Category Archives: artbizblog

Let’s get this ball rolling!

Aaron and I standing in front of my art at the Common Ground Gallery in Silver City. The art show has been extended for the whole month of October!

Aaron and I standing in front of my art at the Common Ground Gallery in Silver City. The art show has been extended for the whole month of October!

I had a great time in Colorado last week, though it was cold and rainy the entire time I was there. I am so glad I went to the Artist Mastermind Workshop, it was worth every penny! I am loaded up with goals and a new planner, ready to take on the Holiday season.

Me with my art at the gallery show in Silver City

Me with my art at the gallery show in Silver City

I have so much work to get done in the next couple of weeks. I’ll be putting together my 2019 calendar today. It will be available to purchase sometime next week. I have a new portfolio of paintings to release by October 25th. Everyone on my email list will get a preview of the new collection by the end of this week. I’m also giving away one of the originals from the collection to one lucky person on my email list. Sign up for my list on my website to be automatically entered.

So many cool rock formations in the Gila National forest!

So many cool rock formations in the Gila National forest!

I won’t be painting this week with all the business stuff I have to accomplish. I will share some of my favorite photos instead. I’ve been thinking about putting my favorite photographs on my website. I’ve always loved taking photos and there is so much material for excellent photos around here!

Our new truck in it's happy place, Gila National Forest!

Our new truck in it’s happy place, Gila National Forest!

I’m working at the house as much as possible this week. We are experiencing an early cold front in southern New Mexico and my studio is not yet insulated. Luckily, I have a wood burning stove, but it takes hours to warm up the whole space. At least the sun is out today, it’s supposed to be back in the 60s by the weekend.

One of my favorite wild flowers, purple Asters

One of my favorite wild flowers, purple Asters

I’m so grateful for everything in my life! If someone had told me I’d be here at the end of my forties, I would not have believed it. Thank you so very much for your interest in my art and my blog! I appreciate each and every one of you! Life is good. ❤️

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21 Mindless But Productive Tasks for When Genius Takes a Hike

This is a great blog post from Alyson Stanfield, The Art Biz Coach. I’ve been following her blog and receiving her newsletter for over a decade. She is also the author of the book, “I’d Rather be in the Studio”, an excellent source book for artist’s self promotion efforts. If you are an artist, I highly recommend you buy her book and follow her. 🙂

When I’m in the place of waiting for my genius to show up, I take time to clean my studio, prepare canvas for painting, write in my journal and other things that don’t take much thinking. Sometimes the muse needs prompting. Letting go and maybe just taking yourself on an Artist Date to ease the stress can work too.

Here’s what Alyson had to say about it;

Wouldn’t it be amazing if you could call up your genius whenever you needed it? Hey, genius! Help me out with writing this article, please. What would be even more amazing is if Genius would…

Source: 21 Mindless But Productive Tasks for When Genius Takes a Hike

Streamlining

Healing Hands, 18 x 24" oil on board

Healing Hands, 18 x 24″ oil on board

After reading an article by Alyson Stanfield of the Art Biz Blog about “Curating Your Art”, I have decided it’s time to do a bit of streamlining here on my website. I’m going to clean up my portfolios, “curating” them to be more cohesive collections. The “extra” paintings will then be sold off on my facebook art page, in a “name your own price” sale. The sale paintings will start being posted on FB later today. Head over there and get a GREAT deal on some original Paula Manning-Lewis art! 🙂

Organizing Myself

I’ve been working at getting myself back in gear for what seems like months. I guess it HAS been months. I’m just not myself anymore, but I miss me! I need to get back to myself, my art, my routine. It’s been hard, but I’m just tired of my whining already. I’m not usually one to sit and feel sorry for myself. I’m usually hyper-motivated, I love life for crying out loud! 

This past weekend I took out my planning notebook and started working on revising my business plan. Turns out, from looking at my old planner notebook, it has actually been 6 YEARS since I used it. Ironically, the last date I used it was the day I got a call from a hospital in El Paso to let me know that my dad had suffered his first heart attack. He was ok, going to need bypass surgery, but he would be ok. That day, I rushed down to El Paso and spent a couple of weeks with my dad and helped him out as he recovered. 
There were a lot of other things going on that year. Problems with my 2 older sons, hospitalizations, drama, all the things that can derail anyone. However, I hadn’t realized until this weekend that I have been derailed for so long! 
Not totally, to be fair, I went back to work and I’ve worked hard with my art the past 6 years. My style totally changed. I’ve painted a whole new body of work since then. I just haven’t worked diligently on my business plan or used my daily planner since then. 
Of course, hindsight is always 20/20 as they say. It was interesting to make that discovery though. So, I finally sat down and worked on my plan on Sunday afternoon for a couple of hours. I started all over, from scratch, after looking at the old plan and realizing how things have changed in the past 6 years.
So, as a way to get myself going, I just finished reading Alyson Stanfield’s book “I’d Rather Be In The Studio”. I have been a subscriber to her Artbizblog for years and have always enjoyed her newsletters. Her book is great! It’s completely up to date with the 21st century. She spends a lot of time on the internet, blogging, websites, etc. I’ve read many, MANY artist promotion/marketing books and I have to give Alyson’s book a big fat two thumbs up! I’m even thinking about using it for an art marketing class I’m putting together for Chroma Studios
After all that, I’m feeling pretty motivated again! Yay! I have so much work to do, a new website to build, art cd/dvd to put together, mailing list to update, etc, etc. Not to mention blogging more often!

Great information on links

I had to share this link that I found on the Art Biz Blog. Alyson always has great information on her blog, if you haven’t been there, you should check it out.

Anyway, here is the link about links that I’m talking about;

http://data.fineartstudioonline.com/dataviewer.asp?keyvalue=126&page=Blog&subkeyvalue=410

I plan to post a new daily painting today, I haven’t started it yet, but I figure if I post about it, then I HAVE to do it! Accountability… I love it!


Update: I still haven’t painted the daily painting, but I did work on the large one some. Above is a new progress pic. Now I have to wait for this layer to dry, so I’m on to the daily painting.