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Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Lost Your Creative Motivation? Let's find it!

Have you lost your Creative Motivation? Let's find it!
Here is another great article that I discovered from Renee Phillips, the art coach.
Signs That You’ve Lost Your Creative Motivation

It’s only natural to periodically experience a loss of energy, knowing there is something more rewarding in store for you, but it’s outside your grasp. Here are some signs that you’ve lost your creative motivation.

    Do you feel envy toward artists who express their creative passion and wish you were more like them?

    Do you have recurring thoughts of doing something exciting outside your comfort zone but fear stops you?

    Do you feel lethargic and uninspired when you’re in your studio?

    Are you complaining often and having negative thoughts about your art career?

    Do you find yourself discouraged and resentful about the art world in general?

    Are you spending more time trying to please others instead of doing things to please yourself?

If you answered yes to one or more of these questions you’re not alone. Losing your creative motivation can be a painful situation. However, it is only temporary. You may soon find yourself on the threshold of a new powerful direction. It could be just the catalyst you need for growth and transformation.

How To Restore Creative Energy, Motivation and Passion. Try these 15 ideas to ignite your potential for joyful self-expression

    1. Create a Vision Board and post pictures of items that get your heart pumping and your imagination soaring.
    2. Make a list of every single thing you love, are grateful for, and inspired by.
    3. Visualize yourself on the cover of a leading art magazine. What wonderful achievements does the headline say you’ve accomplished?
    4. Take a workshop in a new medium, for pure enjoyment, without any expectations.
   5. Go to a museum or gallery that you have never visited.
    6. Create some artwork using only your non-dominant hand.
    7. Surround yourself with people who exude enthusiasm for life.
    8. Do something that takes you outside your comfort zone.
    9. Commune with nature while in a state of mindlessness.
    10. Start a journal.
    11. Give yourself permission to please yourself and have your needs met.
    12.  Read about powerful creative people, past and present. 
13.   Binge on positive Youtube videos and documentaries for a week.
 14.  Collect inspirational quotations and read them daily.
    15.  Give yourself time and space during this process without self-judgment, force, or the need to fix yourself.
I hope this blog article has helped you. I have used several of these suggestions with varying degrees of success. All have been helpful.
 Casey Shannon
Director of North America Branch ~ ICCPS
International Chinese Calligraphy and Ink Painting Society

国際中国書法国画家協会アメリカ支部:Ms. Casey Shannon アメリカ現代水墨画家
  Casey Shannon Studio Art.


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Thursday, October 13, 2016

Resources for Artists - Opportunities

Resources for Artist Opportunities

I came across this wonderful article by Renee Phillips, Artist Coach. It's an article about Resources Opportunities for Artists. I thought it may be of benefit to many of you so I am sharing it on my blog.
There are many opportunities for artists to be found on the vast Internet such as calls for artists, grants, workshops, residencies, art exhibitions and other events. Here are three of the most popular and respected resources where artists can find opportunities and other valuable information. ART TIMES Journal, Professional Artist magazine, and Art Opportunities Monthly have been in existence since the 1980’s. Each one provides a different array of services. 
Art Times Journal

ART TIMES Journal www.arttimesjournal.com, is a highly respected publication that was launched by Cornelia Seckel and Raymond Steiner, wife and husband, in 1984. Its motto is “The go to source for creatives and those who appreciate good writings”. This free online publication provides a quarterly commentary and resource for the fine and performing arts and includes: art editorials, art reviews, essays and critiques; short fiction and poetry; opportunities listings, essays on dance, theater, film, music and an extensive calendar of cultural events.
It also contains a listing directory of opportunities for artists. It’s free. You’ll find that page here. The ART TIMES facebook and twitter page keeps fans up to date with new events, essays, and videos. If you’d like to be on ART TIMES email list simply send them an email to info@arttimesjournal.com

 
Professional Artist Magazine
I had a very lovely article about me and my artwork written by Renee Phillips appear in this magazine last year. It opened many opportunities for me. Professional Artist Magazine is known as “The Magazine For Professional Artists”. It was formerly known as “Art Calendar”,  founded in the 1980’s. It is dedicated to providing business tools and information for independent visual artists from all backgrounds. Published in magazine format four times a year, each issue presents practical business advice on subjects such as art marketing, art law, portfolio development, exhibition presentation, communication skills and sales techniques, as well as articles to encourage and motivate artists to succeed. It also provides a comprehensive list of calls to artists available both in the printed magazine (by subscription) and online (free). You can subscribe to its free email newsletter “The Buzz” by going here


Art Opportunities Monthly
A rt Opportunities Monthly (AOM) http://www.artopportunitiesmonthly.com/, is a carefully screened and very comprehensive art opportunities list for traditional and contemporary artists. It has listings of opportunities for artists working in painting, sculpture, photography, film, video, printmaking, book art, computer art, collage, weaving, fiber, textiles, ceramics, papermaking, mixed media, photography, computer art, monoprint, pastel, performance art, drawing, enameling, wood carving, crafts, jewelry, installation art, new media, public art, gouache, watercolor painting and every other visual medium. It is used by artists working in any style and geographic location.

Casey Shannon
Director of North America Branch ~ ICCPS
International Chinese Calligraphy and Ink Painting Society

国際中国書法国画家協会アメリカ支部:Ms. Casey Shannon アメリカ現代水墨画家
  Casey Shannon Studio Art.


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Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Fall Artist Reception

Carmel Valley Art Association Art Gallery

This is the art gallery that shows my sumi-e art work. I am a featured artist here. We are having our Fall 2016 Artist Reception and you are invited!
 
Saturday
September 24, 2016
4pm to 7pm
 
#2 Chambers Lane
Carmel Valley Village, CA.


Robin Contemplating a Song
by Casey Shannon

Casey Shannon
Director of North America Branch ~ ICCPS
International Chinese Calligraphy and Ink Painting Society

国際中国書法国画家協会アメリカ支部:Ms. Casey Shannon アメリカ現代水墨画家
Copyright ©  Casey Shannon Studio Art. All rights reserved


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Friday, September 2, 2016

Quick Art Marketing Tip!

Sumi-e Work by Casey Shannon
In it's forever home!
Carmel Valley, CA.

Follow every sale with a handwritten thank-you note. This thank-you note adds a warm, personal touch that will let your clients know you truly appreciate their business. By adding one simple line to your thank-you note, you can encourage feedback from your clients, and get a picture of the artwork you sold them that will be of incredible value to you in your future marketing efforts.

The line to add to your thank-you note is this:

   " If you have a moment and would be willing to snap a photograph of the piece, I would love to see it in its new home, and I’d love to share the photo with clients who are considering my work. You can email the photo to me at me@youremailaddress.com
 
Sumi-e by Casey Shannon
In it's forever home!
Laguna Niguel, CA.

This simple request almost always results in a photo, and often several photos of the piece. Most customers are not only happy to take the photo, they enjoy showing the piece off and love the thought of helping the artist’s career along. Often, the client will also write a little note to accompany the photo, sharing their feelings about the piece. Then you even get a testimonial! Do not allow yourself to get discouraged if your client does not answer you or says they will send a photo but do not. Just go ahead and ask the next client!
 
Casey Shannon
Director of North America Branch ~ ICCPS
International Chinese Calligraphy and Ink Painting Society

国際中国書法国画家協会アメリカ支部:Ms. Casey Shannon アメリカ現代水墨画家
Copyright ©  Casey Shannon Studio Art. All rights reserved


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Sunday, June 12, 2016

Be Like the Buddha Cat

Buddha Cat 

Most animals are full of gratitude for the present moment. Our feline friends just might be among the greatest Buddhist teachers on the planet. Cats embody Buddhist qualities and principles in a natural, effortless way. The following are six examples of Buddhist wisdom from cats:

1. Embrace and Savor the Moment

Embrace and savor the moment and  cats are no exception. Cats sleep when they are tired and eat when they are hungry; conversely, the unenlightened human mind tends to think a hundred thoughts before sleeping and while eating. Strive to embrace and savor each moment without distractions or mind chatter.

2. Make Use of Koans

Some Zen masters have been known to meditate for years on a single koan. The cat’s favorite koan is a simple one: Meow. The definition of koans lies beyond logic, and diligent repetition just might lead you to the gateless gate.

3. Move Mindfully

Cats are known for their ability to walk gracefully over cluttered and challenging terrain. Even if they stumble, they always seem to land on their feet. Remember to move softly and mindfully in your life with each step, and you will be on the road to Enlightenment.

4. Be Focused and Patient

A cat can watch a mouse hole for as long as it takes to pounce at the perfect moment. They embody the one-pointed mind, right concentration and “maintaining evenness.” While waiting, they are alert, still, and present in the moment. Strive to enjoy the fullness of waiting, anticipation, and the gaps between activity – and between thoughts – in your own life as well.

5. Be Unwavering In Your Faith

There are stories of lost cats traversing hundreds of miles to find their way home. The precious jewel of Enlightenment may seem elusive, but it is the destiny of us all. Whether in this lifetime or another, our awakening is assured and progress can be made each day. Be unwavering in your faith in your journey toward Enlightenment.

6. Chant For the Joy of It

In addition to meditation, chanting can be a valuable element of a Buddhist practice. It quiets the mind, centers the spirit, provides a focal point and exudes a positive intention. Cats tend to purr when they are happiest, and the sound is at once joyful and peaceful. Strive to bring joy and equanimity into your Buddhist chanting practice.
 

There are Zen masters among us, and many of them are cats. Whether you are a cat owner or just appreciate them, there is much to learn from these sleek, graceful animals. Strive to remember and embody these six gems of Buddhist wisdom from cats. 
* From Buddha Groove 

Here is a great book to guide you and your  Zen Cat within. Meditate along with the verses to gain a greater understanding of you, your life and your purpose. Find the meaning of truth in these verses and how to find it in the world around you. Let your inner Zen Cat guide you to enlightenment.

Casey Shannon
Director of North America Branch ~ ICCPS
International Chinese Calligraphy and Ink Painting Society

国際中国書法国画家協会アメリカ支部:Ms. Casey Shannon アメリカ現代水墨画家
Copyright ©  Casey Shannon Studio Art. All rights reserved


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Saturday, June 11, 2016

ICCPS Tokyo Exhibition 2016

Corner of Tokyo Exhibition 2016

Let me take you on a little trip through the ICCPS Tokyo Exhibition for 2016. These sumi calligraphy and painting scrolls are by the members of the Tokyo Branch of ICCPS - International Chinese Calligraphy and Ink Painting Society. The society was founded in 2010 by Master Sumi Artist Ransui Yakata of Tokyo. This is a global society. Gregory Cortecero, French Branch Director, and myself as the North America Branch Director have our work included in the exhibit representing our branches.

Let me show you some of the work at the stunning exhibit.
Photos courtesy of Fujiko.

 Exhibit Goers

Beautiful Corner View 

More Lovely Work and Viewers

Close-Up of Two Scrolls 

My Work
'Dragon River' 

Dragon River - Detail
Sumi-e by Casey Shannon
14 x 15 - Sumi (Ink) - Xuan Paper

To view a short video of the exhibit go HERE

I hope you have enjoyed your tour!

Casey Shannon
Director of North America Branch ~ ICCPS
International Chinese Calligraphy and Ink Painting Society

国際中国書法国画家協会アメリカ支部:Ms. Casey Shannon アメリカ現代水墨画家
Copyright ©  Casey Shannon Studio Art. All rights reserved


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Thursday, June 9, 2016

Info: Thick Ma Paper

NW Seascape Rambling
Sumi-e by Casey Shannon
14 x 15 Sumi (Ink) on Ma Paper

I wanted to show you a painting created on a different kind of Ma. This sumi-e was created on the thickest of the Ma or Hemp papers. It has the elegant off white color with the paper fibers showing here and there. This makes for a lovely texture. This is a semi-sized paper and some ink painters call this paper "slow". You do not need to paint as quickly as you do when painting on Xuan paper. Your brush strokes can be made slower and still have quality results. I have found this paper is great for landscapes. It is too thick for mounting into a scroll. However it can be framed beautifully.

Click HERE for more information and my blog post of May 25, 2016 on Ma paper.

You can see more of my recent work using different papers on my website.


Casey Shannon
Director of North America Branch ~ ICCPS
International Chinese Calligraphy and Ink Painting Sociey

国際中国書法国画家協会アメリカ支部:Ms. Casey Shannon アメリカ現代水墨画家
Copyright ©  Casey Shannon Studio Art. All rights reserved


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