Olivia Alexander Art Blog
Well here I am sitting down at Shellharbour Village at a picnic bench overlooking the boat harbour.
I have a flask of coffee, a sticky bun, my trusty Thesaurus (so I can put big words in my blog) and of course, the incredible digital pen.
I__™ve just come from the chiropractor__™s who has been working on my back.
Why? I hear you ask. Because I__™ve been spending too much time in front of the computer! :(
Now this issue, and the subjects of two newsletters I received this week from other creative people got me thinking.
The first from John Nordell Photography, suggests a 3 week fast from all social media and online activity.
Sounds a challenge right? Now stay with me.
I then received a second newsletter from Clint Watson,of FASO , regarding a new book out called ___The Art of Non Conformity__™ by Chris Guillebeau available on Amazon.
Something that Clint said in his newsletter that really struck home was;
___Shoot for freedom, not money__™.
I started to ask myself some questions;
-Do I have the freedom in my life that I really want? I__™m thinking along the terms of my professional life, following my passion and making my living from doing something I love.
-When did marketing my art become more important and time consuming that actually creating the art?
If you were to ask me ___Who are you, what do you do___? I would answer,
___I__™m Olivia Alexander and I am an Artist___.
That is what and who I am, and I paid a high price before I discovered this!
And yet daily I am pounded with, ___ You must blog, twit, tweet and twitter, like, post and link on Facebook, put out a Newsletter etc etc etc.
I now spend triple the amount of time, doing those things and other stuff online, than I do actually painting.
And to be honest, painting has become harder as my creative energy is drained by the computer.
I know I__™m not alone here, as I talk to many artists who are struggling with the same things.
You see, in my other life I have a part time job in Sales and Marketing.
Again, that__™s hours on the internet as the world of sales and business has changed.
So I__™m asking myself, do I have real freedom? What do I want to do?
I__™ve decided that I can manage a one week fast from the internet __" get back to creating art and writing and reconsider what direction I want to take and how.
Maybe a week off from online activities every 6-8 weeks could be a regular thing and certainly a sanity saver for me.
What's the first step? Order that book; The Art of Non Conformity__™
Second step? Get off this picnic bench, it__™s killing my butt!
Anyway, Ciao for now, you'll hear from me in a week!