It’s just a little thing…but it can mean a lot.

Little things can mean a lot… think about it…that small unexpected phone call from an old friend, or a quick hug from your grown up son…little details on a table like a special plate that has a beautiful design painted on it… how special it makes you feel to drink from a china teacup instead of a styrofoam cup… just a little thing….but so full of expression and thoughtfulness .

We take a lot of things for granted and sometimes we forget to stop and smell the roses…read this quote from Georgia O’keefe… then take a little minute to think about what she was thinking as she said it.

“Still-in a way-nobody sees a flower-really. It is so small, we haven’t the time-  and to see takes time, like to have a friend takes time.”-Georgia O’Keefe

Georgia had it right… we often pass over the small  seeds of beauty or growth in our lives- We  just don’t have time to think or look for them… we are to busy searching for the big important breakthroughs : you know…the ones that are going to zoom us to the top of the artistic  success mountain peak. Maybe we need to reconsidered the word important… or the idea of what a successful artistic life means.

So with that  in mind….I thought it might be nice to take the time and give you a few little  success seeds to plant… and then watch them grow. 

Let’s think about …A little thing… called Success.
    Can little things make a difference in your committment to success as a artist? Think about these little {seeds} or  suggestions .
Little ideas, put into practice, will help you create your artwork more professionally. Who knows…It could  help you get into galleries and sell some of your art.
It could even make you take your artistic life more seriously.

First above all… Think of each work you create as a masterpiece. Treat it as such.Even if it falls were thinking of it as something that had value.      All art work has value…even the failures…for they are the motivators to make you push to understand what went wrong. [And a lot of times it may be just a little something that is wrong.]

Another small way to improve your work: Invite someone you trust to evaluate the quality of your art.  Present 5-6 pieces. Ask the question “what are three things I could do to improve the quality of this painting?”If no one is available or willing ask yourself!  Be objective…and write down the answers.

An serious observer will see your art in a way you never could. Repeat this process every now and then and make a commitment to constantly check and improve your artistic quality.

Begin to visit galleries and interact with customers or gallery owners/collectors.  You will find they love to talk about the art hanging there or about their artistic history.
Strive to understand the major art movements from the impressionists through the present day. This understanding will also enrich your work as you are inspired by the great artist’s lives and works.It will open new vistas to you. Try copying some of them as a study.

Read a Book.

This is a real winner in the little things list. Visit your local book store or and order a biography of one of your favorite artists. Commit to read so many artist biographies per year. Don’t limit your reading only to artists you like. You may not be a fan of some old master until you read about his/her life and what made him or her paint and why. [I did not understand Picasso at all until I began to investigate his career through a book about his life.]

Analyze others artists work. You don’t have to reinvent the wheel when it comes to creating your work. With a little work, you will find hundreds of artists whose work is comparable to yours. Learn from them. Do what they do.Take classes if you can.

One last little thing to work on: Every week, devote some time to researching your artistic mentors online. Type keywords describing work you like into a search engine and you will quickly encounter artists whose work you may like and or admire.. . Develop a list of 10 artists you feel are closest to you in style, genre, subject, and/or experience. Analyze them.
Ask a few little questions about them while you are looking at the artwork they do.

Where is the artist from?  What is his/her background?  What does the artist’s resume look like? What about his/her bio and artist’s statement? What does this information  tell me about him/her as a person. Who does He/She admire and study with?

The insight you will gain through this weekly exercise will prove invaluable to you as you develop.  By studying other living, working, creative artists work you can get inspired to improve your own work.
Join an art class or art guild/group…a little step to feeling like a “real” artist. Nothing keeps you focused more than having an event to plan and work toward… then try selling at a small show or consignment shop to get your feet wet… you will be doing little things….but the pay-off could be HUGE!
After all… you know the old saying…. it’s the little things that count.



  1. cheri connealy says

    I took an art class from you at the SDP convention in Wichita last year. I enjoyed having you as a teacher very much. This has been a little slower year than in the past but things r getting on target now. I enjoyed this newsletter emensely and downloaded the ornament lesson. It might be fun to do with my daughter in laws and grand son. Thank you for all you do for the art community. Are you having a seminar in paris , Texas this year or was it last year?

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