The 100 Day Project is a global art project that takes place annually on social media. I had heard about it last year when I really started getting into podcasts, but this year I decided to participate. The idea behind The Project is that for 100 days you commit to completing a creative task each day, and then you document it on social media. This year's began on April 3, so I'm officially a quarter of the way finished. As I typically do, I initially came up with project ideas that would be a bit more than I could chew.Read More
Not only am I a working artist, but I also work in a small local art gallery, so I’ve pretty much heard every excuse for people not buying fine art or handmade goods. “I love this, but it’s just a bit more than I’m willing to spend,” or “Oh… I thought it wasn’t going to be so expensive,” or (we all know this one), “Well I could do that.” I even heard someone say that I put the decimal in the wrong place, as in instead of a $500 painting it should be $50. And I get it—well not that last one, that guy was just a dick—art has been a luxury for centuries and is still considered one today.
You’re not wrong. Contemporary art can be a luxury that only a small percentage can afford, but nowadays that’s often not the case. Even if a piece of work seems beyond your means right now, it can still be worth the investment. So in today’s blog post, I’m going to attempt to convince people why art is something you should invest in, why the number on the price tag might seem a bit high, and the positive results of owning artwork you love.Read More
Hello, friends! It’s been a long time, and I apologize for not meeting my consistent post commitment for the past…well, months. My radio silence has not technically been intentional, but has to do with the topic of today’s post: motivation. What is it? How can you hold on to it? Can it be manufactured? (I’m actually asking; I’d really like to know.)
Now, I’m conscious that everything I’ve written so far has been focused on my personal journey and has mostly been about my mental health; this is not my plan for every blog post I write, but I’d like to think you will get more out of these posts if you get to know me better. After all, most of us can only really draw from our own experiences and I think it’s important to share them. Already I’ve received correspondence from readers, commenting on how they related to something I touched on and how it was a relief to see they weren’t alone in their feelings and experiences. (Thank you! To those who have reached out to me!)Read More
‘Why make art?’ is a question I’ve struggled with/tried to get to the bottom of for the past few years. Like I mentioned in the previous blog post, How I Became An Artist, I really didn’t begin to question my motives until I started art school at VCU. Drawing and painting was just something I’d always done. I was technically skilled—apparently, as a young kid, I meticulously colored within the lines—and I just enjoyed creating.Read More
I always knew I was an artist, it wasn’t even a question of what I wanted to be, I already was. Even as a kid, it felt like my purpose was to create images, and I was lucky to have an incredibly supportive family who recognized my passion and helped me nurture it instead of steering me in a different direction. When people warned against a career as an artist—“starving artist” was and still is common phrase—I wasn’t deterred. I knew there were artists in the world, I had learned about them, I could see their work in the small galleries of my hometown and in the enormous museums in Washington, D.C.. So if they could do it, why couldn’t I?Read More
Hello friends, old and new! I've decided to start this blog, Maddie's Notes, to get to know my followers, share some of my experiences, and build new connections. I had been thinking about starting a blog for a while now, but it wasn't until I participated in Fredericksburg, Virginia's Art Attack event a couple of weekends ago that I decided to take the leap. I met a bunch of people and received some great feedback, but I was asked a handful of questions, too.Read More