You Must Adapt to Changing Technology
By Renée Phillips
Did you know that in the U.S. mobile digital media time usage is now up to 51 percent and growing? So, if your website is not mobile friendly you’re losing a lot of potential customers. Google is constantly tweaking its algorithm, which is affecting your website search engine ranking so it’s important to understand SEO, meta tags and keywords. Facebook is changing its user rules and how it displays your posts, so you may want to adjust your usage accordingly. More artists are producing videos and sharing them on YouTube and Vimeo and getting a lot of attention. You may want to explore this art marketing tool to stay competitive. “The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes.” ~ Marcel Proust Simply stated, the quality of your art business and your art-business relationships are dependent on how well you understand and utilize new technological developments. I encourage you to learn as much as possible about present-day technology or recruit a tech-savvy person to help you. As Charles Darwin established, “It is not the strongest of the species that survive, nor the most intelligent, but the one most responsive to change.” The Irish playwright George Bernard Shaw reminded us, “Progress is impossible without change, and those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything.” And, Marcel Proust eloquently said: “The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes.” What these brilliant minds throughout history have known is something that is acutely evident in the fast-changing, technology-driven world in which we live. Leaders across all major industries agree that to succeed today in any profession one must be creative, innovative and adaptable to change. If you want to achieve professional satisfaction, advance your position in the art world and also maintain eternal youth and vitality, it is important to embrace change with a positive attitude. You may also want to: • Stay abreast of emerging trends, new art forms, techniques, new ways of exhibiting and marketing your art and new “artspeak.” • Observe how social media is reinventing itself and how you can use it to maximize your impact. • Follow leading art blogs from around the globe to discover the latest international news. • Follow business and technology experts on Twitter and Facebook such as Entrepreneur. • Avoid the temptation to immediately dismiss anything new and different. • Look for new ways to bring your art to new audiences. • Surround yourself with youthful, innovative and exuberant people who welcome change. Renée Phillips, The Artrepreneur Coach, helps artists attain their highest potential. She offers a free email newsletter on renee-phillips.com. As founder/director of Manhattan Arts International, she promotes artists through curated art programs and exhibitions. As founder of The Healing Power of ART & ARTISTS she, and her editorial team, write about the many benefits of art for individuals and our society.
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Hi everyone, I just thought I’d share these three pieces I recently completed. The two loose pieces helped my mind stay calm during an anxious time I was having…
Yesterday as I post this was the last day of my 2nd full year art course through The Learning Connexion and I now hold a Diploma in Art and Creativity Level 5 and Diploma (Honors) Art and Creativity Level 6… I finally have some serious goals and a direction, now the even harder part is working towards making it all happen!
#1 Anxiety – Pitt Pen and graphite in my regular sketchbook Journal
#2 HMD Bookkeeping – Logo design
#3 Just a play with a waterproof ink pen and watercolors on regular art paper
IHC launches book celebrates 10 years of art
Last updated 17:38, August 16 2015
Eleven years of IHC Arts Awards will be celebrated with a new book launched on August 27. Pictured is 2004 winner Peter Freeman, Wellsford, with Bell Boys.
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A decade of art by New Zealand’s intellectually disabled is being celebrated in a new book.
The IHC Art Awards have been going since 2004 and IHC, New Zealand’s largest service for the intellectually disabled, is releasing a commemorative book highlighting the competition’s 44 prize-winning entries.
The awards were established to foster the talent of artists with intellectual disabilities and more than 5500 artists have entered.
Chris Tilley, of Nelson, won the IHC Art Awards with The Barn.
IHC national communications manager Gina Rogers said some of the competition winners had gone on to hold solo exhibitions and a number of them were still participating in the awards.
Rogers said the non-discriminating nature of art was the driving factor behind the competition.
“The fantastic thing about art is that it’s not intellectual, it comes from within.”
This year’s awards ceremony in Wellington will coincide with the book launch on August 27.
An auction of the finalists work would also be held with all the money going directly to the artist.
A People’s Choice award would also be announced on the night, with the winner being chosen through online voting.
Time to get a little personal about me and my life…. I have been contemplating some HUGE changes in my life – I have been feeling for some time now that I am living in the wrong place (geographically) and not around the people I really want to be around with… basically it boils down to two main categories.. and then thirdly some way to some how make this all happen…
- My career as an artist and designer – I complete my Honors Diploma in a couple of short weeks… I have been thinking a lot about how I can best expand on what I have built on over the last two years and push myself forward in a positive way that will nourish my needs and my soul – I discovered that I want to help people reduce their anxiety through my artwork… So now I need to think about how I can find the people who would benefit from the work I do.. many people have told me that they can get lost in my work and see and find many different things… so I want to scale that effect up and see where that takes me.
- Relationships… I’m only a couple of months away from my divorce being finalized and then I am clear and free to move forward. “The world is my oyster – but I found my pearl 14,000 miles away” I met someone serious online over two and a half years ago (from the US) I’m just going to call her LunaG – we’ve had some ups and downs and whatever has happened in our lives we’ve come back together… but the insane thing is that she’s on the other side of the globe and now it’s time for me to really work hard to try and make this happen. She appears to be the most perfect person for me I could ever have imagined.. so near yet to very very far away from me.. we seem to barely stop thinking about one another … I’ve thought very long and hard about this and I can feel it so deeply within me that my life can only flourish further if I can make it there.. both relationship and career… I’ve been wanting to make this post for a very long time and I’m finding it hard to put it into words how I feel and how I want to express it… the other thing apart from the special relationship is all the amazing friendships I’ve made over the last 10-15 years through art and design… I want to meet and spend time with so many of them – I’ve never been anywhere for a proper holiday for my whole working life..
I think it’s about time I took some big steps in a new direction… what better reason at the least than LOVE… time to work harder but I will need help to get the funds to make this happen but I have some ideas (well at least two) but I’ll leave that for my next post… I don’t know where this post might take me.. I’m ready for whatever happens.. and if you got this far, thank you for reading perhaps you’ll follow my new trajectory wherever that may take me… take care..