BLOG*December 1, 2010

“And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to bloom.
– Anais Nin

The last two weeks were filled with Artist As Brand workshops in San Francisco at the Academy of Art University and Gallery Nucleus.

Every venue I have taught at has its own unique personality. Individual talents that grace each class are special in their skill sets and personal visions. However when the workshop begins differences recede as a common purpose reveals itself. The desire for self empowerment, courage, confidence, hope, possibility fill the room. Creating an art business outside the confines of the corporate world is an opportunity to energize our inner resources and confront the fears that hold us back.

My goal is to fire up people’s inner power. This is not about pumping up false egotistical pride, but the real power that comes from knowing yourself. The ancient Greek aphorism, “Know Thyselfgot it right.

Starting from this centered place allows the other core elements of who you are to start sprouting through. These loving desires blossom into unforeseen markets of possibility. Watching individuals awaken to this wisdom is truly a magical process.

For many this creative bud is so tightly bound (from years of neglecting pure expression) it takes some nurturing to open. I have seen these petals of perception reveal newfound awareness the first day of the workshop, sometimes it takes three, but evolve beyond the workshop.

Our intention as creative beings is to continue blooming until the day we throw off this mortal coil. This can include our art business too, if you choose. Pulling strength from your core purpose will sustain the vision.

I bow to all my students planting the seeds of success with their clarity, talent, and volition. Keep growing!