Tuesday, April 29, 2008


Wow! Where has this month gone? I have been completely overwhelmed, and yet--I have been still getting some painting done. (Yay!)

So what have I been doing? If you have been reading this blog a bit, you already know about the controversial plans of the National Park Service to exterminate the non native deer that have resided here for almost a century. Anthony DeNicola, of White Buffalo, Inc. is the park's hit man for these beautiful defenseless creatures. The reality of their mission and methods is inhumane and so unbelieveably horrible, that it's difficult to even contemplate the National Park Service (Protecting our wildlife????!!) being a party to it. Want the details? Google Anthony DeNicola and White Buffalo, Inc. & you will find plenty to read--both the sanitized self-publicity about what an inteligent accomplished "nature lover" he is, and the testimonials from citizens all over the US, who are trying to stop the slaughter of wildlife that is literally happening in their backyards.

Enough. The photos above show our "Wailing Wall" that was created for the deer. We have the first version with the banner (erected in the dead of night by myself & Kathy R.), which was subsequently censored. And we have the second version, with the deer images above. We have had many positive comments and thanks from community members for DOING SOMETING and SPEAKING OUT.

That is all I'm going to say about that--the next post is going to be about PAINTING.

Thursday, April 3, 2008


I am thrilled to participate in Alyson Stanfield's blog tour to promote her new book, "I'd Rather Be In The Studio! The Artist's No-Excuse Guide to Self-Promotion". Alyson invited me to ask her a question and she is also giving away a free copy of her book! And all you artists out there are going to want one, if you don't already have it, because it is chock full of great information and ideas. I came across Alyson's website last summer and immediately signed up to receive her free weekly newsletter. She got me started blogging! And then I signed up for a class on "Promoting Your Art" in the fall, which was conducted on a blog, with interaction from fellow students. It was a new experience for me--Fun and informative, with so much knowledge shared that I am still processing a lot of it. And the new book is excellent! So here is our "question and answer" exchange:

C--I took your Promote Your Art class. I KNOW this stuff, but I STILL have trouble asking people for their contact info, even when they're interested in my work. I get nervous, I forget what I'm doing--ACK!!! Later, I could kick myself! I gave them MY info & didn't get theirs. It reminds me of my completely inappropriate--but real to me--fear of talking to people as a kid when I was expected to sell Girl Scout cookies door to door.

A--Christine, this is common. Don’t kick yourself, but learn from your oversight and do something differently. As you know, in the book I reveal that it’s much more important to get business cards than to pass yours out. It’s because having someone else’s business card gives you control of that information. If you just give out brochures, flyers, and business cards, you never know what happens to them. But if you’re in the driver’s seat, you can use that information to build and maintain relationships. This is why you’re kicking yourself, but let’s move on to a more fruitful discussion.

Let me ask you this: Do you just forget to ask for their info? Or do you not know what to say? Or do you feel you’re intruding? Where are you coming from at the moment?

C--I think it's because I get nervous when I'm "on" with potential clients. I forget to ask. I don't consciously feel like I'm intruding, but I was thinking about this the other day, and how my parents used to say that I shouldn't be afraid to speak out, etc. But when I think about how they acted themselves in the world, I think that I picked up a different message from their behavior.

A--Maybe you can think about this as your self-promotion muscle. It just needs to be exercised. You need to get it into shape. What you’re talking about just takes practice. It takes a while to develop a habit of promoting yourself. It won’t help to beat yourself up over missed opportunities. It’s more effective to look back at each situation and evaluate what you could have done differently. When was there a good opportunity to get their business cards? What could you have said? What exact words would have been effective and comfortable for you to use?

I wonder if it would help if you had a clear reason to get their information. What if you could say, “Do you have a card? I’d love to send you a copy of this article I wrote.” Or “small matted print” or “set of greeting cards” or whatever you have that is of interest and value to people. That might make it easier to remember and easier to ask.

C--Thanks, Alyson, for letting me "pick your brain" a little and help you get your book out!

Please link here for the free book giveaway instructions:

Interested in winning a free copy of I’d Rather Be in the Studio! The Artist’s No-Excuse Guide to Self-Promotion? Visit this site, read the instructions, and enter. Your odds are good as she’s giving away a free copy on most of the blog tour stops. You can increase your odds by visiting the other blog tour stops and entering on those sites as well.