest in arts and crafts only in their middle age or even keep them from considering the idea of pursuing an artistic path at all. Let’s keep it real: Female artists, especially once they hit 50, face a lot of sexism and ageism. Many of the hottest galleries and hippest art magazines are run by “Millenials”, who are convinced that creativity either declines with age or that older women are not relevant enough for their establishments. Far from it! Many successful artists (no matter the sex) create