If you’re old enough … think back with me on a time before the Internet. A time when artists were completely dependent on others to show and sell their work.
We need to take a moment every now and then to be grateful for having the world at our fingertips. For being able to instantly send images of our art out into the world. For friends around the globe we would never have met 30 years ago.
In this episode, I talk with artist Barbara Muir, who is unabashedly happy about being online. I wanted to have her on the show to remind us of all the good things that happen because we are so connected.
Here's what came up:
- A brief rundown of the opportunities that have come Barbara’s way through her blog.
- Commitment to a blogging habit—now boasting more than 3,000 entries.
- Her practice of making a daily list of 6 things.
- The sweet ritual of leaving nightly letters to her husband.
“The more authentic you are (in business communication) the better you’ll do.”—Barbara Muir
“Sometimes we're working, we're writing, we're putting stuff out there, and we don't think that anyone cares or that it matters and the chances are really good that it's mattering to someone.” —Alyson Stanfield
“if you haven't done anything that they could see in a while, they are wondering when's it coming?”—Barbara Muir
“I can pretty much go anywhere and meet someone that I've met online.”—Alyson Stanfield
“Everything exciting in my art life started from when I started blogging.”—Barbara Muir
“You need to remind yourself about what is good in your life and how incredibly lucky you are.”—Barbara Muir
“When I get a series, it's good because I can anchor to that one thing and still do other things.”—Barbara Muir
These episodes focus on online marketing.
About My Guest
Barbara Muir is known for landscapes featuring dramatic clouds, water scenes, sensitive portraits, and high key still life. She grew up spending summers by a northern lake in Ontario, Canada, where her love of nature began. Her paintings have been featured in the Florence Biennale, the Louvre in Paris, and in exhibitions in New York City, the Netherlands and her hometown, Toronto. She attracted media attention in North America appearing on the Oprah Winfrey TV show, and in TV spots in Canada. Barbara studied at the Ontario College of Art and Design, and at the University of Guelph, in Ontario, Canada.
Follow her on Instagram @barbaramuir.art