A lot of people are using their self-isolating time to clean out. Not artist Daryl Johnson. She has nothing left to clean. (I can't imagine!)
Daryl is a member of my Art Career Success System and messaged me in March when we had a spring cleaning theme in our community. She said she had spent the last year cleaning out her life in preparation for a big move.
Most people who know they're going to move delay the hard part of getting rid of things until packing time. Again, not Daryl. She made a year-long plan to alleviate much of the stress by recycling, donating, gifting, and selling many of her possessions—a little at a time.
In this episode of the Art Biz Podcast, Daryl talks about a life-changing event that led to a very different relationship with things. When you listen, you'll discover why the plan took an entire year to implement (it's brilliant).
You'll also find out how Daryl made a big wad of cash by selling things through carefully selected channels.
Music by Wildermiss.
- Daryl's background and how she gave up graphic design to paint full time. (1:30)
- The incident in Daryl's life that incited her and her husband to radically
change their relationship to things. (4:00)
- How she worked with a gallerist to consign certain artworks in her collection. (7:00)
- The week-by-week process she used to consolidate her belongings. (7:45)
- How Daryl got her husband on board with her discarding process before their big move and the monthly calendar she created for project. (10:00)
- The different outlets for sales and donations Daryl used. (17:20)
- Why she went paperless and will never go back. (22:00)
- When Daryl turned her attention towards her studio. (23:40)
- The money Daryl made from selling her unwanted items. (28:00)
- Daryl's advice for other artists who want to do the same thing. (30:00)
- Her pre-moving studio sale and how COVID-19 affected her plans. (31:20)
About My Guest
Daryl D. Johnson gathers inspiration for her paintings of clouds from kayaking, gardening, and motorcycling. The views are familiar, but the subtext is the underlying chi, the sweeping momentum.
She was the first girl to take mechanical drawing in her high school, having to plead with the guidance counselor for permission to enroll. She likes to tell the story of her first day in class when Mr. Ruthizer took out a drawing implement and said, “This is a pencil. I am going to show you how to sharpen it.” She knew immediately she was in the right class.
Daryl's year of cleaning was prompted by a decision to move from her longtime New Hampshire home to New Orleans.
Follow her on Instagram: @daryldjohnsonartist
Music by Wildermiss.
This episode is sponsored my signature business-building program, the Art Career Success System, of which Daryl Johnson is a member.
All of the lessons you learn in the Art Career Success System are tasks you will do over and over again throughout your art business and career. That’s why it’s a SYSTEM.
In the ACSS you will build a strong foundation using my video and audio lessons, worksheets, and transcripts. And you will be part of a community full of support from other ambitious artists, my team, and me.