Tuesday, March 12, 2013

A Right Brain Business

I just attended the 3rd Annual Right Brain Business Plan Video Summit  hosted by Jennifer Lee author of the Right Brain Business plan. Although I have been dedicated and steadily moving forward with my studio plans I have been lacking in the "networking" department of my career. Topics covered during the summit addressed many of the issues which have been floating around inside of my head for last few months.
I have been inspired to establish a realistic fair value for the work I produce in my studio and the hours it takes to do so.Project Rates and Guidelines
This session has increased my Marketing Momentum exponentially over last year. While learning about the Right Brain Business Plan concept and attending the summit I entered the competition to become the Official Artist for the Great Wellsville Balloon Rally and won. Images of my original painting will be on posters and T-shirts sold during this event. This is a wonderful, exciting opportunity for me to be involved in this Annual Local Event in an Artistic capacity. I was the events coordinator for this event three summers in a row while I was completing my BFA ten years ago. It will be awesome to revisit this experience from a visual artist's perspective.
I also entered the Wellsville Art Association Annual Photography Show this year while participating in the summit.  I have entered and received awards before but this year I made sure each piece had a quality frame and was priced for sale during the show.
 Only So An Hour placed First in the Still Life category. Teasel received Honorable Mention in this same category. Elementals placed second in the Open category. I was honored to once again  participate in this event with so many other talented local artists.
During my participation in this show I was also invited to teach summer art classes for the Allegany Arts Association Summer Arts Festival. I was skeptical at first but as the summit progressed decided that this would be a good move for my studio and a good way to implement the 2010 teaching portion of my preliminary LEFT BRAIN business plan which has been sorely neglected.
As a result of the summit I also addressed the disorder in my working business plan and feel much more engaged with the time line and events contained there. Not surprisingly this working plan bares some similarity to the methods utilized in the Right Brain Business Plan concept. I am sure this similarity will increase as time goes on.
I am currently completing projects for entry in the Seven Counties Art show in April.
2013 is off to an ambitious start. Here's hoping I can maintain it.
Many thanks to the people who encourage and believe in me as I continue on this journey. You know who you are.

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