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Falling off the wagon is a GOOD thing

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Falling off the wagon is a GOOD thing

I realized recently that it's stilly to beat myself up when I mess up a routine or habit I've been working on cultivating, because messing it up gives you perspective. How can you tell if something's working or not otherwise? My light bulb moment came because my coach pushed me to move my meditation to first thing in the morning to make sure it gets done. I was trying to do it around lunch, and I really enjoyed the reset it gave my day, but of course I missed days here and there because things get busy, I don't always...

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Keeping Track of the Art

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Keeping Track of the Art

Now that I've been painting for a few years, and I've started to create art that I like and think is good enough to sell, I've started to accumulate a lot of paintings I have to keep track of. It's important to keep note of when they were painted, what size they are, how much the framing supplies cost, and so on. In the interest of organization I created a spreadsheet to track all this info in one place. I add columns from time to time as I discover additional info I'd like to track. If you haven't started tracking...

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Paying Yourself First

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Paying Yourself First

The stereotype of “starving artist” exists for a reason, but I just came across a talk by a local KC artist and gallery owner that wants to challenge that concept. Vanessa Lacy presented the concept of “Profit First” for artists via a free Facebook Live.  I started watching the video and I’m only halfway through, but I can already tell it’s changed the way I’m thinking about money in my art biz. I’m definitely guilty of not paying myself at all from my art sales. Part of this is because I have a full time job with a good income,...

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The Process Behind Board Mounted Art

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The Process Behind Board Mounted Art

My board mounted paintings are some of my favorites because they're ready to hang as soon as you get them home. It's also a nice, modern way to display my watercolor art. They take quite a few extra steps to get them ready to display and sell though!  Watercolor reactivates if it gets wet, so the very first step is to spray the painting with varnish to seal and set it. Then I use acrylic medium to "glue" the painting to the cradled board. Next, I put heavy weight (usually a giant stack of books!) on top of it overnight to ensure a clean adhesion....

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Board Mounted Art

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Board Mounted Art

I offer a selection of my original watercolor paintings mounted on board. These board-mounted paintings are a modern and clean way to display custom art. They’re also ready to hang as soon as you get your nail in the wall, no additional frame needed. Easy peasy!   View this post on Instagram A post shared by Jen Roberts - Artist (@late_blooming_art)  

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