Archive for May, 2010

E-mail Overload

Posted in Journey of Art and living on May 27, 2010 by lori landis art

Dreamin' Big 24x36 acrylic heavy gel $1600

Do you get a 100 e-mails a day or more? Do they pertain to you or your situation? I’m on overload because I joined loads of linked-in groups and facebook groups because I’m trying to be social media smart.  It is draining to say the least. Today I’ve been trying to get my e-mail lists uploaded to a service e-mail company and I’ve tried Icontact, benchmark, constantcontact, mailchimp from my outlook express under my e-mail newsletter lists.   It’s so complicated I even had 2 different people at one service provider who passed me on to a third who couldn’t come up with the answer.  I wasn’t being rude I just asked how to do it and I followed directions but it didn’t work.  All this time wasted!  I think I can figure things out and I can verbalize my problem but they must be on a different page than I.  I’ve done my own newsletter for years but now that I want to know who opens my e-mails and I can’t seem to get it done.

Here I am trying to my best to be out there in the trenches, being more pro active getting some good information,  some “wasting my time”  information.  I need to be very selective of the groups I’m in and  looking to spend more time out there meeting people and developing relationships face to face rather than spending so much time on e-mail overload.

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Do You Have Days?

Posted in Journey of Art and living on May 20, 2010 by lori landis art

Puzzling 24x36 acrylic NFS

You know what I mean.  Days that start out so good but end up with wasted hours. Running around and nothing accomplished.  Well, it is NOT going to defeat my game plan.  I’m talking to myself here.  Here’s another thing that can set me off.  Do I do what is important or egads, the world is going to end if I don’t get it done, situation.  Okay I know what you’re thinking, boy, is she disorganized.  Au contraire friends, I’m a Virgo and a little bit of a perfectionist so these things that bump me off my train (of Thought) can really delay my following that straight path to my goals for the week.  Okay, yesterday I was ready to sign up for a newletter company to help me get my newsletters out. I tried and tried to make it work.  I’m nothing if not a tryer.  So then I started to go with a 60 day trial free one but something else came up.  My focused got lost and then it’s another one of those days. Scream!

It Takes So Long

Posted in Journey of Art and living on May 14, 2010 by lori landis art

Talking Among Ourselves 39x15 acrylic on door NFS

I’m trying to get a painting done to e-mail for a show today.  I’m just tweaking but now I have to wait for the sun to shine in to get a really good photo done then e-mail all the paperwork and jpeg of the painting. .  So while I’m waiting, I worked on another painting, talked to a person in San Francisco about a possibility of some art there,  and doing this blog  I have a new phone that I need to get updated.  I know now why I don’t enter many juried shows.  I make mistakes and that doubles the work time. 

Someone who isn’t an artist said to me,  “Oh you get to paint all day and just have fun.  If I was a hobbyist that would be true.  I’m a researcher, a perpetual learner of my art,  a business woman keeping up with social media,  a supporter of friends plus as many many of you are family oriented too.  I pray because I have a belief in God.  I’m so very grateful for all of it!!!!!

It’s easy to get confused

Posted in Journey of Art and living on May 7, 2010 by lori landis art

Yin & Yang 2- Balancing Life 36x24

Multi-tasking is confusing to say the least with social media, paperwork and making art.  It’s so easy to paint then while the paint is drying, go to the computer to look at all the e-mails then go back to painting.  I work on 2 – 3 paintings in the same series at a time. What I’m doing is doing a disservice to all my creativity.  I had a rule of no computer work on the days I’m painting until I finish up for the day in my studio.  Then I started to slide back into the bad habit of combining both.  Oops!  So I’m correcting my course to focus on one thing at a time.  One artist  reads mysteries while waiting for paint to dry.  Of course I paint in acrylic and that takes no time to dry in the desert (AZ).  My choice is to sit for a few minutes or do a small mandala.  I stand to paint.

Yes, it is easy to get confused with all the talk of social media when you’d rather be creating art all the time.   We need to do both but not at the same time.

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