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Embracing Courage: A Personal Message to Artists

Jun 27, 2023

How can artists overcome fear and embrace courage in their creative process?

As artists, we all have that vivid memory of our early days—the days when courage flowed through our veins like an unyielding current. I can't help but take a nostalgic trip down memory lane, reminiscing about the time when I, too, possessed that unbridled fearlessness within my studio. Back then, I approached my artistic endeavors with unwavering determination, unafraid to start over on a colossal painting or take scissors to a canvas to create an audacious collage. The pursuit of finding my voice and style knew no bounds. It was a time when the world's expectations felt distant, and my youthful naivety shielded me from fear's grip.

The Evolution of an Artist

As the years passed, and I matured both as an artist and as a person, I couldn't help but notice a shift within myself. The once unyielding courage seemed to waver, and the risks I once took with ease became harder to embrace. Cutting a painting...

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Brush Off & Rise Up: Reframing Rejection as an Artist

Jun 26, 2023

Let’s talk about something that’s as common in the art world as paint on a canvas – REJECTION. Even the word sounds a bit harsh, doesn’t it? But here's the deal: rejection is like those pesky sidekicks we never asked for, but they still tag along. So, how do you as an artist can dodge the daggers of rejection without losing your motivation? Buckle up, because we’re going on a roller coaster ride of emotions and learning how to get off feeling unbeaten!

1. First things first: It’s not YOU!

Listen up. A rejection doesn’t mean you're the human equivalent of a wilted flower. It just means that your piece wasn’t the right fit for that particular opportunity. Maybe the timing was off, or perhaps they were looking for something else. Don't tie your self-worth to acceptance or rejection. You are more than that - don't forget that! 

2. Build Your Tribe

Do you know what makes dealing with rejection easier? Having a bunch of cool cats...

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The Value of Art: A Personal Perspective for Artists

Jun 22, 2023

How can artists overcome doubts about the value of their art when potential buyers hesitate due to the price?

Here's a personal insight that I've gained over the years as an artist and gallery owner. It's a lesson that has shaped my approach to art and the way I engage with others in the creative realm. So grab a cup of coffee, find a cozy spot, and let's dive into this inspiring journey together.

The Futility of Convincing Closed Minds

You know, it's an interesting thing about art. Trying to convince someone who has already made up their mind about its value is like chasing after a mirage. Trust me, I've been there. We've all encountered individuals who simply cannot fathom the worth of art in their lives. And you know what? That's okay.

The Elusive Quest for Art Buyers

It can be disheartening when someone inquires about your art, seemingly interested, only to retreat once they hear the price. We've all experienced those moments of doubt, questioning our abilities and the...

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The Art of Attracting Collectors: From Hunter to Planter Mentality

Jun 21, 2023

How can artists attract art collectors and build a sustainable career?

By Sergio Gomez

Let me share a personal story that might just change the way you think about finding art collectors. Like many of you, I used to constantly ask myself, "How do I find art collectors?" It was a question that seemed both daunting and frustrating, as if I were a hunter desperately seeking elusive prey. But let me tell you, my friends, that question led me down a path of disappointment and uncertainty.

Asking the Wrong Question

As an emerging artist, I thought my job was to go out and find collectors wherever they might be hiding. I believed they were playing a game of hide-and-seek, and it was up to me to uncover their secret locations. But the more I searched, the more discouraged I became. It was a never-ending cycle of frustration.

Shifting the Perspective

It took me years, as I grew and matured as an artist, to realize that I had been asking the wrong question all along. The real question...

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The Power of Art: Advocating for Glaucoma Awareness [Podcast 350]

Jun 20, 2023

The Artist Next Level Podcast - Episode 350

Discover the transformative power of art and the inspiring journey of artist Pat Caulfield in the latest episode of the Artist Next Level Podcast. Hosted by Sergio Gomez, this episode delves into Pat's remarkable story and her mission to raise awareness about glaucoma through a unique art show and auction. Join us as we explore the profound impact of art, the global reach of the exhibition, and Pat's unwavering dedication to spreading hope and inspiration.

A Determined Vision

Pat Caulfield's journey began with an idea—an art show and auction featuring visually impaired artists, including herself. However, the road to realizing this vision was filled with challenges. Pat faced numerous rejections while trying to secure galleries in the Baltimore MD area. Undeterred, she decided to raise the funds herself and approached the Glaucoma Research Foundation for support.

After a series of Zoom meetings, Pat found herself curating not...

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Unlocking Art Opportunities Through Curator Relationships

Jun 20, 2023

By Sergio Gomez

How can artists benefit from staying in touch with curators and art professionals?

Today, I want to share something near and dear to my heart—the art of staying connected with curators. You see, I've been on both sides of the spectrum. As an artist, I've had my work featured in numerous shows, and as a curator, I've organized over 100 exhibitions. And let me tell you, the power of maintaining those curator relationships is often underestimated.

A Missed Opportunity

Do you ever wonder how many doors could open if you simply stayed in touch with the curators who showcased your art? It's a question that has crossed my mind countless times. Throughout my curatorial career, I've been astounded by the number of artists who don't seize this opportunity. So, let's change that narrative and unlock the potential for future collaborations and exhibitions.

The Magic of Staying in Touch

Now, you might be wondering, "How do I actually stay connected?" Don't worry—I've...

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Embracing the Unexpected:ย Finding New Opportunities for Your Art

Jun 19, 2023

By Sergio Gomez

Today, I want to talk to you about something that has truly transformed my artistic career: embracing the unexpected. Believe it or not, some of the most incredible opportunities have come knocking on my door when I least expected them. So, gather around as I share with you my personal journey and the valuable lessons I've learned along the way.

Opening Doors Through Serendipity

Life has a funny way of presenting us with opportunities we never knew we needed. Think about it – how many times have you stumbled upon an event, an opening, or a gathering by pure chance? Well, let me tell you, my friends, those moments can be life-changing.

Seize the Moment

One thing I've learned is that being present is key. It's not enough to physically show up; you have to be open to the possibilities that await you. So, throw away your expectations and approach each experience with a sense of curiosity and willingness. Trust me, the universe has an uncanny way of aligning the...

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What Is the Best Type of Content to Create as an Artist?

Jun 16, 2023

 

By Sergio Gomez

I've noticed that many of you in our artistic community often wonder about the best type of content to create for your online marketing. It's a question that lingers in the back of our minds, as we strive to connect with our audience in meaningful ways. Well, let's dive into this topic together and uncover some insights that may help you find your path.

Riding the Wave of Trends: Platform-Specific Content

The first aspect to consider is the platform you're using. In this ever-evolving landscape of social media, trends come and go like the ebb and flow of a painter's brush. So, pay attention to what's hot and trending, because that's where you'll find the most organic reach.

As of now, short Instagram Reels are stealing the spotlight, captivating viewers with their bite-sized, visually enticing content. So, if you haven't explored Reels yet, it might be worth giving it a try and seeing how it resonates with your artistic style.

Unleashing Your Artistic...

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Studio Transitions: Artists on the Move. Episode 349

Jun 15, 2023

On this captivating episode of the Artist Next Level Podcast, join Sergio Gomez, Elise Wagner, and Drew Harris as they delve into the exhilarating yet challenging experience of moving studios. Whether it's just a few blocks away or a daunting journey across the country, these three artists share their personal stories and insights on the process.

Moving studios can be a whirlwind of emotions, logistics, and creative adaptation. In this episode, you'll gain invaluable knowledge on how to effectively prepare for the big move. Discover practical tips and expert advice on what to expect during the transition and how to seamlessly settle into your new artistic space.

The hosts bring their own unique perspectives and experiences to the table, sharing firsthand accounts of the joys and hurdles encountered during studio relocations. Their collective wisdom will provide you with a wealth of information, whether you're in the planning stages, in the midst of a move, or have recently settled...

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Show Up and Make Your Mark: A Personal Approach for Artists

Jun 15, 2023

By Sergio Gomez

You've probably heard me say, "You have to show up to be remembered," and I still stand by that statement. But today, let's delve deeper into what it means to show up as an artist. It's not just about making videos or creating content for the masses. Sometimes, showing up can take a quieter, more personal approach.

Embrace the Art of Gratitude

One way to show up is by expressing gratitude. Have you ever considered the impact of a simple thank-you note? Taking the time to write a heartfelt message to a collector or curator can make all the difference in your art career. It shows that you appreciate their support and value their contribution to your artistic journey. So why not pick up a pen and let them know how much their presence means to you?

Reconnect and Rekindle

Another powerful way to show up is by reaching out to people you haven't connected with in a while. Life gets busy, and it's easy to lose touch, but sometimes a small gesture can reignite a meaningful...

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