Picture a room of 25,000 people getting an art lesson. Wouldn't that be crazy busy?! That's like everyone showing up from a small town to paint with me. That is why reaching 25,000 YouTube subscribers on my art channel, Createful Art, just amazes me. Just a few years ago I was teaching just a handful of people at a time, or one on one. Now I get to know a lot more people and can help them become better artists.
If you are one of my subscribers, I want you to know how much I appreciate that you show up and watch my videos. You could be doing anything, but you have decided to hang out and let me be your teacher. Of course I am pretty cool to hang out with so I get it, ha.
To celebrate today I ate a LARGE Symphony chocolate bar, and I offered a VIP Painters Club to those who want to join and become Createful Art Members. These members can choose whatever they want me to paint, and I'll paint it LIVE with them, every month. It is a way I can offer more value to people who love to paint with me and provide the resources I need to share new FREE content on Youtube. I'm really excited to share LIVE what I do. These exclusive member's only videos will be longer of course and a lot more goofing off happens that I usually edit out of my videos.
I also added a chance to get a monthly painting in the mail (a surprise), for those who want to collect my artwork. Maybe art from Youtube artists will be like owning a Monet someday, who knows? Imagine a gift from me every month and a wall of my small paintings in your home. That is what you're getting when you sign up. Only ten people can sign up at a time, so grab your spot.
Some people like to use the phrase, "blood, sweat, and tears," when they have put a lot of effort into something. I'm not a big fan of thinking about the blood part, and sweat, blah, that is pretty gross, but tears I understand. Building Createful Art has been hard work and has caused a lot of tears (happy and sad ones). Createfulart.com is where I teach art lessons online. For the last three years I have planned, worried over, learned, created, filmed, pushed my teaching capabilities to make something that I feel helps people learn art and get creative. I have felt the vulnerability of putting myself out there, the sting of negative feedback, and have wiped a lot of tears from my eyes. But I have learned to pick myself back up again, give myself pretty darn good pep talks, and carried on when all I wanted so bad was to give up and disappear.
While devoting so much time and energy into building Createful Art, I put off selling my art. Doing and managing both is very time consuming. As much as I would like to be a person of surmountable capabilities, I realize I can only do so much without sacrificing other things I think are more important. My motto in life has always been, and will always be, "remember what is truly important." This has helped me navigate my life, making it one with just a few regrets. What are those regrets? Not getting on social media and Youtube sooner. I was pretty adamant with the rise of social media that I wanted to KEEP my privacy. It took me a while to see it as an opportunity to share with others. It became more important to share my passion with others, than to protect myself. I know that encouraging creativity brings happiness to others and I couldn't keep that to myself.
My artwork brings me joy, and just like teaching art, I need to share it with others. So now is the time to take the opportunity and share my artwork. Of course my style is not for everybody, I know that, but I also know that sharing is the only way my art can find those homes and buildings that they belong in, where they can bring joy to others.
It seems like a long time ago when I was doing that, selling my art in galleries, art fairs, and meeting collectors in person. I was spending a lot of time alone painting in my studio (kid-less) pumping out artwork. That chapter of my life of course is over, but the next one is ready to be experienced and this one is going to include selling my work again. It will be different of course. I'm hardly ever alone now, while I travel America in an RV with my family, painting as I go. A lot of my time is consumed by homeschooling, family care, chores and adventuring. However, making art is a big part of this chapter too, and I know the importance of devoting time to it. It is also one of my callings of course.
As I jump in to the world of selling art online, I again have a lot to learn. I know building will take time, a lot of work, a lot of care and patience too. But hopefully no blood, sweat, and tears (unless they are happy tears). I of course will continue to wear many hats; website creator and maintainer, designer, artist, teacher, marketer, videographer, secretary, writer, social media specialist, accountant...my gosh I could go on and on. It is hard, I won't lie and pretend I'm good at everything, I'm not. But I'm a learner, hard worker, and I don't give up on the things I'm passionate about. So cheers today as I hit this publish button and the completion of my first blog post on my new website. Yippi! Imagine me doing a dance right now...or don't, you might be better off not imagining that.
Hope you take some time to check out this website and my artwork here. If you have any questions or reservations about purchasing, know that everything is guaranteed or your money back or just hit contact and I'll answer all your questions.
Take Care Always,