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Replenishing My Creative Reserves

One of the many drawings I did for my historic building series. This is one of my "Paula Beck Prints" images, Copyright 1991.

One of the many drawings I did for my historic building series. This is one of my “Paula Beck Prints” images, Copyright 1991.

I haven’t had any creative time this week. No new paintings in progress to show today. I’m replenishing my creative reserves and will be ready to get back to painting, probably tomorrow! I’ve been editing my story and taking photos of my old images from the early 1990s. The image above is one of many.

I’ve been negotiating a contract with a management/publishing company the past week or so, hoping to get that finished up soon. Emailing lawyers. Working on building my email list. Editing and posting my latest time lapse video. Writing, editing and sending out my end of the month email. Writing blogs. Sold a painting on my website. Visited the hospital. Lots of the “other” stuff going on in my life right now.

I drove for Uber yesterday, encountered my first unpleasant person, a racist, who was shockingly polite and asked me if I minded the N word! UMMMMM, YEAH, was my answer. I was shocked by the question. I was very happy to get him to his destination and out of my car!

In other news, I have been invited to participate in a group show at a new gallery in Downtown Albuquerque. The owner is an artist friend of mine. “Face-Palm Patriots” is an art show of works by Veteran Artists and donations will be raised for Heroes Walk Among Us, an Albuquerque organization working to get homeless vets off the streets and improve their lives. Helping homeless Veterans is one of my most important causes I give time and money to. My personal opinion is that NO Veteran should ever be homeless! They have served our country and they deserve to be treated as heroes. I am also a Veteran, so they are my brothers and sisters too.

The show is happening at the KD Neeley Gallery at 104 4th St NW, Albuquerque and the date of the opening is Veterans day, Saturday, November 11th, 7-10pm. I will show a few pieces at this gallery for the months of September and October as well. 🙂 Please stop by and see Katie and tell her Paula sent you! My art work will be there next month. 🙂

This Saturday is the day I pick up my paintings from the NM Cancer Center show (minus any paintings that sold), and some of those will go straight over to Katie’s gallery in Downtown.

Also, a reminder, I still have my latest guitar painting and vinyl record art hanging at the Sierra Club office here in Albuquerque. I have it on my “to do” list to get those pieces posted on my website for sale. 30% of sales will benefit the Rio Grande Chapter of the Sierra Club, until the end of that show, September 30th.

That’s all my news for now, hope you have a great weekend! Sign up for my email list at www.PaulaManningLewis.com and get exclusive access to my Summer Sale page for 50% off select paintings, recycled vinyl and prints!

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You get to Paint All the time, right?

It’s one of the biggest misconceptions about artists. Unfortunately, unless you have some type of career manager or assistant, artists do NOT get to paint/create all the time. Unless of course, you aren’t concerned with actually selling your work. Being a full time artist, this is a pretty important part of the career.

Hanging my show at the Sierra Club office

Hanging my show at the Sierra Club office

This has been one of those weeks. I always struggle during these weeks to know what to blog about. There is no time lapse video of a painting in progress or progress photos to share.

This week I’m working. Business stuff, ie paying bills, making painting labels and hanging art for a show, sending lists of pieces for consignment forms, twisting wire on hanging hooks so my records will hang right, creating and sending out promotional emails and facebook events and posts.

Hanging my show at the Sierra Club office

Hanging my show at the Sierra Club office

Editing some older writing for the “Paula Beck Prints” art book I’m working on. I didn’t realize how negative my outlook was until I reread my blog posts from 12 years ago! Time to change the story up a bit so I am accepting my responsibility for my life. I was such a victim in the past! No more.

I will admit, we took our dogs for an afternoon hike yesterday. We have been promising them a hike for at least a month! It was a beautiful, cool day in the San Pedro Wilderness, west of the Jemez. We did happen to stop by a tree with a bee hive in it, and I got stung 3 times! Boy do those stings itch today!

In other news, Monday I meet with the clients for my next mural commission! I’m so excited to get started on another mural! Updates coming soon!

 

Overcoming my addiction to Facebook

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Hello, my name is Paula Manning-Lewis and I’m a facebook addict. They say the first step is admitting you have a problem. Here you go.

I have been on Facebook since 2009. In those almost 7 years I have spent countless hours, days, heck, MONTHS wasting away my time on this terribly addicting social media website. You could say I’m a facebook expert, I’ve easily spent over 10,000 hours there! I’ve mastered the art of social media. To the extent where I no longer have a life, or at least not much of one, outside of social media. I have successfully transferred all friendships and contacts to facebook. I don’t even HAVE a regular address book anymore.

My poor husband has suffered from being ignored. For years I’ve used the excuse that I was using Facebook as a work tool. I was “selling” my art after all. That was all fine and dandy until they changed the way business pages were seen by my followers. Now, I am just spinning my wheels there. There is no purpose to it other than wasting time, pretending to get some benefit out of social media.

Once I realized I had a problem, I tried to limit my time on the site, with little to no success. I have always considered myself a smart person, I KNOW this addiction is bad for me. I KNOW it’s hurting my business and some of my close relationships.

Now, after a couple of YEARS trying to beat my addiction, I’ve decided to take the bull by the horns and REALLY do something about it! Honestly, I have never been an addictive type personality!

So, I’ve headed back to my blog, to write about my process and possibly during my process, I can help someone else who has the same issue. I am planning to get back to my blogging, something I’ve done since 2000, and let it help me beat my addiction the way the folks in AA use coffee and cigarettes to beat theirs ;-).

My goal is to blog everyday, Monday-Friday. I will let you all in on what’s working for me and when I slip back into my old habits. I feel like I can do this better in the public eye by creating accountability for my actions.

For those of you who may have clicked through to this blog post via my Facebook post, I have my blog automatically set up to share my posts on Facebook. That way, I don’t have to actually GO there to share my blog with all my friends! 😉 Please feel free to say something if you happen to see me ON facebook. I need all the help I can get!

My 2015 Bio/Artist statement

One of my least favorite tasks when it’s time to revamp my site and shop is to write a new Biography/Artist Statement. I’ve written plenty of them over the years, but it never gets easier to write about myself in third person! I just finished the first draft of my new Bio and I am going to share it with you all here for one BIG reason. Can I ask you all a favor? Will you PLEASE read over this bio and give me some feedback? Not all nicey nice feedback, but REAL no holds barred feedback. Please, let me know what you think? Is the grammar correct? Do any of the sentences sound redundant? Is there a better way to say what I’m saying? Be honest! Thank you in advance for your help and without further ado, here it is!

Paula Manning-Lewis has been a professional artist since the young age of 21. Paula first decided to pursue a career as an artist because she wanted to be able to stay home with her kids. Now that her three sons are grown, she has more time to devote to her favorite past time.

Being creative is her passion. Whether she’s painting on canvas, vinyl records, or recycling old beat up guitars, making drawings for her next coloring book, creating designs for fine art needlepoint or creating functional pieces in fabric on a sewing machine, she lives to be creative. Art is her purpose, spreading love, joy and peace is her goal and living her dream of making a living with her art is nonnegotiable. Art isn’t only something she does it is a spiritual expression from the deepest part of her soul. The art Paula creates is inspired by her Divine Source through daily meditation. Her connection to Spirit is highly important to her process. She is constantly aware of her intuition and enjoys trying out new forms of creative expression.

In addition to her visual and functional art, Paula is a singer in the group, Sunlight, with her husband, Aaron Lewis. Together, they also own Chroma Studios, an Albuquerque business and community where musicians and artists rent private studio spaces in a professional working environment. One of their biggest joys in this business is to encourage and mentor other artists and musicians to follow their dreams.

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! 🙂

Back to Art

All about love poster image

“All About Love Series” giclee poster/print, 13 x 14″, available for $50

I decided after a long weekend drive to Arkansas and back (to pick up our middle son and bring him home), that it is TIME to get back to work on my art! Today, I am working on getting my latest line of prints organized. I have chosen 50 of my images, some old, some new and my plan is to get these prints out into the world. Galleries, gift shops, online shops, wherever I can. Today’s photo is of my latest poster print, a collage of my latest series, “All About Love”. All 9 images from the series are now included in one giclee poster/print. The printed size is 13 x 14″ and it is available for $50 which includes shipping. It will eventually be listed in my Etsy shop, but you can also order it directly from me by sending an email with your request to plewis11@comcast.net.

I hope you are having a lovely day! Here in Albuquerque, it’s been rainy, cloudy and COOL! YAY Autumn! My second favorite season. 🙂

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!