I haven't been telling you about all of the amazing thing my members, students, and followers are doing and I'm going to try to do a better job of this. Starting now.
I hope these three stories inspire you.
1. Holly Wilson
Holly Wilson, a member of the Art Biz Incubator, was nervous and shaking as she presented an audacious product idea at my Art Biz Makeover event last fall. After receiving lots of laughter and positive feedback, Holly immediately put her plan into action. The concept is in response to the sexism she has faced from gallerists.
The result of Holly's action was a successful Kickstarter campaign, which got picked up by Slate, for a miniature sculpture to remind women they own their power. She's just about ready to deliver the goods to her funders.
I admire Holly for living her truth, even when others might see it as uncomfortable, anti-feminist, or controversial.
2. Helen DaveyHelen Davey, a musician and also a member of the Art Biz Incubator, started her 52 Sound Paintings last November to celebrate her 52 years on Earth.
Every (every!) week, Helen creates a musical composition in response to a piece of visual art. Here's her week 11 composition inspired by Maggie Ruley‘s The Fish Whisperer 1 and 2.
I admire the way that Helen has honored the promise she made to the visual artists and her list. It was a big commitment!
She is now halfway through the year and hasn't missed a beat (no pun intended). She has learned to blog faithfully and is building her audience.
Helen has also built a keen network of artists she didn't necessarily have a prior relationship with. She's promoting their work at the same time she shares her sound paintings with the world.
3. Brad Reyes
Brad Reyes spent several months in Detroit working on the set design for Batman vs. Superman, but he didn't let that keep him from making his own art.
Check out his makeshift studio in his hotel room. (He also has a more permanent version in L.A.)
I admire Brad for making art wherever he lands.
Do you think your story might inspire other artists? Please share it in a comment.