The word I chose at the beginning of 2014 to set the stage of intention for this year is ‘cultivate’. Cultivate means to grow, nurture and manifest- all so fitting for the new ventures I am tackling with great joy and enthusiasm this year. Specifically, the continued development of my painting practice, the embracing and expanding of my art business, and the design and build of a major addition to our home.
Since January, I have have been involved in 3 online painting classes that have given me access to new tools, techniques, and virtual communities. A lot of cultivating has been going on over here! I must admit, like many creative people, I am not a natural salesperson or entrepreneur. However, armed with an undeniable passion for painting, and a deep desire to share it with others, I am finally excited about building a real business around my artwork.
Many hours have been spent at various local professional printers working out the specifics around how to get the best digital capture of my paintings, and then how best to print them. I am a very picky about the quality of my reproductions, and cannot wait to be able to offer affordable prints of my work to you very soon.
One of the biggest surprises for me has been my obsession (at least I admit it) with the social media platform, ‘Instagram’. For those of you not familiar with IG, it is image-centric and therefore great eye candy! It also makes it very easy to find and connect with people you don’t even know but share common interest with or are simply fascinated by. For me, I discovered an ever expanding tribe of fellow artists and art lovers who continually feed my creative soul and provide inspiration daily. You can find me on Instagram as carolynmackin of course, I would love to connect with you there:) Please note, in order to make use of its full functionality, access it from your smart phone.
Finally, I have been making a lot of new work! I am opening up my home studio to all on Saturday, May 10th, 2014. I am SO excited about this. A few artist friends in town are participating in our first ever ‘Wellesley Studio Tour’. Check out our Blog for more info!