What started out as an intention to be more creative 1 day a week, Creative Thursday was est. 2006; featuring the work of L.A. Artist + Illustrator + Author, Marisa Anne Cummings~ bringing beauty to your home, and joy to your days.
On March 7 2021, on my 14 year Working Artist Anniversary, I retired a large Collection of my work. Join my email below list to be the first to know about the upcoming Collection release and shop re-opening August 29! And don't hesitate to get in contact if there's something special you are looking for.
If you caught my last email, I shared some Creative Thursday changes that are going into effect this summer. Our 4 day work weeks M- Th, are happening! And I'm podcasting and emailing you the Creative Thursday 3 every other week, instead of every week, through August. I also unintentionally took a long pause from posting to Instagram.
What I did do, is make art! I took a weekend painting workshop in Sonoma, California that lead to some pretty inspiring discoveries in my work, see the sneak peek above and more details were sent out in the Creative Thursday 3 today. Are you on the list? Join here at creativethursday.com
Letting go + stepping back, and getting more support is not my comfy place ~ I've been a do it all myself kind of girl who also prides herself on a strong work ethic (which is all fine + good unless the work rarely pauses)
I most definitely hustled my way to this place in my business (more on today's podcast episode below), and it's not how I plan to grow from this point forward.
For the record; the choice to hustle less is not to be confused with sizing down on my BIG vision for Creative Thursday, for us! It just means that more wonderful people will be invited along for the journey to help bring that vision for uplifting our creative community into reality, while I also continue with my art.
Taking these gentle steps forward with a focus on designing a business that supports me, instead of bringing me close to burnout ~ feels pretty incredible so far.
I hope to be an example of what's possible when it comes to building + growing a thriving online business today.
As always I intend to keep you in the loop with new discoveries, which is what today's podcast is about, inspired by a question one of our EA members Dana asked “How much do you have to hustle as an Artist?”
What's it really take to be a professional Artist?
How many hours are you supposed to work to make your dream a reality.
In this episode I share the truth of what's involved to growing an online business in today's climate and how the landscape is starting to change.
I shared a few weeks ago about my first therapy session specific to EMDR and the outpouring of encouragement and support (from you!, thank you!) inspired me to share some more thoughts on the start to this journey.
And if you'd like me to share more with you, let me know. I believe the more we are willing to be vulnerable and open up (to whatever degree we are comfortable sharing) about our journey around healing, the more the world heals together.
This new journey is also inspiring a new painting collection, releasing August 29 of which this piece is the first.
"It's a New Dawn" a reinvention of my piece "Strength and Perseverance" created just over 1 year ago at the start of the Pandemic shutdown.
pssst...it's available for purchase right now an advance Collector preview! until the end of the day today Thursday, June 24.
This season, you know the one with the laid back summer vibes (or chill winter vibes for my Southern Hemipshere friends) not usually known for planning....however what I've found... is that this is actually one of the the BEST times of year to peacefully check-in and do a little pre-planning for the next 6 months of the year ~ and specifically prepare your Holiday season collection, my business Artist friend!
In this episode I'm sharing 3 simple steps to do a mid-year check-in that will set you up for a successful + satisfying second half of the year!
Ready to re-connect with your vision + plans for 2021 alongside a group of dedicated Artists (both emerging and established) you can still join us for a mid-year check-in and creative dreaming + planning session, click here to to join us for the Profitable Artist's Planning Challenge.