Small Gestures Can Make Significant Differences

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

 

Group of Studio Visitors Today

Tina&GirlsStudioVisit… There were a few more photos, but this fun blurred picture was the ONLY one with all our eyes open! So here we are!
Really enjoyed sharing my story of how I got started being an artist as well as showing and telling the group 3 different series of artworks they could potentially use with clients in their home staging, renovations, and interior design businesses;
Little Gems Series – Small paintings 9″ x 12″
Fragments of Life Series – Medium size paintings, all 23″ x 30″
and Very large paintings: Spirtuality meets Physicality Series (behind us in the picture) 42″ x 42″ and much larger.
We also had a very lively conversation about customer disqualifiers… as in, when do you stop wasting time on someone who doesn’t want exactly what you have and isn’t willing or able to pay for it? There are 5 unique questions you can ask potential customers to find this out, fast, stay tuned I will share this with you in a later blog post…
With these savy business women, on the other hand (and possibly more positive end of the spectrum) we also talked about how we qualify potential clients. I got inspired and wrote this note as the women spoke of their experience in busines working with ideal and not so ideal clients:
Who do I most love to serve ?
For example, I love to serve art collectors who are on a spiritual self growth path, who value connection and long term relationships, who live in financial abundance, who want to pay and reward the artist, and who appreciate the depth of my work; the time, energy, layers and effort that goes into each of my pieces. I love to serve people who understand that original artwork carries energy and healing into their home in accordance with the gifts I received when I created it, and that this can elevate the vibration of the space where they work/live and that there is no greater gift than to receive with this painting the vibration of beauty, love, peace, groundedness, calmness, and healing with the artwork they choose.
Thank you: Daniela at countersanddecor.com , Tina Presley Design & Staging tina_presley@telus.net, Sharon at www.posh-interiors.com , Camille at Singing Tui Art Studio , and Ariane at http://www.designofthedog.com .
I am currently welcoming groups of interior designers from the Lower Mainland of BC for studio visits to view my current inventory, served with hot tea, cookies, and conversation. Pls text to connect 604-736-5111 or email info@debchaney.com. 

You Don’t Know What you Don’t Know

MirrorAffirmationsI 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

stay

in

the

positive

zone.

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?

and finally,

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…