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I have a dear friend who is, and has been for ages, a huge supporter of me, my artwork, and my career as an artist. However, she was hesitating to support me on Patreon, possibly you are too, and let’s be direct here: because of the money.
However, this particular friend (she’ll know it’s her when she reads this part), is particularly self-aware and often takes the time to notice what’s stopping her moving forward in her life and living the best and greatest possibility and vision of her own life. Perhaps this is you too?
She’ll take the time to notice what limiting beliefs are behind her not taking action. She’ll investigate if it’s a pattern and if this same pattern is what is possibly also stopping her in other areas of her life. (Chances are very high)
She is exceptional. She actually emailed me today and admitted that she wanted to show her support but was concerned that she could only do the $3 support tier at this time. I admire her honesty and vulnerability. I admire her getting uncomfortable and being willing to share this openly. I admire her going beyond all of the fear and finding a solution that worked for her, so she could show her support for me, and ultimately for the artist within herself.
(I will be direct with you on this last point: when you show support to someone in a particular area – for example a painter such as myself – you shine a light on your own creativity and the artist within you because this gesture says YES! ‘art matters’, ‘artists matter’ and so internally you also receive the benefit of knowing that YES! your own creativity matter. The subconscious mind does not know the difference between me and yourself.*)
My friend had the belief that $3 was not enough. Nonsense! I just want you to know, all of you, if you are considering supporting me at $3/month I am so so so grateful and happy for this gesture of kindness. THANK YOU.
I also need to express that this journey of mine has shifted and this brings up fear and lots of uncomfortable feelings for me also. I too have had to look at what beliefs and past habits have prevented me from moving forward to living my grandest version of this life of mine. I have had to take a good look at my willingness to receive. I have had to take a good look wthin myself and see what past habits and beliefs have prevented me from truly being and feeling supported. I am out of my comfort zone with this too.
I have been until now, sharing my insights, inspirations, in-process paintings, behind the scenes studio happenings, in depth mixed media & abstract painting technical knowledge, and recent learnings all to you online free via my various social media accounts for over 15 years now.
I have now made a clear decision to streamline the tremendous value I offer on so many levels, and make it available to those of you who are willing to show up and offer their support for me – even at the smallest tier of $3 – which shows me appreciation, respect, and compensation for the value I offer. This is by no means a comfortable walk in the park for me to be asking you, my friend, for support. However, let me be clear. I am asking for your support, here, now.
I was originally trained early on to give it all away. I think many artists are.
Artists are instructed and guided to give away their art (it’s often got the fancy word of ‘charitable donation’), amoung many other aspects of themselves; share their techniques and so on – all in the name of marketing, finding success, being noticed and ‘making it’. This is not working. I know this personally and from many talks I’ve given to groups, where artists have spoken up, raised their hands, and shared story after story of barely being able to pay rent, or buy supplies, or buy food, meanwhile being asked to give their art away for free, or pay for the shipping to the gallery, or to receive even less then 50% of the price of their artwork, or wait another month to receive their percentage of the sale, or to never receive their due compensation for the sale of their work ever (read The Art Cure by Bridget Mayer) …. It disgusts me that our community and society have tolerated treating us artists, such valuable and beautiful and essential members of our society, this way. For me, it ends here.
Artists cannot thrive by simply giving it all away. Most of us need extra help if we have not yet reached Pabloe Picasso’s celebrity or are not yet receiving Jackson Pollock’s pricing for our artworks. If we don’t create reliable income sources for ourselves in a way that nurtures us and feed us and give us time to create, we may be forced to give up and stop all together. We need to find new ways to make art while we pay rent, and eat, and heat our homes and studios. This is where Patreon comes in and is one of those new ways that believe:
We want to help every creator in the world achieve sustainable income. – Patreon Mission Statement
Even if a thousand people, just like yourself, decided to forgo their Starbucks coffee and sponsor and artist, for even a small a sum as $3, they would be making a huge significant difference in that artists life. Please don’t underestimate the significant difference your even tiny regular contribution could make.
Nothing is too small and it is the meaning behind it that truly counts. THANK YOU for supporting this artist, from the bottom of her heart, from my heart. THANK YOU for honoring me and the value I bring. THANK YOU for respecting what I do. THANK YOU for being on my team.
My intention is that this money comes back to you ten-fold and that in your belonging to this exclusive community with me on Patron, that it inspires you creatively beyond your wildest dreams!
Sincerely, Deb Chaney
*Need more on this concept? Please read Happy Pocket Full of Money by David Cameron Gikandi
I am in a relationship with my local library. That is, I take out books regularly and give her the utmost respect and appreciation, and in turn, she sometimes extends me overdue books …
(which happened today, am so grateful to have another 3-week loan of my current book… which I will reveal to you soon… stay with me here… which was technically due back today)
She also sometimes goes extra lengths to obtain books for me that she doesn’t have on hand, via inter-library loan. I love that about her too. It makes me feel so special.
Anyways, It all started at the end of 2016… I realized that I needed to make some changes. I had been doing the same things over and over again and not getting the results that I desired with those same old actions. I didn’t know what I didn’t know. You know? I was ready to do things differently for 2017… which I spoke a little bit about another different aspect of this in my opening monolog video of my
I was ready to do things differently for 2017… which I spoke a little bit about another different aspect of this in my opening monolog video of my Patreon Page.
To that end, one big thing I decided to do, besides the thing I mention in the Patreon video, was to start reading regularly.
Specifically books that would help me change my perspective, expand my reality, grow my consciousness, help me be happier, teach me to market myself and my artwork more intelligently, and help me get even better at being an entrepreneur in business. I set the intention to read books that would support me to live my dream confidently and with joy.
I am now well into this year, book-wise, and am really excited to share the past 5 – or is it 6 now? – books with you what I’ve been reading, all of which have revealed to me unique gems, inspirations, learnings, and ideas that are beyond what I knew before I read them.
First up, the book I am currently reading (and just gratefully got renewed from the library) is The Power Is Within You by Louis Hay.
What I love about this book is that it’s loaded with powerful affirmations that I can write on my mirror and remind myself of every day to help re-program my mind to focus on the positive. Being positive is such a powerful state and way to be, I’m sure you are well aware of this. It’s just that sometimes it’s easier said than done, so we need all the help we can get to
Reading positive inspirational books is one great way to do this. Another is writing quotes from that book on your mirror with a white board eraser pen. (Just use Windex with a paper towel to erase and update the quotes).
On my mirror currently are affirmations from Louis’ book :
“I now release, with ease, all old negative beliefs”
” I am wealth, I am love, I am abundance.”
” Its comfortable for me to change, learn, and grow.”
“My pathway is now smooth”
“I am free of the past”
“Everything I need to know is revealed to me.”
” Everything I need comes to comes to me in perfect timing” (I’m really looing forward to that white, hybrid, 4 WD, Volvo, SUV showing up in my driveway :-). Actually, I printed out a picture of that vehicle and stuck it on my fridge, just so the universe is now super clear with this need of mine for that car!)
“I am willing to change and to grow”
I also got really inspired by the piece Louis wrote about fear. I wrote this excerpt out in my journal;
“Fear is rampant on the planet. You can see and hear about it in the news every day. Fear is the lack of trust in ourselves. Because we don’t trust life. We don’t trust we are being taken care of on a higher level, so we feel we must control everything in the physical level. Obviously, we are going to feel fear because we can’t control everything in our lives. Trust is what we learn when we want to overcome our fears.”
The third piece of huge value I got from The Power Is Within You was the chapter Louis wrote about loving yourself as well as the chapter about connecting with and tending to your inner child.
I went to the gym this morning and afterward, I walked up to the mirror, looked myself in the eyes, and said out loud to myself; “Well done Deb, you did it! Great job! I love and appreciate you.”
There are also some really powerful questions from those two chapters that I want to share with you here that I found very profound:
If I absolutely adored myself, what would I do for and with myself today?
How can I totally, utterly, and completely love myself today?
How can I really be here now and show up for myself?
Thank you so much, dear Louise Hay, for this fabulous book that has helped teach me new ways of thinking and further me along my journey to live in joy, personal power, and confidence in myself.
Can’t wait to share with you some of the other books I’ve been reading and what I’ve been learning…
Okay, deeeep breathe, after months of procrastination (yup its true) I am now up and launched on Patreon. Curious? Click This Link and Watch The Video Now ! https://www.patreon.com/debchaney
Each month I offer a one day workshop on Saturday in my studio here in beautiful Coquitlam, British Columbia with workshop participants coming far and wide and enjoying my enthusiasm, knowledge, and guided structure to support them in getting creative making abstract paintings with acrylics and mixed media. Until now, I think it’s been about 8 years, I’ve been doing the marketing, registration, teaching, and all the other details required to make these events run on my own. It’s now time reach out and receive support around this. Long story short, I am looking to hire an assistant to help with workshops. Here’s the low down… Most work can be done from home on your computer with an internet connection, except once a month when I’d need you to come in and be there to help support me run the workshop. Workshops run the last Saturday of every month in Coquitlam and are listed here:
Here’s the low down… Most work can be done from home on your computer with an internet connection, except once a month when I’d need you to come in and be here in person to help support me run the workshop. Workshops run the last Saturday of every month in Coquitlam and are listed here: http://www.illuminatetheartistwithin.com/ .
Payment is hourly and based on your technical abilities. The ideal candidate is marketing savy, uses a Mac and knows Pages, can edit pictures and video, is comfortable posting on social media (wordpress blog, tumblr, linked in, twitter, instagram, flikr, youtube and facebook), is great with organization and details, gets tasks complete in a timely and efficient manner, understands the heart and value of what I offer, can work independently, can be in Coquitlam once a month on Saturday, and truly wants to help out and support this process. This position is contract, paid hourly, and approximately 20 hrs/month.
Workshop Assistant – Tasks Involved
Marketing/Advertising for monthly live workshops in Coquitlam – brainstorm new ideas ways to market and fill the workshop. I would add/ allot an hour strategy planning meeting together around this to come up with ideas to market the workshops, this could be on skype or phone. Goal: to fill workshop 12-20 people/each month. 8 minimum.
Workshop Registration – Respond to intake/questions/create receipt in Pages (I have a template)/keep track of class list/class member information (phone/address/email)/email them pre-workshop handouts/materials list. Goal: to take care of registration & keep track of participants.
Workshop assistance– print handouts/ take photos & video during workshop/ clean and tidy up water for Deb and for students, brushes/give out papertowel and tools/give out hand out handouts/ sweep studio/ get tea & snacks for students/ tidy up/ type out endorsements/ mail Pebeo feedback/ download and send Pebeo pictures per their requirements/Post pictures and comments to social media (Deb system 9 sites – I would go through this with you – it’s easy)/ record video and download for Youtubepromo purposes/ send HK any new newsletter sign ups/ upload photos & video, edit as required/ handout sheet with other workshops available/ Share about affiliate program $25/per person. Note – assistant would not be participating/painting during the workshop time. Goal: is to support Deb behind the scenes with admin and housekeeping during the workshop while she teaches.
To apply if we’ve never met and you’ve never taken one of my workshops, please send me a video of yourself in 3 minutes or less telling me why you’d be perfect for this job. If we already know each other, you’ve taken one or more of my workshops, please send me an email and let me know 1) why you want to help me and 2) why I should choose you. email@example.com Thank you!
Excited to share this new item now available in my Yoga Girl store… Enjoy your ultimate savasana experience with this Yoga Girl one-of-a-kind fleece blanket. On sale this week for 15% off with code: STPADDYPARTY https://www.zazzle.com/collections/natarajasana_yoga_girl-119533675032336377?rf=238406025813992092
Corporate painting party this week at Expedia. I was just blown away with this group – they were open minded, passionate, amazingly confident and fearless with painting and a pleasure to work with! Thank you for bringing me in.